Category: Fine Motor

Art Education

The Importance of Art in Early Learning

When we observe children coloring and painting, we often think they are simply scribbling and doodling. What if I told you that some major learning and cognitive development is happening while they create art? What if I told you that children who are involved in art activities on a regular basis are four times more

Sign Language in Childcare

Teaching Sign Language in Childcare is Beneficial 

There are many benefits to teaching sign language in childcare from the beginning, far more than can fit into this blog, but I want to highlight a couple that I find most important.  Communicate before the verbal ability People tend to be happier when they can successfully communicate their ideas, and children are no exception.

Gardening with Kids

There are various ways that I love to keep children engaged with the beauty of nature. Gardening with kids can be so exciting. Having kids take responsibility in the classroom can start with smaller steps such as watering the plants. However, once they become more reliable on these smaller tasks they can go on to

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Messy Children – Let Them Make a Mess

Mess, is such a scary word to some of us. Messy children and making a mess are part of any quality childcare program. But also making a mess is such an important tool for your young one.  Making a mess gives your children benefits such as: Fine & Gross Motor Skills Fine Motor Skills are

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Toddler Fine Motor Skills

Hello parents! Sometimes it seems easier to put your child in front of the TV or an iPad to watch their favorite show. I know as parents you try your hardest. Did you know by just letting children sit in front of devices they aren’t using practicing their fine motor skills? Toddler fine motor skills

Introducing Art at an Early Age

Children have a natural spirit of curiosity and I believe introducing art at an early age is important and very necessary as they work through the world to see how it works. Research has shown that including art activity programs at an early age develops brain capacity. Introducing art at an early age is key.

Pumpkin Time

  As Summer ends and Autumn creeps in, we see tons of pumpkin flavored food/drink being put back in seasonal menus such as pumpkin spiced latte, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin spiced cheerios, pumpkin spiced chocolates. So for this month, I would like to introduced a recipe that cannot get more pumpkin flavored than Pumpkin

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Cooking in the Classroom

This time of year, when it is a little bit too chill to be outside,  I love experimenting with different recipes! I think cooking with children is so valuable and fun! Depending on what you have access to in your classroom, cooking may vary, but there are many non bake items, that you can try!

Indoor Recess? No Problem!

With the winter months, comes many inclement weather days for our young learners. This can also lead to an over-abundance of built up energy for our little ones when they are not provided with enough engaging, gross motor activities. The CDA Council prides itself on 13 functional areas, and one of them include Functional Area

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Finding Everyday Items to Use as Toys and Learning Items

For this months topic I was thinking about how often children find random household objects to play with throughout the day. Most children I know have used pots and pans to form their own band, or made a collection from various items outside. Using these types of creative play in the classroom or home childcare