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.
Good Clean Fun is packed with more than 70 seriously simple, fabulously fun games for families to enjoy together! Filled with games for everything from memory to imagination, the creative games in this book are easy to play and fun to do!Movement and Play
Help children give thanks to all of the important people in their lives with this classroom and learning center activity!Art Lesson Planning Seasonal Learning: Fall
With the approach of September 11 each year, many teachers are unsure if and how to discuss or to answer young children’s questions about this tragic event. Talking with children about tragedy and death is always difficult, but with this activity from After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope, the discussion will become slightly easier.Lesson Planning
With the toughest (and most controversial) anti-bullying law going into effect in New Jersey yesterday, what better time is there to discuss teasing and bullying with the children in your home or classroom? These activities offer strategies for handling difficult topics such as how words can affect others, how it feels to be included or excluded, and the importance of kindness and accepting differences in others.Mentoring and Coaching
August is National Literacy Month! Why not celebrate with the child or children in your care using some of the fun and easy preliteracy activities from the popular PBS Kids television show, Between the Lions!Literacy
Groundhog Day is an annual holiday that has been celebrated in the United States and Canada since the 18th century. Here's a fun circle-time activity for teaching children about Groundhog Day from Everything for Winter: A Complete Activity Book for Teachers of Young Children.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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