Dr. Vicki Folds of Children of America Educational Childcare Centers Offers Fun, Educational Activities To Keep Younger Children Entertained This Holiday Season

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Moms whose younger children come to them with the famous words "I'm bored" while out of school this holiday season can now turn to child development expert Dr. Vicki Folds' Tray Tasking learning activities to keep them entertained.

Dr. Vicki Folds, Children of America

I developed Tray Tasking to challenge young children through the use of everyday materials organized in a way to promote whole body coordination refinement. Tray Tasking is designed to encourage participation, inspire learning and motivate kids.

Moms whose younger children come to them with the famous words "I'm bored" while out of school this holiday season can now turn to Tray Tasking learning activities to keep them entertained. Created and developed by Dr. Vicki Folds, a renowned early child development expert, author of several childcare books and vice president of education and professional development for Children of America Educational Childcare Centers, Tray Tasking incorporates education and real world experiences to teach children valuable lessons that reinforce their classroom learning.

"The holiday season is a great opportunity for parents to share fun and educational activities with their younger children," states Dr. Folds. "I developed Tray Tasking to challenge young children through the use of everyday materials organized in a way to promote whole body coordination refinement. Tray Tasking is designed to encourage participation, inspire learning and motivate kids."

Here's a holiday Tray Tasking activity to share at home:

  • Gather a plastic rectangular tray, a package of different color bows, a bowl and three or more smaller containers.
  • Place the rectangular plastic tray in a horizontal position. Fill the large bowl with bows and place it to the left side of the tray while placing the smaller bowls on the tray.
  • Ask your child to pick one bow at a time from the large bowl and place the same color bows into their own smaller bowl so all the reds are together, the greens, etc. This activity encourages children to sort using left to right movements while strengthening visual discrimination, refining small motor movements and developing eye-hand coordination. The control of the child's wrist and hand movements are strengthened by the consistent movement from left to right but to the child, they are completing a task, feeling purposeful and having fun.
  • Place the like colored bows in plastic bags to keep handy for holiday wrapping.
  • Repeat the activity with ribbons and other holiday gift wrapping decorations.

About Dr. Vicki Folds
Dr. Vicki Folds is vice president of education and professional development for Children of America in Delray Beach, Fla. She is one of the nation's leading child development experts with 35 years of hands-on and research and experience and several published childcare books including "Tray Tasking" and "Three Step Tray Tasking." Dr. Folds is currently on the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) Consulting Editors Panel and reviews articles for its Young Children Journal as well as future books for publication.

For more information about Children of America Educational Childcare Centers visit http://www.ChildrenofAmerica.com.

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