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March 25, 2016

Easter eggs = child development skills!

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Melissa Petcu MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, has an interesting take on a classic Easter activity:  

While the kids are busy hunting for Easter eggs, sit back and smile because your children are working hard on developmental milestones!

Eyes and hands-on visual and fine motor skills: 

  • visual scanning when searching for the eggs 
  • bilateral coordination skills when opening the eggs
  • fine motor coordination when picking up the small pieces inside the eggs

Communication is key!  Talking and listening practice: 

  • expressing themselves
  • following directions 

Throw in gross motor skills and coordination for extra fun by having your child do one or more of these while hunting:

  • hop on 1 or 2 feet
  • skip
  • crab walk

 

If the Easter bunny provides written (or drawn) clues to find the basket or eggs, kids are also improving:

  • reading skills
  • oculomotor skills
  • cognitive processing

Who knew Easter could be so educational!?!   

 

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