Early Learning

Skill Builders: Construction Junction

Skill Builders: Construction Junction

Let's build! As your child becomes more comfortable with block play, add some challenges with interconnecting blocks. They'll learn/develop: Fine motor skills Following directions Cause & effect Elements of design and building Nurturing your child Some tips for...

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Skill Builders: Learning to use scissors

Skill Builders: Learning to use scissors

Learning to use scissors is an important skill for your little ones as they prepare to go to school. You can help by providing some activities that let's them practice their cuts and proper use, safety and following lines. Find scissor tips via Parents magazine....

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Skill Builders: DIY Mosaic Board

Skill Builders: DIY Mosaic Board

We are back with another post highlighting important school readiness skills! For this activity we have recreated one of the resources we use in our early childhood education programs, a mosaic board. Early childhood skills learned: Color and shape recognition Fine...

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Skill Builders: Building Blocks

Skill Builders: Building Blocks

Let's play with blocks! This activity is not only fun, but it helps your toddlers and preschoolers build skills needed for school. Among the things they learn:  Spatial reasoning Creativity Building 3-D structures To get started, all you need are some blocks - they...

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Skill Builders: Mosaic Art

Skill Builders: Mosaic Art

Let's continue building your preschooler's shape recognition with a creative activity that also reinforces fine motor and scissor skills and shape recognition. Getting started You'll need a few items likely around your home. Materials: Construction paper Scissors Glue...

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Artful Tales Experience: Ish Painting

Gallery Educator Monica shares a fun art activity that you can do at home. This one is inspired by the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. It’s a process art activity, which essentially means you don’t follow step-by-step instructions. Instead, the focus is on exploring...

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Elements of a Story

Elements of a Story

We love stories in all forms - written, illustrated, painted, musical, etc. Help your child develop his or her own story with this activity from Gallery Educator, Noelle. She shows us the 5 elements of a story - from our Art of the Story exhibiton in the video below....

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Create Storytelling Stones

Create Storytelling Stones

One storytelling tradition includes using painted stones as inspiration for oral storytelling. Students can create their own scenery and painted stones to help them tell familiar tales or stories of their own creation. This activity can be paired with a story or song...

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Messy Creations: 3 ways to paint

Messy Creations: 3 ways to paint

Let’s get creative! Check out these three activities - from our Messy Creations series - designed for your little ones to paint at home without needing a paintbrush or even paint! Since these art exploration activities will be done at your home, grab some newspaper or...

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Messy Creations: Marbling

Messy Creations: Marbling

Got shaving cream and food coloring? Then you can paint another way: By marbling! This activity comes from our Messy Creations series. Be sure to set down some newspaper or a covering for your table to avoid getting too messy. Smocks or old T-shirts are great for...

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Shape Scavenger Hunt

Shape Scavenger Hunt

Shapes can be seen everywhere! Why not make a game out of finding them in our homes and outside! This will be a fun activity for National Scavenger Hunt Day on May 24. First, make a shape chart. Square Rectangle Circle Triangle Add new shapes - stars, ovals, diamond...

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Skill Builders: Sort-a-Shape

Skill Builders: Sort-a-Shape

Today we are highlighting some important school readiness skills through our shape sorting activity. This activity can be done in several different ways with materials easily found at home. Shape sorting is a great way to provide children with exposure to many skills...

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