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The Importance of Play Dough and Development

 

Songs and Fingerplays:

Songs and fingerplays help children to grow and develop through imitaition of action, sounds and words, repition and movement also contribute to development.  By sining nursery rythms with your child help them to improve their language and literacy skills to prepare them for kindergarten.

 

           Five Little Ducks 

Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only three little ducks came back.

Three little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only two little ducks came back.

Two little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only one little duck came back.

One little duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack."
And all of the five little ducks came back.
 

 

 

 

 

 

This song can be used during bath time or it can be incorporated into everyday play, and you can substitute in any animal or toy that your child is particularly interested in. When using this activity you are helping your child build on their skills in number recognition, and increasing literacy skills and imitation skills. Not only are songs and fingerplays helpful in your child’s development, but they are also very enjoyable for families and children.


 

brown bear       

Book of the Month

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

by Eric Carle

 

 

Tips for Sharing Books with Babies and Toddlers

 

 


Exploring my environment:

   Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Allow children to use old kitchen supplies funnels, measuring cups spoons, etc. and practice scooping, pouring, stirring, dumping. 
  • This activity increases strength in wrist, hand, and arm muscles and increases finger strength.

  Plastic Bottles:

  • Cut a plastic bottle and use it to scoop sand or as a mold.  Can also use to poor and dump sand or works well with water.

 Roads:

  • Use cars or trucks in sand. Can build roads, tunnels, and mounds for cars or trucks.

 

Blowing bubbles: 

  • Practice blowing bubbles with children. Blowing bubbles increases oral motor strength which increases speech skills.
  • Blowing bubbles works on imitation skills and problem solving skills
  • Practice turn taking with bubbles which helps children understand sharing and taking turns.

 

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Top Toys:
You can provide your child with hours of imaginative play with the toys listed here. You may already have many of these items on hand.


Cardboard box: Children can build race car tracks, houses for their toys or themselves. With a cardboard box imagination has no end.

 

Blocks

 

Balls: Teaches cause and effect, turn taking skills, and helps to build muscles in legs and arms.

 

Music Making Toys:  You can make your own with beans and paper plates, or empty cans.

 

Trash/Recycled Materials: Toddlers love to fill and dump. Use kleenex boxes to stack, plastic contaniers for bowling pins and sand and water toys.

 

Water: Your child will enjoy filling and pouring water from various containers.

 

Plastic containers: Your child can stack, nest them and match tops.


You: You are your child's first and best teacher.