Young children love to paint and draw, build and sculpt and when they present us with their artworks its easy to tell them that theyve done a great job - whatever the results! However with a few open-ended questions you can find out a little more about what theyve produced and what inspired them. Youll also help develop their creative and critical thinking skills in the process.
By adding music to movement young kids gain so many more benefits beyond movement alone, and it is lots of fun! From developing their language, memory and social skills to creative thinking and focused listening, they also start to build music foundations such as singing in tune and moving in time. So what can young kids get out of well-written music and movement experiences?
Its not often we associate benefits with screen time, but when used in moderation there are some benefits to be had for pre-school kids. Its all about balance! Find out more about the educational, communication, creative and physical benefits of screen time.
Preferring one parent to the other is a normal stage of your kids development. While this can be quite hurtful for the parent who is being excluded, it is helpful to remember that it is usually just a phase which will pass soon enough. Find out what can you do when your kids tend to prefer one parent over the other.
Heuristic play is about playing with real-life, everyday objects and providing kids with an opportunity for open-ended discovery. When children are involved in heuristic play, they are using familiar objects in different ways. It is the process of exploring the different ways to use the objects that is important in the play.
Is it time to ditch your toddler's dummy? The longer you leave it to get rid of your toddler's dummy, the more attached they will become to it. Bite the bullet while they're young and the agony will be less in the long run (although it may not feel like it at the time!). Make a start and follow these 10 simple steps.
Exploring science and nature can be so much fun for little ones. When toddlers and preschoolers are engaged in learning about science and nature, they are also learning strategies for active exploration, thinking and reasoning and develop working theories for making sense of the natural, social, physical and material worlds.
Find out how physical play and development are linked to reading and writing skills. The brain plays its part in childrens writing and reading but the body needs to be ready physically too. Little hands and eyes need developing ready for successful reading and writing.
Not all babies like their first few sessions of tummy time, but with your encouragement its an early developmental milestone theyll start to enjoy in their own time. However, the sooner you start, the quicker they will adapt. Check out our useful tummy time tips.
Teaching babies the difference between day and night can be a bit of a challenge until their body clock kicks in. However it's something you can easily help them learn from just a few weeks old. Whilst its not possible to establish a routine when your baby is very young, there are things you can do to separate day and night activities. In the long run it will also mean you will both start to get more sleep.
Theres evidence that children's imaginary friends are more widespread than ever. Find out why its normal, how make believe can affect a childs development, adjusting to your childs new friend, when should you be worried and how long will their imaginary friend be around for.
At your toddlers insistence, you may have read the same book and sung the same song ten times or more in a row. It may seem tedious to you, but there are good reasons why toddlers love repetition and like to hear the same things over and over again.
Baby sign language is primarily about bonding and communicating with your little one and comes with many benefits. Babies are born with a natural instinct to communicate and make themselves understood through gesturing, smiling, crying and making sounds. Baby sign language builds on their gesturing so you can begin to understand what they are saying to you. Find out more about some of the benefits.
Moving from a cot to their new big bed is a milestone in your toddlers life. Some are excited about the transition, whilst others find it all a bit daunting. Make moving to their first big bed easy for your toddler with these simple tips.
Are you worried your toddler isn't making friends? It's perfectly normal. Although some toddlers are naturally confident, most are typically slow to make friends to begin with. Here are some simple suggestions to help those early friendships blossom.
The period between 3 to 5 years old is a distinct time of growth and development for kids, a time for learning new skills and building their confidence. By understanding whats coming up next in terms of their development youll be more prepared and the transition will be a little smoother for everyone.
Adventure play or imaginative play comes with many benefits for preschoolers and is all about giving them a wide range of resources and materials to have fun with, experiment with and to help them build their own creations with.
Are play dates really necessary when kids are young? We take a look at some of the benefits and developmental effects play dates can have on older babies, toddlers and pre-school kids when they catch up with their friends.
Stranger anxiety is a normal, common part of your baby's or toddler's development. Just as babies and toddlers go through different phases of language development and motor development, they also go through different stages of social development. Stranger anxiety is one of these stages.
Check out these tips on how to help reduce your little ones tantrums which often occur between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old, with meltdowns of screaming, crying, kicking, biting and hitting as they try to express their emotions.