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.
This activity from the book Science Adventures is a great way to introduce children to early science concepts like scale and proportion. This activity will challenge children to build houses that are proportionally appropriate for a doll, stuffed animal, or some other toy. Through trial and error, the children will be able to determine the sizes of the houses they build.Outdoor Learning Science
Preschoolers will have an egg-cellent time creating their own mosaic Easter eggs from balled up tissue paper! This activity from the GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds is a great way to get little ones using their creativity and fine-motor skills.printable Art Spring Large Group
Positive interactions with animals make important contributions to a child’s quality of life, yet many children today have only limited opportunities for deep engagement with animals. As Dr. Ruth Wilson explains in her book Naturally Inclusive: Engaging Children of All Abilities Outdoors, we as adults can help young children experience a life that is “really good” by strengthening their connections with animals and other living things. This bug box activity will not only foster a sense of wonder, but also encourage a sense of kinship with nature as children create a small habitat for the bugs that they find.Outdoor Learning Spring
Teachers are always looking for ways to save money. Few teachers have enough money to buy essential materials and supplies, especially with tight budgets and so many classroom needs. Using inexpensive or recycled materials helps teachers save money for special items and spend less money out-of-pocket.
Children will have a blast using recycled toilet paper cylinders to create wind socks in this thrifty activity from Sanity Savers: 200 Quick Fixes for Everything from Big Messes to Small Budgets. Toilet paper cylinders are a very easy material to acquire, and you can always ask children’s families to contribute as well. Get Sanity Savers for more resourceful solutions for teachers including minimizing interruptions, saving money, storage ideas, clean-up tip, transitions and more!Art
April is the perfect month to incorporate outdoor activities for kids into your home or classroom. Outdoor exploration and nature-based investigations are a wonderful way for children to learn through play, following their own pace and sense of curiosity. Outdoor learning activities not only promote scientific inquiry, but also help children develop a sense of independence, caring, and self-motivation.Outdoor Learning
This fun snack-tivity will not only introduce preschoolers to making food for themselves, but also help them develop fine-motor skills. Check out more activities like this one from GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds.printable Cooking Large Group
This science activity from the book Simple STEAM allows children to explore a rain cloud by simulating the concept using shaving cream and food coloring. Science is the foundation of children’s learning about their world and is also a way of thinking. Encouraging children to ask questions and to observe, predict, and explain their ideas supports the development of scientific inquiry. The skills and processes of inquiry, observation, and exploration are foundation skills for all sciences and are not limited to “science” time. This activity will also show you ways to incorporate other disciplines like technology, engineering, art, and math in order to make this a well-rounded STEAM experience.Math Science Technology
In this activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Preschool Activities for 3-Year-Olds, children will take part in painting their own flower pots and planting flower seeds. Allow the children to observe and take care of the plant with water and sunshine, and talk to them about the growth cycle of plants from seed, to bud, to bloom.printable Science Spring Large Group
Infants and toddlers learn and explore the world around them through their senses. You don't have to buy fancy toys in order to create materials that will engage young children's senses—infants and toddlers love to explore everyday materials! This activity allows children to explore their sense of touch in order to describe the differences between each fabric they feel. Get more activities to engage infants and toddlers in the book The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities For Children Birth to 3.printable Sensory Large Group
Learning centers are a great way to "set the stage" for dramatic play with the setting, props, and even costumes. In this dramatic play learning center, children can pretend to be vets by helping their stuffed animals. Through dramatic play, children gain social-emotional skills, language and oral skills, motor skills, confidence, and more. Get the book The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6 for fresh new learning center ideas from teachers who have used them in their own classrooms!printable Movement and Play Literacy Language Social Emotional Large Group
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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