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.
A variety of loose parts materials can help children bring stories to life. The activity below uses loose parts with Laura Numeroff's classic book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Get the book—Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms—for more loose-parts reading and literacy prompts and activities that will help children develop a love for reading!Literacy
Halloween is almost here! Seasonal art projects for kids help them explore their creativity and imagination while they enjoy the festivities of the season. Easy Halloween crafts are always a classroom crowd pleaser in October, and The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities for Children 3 to 6 is full of fun Halloween paper crafts for kids as well as other Halloween activities that will make your students go boo! Get into the spooky spirit with these five fun Halloween crafts for kids!
Children will have a blast while creating their own fall decorations with this paper pumpkins activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6. Using items that are commonly found around the house, this activity is simple to prepare for and children will be on their way to creating their paper pumpkins in no time!printable Art Seasonal Learning: Fall Individual Child
This spooky spiders activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6 will help you celebrate the Halloween season with children, all while developing their fine-motor and creativity skills.printable Art Seasonal Learning: Fall Individual Child
Before Halloween, supply children with craft materials and let their imaginations run wild as they create their own costumes with this open-ended activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6.printable Art Seasonal Learning: Fall Individual Child
Young children will enjoy creating all kinds of weird pumpkin faces as they develop creativity and social-emotional skills with this activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6.printable Art Seasonal Learning: Fall Individual Child
See how children's creativity flourishes with this fun seasonal pumpkin picture activity from The GIANT Encyclopedia of Monthly Activities For Children 3 to 6. Children may keep their pumpkin pictures abstract, or draw additional embellishments likes stems, vines, or faces!printable Art Seasonal Learning: Fall Individual Child
The natural world is full of color, light, texture, shape, line, sound, and movement, all of which are captivating to the young child. In Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children, Christie Burnett writes, “Helping children to find the beauty in nature; to see outdoor spaces as places of fun, inspiration and recreation; and to learn about the interconnectedness of all elements of the environment can act to spark a child’s nurturing spirit.” This open-ended art activity allows children to create and explore as they weave with gathered natural art materials.Art
Making art with young children is less about the end product (or what it looks like) and more about the process of doing. In Time to Create: Hands-On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children, Christie Burnett explains that well-chosen process art experiences unlock unlimited potential for learning, communicating, feeling, and expressing. This drip painting activity will allow children to explore and create freely as they gain cognitive, language, fine-motor, and emotional skills.Art
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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