Did you know that 85% of brain growth happens by the time a child turns three years old? How about the fact that children learn up to 12,000 new words a year because of reading? (Children’s Movement Florida).
Children start developing important functions in the first few years of their lives. In that vein, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates early learning with The Week of the Young Child. This year’s special week starts on Monday, April 24 through Friday, April 28. Don’t miss this great opportunity to focus on your young kids’ early learning and development!
In addition to NAEYC’s awesome suggestions, we’ve put together a list of fun ideas and activities for enjoying each day of the week.
Music helps children develop literacy, language and math skills
- Invite friends over and have a dance party at home.
- Use a karaoke machine to croon your favorite tunes.
Keep your kids healthy and fit with nutritional foods and daily exercise
- Let your child pick a new recipe and try whipping it up together.
- Set up a fun obstacle course in your backyard or at the local park.
Work Together Wednesday
Collaborating with others helps children develop their social skills as well as build on math and science concepts
- Heading to the beach? Get a group together and build a sand castle!
- Build a homemade bird feeder and hang it from a tree. Watch as feathered friends fly in from all over the neighborhood.
Making art encourages creativity while developing small motor skills
- Grab a few white T-shirts and tie-dye them using various bright colors.
- Pour a small amount of different color paints on a sheet of paper, then let the child blow through a straw to move the paint around and make a design. (Pro tip: puncture a hole in the straw so paint will not reach the child’s mouth if they accidentally suck in).
A strong, supportive family is a crucial component of a child’s development
- Print photos from the past year and create an album while you talk about the various ways your child has grown, physically and mentally, in that time.
- Host family game night complete with your favorite healthy snacks.