The best way to learn is through play, so here are more ideas of May play activities for kids. May-bee some of these will encourage and inspire play at your house or care center. May is a great month for adding lots more minutes a day for outdoor play too. Print off this version of May’s calendar of play activities for kids and enjoy!
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 activities for the first part of May. MayBee you can grow some more ideas too…
This calendar for the month of A-pril comes with a-play for each day. Print it off and then enjoy the play-of-the-day. A-ctivities can be changed and rearranged as needed. Best of all, with play there is no test at the end (chuckle, chuckle). Play supports all kinds of early learning and development.
Although it sounds terrible to parents and caregivers, messy play contributes to children’s learning and development. It’s a sensory delight for kids and one of the joys of childhood. If play is the brain’s favorite way to learn, messy play is kids favorite way to explore both themselves and the world around them. For this … Continue reading Mayhem and Messy Play: Messy Play Contributes to Children’s Learning and Development
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
Being silly for children’s fun and learning is written in the calendar. The expression to be “mad as a March hare” means to be crazy, and it is March. Children laugh far more times a day than adults do. Being serious is important, but laughter can help all of us cope with life’s stresses. Silly … Continue reading Being Silly for Children’s Fun and Learning – Mad as a March Hare
Helping kids ask questions will give them an advantage. Thomas Berger said, “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” Despite the astonishing number of questions kids ask a day–some estimates are more than 300–asking questions is really quite complicated. Brains have to organize the correct order of words, change … Continue reading How to Steal a March #15: Helping Kids Ask Questions
Today’s new year’s resolution is brought to you by the letter Y: you are your child’s greatest learning resource so take care of you. While this sounds next to impossible for parents, especially when comes to the issue of getting enough sleep, it’s far too important to ignore. And we all need to be there … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution: You Are Your Child’s Greatest Learning Resource So Take Care of You
This post was inspired by play-expert Jeff A. Johnson at Explorations Early Learning. The message is parents, educators need to trust and let kids play. It seems parenting and teaching are balancing acts. There’s so much we would like to do for kids, but at the same time we have to let them learn for … Continue reading T = Trust: Parents, Educators Need to Trust and Let Kids Play
Since they ask more than 300 questions a day, why do we need to help kids ask questions? Asking questions is the first part to figuring things out. In the words of Thomas Berger, “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.” For kids to know, they need to question. … Continue reading Q is for Questions: Why We Need to Help Kids Ask Questions