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 […]
Leaves are changing color and pumpkin spice is back on the menu. Time for fall! It’s also a great season for introducing young kids to many fun science activities that also inspire your child’s imagination. Here are just a few great ideas, using easy-to-find ingredients and a big dose of creativity! Apple Experiment This activity […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]