Play & Discover: 6 Learning Activities For Tots & Preschoolers

Play & Discover: 6 Learning Activities For Tots & Preschoolers

Play and Learning
From figuring out patterns, matching pairs, color sorting  and more, play activities are a great  hands on way for toddlers & preschoolers to explore, experiment and learn.  The following six activities are fantastic opportunities for children to work on cognitive, motor, social and language skills, all which are vital to development. Welcome to the September edition of Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Exploring and Learning. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by The Positive Parenting Connection and Authentic Parenting. This month our participants are writing about this exploring and learning! Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. The following activities are simple to set up and offer an opportunity for toddlers and preschoolers to…
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Rain Sticks

Play and Learning
Build your own Rain Sticks We’ve had a lot of rain so we thought we would make some rain sticks and make our very own rain shower symphonies. Older children can do this craft mostly on their own and you can help your little ones with the process of make it – the whole family will probably enjoy listening to the sounds and playing (well our dogs didn't like it very much...oops!) Materials needed: A paper tube (paper towel, wrapping paper or mailing tube work well) Packing or duct tape and cardstock or paper to seal the tube. An assortment of noise elements such as: rice, gravel, beads,beans, un-popped corn, buttons. Mixing different elements makes for a very rich sound experience. Decorations for the tube, markers, stickers, paper, ribbons etc……
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Calming the Storm: Avoiding a Meltdown

Parenting, Parenting Solutions
This is a re-post from my article at Authentic Parenting which first appeared on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Relaxation & visualization techniques dressed in play. It’s the end of a long, rainy morning; we have waited in lines and in traffic. We enter the house, damp and cold, jackets hit the floor and shoes fly. Small feet are running wild. The block tower in the middle of the carpet gets leveled with one precise kick and baby is startled. Cries, screams, whining - Three little creatures need me - now! It’s time to squelch the chaos. How to reconnect with three little ones, at once, meaningfully and calm the storm? Time to pull out some time tested tricks; massage, relaxation and visualization all dressed up in play. First I invite…
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15 Play Activities For Rainy Days

Play and Learning
15 activities to do indoors on a yucky day! 1. Build a fort 2. Make paper airplanes 3. Paint with cars 4. Build with Lego 5. Build a book city 6. Read stories 7. Play follow the leader 8. Dance 9. Make up a silly song 10. Play music band 11. Set up an obstacle course 12. Pretend post office 13. Finger paint in the bath tub 14. Bake a cake 15. Go on a treasure hunt.
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