The Preschool Connect Blog

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  • Ways to Take Brain Breaks

    According to Edutopia, young students are easily distracted, but regular, short breaks can help them focus, increase their productivity, and reduce their stress.

    Very Well Family describes brain breaks as fun and not to be viewed as lengthy or punishments.

    As we know, excessive screen time can have an alternative effect on children. Read more on The Preschoolers Connect-Excessive Screen Time.

    To provide balance for young children, let’s explore brain break resources and ways to which parents can teach brain breaks at home.

    Brain Break Resources for Parents at Home

    This Reading Mama has FREE Wiggly Brain Break cards.

    Pink Oatmeal also provides inexpensive flash card sets for Brain Breakers!

    Here are some other great ways to take a quick or long brain break!

    1. Yoga Break/Stretching

    2. Breathing Exercises

    3. Jumping around! Click the link for Brain Break- Body Boogie Dance Break Song

    4. Doodle on paper

    5. Go for a walk

    6. Sing and clap to your favorites

    7. Give or get hugs

    8. Rocket ship jumps (bending down, touching toes and bouncing while counting down from 10, then blastoff)

    9. Do nothing

    10. Take a look outside

  • Top Virtual Zoo’s for National Zoo Lovers Day 2021

    Grab your tablet or device and get comfy! National Zoo Lovers Day is April 8th and this year, virtual Zoo’s are back with more to offer!

    Click the links to learn more about each virtual zoo!

    Houston Zoo

    Watch the gorillas take control of the exhibit or the sea otters flip past the camera. There’s even a camera set in front of the smallest animal at the zoo…ANTS! To learn more about the Houston Zoo click the link!

    Denver Zoo

    Denver Zoo TV (DZTV) is provided through YouTube to allow viewers the opportunity to engage in the virtual world of their favorite zoo animals! To learn more about the Denver Zoo, click the link!

    Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens

    Participate in a Wild Chats and Zoo on the Move with Zoo Keepers. Parents have the option to choose non-school virtual trips or school related virtual zoo trips. Click the link to schedule a chat or tour!

    San Diego Zoo

    The San Diego Zoo offers 10 cameras for young and old viewers to engage with wildlife! Watch the koala’s, apes, or polar bears in action! Click Here!

    Georgia Aquarium

    Join the Georgia Aquarium for Virtual Yoga by the Water, virtual tours, Sea Otter webcam along with many other online activities for young children. Click the link above!

    Memphis Zoo

    The Memphis Zoo offers a virtual experience with tracking through the Northwest Voyage with Sea Lion. Or, travel down the Zambezi River with hippos! The primates are also an option, as young and old viewers can virtually engage in the world of apes through Primate Canyon! Click the link!

    Each zoo offers the ability to engage with wildlife for all zoo lovers! Take advantage of the opportunity and Happy Zoo Lovers Day 2021!

  • April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month 🌏

    The National Child welfare has created an outreach toolkit. Click below to access:

    Child Abuse Prevention 2021 Toolkit

  • Teaching Children to Take Care of the Environment

    Taking Care of Our Environment

    National Biodiesel Day is 3/18 along with Earth Day being on the horizon (generally in April). Let’s explore ways to talk about environmental responsibility with children.

    Why?

    “He that plants trees loves others more than himself.”

    The World Wild Life Foundation seeks to to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

    Learn more about saving the environment and preserving wildlife and nature- World Wild Life Foundation.

    Q: How can we and our littles become more environmentally conscious and responsible?

    A: Let’s start with some environmentally friendly activities…

    1. Paint with recycled objects such as cotton balls, feathers, sticks, and plastic cups. Check out Hands On as We Grow for more painting tips!

    2. DIY Moss Ball using moss and yarn! Mothered Natured-Connecting Kids with Nature provides a step by step guide to this craft. For young children, close supervision is advised, given the materials.

    3. Create a Play or Magic Garden 🪴

    Beans, vegetables, flowers, or fruit-a play or magical garden is a great way to teach your child about the environment. Take the time to read through gardening take-aways on Family Food & Garden. Gardening Tip: Prior to planting the seeds, have your child create and draw their magical garden, and then use this as a guide when planting.

    4. Create Nature Inspired Art

    Fireflies and Mudpies

    Mothered Natured has provided FREE printables and guides when seeking natured inspired art inspiration.

    5. Read Nature and Animal Inspired Books

    Click HERE for 80+ Nature and Animal Books for Children!

    6. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Regrow Vegetables

    Planet Protectors provides FREE recycling tool kits for children. All is required is to enter your information for shipping purposes. Learning about recycling and regrowing vegetables can be fun! Your child can experiment with their favorite vegetables and watch them regrow over the weeks!

    Photo provided by Spud.CA Click the link to learn how to regrow pineapples!

    Planet Powers showcases exactly how to regrow vegetables inside. Most require the placement into water with a specified amount of sunlight daily. Click the above link to learn more…

    7. Animal Rescue Mission Activity

    Team Cartwright gives this awesome STEM activity that ties in science, wildlife and preservation.

    8. Save Water Nursery Rhymes

    Click the link to view the video:
    Save Water Periwinkle
  • St. Patrick’s Day Activities Your Family Can Enjoy!

    Luck of the Irish? ☘️ Or, just lucky. Whether or not you wore green today, here are a few activities to celebrate today’s festivities!

    St. Patrick’s Day Activities Your Family Can Enjoy!

    1. Create a green drink!

    Photo Credit- The Seasoned Mom

    Make a cup of Green fruit juice, green milk, green smoothie or green tea all with added food coloring or natural coloring. The Seasoned Mom provides a four ingredient Monster Green Smoothie.

    2. Lucky charms crafts

    Lucky for parents, St. Patrick’s Day has its own cereal (Lucky Charms) . Use this to create rainbow art! Sort, count, and eat the treats! Children can also create necklaces and bracelets using the cereal also. Staying Close to Home has provided a how to create St. Patrick’s Day inspired crafts.

    Photo credit- Staying Close to Home

    3. Hunt for Clovers!

    Place clovers throughout your house and allow littles to hunt for clovers! Count how many you have found.

    4. Get Dressed and Attend St. Patrick’s Day Festivals

    Search for local parades, bikeathons, festivals of the likes for the holiday. Don’t forget to wear green!

    5. Bake Green Cookies!

    Photo credit- Butter With a Side of Bread

    Butter with a Side of Bread provides a list of St. Patrick’s Day goodies and treats! Check out the mint chocolate chip cookies!

    Photo credit- Butter With a Side of Bread

    6. Attend a Virtual Parade

    Larger cities such as New York and St. Louis are among the few who are hosting virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parades. Sit back and enjoy the festivities from the comfort of your home! ☘️ Click Here for a compete schedule fo the St. Louis St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2021.