Is there anything sweeter than a baby’s little parts…eyes, mouths, fingers, ears, nose?

Wriggling, stretching, cooing and grasping all begin the process of moving to learn! The job ahead for these tiny, precious things is immense and mind-boggling!

A captivating book I spent some time with recently for an early childhood educator’s presentation, A Moving Child is a Learning Child, inspired me to seek out some additional resources to share about the astounding connection between movement and the brain. In the early years, it is crucial. Movement wires our brain from the very beginning of life.  For all of our lives, movement keeps our brain and body strong and vital. The more we understand, the better we can support our little ones to move and develop.

Oh…there is so much more to consider!  From educators to parents to anyone who seeks mind and body health…take a peek at some interesting information and resources.

10 Movement and Learning Resources for those who have young learners in their lives and careers…

Remove the Bubble Wrap.  This article from a favorite classroom equipment company, Community Playthings, reminds us that we need a bit of risk in our children’s lives for them to learn to amend, adapt, master skills and become unafraid of challenges ahead.  While there, seek out, Sensory Play, another great article from Community Playthings reminding us that developing our senses are important as they are information-getters for the brain. It can be quite fun work!
Activities that cross the midline assists both sides of the brain to work together!  Looking for ways to encourage children to practice this?  Try these ideas.

Brain Gym- Simple Exercises for a Better Mind and Body lists several Brain Gym activities to give a try.
“Adventurous, Challenging and Risky Play for Children: The Time is Now! Children need to push themselves with play and sometimes that means taking a bit of a risk.  Read more about the benefits here.
Learning is Moving and Moving is Learning takes the brain/movement connection and attached it to the author’s boys’ need for movement all through their learning years. See what she found.
The Benefits of Using a Balance Board with Kids shows a simple balance board aiding in the strengthening of the vestibular system which develops our balance!  Plus, check out these other recommended toys that develop this important body/brain connection.
Rae Pica has some classroom strategies for those worried about kids, movement and out-of-control behavior in the classroom.

Old Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills shares some reasons why children’s self-regulation skills are less developed than previous generations.

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren’t Getting) describes what children are missing from our overly academic classrooms and expectations.

Gross Motor Skills and Handwriting details just how important strong upper body strength (neck, shoulders, and trunk) to maintain stability for learning to write.

 5 Worth a read/listen resources for those of all ages to go deeper into movement, the brain and their connection to learning with a different lens…

The Five Senses, a podcast from the Ted Radio Hour.  The episode dove into some less researched aspects of our senses. Even proposing we have more than the typically known 5 senses, those important information scouts that provide the brain with needed information.
Spark, the study of exercise and it’s importance for the health of the brain for all ages and of course the author, John Ratey’s, own site has fantastic information and resources.

The Fantastic Plastic Brain..delves into how the brain is “remarkably malleable and capable of new feats even in the last decades of life”.

Why is Parenthood Filled With So Much Anxiety, and What Can Kid Learn By Doing Dangerous Things, two NPR podcasts from one of my favorite series, Ted Radio, do not disappoint!  Great insight from their TedTalks highlighted with interviews on how our children’s growing up lives have changed and what that is doing to their development.

Do it! Take a listen, read an article…go deeper. Strengthen your Thinking and Wondering muscles around movement and the brain.