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.
Parachute play is a great way to help children develop large motor skills and exercise indoors on a cold, winter day. With this creative activity from Learn Every Day About Seasons, your children ages 3+ will have a blast as they learn how to follow directions and work as a group. All you will need to do beforehand is cut out a few paper snowflakes!Movement and Play Seasonal Learning: Winter
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for “rookie” parents, “third-time’s-the-charm” parents, or even “been-there-done-that” grandparents? You’re in luck! Gryphon House is counting down our favorite picks for parents. Whether you’re looking to spice up a holiday road trip, explore some exciting art activities, or bring out your baby’s “baby smarts,” we’ve got a book for that!Art
The Budding Chef is brimming with tasty kitchen adventures for you and your child to enjoy together! With a cup of wonder, a teaspoon of laughter, and a scoop of fun, the recipes and activities in The Budding Chef will help you share cooking’s magical moments.Cooking
What do plungers, popsicles and pebbles all have in common? They’re easy, wacky, crazy materials that can be used to create beautiful art!Art
Fine motor skills are a stepping-stone for school readiness. Start by developing children's scissor skills and bilateral hand skills with this fun craft activity from Everyday Play: Fun Games to Develop the Fine Motor Skills Your Child Needs for School.Movement and Play
Foster a love of reading in your children with this playful approach to building literacy skills. Based on the award-winning PBS series Between the Lions, What Does a Lion Say? is filled with fun and easy literacy games for you and your children to play together anytime, anywhere--in the car, at the doctor’s office, at home, or even on a trip!Literacy
If your family is like most, dinnertime is one of the few chances you have to be together. Whether you want to have an inspiring discussion of values, hold a spirited debate on ethics, or host a laugh-out-loud family reunion, Around the Family Table gives you 365 opportunities to make the most of the family dinner hour!Seasonal Learning: Winter
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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