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The Magic of Container Play: Boost Baby & Toddler Learning

The Magic of Container Play: Boost Baby & Toddler Learning

As a developmental therapist, I regularly recommend container play to parents and infant/toddler teachers. This simple, open-ended activity has powerful learning benefits, and the best part—children love it! Key Points Definition: What is Container Play? Container play is a type of play where babies and toddlers explore putting objects into containers and dumping them out….

Literacy Ideas for Babies: Easy Activities from My Infant Classroom 

Literacy Ideas for Babies: Easy Activities from My Infant Classroom 

It’s never too early to foster a love for reading and writing. As an infant/toddler developmental therapist, I understand how caregivers can use activities to support emergent literacy skills, like handling books, enjoying songs, and building language. These literacy activities for babies are the same ones I’ve used in homes and infant classrooms. They are…

The Best Block Play Activities & Environments for Young Children

The Best Block Play Activities & Environments for Young Children

Explore our favorite block play activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Block activities support children’s creativity, learning, and physical development. I’ll share block activities and games you can introduce at home or in the classroom, along with tips to promote a block play environment. What is a Block Play Activity? Block play is an imaginative,…

Nature-Based Early Childhood Education: Best Tips & Activities

Nature-Based Early Childhood Education: Best Tips & Activities

Updated: December 28, 2023 Let’s discover the magic and power of nature-based early childhood education. Explore how learning in the natural world benefits young children. Find answers to popular questions, nature-based learning activities, and ideas to add more nature-based education to your early childhood classroom or program. What is Nature-based Early Childhood Education? Nature-based early…

What is Nature Play? Learn from an Early Childhood Expert

What is Nature Play? Learn from an Early Childhood Expert

If you’ve ever watched children experience pure wonder while exploring outdoors, you’ve witnessed the magic of nature play. Whether it’s climbing trees, splashing in puddles, or observing tiny creatures, nature play offers a world of endless exploration and learning opportunities. Key Points Let’s learn how nature nurtures children’s growth, creativity, and connection with the natural…

15 Brain Development Activities 2-Year-Olds Will Love

15 Brain Development Activities 2-Year-Olds Will Love

Parents and educators can provide 2-year-olds with fun activities that help them reach cognitive milestones. These activities are fantastic for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, and even 3-year-olds. I’m sharing fifteen favorite brain development activities you can do with your toddler at home or in the classroom. A 2-year-old is developing the following cognitive skills, according to the HSELOF:…

The Best Penguin Activities: 50 Play-Based Learning Ideas

The Best Penguin Activities: 50 Play-Based Learning Ideas

These 50 penguin activities for preschoolers and toddlers will inspire a love of penguins and nature. Each play-based activity helps children actively engage in learning. Gross Motor Penguin Activities These penguin-based gross motor activities get kids moving. While learning all the fun ways penguins move, children will want to test their abilities. Kids can develop…

Love Bees: 30 Bee Activities for Preschoolers, Toddlers, & Babies

Love Bees: 30 Bee Activities for Preschoolers, Toddlers, & Babies

Updated: December 28, 2023 These 30 bee activities for preschoolers, toddlers, and babies will instill a love of bees. Each play-based activity will get children actively engaged in learning. Parents will find ideas for their bee-loving children, and educators will find engaging, developmentally appropriate ideas for their classroom lesson plans. Bee Activities for Preschoolers How…