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National Childhood Network (NCN)

Play – Preschool



In preschool, children will learn to strengthen their social and emotional development. Preschool provides an environment for children to explore, gain a sense of self, play with peers and build self-confidence.  Children learn they can accomplish tasks and make decisions independently.

On this page we hope to inspire you with activities both indoor and outdoor and provide you with resources that will help with your practice. If there is anything in particular that you wish us to feature please contact 

Music in the Preschool

Music ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.

Here is a video that will show you how to make your own musical instruments from upcycled or recycled materials

Creative Movement

For young children, dance and creative movement can help improve their cognitive development, building skills necessary for success later in life.

There are many benefits to using creative movement with children. These benefits vary depending on the activity and age of the child. Some benefits of creative movement include:  

  • Helps children develop body control
  • Children gain coordination and balance through varied movements
  • Children are able to respond to music and rhythm
  • Encourages children to express their creativity in physical ways
  • Children learn that movement can communicate actions and ideas
  • Gives children a different way of expressing themselves, especially if it is difficult for them to articulate what they are communicating
  • Encourages participation
  • Allows for exploration of cause and effect
  • Develops listening skills
  • Encourage social skills



Loose Parts in Preschool courtesy of Play Scotland


This resource was compiled by NCN and will provide lots of play ideas for babies toddlers and preschoolers.

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