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3 easy recipes for kids

Cooking is a great learning experience. It promotes reading and following directions. It requires math skills, such as measuring and following a sequence. Fine motor skills are strengthened through pouring, scooping, cutting, and kneading.

It provides an opportunity to discuss where food comes from and healthy eating habits. Most children are more likely to try foods that they help prepare themselves. Getting children involved in meal preparation is a great way to expand their tastes.

Here are some healthy, easy, and yummy recipes even the smallest chefs can help prepare.

Waffle-wiches

Start with either homemade or frozen waffles. Cut a waffle in half, fill with favorite sandwich fixings and then put the other half on top. Give children choices for fillings and allow them to help assemble their own sandwich. These are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! You can also try it with pancakes.

Smoothies

Encourage children to create their own recipes from a variety of fresh or frozen fruit. Throw it in a blender with milk or juice and blend into a frosty treat. Children love pressing the buttons on the blender. Add yogurt or peanut butter to increase the protein.

Stick It!

Set out a variety of food cut into bite-sized chunks. Options may include bread, cheese, leftover chicken, pineapple, green peppers, cherry tomatoes or whatever else you have on hand. Older children can handle wooden skewers, but drinking straws work great for the younger set. Children create their own balanced meal by sticking the chucks on their stick. Provide ranch dressing, honey mustard, or ketchup for dipping, if desired.

In addition to building great skills and healthy habits, cooking with kids also creates great memories!

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Five steps to a better handwriting

Five steps to a better handwriting

Earlier, we discussed how writing process is an integration of a variety of sensory-motor skills. Today, Learning House, Jaipur presents five steps that will ensure a better handwriting:

 

1. Get a Great Grasp

The way you grasp your writing tool is pretty important for your writing. If you don’t hold your pen/pencil in proper manner, your writing will get messy. The best way to hold a pen/pencil is to let it rest next to the base of your thumb. Hold it in place with your thumb, index finger and middle finger.

 

2. Let the Lines Be Your Guide
Lined paper is your friend! Those lines can help you create letters that are the right size and proportion. The capital letters should stretch from the bottom line to the top one. Lines also can keep you writing straight instead of uphill or downhill.

3. Slow Down
If your writing is hard to read or you erase a lot, try slowing down a little. For some kids, going slower solves the problem. If you rush, it’s hard to control where you stop and start your letters, and you end up making more mistakes.

4. Lower the Pressure
Some kids press down really hard when they write, punching holes/dents in the paper all along. That makes it harder to make the smooth lines needed for writing, especially cursive. Try easing up, don’t grip the pencil as tightly, and let your pencil mark the paper without going all the way through.

5. Play Games
Yes, games can improve your handwriting! Lots of games require you to write or draw pictures. So even though it’s not official school work, you’re still using the skills you need to control your pencil better. And if you want to strengthen the muscles you need for writing, you can also do that while you’re playing board games. Use a clothespin instead of your fingers to pick up your game piece and move it around the board.

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Developing Fine Motor Skills!

We believe good handwriting is an important skill for everyone to have even in this keyboard and technology world. When children are taught handwriting skills at a young age, they are positioned for a lifetime of legible handwriting. Good handwriting is like knowing how to ride a bike – it’s something you never forget.

Your child will enjoy the benefits of good handwriting for a lifetime.

But before giving handwriting practice of your kid, we need to focus more on their fine motor skills development.

In order to maintain the correct grip for holding a pencil, their fine motor skills need to be improved and encouraged.

Fine Motor refers to the development of small muscles of the body (particularly the small muscles in hands) which will enable actions like grasping small objects, clicking, correct writing grasp etc. By developing your child’s fine motor skills, it will enable their finger and muscles to become stronger and provide them with the ability to control the way they hold a pencil.

There are many activities that are enjoyable for children and aid in the development of the fine motor skills,

Here are a few suggestions on how to develop your child’s fine motor skills.

  • Using scissors to cut out shapes or cut paper.
  • Threading shoelace through sewing card holes (this can easily be made by making holes on a piece of paper, using a hole punch that your child can thread a shoelace through).
  • Manipulating play dough and using cookie cutters to make various shapes and designs.
  • Picking up objects using tweezers.
  • Threading beads on a string (making a bracelet or necklace).
  • Drawing (get some blank pieces of A4 paper and make a drawing book).
  • Painting.
  • Sand manipulation (get some buckets and spades for your child to use in the sand).
  • Coloring in (coloring in within the lines is a great way for your child to practice hand control).
  • Tracing shapes, designs, letters etc. (Draw different shapes, designs and letters on a piece of paper that your child can trace over).

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If your child’s fine motor skills are not yet fully developed, also consider working with your child on some activities that focus on tracing lines, shapes and curves. Once your child can successfully trace these lines and shapes, he will be ready to write more complicated figures like letters.

Once the child is comfortable with his fine motor skills, start focusing on his writing skills.

We will be covering writing skills in our next blog, so stay tuned……..

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