Programs and Activities

Activities to Promote Preschool Cognitive Development

Preschoolers are eager to learn how the world works, and the best way for them to learn at this age is through play. But not all preschool cognitive development activities are created equal! If you’re wondering how to help the children in your CNC program improve their cognitive skills, here are some examples of activities to incorporate into your daily routine to promote preschool cognitive development.

Spaghetti & Meatballs….A Fine Motor Toddler Twist!

Spaghetti and meatballs is a new toddler game that offers opportunities to practice fine motor skills, balance, coordination and a little gross motor play all at the same time!

How to invite dramatic play using prop boxes

Setting up activities and spaces for young children to encourage and invite dramatic play with prop boxes doesn’t need to be expensive, complicated or time consuming. Simple works best when it comes to playful learning opportunities!

Communication is Key: Quick Tip Sheet

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation has developed this great tip sheet and reminder of how important is for us to choose our words carefully when we're communicating with young children in our CNC programs!

Sensory Play with Bubbles

Blowing bubbles is a calming activity for children. As well as being calming, there are many other benefits to blowing bubbles. Do you know about all seven sensory systems and how you can engage all of them through bubble play?

Helping Children Cope with Loss

This quick little article is full of great advice! Here are 6 tips for helping children cope with grief and loss.

What do Children Learn from Loose Parts Play?

Children are more engaged in their learning when they can use materials in different ways. Loose parts are natural objects or materials, which provide children with endless opportunities to build on their play. Here are examples of loose parts materials, and how they can be incorporated into a child's play to improve their development!

Free Teachers’ Toolkit: Including Refugees in the Classroom

Teachers are facing new challenges in making sense of forced displacement and its complexities. Teaching newcomers often comes with specific needs relating to language acquisition and adaptation to a new culture and environment. Some refugee children may suffer from stress or trauma preventing them from participating fully in school activities, and requiring specific support. To help, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released a free Teachers’ Toolkit, professional development and guidance to help teachers understand the needs of refugee children, as well as a collection of adaptable teaching materials on refugees, asylum, migration and statelessness.

10 Activities to help young children express and label feelings & emotions

Children can have a difficult time understanding their emotions and the way certain events make them feel in the early years of life. As educators, it is our responsibility to help and support them to manage their emerging and often confusing emotions. Here are 10 strategies and 10 activity ideas for helping children express and manage their emotions.

How to Facilitate Risky Play

Risky play is when children engage in risk-taking activities. This benefits the child because it helps them build essential skills for their development; for example, their confidence, self-regulation, and independence. But how can we facilitate risky play safely in our programs?