Category Archives: Child Development

What Should You Do When a Toddler Bites?

Biting is a problem that can affect any toddler. It’s also a serious, complicated issue that brings frustration to the biter, the one who was bitten, parents, and child care providers. In her popular classroom handbook, Gretchen Kinnell offers technique-building … Continue reading

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National Bullying Prevention Month: The Kindness Pledge

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a nationwide movement to raise awareness on the (unfortunately) widespread topic of bullying. Today, we’re sharing an activity from The Kindness Curriculum by Judith Anne Rice, a resource filled with activities designed to help … Continue reading

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10 More Things to Do Outside This Summer

Last month, we shared ten outdoor activity ideas, and we’re back today with ten more. These ideas support active play and provide rich, experience-based learning that engages children’s senses, enhances motor skills, and drives growth. Soak up what’s left of … Continue reading

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10 Things To Do Outside With Kids This Summer

1. Use Water + Sponges to Teach Science and Math Skills Fill one bucket half full of water, and leave a second bucket empty. Show children how submerging a sponge into the first bucket soaks up water. Transfer the water … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Productive Passion or Distracting Obsession? What To Do When Children Have an Intense Interest in Just One Thing

We’re excited to welcome today’s guest blogger, Ann Gadzikowski, MEd, author of Story Dictation: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals and Challenging Exceptionally Bright Children in Early Childhood Classrooms. As early childhood coordinator for the Center for Talent Development at … Continue reading

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Creating Wind Chimes: A STEM-Based Activity for Children

Making a wind chime is the perfect springtime activity. Have children search for materials in nature — seashells, sticks, and more — and then help them use those items to create whimsical chimes for your outdoor play space. This activity … Continue reading

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The Redleaf Author Spotlight: Replacing Bullying with Kindness

Bullying has been in the national spotlight all too frequently, and many educators are searching for ways to eliminate (and, just as importantly, prevent) it in the classroom. Though bullying is not as prevalent in early childhood as it is … Continue reading

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