Tag Archives: cognitive development

Brain Awareness Week: Activities for toddlers’ growing brains

Happy brain awareness week! Sometimes we forget that children’s brains are a work in progress. They do not think the same way as adults and we must foster their development as we help them grow and mature. In the early … Continue reading

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Seven Animal-Based Authentic Learning Experience Ideas

From family pets and wild animals to toys, stuffed animals, and media portrayals, animals are a central part of every child’s landscape. What is it that makes animals so appealing to children, and how can you use that interest to … Continue reading

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Mystery Word: An Active Way to Build Cognitive Skills

We have a great learning adventure to share today. The activity, Mystery Word, is pulled from one of our latest releases, Let’s Play, by Jeff A. Johnson and Denita Dinger. (Want to learn more about the book and its counterpart, … Continue reading

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Three Tips to Advocate for Play

As an early childhood professional, you know the important role that play has in children’s lives. Children’s play is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. As children play, they master motor development, learn language and social skills, think creatively, and … 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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Quick and Fun Pi Day (3.14) Activity for Young Children

Happy Pi Day! Pi (π) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159, or 3.14, which matches today’s date. You could … Continue reading

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