The holidays are the main time of year when parents and caregivers are looking for the best educational toys for their children. School-age and preschool-age children benefit from a variety of fun, hands-on learning tools, while parents of older children are often looking for toys that focus more on core competencies like math, spelling, and reading. In addition to toys that promote language skills and reading, many brands are developing
Learning to cook is a wonderful activity with many benefits for young children. It’s a great opportunity for some quality family time. Dinnertime is more exciting for kids when they get to help! Cooking expands your child’s vocabulary as they learn the names of their favorite foods. It also lets kids practice measuring ingredients and watching how they change when we mix them together. But the kitchen also comes with
What does it mean to be a helper? Helpfulness is an important part of good social development, and there are many excellent ways for children to practice being helpful — from putting toys back on the shelf to collecting food for neighbors in need. We can also introduce kids to the many grown-ups who work to make life better for others.
What kid doesn’t love fruit? Here’s a simple summer snack you can make with your children for an afternoon at the lake or pool! Ingredients: One Watermelon (Sliced) Pint of Blueberries Supplies: Star cookie cutter Wooden skewers Instructions: Thread 7-10 blueberries onto the skewers Top skewer with watermelon star Serve and enjoy!
Ask almost any teacher, and they’ll agree: kids love dinosaurs! That’s great news, because learning about dinosaurs in preschool is an excellent way to get younger children excited about science, inspire creativity and introduce critical thinking skills that will last a lifetime. Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® taps into children’s fascination with all things prehistoric with our annual Dinosaur Discovery theme. During the month of April, teachers integrate a variety
Early education is most effective when it’s fun! And dancing brings the curriculum to life by tapping into preschoolers’ natural curiosity and energy. It combines the power of sensory stimulation with physical movement to make lessons more memorable. One study published in the journal Social Development randomly assigned a group of preschool students to an 8-week dance program or a control group who received no dance instruction. The researchers found
At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool®, we believe that some of the best learning takes place when kids are active. Regular physical activity plays an important role in early childhood development and supports everything from your child’s overall health to their success in school. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of exercise for preschoolers in particular. Exercise and Academic Achievement A review of over 60 years of research
Everyone knows that children love to pretend. But did you know that pretending can actually help with learning? More specifically, we’re talking about drama in the preschool curriculum! People of all ages tend to remember things better when they do them: People remember 10% of what they read 20% of what they hear 30% of what they see 50% of what they see and hear 90% of what they see,
It seems intuitive that it’s good for children to play outside. Physical activity, including time outdoors, promotes a child’s development and even academic success. But with today’s largely sedentary, screen-saturated culture, that’s often easier said than done. One expert from Yale University noted that the typical U.S. child spends about 90% of their time indoors. Kids get only 30 minutes a day of outdoor unstructured play, down from 4
Many parents wonder when their child is old enough to start learning about science. As it turns out, science is actually an important part of early childhood education, along with basic skills like reading and math. Science taps into preschoolers’ natural curiosity and helps them to cultivate a lifelong desire to learn. Young children need multiple ways to engage with science to help them grasp important concepts.