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  • M is for Music

    Music and learning go hand in hand. It’s no coincidence that pneumonic devices tend to be set to tunes or that kid shows are full of songs. Rhythm and rhyme help get and keep children’s attention, and those catchy tunes will keep them thinking about subjects all day long. Music activities for toddlers are incredibly versatile and can be applied to any subject, from story-telling songs to chants about math. Children can even get energy out with music and movement activities for preschoolers. The possibilities are endless!

    Movement and Play Music
  • Fun Alphabet Games for Preschoolers

    Literacy doesn’t have to be limited to books! We use our reading skills all the time, whether we’re reading a stop sign, a shopping list, or a recipe. Engaging literacy activities pull reading out of workbooks and into real—or imaginary—life. Literacy is one of the most important skills we learn, but before we can read words, we have to start with letters. Young children may know how to sing the ABC song, but that doesn’t always mean they can recognize letters on paper. That is where early childhood literacy activities come in. Fun activities that incorporate letters into imaginative play let children approach reading from a whole new perspective, and make them more likely to see literacy as a fun and useful skill!

    Movement and Play Literacy Lesson Planning
  • The Great Outdoors and Your Toddler

    Spring has arrived, and summer is just around the corner. That means it’s the perfect time for a change in scenery. The weather is just right for you and your child to take playing—and learning—outdoors! With trees blooming and the weather changing, scientific discoveries are right at your child’s fingertips; new words will be added to their vocabulary as they’re exposed to new colors and objects; even number skills can get a boost as your child counts the flowers that have sprung up overnight. Parenting toddlers is always an adventure!

    Movement and Play Outdoor Learning Lesson Planning
  • Sensory Play Ideas for You and Your Baby

    Parents love to watch their children grow and explore. When it comes to babies, it almost seems to happen too quickly! As soon as they’re born, infants begin honing their sensory skills. Sensory learning is very important because the primary ways we interact with our world are through touch, sight, and sound. Babies reach out to touch objects, focus their eyes on faces, and turn their heads towards new noises. Sensory stimuli keep their brains active and learning—which is why baby toys are often so bright and loud!

    Movement and Play Infant & Toddler
  • Everyday Activities to Help Build Fine Motor Skills

    Movement is one of the greatest ways kids learn. As soon as they can walk, children run, jump, and dance to explore their world and express themselves. Movement is not only good for children’s fitness and imagination; it is also vital in developing children’s motor skills. Motor skills are often split into two groups: gross motor skills, which make up large movements like swinging arms or crawling on knees, and fine motor skills, which are the smaller movements of the hands and feet.

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  • Learning without Bounds

    Learning doesn’t have to be limited to indoor classrooms and dusty desks! More often it’s hands-on experiences that leave a long-lasting impression of on a child’s mind. Children love to explore the natural world around them, which is why outdoor education activities are the perfect way to break the monotony and create fun new learning opportunities.

    Dr. Ruth Wilson’s upcoming book Learning Is in Bloom describes the joys of experimenting outside and using the natural world as a classroom. It’s full of fun outdoor art and outdoor math activities like the ones listed below. Keep a look out for this exciting new book and embrace the great outdoors!

    Movement and Play Outdoor Learning
  • Creativity = Learning

    With so much pressure being placed on children to perform academically, the importance of play often gets overlooked; yet it is imaginative play that allows children to develop interpersonal skills alongside their academic growth. In her book Play Today, Ann Barbour makes the case for incorporating dramatic play back into the classroom with imaginative science, language, and math activities for toddlers and older. Role playing and modeling will help children apply what they learn to the real world. Many social emotional activities are presented in extensive detail to aid in teaching social skills, teaching science, and teaching math to kids. 

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  • Sports Games for Kids

    Educators and parents are always looking for physical games for kids to engage their little learners! Sports games for kids are a great way to encourage both mental and physical development in early childhood. Dr. Steve Sanders’ Moving Matters series provides several fun physical activities for kids of all ages, whether they are infants, toddlers, or preschoolers!

    Movement and Play Infant & Toddler
  • Music and Movement Activities for Infants, Toddlers & Preschoolers

    Movement activities for preschoolers are a fun way to help young children grow and learn. Abigail Flesch Connors’ new book Shake, Rattle, and Roll is full of infant and toddler activities, focusing on how music activities for infants and toddlers can help develop critical language, math, science, and music skills in their early childhood. 

    Movement and Play Music
  • 5 Preschool Activities for the Weekend

    Surprised it's almost Friday again? Time flies, and when you have children it seems like they're talking, walking and reading before you know it. That's why it's so important to make sure you're putting those weekends to good use. 

    After School Movement and Play Outdoor Learning Lesson Planning

Movement activities for preschoolers create a rich learning experience. Brain research shows how movement supports cognitive development in young children and that it should be a primary element in the early childhood curriculum. From using music education to aid speech development, to improving strength and dexterity through handwriting exercises, Gryphon House Publishing has developed a variety of activities that will help your child active and learning on the go. To learn more about our movement & play exercises, follow us on Facebook and Pinterest—or contact us today!

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