Butterfly Days

Exploring the world of butterflies with your child

mott blog - butterfly activities feature imageButterflies are magical to children because there are not many creatures in the animal kingdom you can get close to, offer no threat of harm, and are content to let you enjoy their majesty and even land on you to take a break. To top that off, there’s the thrill of watching the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. As a child observes the many stages of the butterfly, there is magic behind seeing a tiny white egg, knowing that in three to four short weeks it will be a butterfly.

Exploring gardens and nature areas in search of caterpillars and butterflies is a great family activity that offers:

  • Quality time spent outdoors in nature.
  • Education as you learn about the various butterfly species and the benefit of native plants to our region and environment.
  • Physical activity to keep kids moving outside.

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Activities that help develop motor skills

Play-based exercises you can do at home!

mott blog - motor skill development activitiesSometimes what looks like “play” can be really important ways to exercise your child’s fine motor skills and gross motor skills.

Fine motor skills involve the small muscles of the body that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. They involve strength, fine motor control, and dexterity.  These skills are important foundations for school activities as well as in life in general. Weaknesses in fine motor skills can affect a child’s ability to eat, write legibly, use a computer, turn pages in a book, and perform personal care tasks such as dressing and grooming.

Keep your campfire safe

Fire safety tips for families

mott blog - fire safety feature image 1Who hasn’t enjoyed a yummy s’more this summer or in past summers? Whether around your backyard fire pit or on a camping trip, s’mores are almost a summer rite of passage. But when making those gooey, yummy treats or doing anything else that involves fire, be sure to take safety precautions and maintain a circle of safety.

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Learn about the body

Use a free printable matching card game to help your family learn about the human body

mott blog - matching card game featured imageIt’s inevitable.  At some point, carefully laid plans for a fun summer afternoon will fall victim to Mother Nature and her rain clouds.

Here’s a fun activity you can put together quickly to break up the afternoon and learn all about many parts of the human body at the same time.

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Yoga for kids

Downward dog and tree position are not just for grown-ups anymore!

kids yogaHave you ever noticed how flexible your child is?  Kids are born with wonderful flexibility that their parents often marvel at.

Yoga is a fun way to help your child retain his or her flexibility, as well as to help work on strength and muscle coordination.

Kids love seeing how long they can hold the different poses, and it’s a way to exercise that you can both benefit from.

You’ll see it pay off especially as your child becomes active in sports and other activities.

Need some ideas on which yoga maneuvers will be a hit with your kiddo?  Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova and her assistants Greg and Emme demonstrate a kid-friendly yoga workout in the below video.

And don’t miss our Camp Little Victors Week 2 giveaway at the bottom of this post!  We’re giving away FIVE fun yoga games you can use at home with your family.

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