Sensory Play: June Book Recommendations!

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This month’s book recommendation’s focus is on sensory play!

From birth to childhood, your little one uses their senses (touch, sight, smell, taste, hearing, and vestibular proprioception) to explore the world around them. Sensory play is crucial to brain development as it helps your child build an understanding of objects, spaces, and people. Engaging in sensory play aides our little ones in building emotional awareness and expression.

Our expert programming team has hand-picked these June reads that assist in developing language skills, encourage exploration, and increase creativity. There is also a bonus book recommendation for the grownups out there who want to try out some “messy play” recipes.

The very busy spider

The Very Busy Spider, by Eric Carle
One morning a little spider starts spinning a web on a fencepost. One by one, the animals on the farm try to distract her, but she keeps working until her web is finished. This book allows children to feel the pictures as well as see them, as they trace along the spider’s web.

Fuzzy Fuzzy

Fuzzy Fuzzy Fuzzy!
(A Touch, Skritch & Tickle Book), by Sandra Boynton
This touch and feel book by the popular author Sandra Boynton features five animals that little ones can touch, feel and tickle. This book is the perfect choice for baby’s first touch and feel book!

Follow Me

Follow Me (Finger Mazes), by Roger Priddy
Help Fox and his animal friends find their way along the trails in this finger maze book! The grooved outlines allow children to follow along with their finger, from the forest to the farm and even the ocean.

Noisy Airplane

The Noisy Airplane Ride, by Mike Downs and David Gordon
Rhyming verses take little ones on a tour of different sounds they might hear before, during, and after an airplane ride. The rhythmic, onomatopoeic text makes for a great read-aloud that will have children copying the different sounds. As a bonus, this book is a great tool for comforting first-time flyers!

Night sounds

Night Sounds, by Sam Taplin
Discover the magic of the night with this press-the-button sound book. Children will hear hooting owl, squeaking bats, and a purring cat as they follow along with the story. Peep-holes and finger trails make this book a well-rounded sensory experience!

Bonus book recommendation for the grownups:

Bonus Messy Play

Recipes for Messy Play, by Cathy Sheppard
Messy play is not only tons of fun, it helps children learn about their senses, practice literacy, numeracy and social-emotion skills, explore color, texture and pattern, and develop hand-eye coordination. A true whole-child approach to learning! In this book, adults discover 40 fun, creative and open-ended sensory experiences for young learners.

For more story time fun, visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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Come Pretend With Us

 

Support a lifetime of learning by nurturing your little one’s imagination!

Pretend play, or imaginary play, has many benefits for a child’s emotional and physical development. Learning is supported by imagining and role playing. When your little one pretends to be a different character, such as a pirate or a princess, they are walking in someone else’s shoes and that teaches empathy and respect. Designing their own world of excitement, children find creative ways to use a cardboard box or turn their favorite toy into something magical.

Pretend play also fosters problem solving tools that support cognitive and creative thinking, and guides your little one to think “outside of the box”.

Join Gymboree Play & Music as we pretend to be pirates. We will make our very own spyglass, sail the seven seas, and sing a pirate song in our featured video of the week.

 

Come create with us at our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music  Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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Minimalist Motherhood with Diane Boden

Episode Information

In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are discussing the art of Minimalism and how parents can bring minimalist values into their day-to-day life.

Diane Boden is the voice behind the top-rated podcast, the Minimalist Moms, where she spreads her ideas and interviews others in regards to living a life in the pursuit of less. Her goal is simply: think more and do with less. Diane has been featured on Minimal-ish Podcast, The Pure Nurture Podcast, The 29 Minute Mom and many others. She was featured in 614Magazine in August 2019. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and three children.

Connect with Diane on Instagram

  1. @minimalistmomspodcast
  2. https://www.instagram.com/minimalistmomspodcast/?hl=en

About 

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Visit us online:

  1.  www.gymboreeclasses.com

Purchase Bubble Ooodles Online:

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Celebrating Creativity: May Book Recommendations!

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Our May book recommendations are all about celebrating creativity!

Creativity is not just limited to artistic expression – such as painting a picture, singing a song, or putting on a puppet show – but it also includes science and math. Creativity is essential to social and emotional development, so your little one will learn to be flexible and adaptable.

Imaginative play in early childhood is a door to all kinds of creative possibilities!

Our expert programming team have hand-picked these May reads for your little problem–solver to enjoy!

 

Not a box

Not a Box, By Antoinette Portis

A box is just a box to most. But to this small rabbit, a little creativity goes a long way as a cardboard box transforms into anything he can imagine. If you and your little one enjoys this story, you’ll also love “Not a Stick” by the same author.

 

Sky color

Sky Color, By Peter H. Reynolds

Marisol loves to paint. When her teacher asks her to help paint a mural for the school library, she decides to paint the sky. But how can she paint the sky without any blue paint? Inspired by a dream, Marisol creates a brand-new color for the sky.

 

Whale

The Whale in My Swimming Pool, By Joyce Wan

One day a little boy goes outside for a swim. But he finds his pool is already occupied… by a whale! He tries everything to get the whale to move, but he won’t budge. Luckily, the boy comes up with the perfect creative solution.

 

Beautiful OOPs

Beautiful Oops, By Barney Saltzberg

A tear, a spill, a smudge, a stain. When you think you’ve made a mistake, try to turn it into something beautiful. This creative book uses folded pages and liftable flaps to teach little ones it’s ok to make mistakes. Sometimes mistakes can inspire you do more than you ever imagined!

 

Duck Rabbit

Duck Rabbit By Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

I see a duck! Or is it a rabbit? Everyone loves a good optical illusion. This book allows little ones to begin seeing the world from different perspectives. It’s all in how you look at it!

 

For more story time fun, visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

Get your daily dose of fun!

 

The Parent Pod: Managing Big Emotions with Rachel Bailey

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Episode Information

This week we’re speaking to Rachel Bailey about strategies for parents who are raising kids with BIG EMOTIONS. 

Rachel Bailey is a Parenting Specialist who has been serving families for over a decade. Besides being a mother of two, she also has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, a certification in Positive Discipline, and has provided services as an ADHD Coach, in-home mentor, and therapist. Currently, Rachel teaches parents practical, longterm tools for raising responsible, resilient, confident children… while reducing the stress and guilt in parents’ lives.

More about Rachel

  1. http://rachel-bailey.com/
  2. https://www.latest.facebook.com/RachelBaileyParenting/

Additional Reading about BIG EMOTIONS

  1. The 6 Types of Basic Emotions and Their Effect on Human Behavior
  2. Dealing with Big Feelings – Teaching Kids How to Self-Regulate
  3. Managing Anger and Other Big Emotions

About 

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

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The Parent Pod: Successful Parenting Strategies with Child Mental Health Counselor & Psychologist Jennifer Szeghi

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Episode Information

In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we are speaking to Parent Coach Jennifer Szeghi.

Jennifer Szeghi is a mother, a parent coach/coordinator, and the founder of Successful Parenting. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2002, she started two positions to gain more experience with children and adolescents who have behavioral and emotional problems.  As a residential manager at Hamilton County Juvenile Court-Hillcrest Detention Center, she was responsible for twelve juvenile male offenders. 

By 2005, she started a position at Child Focus as an Outpatient Mental Health Therapist for children and adolescents, with adjustment disorder, anxiety disorders, behavior disorders, and mood disorders. 

In 2016, she completed the training: Basic Mediation, Domestic Abuse Issues, Specialized Family/Divorce Mediation, Parent Coordinator, and Advanced Parent Coordinator from the Ohio Supreme Court.  These training sessions have allowed her to add the service of parent coordinating services to co-parents who struggle with continued conflict.

She holds a Graduate Certificate in Children and Adolescent Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Additional Reading about Successful Parenting Strategies & Jennifer Szeghi

  1. https://successfulparentingllc.com/
  2. https://www.latest.facebook.com/RachelBaileyParenting/

About 

The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Visit us online:

  1.  www.gymboreeclasses.com

Purchase Bubble Ooodles Online:

  1. Purchase Here

It’s Slime Time

Support a lifetime of learning by introducing your little ones to science at an early age.

Tactile activities such as making slime (yes slime) have many benefits for children’s cognitive and physical development. Slime is a type of sensory and messy play that encourages the imagination to explore and create.

Making slime is a relaxing activity that you and your little one can do together at home. This hands-on science experiment blends different substances together, and supports sensory play through movements such as pouring, mixing, measuring, and even cleaning. Children will have fun stirring and stretching the slime, as well as exploring the texture. Your little one will also learn colors and color combinations.

What you will need:
Water
Borax
Glue (Elmer’s School Glue)
Food coloring to add color to the slime (Optional)

How to:
Take 1 cup of water
Add 1 teaspoon of Borax to the cup of water, stir until dissolved and set aside
Put ½ cup of water and ½ cup of glue in a big bowl
Add a few drops of food coloring to the big bowl of ingredients
Stir glue, water, and food coloring together
Add the cup of water and Borax to the big bowl and stir some more

Now your little one is ready to be sticky and slimy!

 

Visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning! 

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Engage In Play At Home

April 16

There is nothing more fun than spending quality time with family and loved ones! But during these uncertain times of staying in place and social distancing, finding activities for your little ones to do at home can be challenging.

We at Gymboree Play & Music are committed to taking care of our community. We recognize how hard it can be to come up with creative ideas for every moment of the day. That’s why we have compiled a list of activities encouraging exploration and self-expression that will keep your little one engaged in play from the comfort of your own home.

Create a Daily Routine
A routine creates a sense of security for your little one and will provide a calmer family environment. Our friends at HOMER have created a “build your own learning routine” that focuses on movement, story time, and so much more. Check out their colorful routine that can be applied to ages 10 and under.

Click the image to view all the routines.

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Play Dress Up
We have mentioned before that dressing up and costume play has tons of developmental benefits that encourages problem solving, empathy, and builds confidence. Get the scoop on all the benefits of engaging in dress up play by reading our past blog–10 Benefits of Dress Up Play

Bubble Ooodles
Everyone loves bubbles and your little one will stay safe with bubble play! Children learn and develop from early sensory experiences. Bubble Ooodles use touch and movement to engage the senses. Not only that, but Bubble Ooodles are non-toxic and are an easy clean-up activity. 

Build a Fort
Introducing fort play has many benefits to early development that includes problem solving skills, planning, and creativity. Building a fort can be as simple as throwing a blanket over a table. Not to mention it’s fun!

Get Outside
If you have a yard, your little one will have fun exploring the world around them. A bit of sunshine can certainly turn those frowns upside down. Outdoor play improves physical development that is important for growth and movement of the body.

Messy Play
Messy play is essential to your little one’s cognitive and physical development. Messy play activities such as finger painting and shaving cream sensory bins can provide your child with hours of messy fun. Read our seven tips to “Keeping Messy Play Clean”.

Gymboree Play & Music Video Library
If you need to schedule some screen time for your little one, check out our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where we offer playful videos that support a lifetime of learning. Our teachers will guide you on different adventures such as Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities.

 

Engage in play at home with even more Gymboree Play & Music activities!