May I PLAY?
For the month of May, here is a calendar of learn and play activities for preschool and kindergarten age kids. These are suggestions you can adapt and change to your family’s needs and use to inspire your own ideas too.
The right to play is so critical to children’s development that it is enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on The Rights of the Child. It is by playing that the brain makes the millions of pathways needed for higher learning. Forming relationships and connecting to others is also built as children play. So the question, May I Play? is tremendously important. As adults, we need to ensure that children have time, space, and opportunity to play.
How will your child play today?
Mother Nature has played the best trick on us–the brain’s favorite way to learn is PLAY, so here is a whole month of April learn and play fun for kids.
The early years are critical for brain growth and development and young children need a variety of play experiences: hands-on, whole body, manipulative, exploratory, social interactions and more. The calendar of PLAY activities can be switched around to suit your family’s needs. Use it to inspire even more fun and learning with play activities. How’s that for a no-April-Fools?
We can use this calendar to March into some play and learn activities for the whole month. Spring is the season for new growth, and just like bodies need food to grow, brains need nourishment so they grow too. What can we feed brains? PLAY.
Yes, PLAY is fuel for brains. As children play, their minds create all sorts of wiring and connections for figuring out the world. At no other time in our lives, do brains grow as fast as they do during the early years. Play is crucial for early brain growth. You can print off the image, attach it to the fridge, and watch the brain grow as kids play and learn.
May means spring, so MayBee we can spring into action with more ways to play. Play is the brain’s favorite way to learn, which is very fortunate because the brain develops fastest during the early years. Did you know 90% of the brain develops by the age of 5? The calendar below has more play … Continue reading May Play Activities for Kids: MAYBEE You Can Come Play?
More support for kids experiencing learning or developmental delays was one parent’s wish for early childhood programs, especially before school entry. Waiting until kids arrive in grade one misses such a critical time of development. We know that children are all unique and learn and develop at their own rate, in their own ways, and … Continue reading Parent Wishes #12: More support for kids experiencing learning or developmental delays
Kids, like adults, can march to a different beat, and play to a different one too; it’s important to respect differences in how children play. Play is not the same for all children. Parents only need to have two kids to see the tremendous differences there can be from one child to the other. While … Continue reading March & Play to a Different Beat: Respect Differences in How Children Play
Child’s play helps discover new planets? Well, that’s a bit of a stretch but what we do as adults often grows from how we loved to play as kids. Many of the scientists at NASA were fascinated by space as children and on a radio show, one of them was quoted as saying she has … Continue reading Child’s Play Helps Discover New Planets
To a child, love is spelled T.I.M. E. For kids, the best valentine is together play time. Today’s play-of-the-day is suggestions for doing just that. At the very start of the day, even before breakfast, how about a pajama snuggle. If the day isn’t too rushed, instead of a bedtime story, find a favorite book … Continue reading For Kids the Best Valentine is Together Play Time
Kids need play. Each New Year we think of ways to improve health and well-being. Our kids need unstructured play for healthy bodies and bright minds. With days so busy we have to plan our time, we run the risk of over-scheduling our kids too. While it’s understandable we want to give them as many … Continue reading How to Get in the Zone? Kids Need PLAY!
Kids impress us with their creativity and flexibility, especially in how to use non-toys for children’s play. So good, it happens almost daily! Have you had to search all over the house and car for something a little one was playing with? Like the keys or your phone? Kids play with almost anything. What appeals … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions: U = USE Non-Toys for Children’s Play