Beyond the Classroom

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Daily Dose of Wonder #8: Reflect and Discover!

Promotes: Social and Emotional Development Ages: 0-12 Months Infants’ eyes are drawn to human faces more than any other shape. An exciting milestone for infants (and their parents) is when the little ones begin to recognize emotions in others and start to interact. This activity encourages your child to express emotions or copy facial movements

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Daily Dose of Wonder #7: Balance and Coordination with Just a Roll of Tape

Promotes: Physical Development and Wellness, Social and Emotional Development Age: 3-4 Years Here’s a creative way to turn any room or outdoor space into an instant obstacle course—all you need is a roll of tape!  Taking turns is a social skill that can be practiced at home while playing games. Young children benefit from games

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Daily Dose of Wonder #6: Mixing it Up!

Promotes: Social and Emotional Development Ages: 24-36 Months   Fresh juices and homemade smoothies are a wonderful way to add vitamins and antioxidants to your family’s diet—and they can provide a great way to get your child involved in the kitchen. Including your child in food preparation can help him or her feel helpful and

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Daily Dose of Wonder #5: Move Through Tunnels and Have a Learning Adventure!

Promotes: Physical Development and Wellness Ages: 12-24 Months You don’t need a children’s gym membership to get your toddler using his or her whole body! Toddlers build gross-motor skills through everyday activities such as crawling, kicking balls, and jumping. These exercises help develop large-muscle control and can be done indoors or outdoors, just about anywhere.

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Daily Dose of Wonder #4: Getting Smarter, Getting Messy!

Promotes: Cognitive Development Ages: 0-12 Months   Edible, messy play gives your child the opportunity to creatively explore new textures and materials through touch, smell, and taste. According to a University of Iowa study published in the journal, Developmental Science, kids who squish, mash, and smear their food often learn faster than their clean-eating counterparts.

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Daily Dose of Wonder #3: Have Fun Indoors with Nature – Make a Tree Collage!

Promotes: Physical Development and Wellness  Ages: 24-36 Months  There are so many wonderful reasons to spend time outdoors with your child, from the fresh air and bright colors to sunshine and the countless opportunities for learning in the natural world. This creative activity encourages your child to use large-motor and small-motor skills to gather natural

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Daily Dose of Wonder #2: Beyond the Paintbrush with Marbles!

Promotes: Creative Expression Age: 3-4 Years Thinking beyond the crayons and paper can give your child a brain boost! Experimenting with different materials to create artwork provides a stimulating and exciting adventure for young children. In this activity, your child will explore different ways of making a marble move in a shoebox, leaving unique and

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