Yummy Face Pizzas

Making Pizza Faces is lots of fun, delicious and will promote learning and development in many areas. They are simple- perfect for kids to make and eat.

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Balloon Bam

This game is not for the faint hearted as it requires the players to burst balloons to find messages inside. Some children love bursting balloons but others don’t, so this party game should be optional.

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How to Hold a Pencil– Tripod Grasp for PreSchoolers

A pencil grasp is the manner in which one holds a pencil. An effective grasp requires skillful positioning of the fingers, hand and wrist. It allows free and easy pencil movement while drawing and writing. The most efficient pencil grasp for drawing and writing is the tripod grasp.

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Activities to Promote Social and Emotional Development in 3 Year Olds and Pre-Schoolers

The development of social and emotional skills start within the first few hours of life and continue throughout a lifetime. The amount of social and emotional development that occurs in the infant and early childhood years is astonishing.

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Everyone Has Feelings–Emotional Recognition Activity

As your child throws a tantrum in the supermarket isle you dream of the day that they will have the ability to control their own emotions. In the early childhood teaching profession we call this emotional regulation. As a teacher, I find it extremely rewarding to watch a child develop and mature emotionally so they can do things like, defer their wishes until later (no more tantrums) or have a conversation about how they feel....

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Teaching Children About Respect

Aretha Franklin certainly knew what she was talking about when she belted out these lyrics… “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”, Find out what it means to me! Take care, TCB!

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It’s Not “Just” Playing– The Truth About Play

For infants and children, engaging in ones world through the act of play is overwhelmingly ‘natural’, after all, we see it in the animal kingdom too. Play is intrinsically motivated which means it’s driven by the interests and enjoyment of the individual.

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Stages of Children’s Play- A Window Into Your Child’s Brain Development

Observing and monitoring how children use materials and objects during play is a window into understanding your child’s cognitive development and intellectual capabilities. As children move through their first years of life, the way they play with objects and their style of play changes quite dramatically. In the beginning a child’s play is quite simple. Only as the child develops intellectually will they begin to display new and more complex ways of doing things and...

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Your Child’s Social Stages of Play

In 1932 researcher Mildred Parten developed her social stages of play based on her observations of children in an American nursery school. Even though it has been over 75 years since Parten developed her stages of play, they are still as relevant today as they were in the 30’s. So much so that Universities all over the world include Parten’s play stages in their education course content.

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Gross Motor Development– Birth to 6 Years

Gross Motor skills are the abilities required to control and coordinate the large muscles of the body. These muscles are located in the arms, legs, feet, torso, etc. Gross Motor skills include: Body Awareness– for posture and control. Balance– the ability to maintain equilibrium while still or on the move. Unilateral Coordination– awareness of and use of the left and right sides of the body. Bilateral Coordination– the ability to coordinate both sides of the...

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