Play Therapy to Help Children Cope

Toddler girl in child occupational therapy session doing sensory playful exercises with her therapist.

The What and Who, Why, When, Where, and How of Play Therapy for Children   In the best of all possible worlds, our kids experience their early years as a time of sunshine and roses … growing up in a loving family, enjoying a decent home and good schools, hitting all developmental milestones, storing away pleasant […]

Preschool Holiday Art Projects  

Making holiday art projects for this season's festive

12 Days of Holiday Art Projects for All to Enjoy   With all the holiday celebrations happening—Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—kids are excited, families are busy, festivities are planned. Want to personalize the thrill of the season? Deck your halls with holiday art projects crafted by your family’s own hands. That includes adults and children, with particular focus on […]

Summer Activities Outdoors with Kids

Kids playing outside on a playground during the summer

13 Wonderful Weeks of Summer. 13 Outdoor Activities for Kids. Carefree hours of warmth and sunshine. Colorful flowers all around. Ice cream cones in favorite flavors. The three months of summer are ideal for kids to be outside, away from big doors and small rooms and constant electronics. In fact, childhood experts recommend that between […]

Creating Paper Towel Art

They’re the most mundane of household staples. Yet in the hands of enthusiastic preschoolers, paper towels are transformed into colorful works of art. The process is simple, the materials minimal, and projects can be easily adjusted to match the ages and skills of the kids. The results are sure to delight your budding artists and assure parents […]

Scavenger Hunt Ideas for Winter & Year-Round

Scavenger Hunt Ideas - ELCA Centers

Seek, Find, Play – That’s the Magic of Scavenger Hunts Shhh … don’t tell the kids they’re learning. Because they think they’re just having fun. Which scavenger hunts are, of course. But the activity is also a valuable teaching tool. Why Scavenger Hunts Are Good for Preschoolers The scavenger hunt format is simple: You prepare […]

Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education

Benefits of Creative Arts in Early Childhood - A splattered painting of a blue and red heart shape is shown here with a brush and a pan of various colored watercolor paints.

Arts education helps children develop social skills and confidence from a young age, and children are never too young for such opportunities. Due to the rapid brain growth a developing child experiences, these enrichment programs are critical to a child’s development. In many classrooms, the arts are only an option. As research and experts demonstrate, […]

4 Science Experiments to Help Teach Children About the Weather

Weather Experiments For Kids - Three children express curiosity about a microscope.

Weather is part of our everyday routine. We wake up and let the weather decide what we’ll wear for the day. In some instances, we let the weather decide what we’ll do for the day, too. Though the weather is a mundane part of our everyday lives, it’s an exciting, unusual concept for children. “Why […]

Snowed In? 9 Snow Day Crafts to Have Fun Indoors

Snow Day Crafts - Early Learning Children's Academy

Snow days are exciting days for both adults and kids alike––no work or school! But harsh weather conditions can make it difficult for kids to get outside and play. Since weather conditions do not permit you to get out on the road for the day, you have to find ways to stay entertained indoors. For adults, mindless scrolling […]

8 Thanksgiving Crafts to Celebrate Turkey Day

Thanksgiving Crafts For Kids - Leaves - Early Learning Children's Academy

Now that Halloween has officially kicked off the holiday season, it’s time to start planning for Turkey Day. While you’ve got the cooking taken care of (no burnt side dishes, right?) Your kids can take care of the decoration aspect for your guests or just do something to stay occupied while you brave the kitchen. […]