Songs, Games, and Belly Breathing
Our toddlers and preschoolers at Bluebird Care are eagerly engaged in games throughout the day. Here is a few samples:
Why do toddlers sing the BINGO song? One way to sing this song is to take out a letter in each verse and substitute it with a clap. In the first verse our toddlers sing B-I-N-G-O, then in the next verse they sing “clap” I-N-G-O, then “clap” “ clap” , N-G-O, and so forth. By substituting claps for letters, this song can help children practice Executive Function skills such as remembering rules and inhibiting impulses.
We often offer extra challenges to our older toddlers and early preschoolers by stomping or just being silent instead of clapping. Much older children we support taking out letter starting from the last letter instead of the first letter. There are lots of ways to change it up to get children’s minds working harder.
Our Preschoolers are inquisitive about learning new games, song and much more. They thrive on sharing what they know with others, as they quickly encourage each other to play, and sing, as they experience new avenues related to games.
Our smart and vibrant preschoolers enjoy our Belly Breathing game. One way we teach children how to stay calm when friction shows up, is through breathing techniques. We teach teachings to take deep calming breaths as they lie on their backs and place a small stuffed animal on their stomach. Then we encourage children to practice slowly and gently rocking the stuffed animal up and down by deeply breathing in and out. Then encourage children to breath like this when they are upset, and it can help calm them down. This provides practice in managing one’s emotions a key part related to EF.
We look forward to spending time with you and your child.