There are so many benefits to dancing to music! Children are learning body awareness, balance, and range of motion. To understand and mimic movements, children need to process visual and auditory cues. Large motor play is great for developing coordination…and it’s super fun! Scarves are a great way to make music and dancing even more fun! Use scarves or other props you have at home to make the music come alive for you and your children!
Notes from Story Time Category: Playing
Playing is an important way for your baby to learn. The most important ingredient in play is you. Your baby loves your attention, and playing is how he/she bonds with you. Books with flaps (such as Snowflake Baby) are a good way to combine playing and reading. It makes the book into a game, and children love it!
Through play, kids can learn about emotional intelligence, or how to process their feelings and share them in constructive ways. Books like Three Grumpy Trucks by Todd Tarpley can start a conversation about the best way to play and express oneself.
Just remember, getting your child ready to read is as simple as “talk, sing, read, write, and play.” Have fun by singing a jump rope rhyme! You don’t need a rope; you can just have fun jumping!
Ice cream soda,
What kind of food
Will I have for lunch?
A, B, C, D, E…
The letter you stop jumping on is the first letter of your lunch food! Talk about what kinds of food start with that letter, and what food your child likes.
Play offers so many enjoyable opportunities to develop language. It helps children learn to think symbolically, like when they use a banana as a phone. This kind of thinking is used in language all the time and will help as they are learning to read!