Why play organized sports in preschool? It’s true that three and four year-olds may not have the capacity to understand the intricacies of organized sports rules. Their physical abilities are also going to be limited, naturally. They also get great benefits from unstructured play and outdoor play. However, organized games that lead up to traditional sports game rules can be ‘watered down’ for … [Read more...] about Preschool sports ideas to play in early childhood, and their benefits
The weather is cooling down for us in the North West, and that means: it’s time for winter-themed activities at our learning centres! We thought we’d share some of our go-to, easy preschool winter craft ideas for this age group. We’ll also share some creative winter and snow projects we’ve found online. 1) Construction paper themed ‘glue together’ shapes - a gingerbread man, an apple, a tree, a … [Read more...] about So many easy preschool winter craft ideas to try at daycare or at home
We humans are negatively biased, did you know that? We see the world as ‘glass half empty.’ So, to switch that around takes practice. And, we can assume that a head start early in life can help us see the world more positively. So, while Thanksgiving may have come and gone in your country, or is yet to arrive, we thought we’d share on a topic that’s important regardless of a holiday to remind us … [Read more...] about How to teach preschoolers to be grateful, thankful and glad for what they have in 3 simple steps
We recently wrote about, ‘what is good nutrition in the early childhood years?’ But, what about children who seem to never eat what’s right for them? How do you help a picky eater in the early childhood years? Below we’ll give some ideas and clues on this common issue. 1) Involve children in meal preparation as a fun activity, and explain food to them in the process This is a really simple idea, … [Read more...] about 7 Ideas to help a picky eater in the early childhood years
Many parents worry if their toddler or preschooler isn’t eating enough, or showing signs of obesity. So the question can be raised about whether or not a child’s habits are ok, even if they’re not what we expect them to be. What is good nutrition in early childhood? And how important is it? Didn’t we all ‘get by’ on whatever our parents gave us when we were growing up? A lot has changed about … [Read more...] about What is good nutrition in early childhood? Why is it important?
In our article about gross motor skills development in early childhood, we discussed the importance of developing bodily movements and abilities. Our physical abilities are often a sign of what is going on cognitively, too. And, normal growth means that we develop new skills in multiple areas. Gross motor skills involve the ‘large’ movements of our body, such as lifting or jumping. Kids should be … [Read more...] about What are normal fine motor skills to have in the early childhood years, and why are they important?