Children are born explorers, adventurers, climbers and builders. Because sitting still doesn’t come naturally, award-winning Gryphon House authors developed innovative music and movement activities for all ages. Children learn math through counting rhythms, art through pleasant melodies, and science through investigative play with percussion instruments. Explore the activities below to get started on building music lesson plans for toddlers, infants or preschoolers.
Build children’s knowledge of engineering and technology through creative play! When connected to other learning areas and what children find interesting, children can make connections between the different content areas and gain knowledge in engineering and technology.Technology
Have you been looking for a fun, natural way to introduce science into your curriculum? Try music! Children and infants are surrounded by music every day and respond enthusiastically to it. Family members and caregivers hum to calm babies and help them sleep, older babies are fascinated by banging objects together to make sound, and children watch TV shows with catchy tunes.Science
There are ways you can entertain and enrich infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds indoors—without putting on a movie or TV show. To aid in children's intellectual growth, they need as much challenging stimulation as possible. Fortunately, indoor activities can help children grow intellectually just as much as outdoor activities can.Summer Learning
We use our sense of feel and touch every day to interpret the world. We use touch for simple things, such as feeling how soft a blanket is; and we also use touch for important things, such as tapping a mug to see how hot it before picking it up. This sense and use of touch is learned during childhood and is continually used throughout our lives.Infant & Toddler
Let children discover and manipulate their worlds in any way they choose by doing art. Children do art for experience, exploration, and experimentation. One way you can let their minds run wild with creativity is by showing them how to make their own adorable crafts that mimic all sorts of animals, such as frogs, rabbits, bears, or even their own pets!Art
As globalization makes it easier for people to cross national borders and enter new cultures, teachers find themselves with more and more children for whom English is a second language. Dual Language Learners (DLL) experience early education in a way that is unique and sometimes confusing, the language they are still learning at home shifting to a different language whenever they enter the classroom. This back and forth can lead to literacy difficulties and stunted vocabulary as these children struggle to learn two languages at once.Literacy
No one likes having to clean up wet or sandy messes (or both!), but don’t skip out on giving children sand- and water-table experiences. When children use a sand or water table, they can release tension in a nonthreatening environment, build new skills, grow in all areas of development, and gain confidence.Summer Learning
Zip line−two words that bring the thought of summer and fun into the minds of children and adults. The thought of carelessly flying down a hill while the wind pushes against your face and twirls your hair is a thought that would make anyone want to go back to summer camp, strap into a harness, and zip down from the top of a mountain, tree, or wooden tower.Technology
When children are infants, literally everything is new to them! Every month provides babies with new milestones to reach and tasks to learn.Infant & Toddler
Use open-ended music and movement activities for preschoolers to encourage a long standing appreciation of music and the arts. Our movement activities are designed to focus childrens’ natural energy and curiosity in fun, educational ways. Twisting, bending, wiggling, and jumping to rhythms teaches children how their bodies move as they enjoy creating music from percussion instruments.
Our music activities for preschoolers are innovative and thoughtfully crafted for educators looking for creative ways to teach social skills while enhancing rhythmic awareness. When preschoolers are given the chance to use their voices for singing, or hands for shaking tambourines, they’re making vital connections between themselves and the outside world.
Parents can easily adapt music and movement activities created for preschoolers and toddlers for their younger children. Music activities for infants can be as simple as singing silly rhyming songs. Not only does singing to infants boost language development, singing enhances other areas of infant development like improvisation and creative thinking.
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