There is truly not enough to say about the importance of play in lives of young children. Kids learn through play. Successful development in all areas (gross motor, fine motor, social-emotional, cognitive, sensory, etc.) is supported by giving children opportunities to play in both child-centered and adult-directed experiences. Playing with your baby or young child teaches them new things, helps them to feel loved and safe, and allows them to explore their world. A child who “plays in the presence of” a secure adult learns to take risks, manage disappointments, and marvel in their successes. Here you’ll find more about how incorporating play sets the stage for a lifelong love of learning in your child.
Socially Distant Doesn’t Mean Socially Isolated We’re all feeling the impact of social distancing. And in the last week, I’m finding that even children who were managing well, are starting to be less patient, act out more, and test the limits. In addition to helping parents implement a responsive, daily structure (see “Anchoring Activities“), I’m also encouraging Read More
Many parents have asked about my favorite items to have at home for exploring with children. Here’s a start to the list. I’ll continue to add in the coming days and weeks. Have a favorite? Send it along. I hope you find this helpful!
Sensory play is only one of many developmentally appropriate activities for 6 – 12 month olds. At around the time of the 6 month mark, most families with new babies are beginning to settle in to a rhythm. There may still be some tweaking to do, but things are certainly a little calmer than they Read More
Yet another way of empowering parents, caregivers and teachers. Let’s be honest, as it gets darker and colder, no one really wants to take young children to the park. It’s always been remarkable to me that children don’t seem to feel the frigid temperatures in the same way adults do. From an educators’ standpoint, gross Read More
1. Decorate A Pumpkin: Babies can explore the texture, weight, smell, size and let’s be realistic, taste, of a pumpkin, simply by having it in their play space. Toddler will love using craypas or face paint crayons to decorate them. Older toddlers can peel stickers for decoration and preschoolers will love using paints. Children in Read More
Fall is here in full force. Whether your child is transitioning into school for the first time or has headed back to grade school, chances are you are looking for ways to enrich their learning…not to mention have some fun together! Here are 5 activities that are perfect for the Fall. 1. “Collected Leaves” Collage: Read More
Next time there’s a snow day (or sick, rainy, “I’m bored” day), be prepared! Keep the ingredients in your pantry and you’ll always have a project. Homemade Play Dough 1c Flour 1Tbsp Oil 1c Water 1/2c Salt 2Tbsp Cream of Tartar Food Coloring of Choice Mix all ingredients except food coloring in a pot. Nonstick Read More