Art is amazing for kids in countless ways. It allows them to be creative, express themselves emotionally, and develop in many other ways. One of the great benefits of many art projects is that they can also help children in many academic ways - but don't tell them!
This is one of the BEST stories for fall time and apple picking! It's great to include a quick lesson about how apples grow and the important role of bees along with this story as fun little unit. Feel free to add how other fruits and vegetables grow, too!
You may want to add props, puppets, etc....you will DEFINITELY want to get a RED apple. Be sure to cut it in half along the midline to see the "star" where the seeds are (it is opposite of the way you usually cut it!. (Picture at the end of the story.)
Most kids looooove to swing! Ever wonder why? It's because it feels so darn good! Well, that is so very smart of the little ones to realize. Because it doesn't just FEEL good, it IS good for them! Swinging, and other similar movements, actually help the brain develop. Kids just may be smarter than we think!
Simple activities like fingerpainting and playing with shaving cream have been popular with many young children for as long as most of us can remember. Some people may feel like these activities are "just for fun" or to keep little ones busy.
However, these types of sensory development activities are much more important than just keeping little ones out of trouble. These tasks actually help little ones' brains develop in ways that can help with future academic success. So, bring out those messy activities often!
The week of all things green and gold is finally here! I promise if we catch a leprechaun over here I will share some of the pot of gold with everyone.
But until then...here are some ways you can make the day fun for your kids and maybe you can catch one, too! For those of you with kids in our preschool classes, this is mostly what we will be doing - but you can still do similar things at home, too!
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