Week of the Young Child:  April 24 to April 28

Week of the Young Child: April 24 to April 28

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families. 

We are excited to Celebrate the Week of the Young Child with our KidsPlay Families! 

During the week at KidsPlay:

Bring a memory of yourself as a baby to put on display in our programming room.

Let's discover how babies learn and grow. How have we changed since we were babies?


April 24 - Music Monday: Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - all while having fun and being active! This year, make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on 

NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.

TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.

KidsPlay is closed on this day, but please enjoy these resources at home:
Music resources for families

NAEYC For Families also has a great collection of family-friendly songs and musicians to inspire more ways to learn with music!


April 25 -Tasty Tuesday: Healthy eating and fitness at home and school


This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.

TRY THIS: Measure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.

KidsPlay is closed on this day, but please enjoy these resources at home:
Cooking and nutrition resources for families

Download the Week of the Young Child Taco Cookbook!


April 26 - Work Together Wednesday: Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material—from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.

TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!

At KidsPlay:
Wednesday, April 26
11 am: STEM Lab Explorations

Come to our "building site" in the multi purpose room. Have fun building together and making/taking pictures of the things you built!


'Building Together' resources for families and teachers


April 27 - Artsy Thursday: Think, problem solve, create


Children develop creativity, social skills, and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.

TRY THIS: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!

At KidsPlay:
Thursday, April 27

9:30 am: Caregiver Circle
10:45 am: Kids On Stage
11 am: Story and More!

Enjoy our art studio in the multi purpose room. Enjoy the baby pictures and artwork on display. Please bring some clean, recycled materials to contribute to our artistic endeavors, recycling with messy art!" Drop off the materials in the multi purpose room.

4:30 pm: Pig out on Reading with Farmer Minor and Daisy

Open-ended art resources for families


April 28 - Family Friday: Sharing family stories


Sharing family stories Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.

TRY THIS: Enjoy a Family Friday breakfast - prepare and share breakfast treats together!

At KidsPlay:
Friday, April 28

10:30 am: Interactive Literacy
2 pm: Rigamajig
3 pm: Tales with Humphry

Draw a family portrait with your child. Help your child by printing names of each family member by their picture. Think and add words that describe your family, "busy," "fun," "silly," "loving." Help your child to draw a frame around the edges of the picture by using a color or shape pattern...." Then, home your family portrait goes, ready for sharing and display!

Resources for engaging and celebrating families

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