Weekend Reads 10/30/10

Here are some things that piqued my interest this week:

I realize we haven’t even crossed Halloween off the calendar yet, but I am in LOVE with this Button Turkey from Counting Coconuts.  And it’s not just cute, it’s a wonderful tool for practicing buttoning skills while matching colors as well!

I’m all in favor of giving children art experiences, but I’ll  confess, I don’t have much of a background in actual art techniques.  I loved this post on teaching young children how to use the Wet on Wet Watercolor technique.  We just got a snazzy new set of watercolors, and I think we’re going to have to give this technique a try! 

I recently linked to Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning when they showed some great ideas for DIY stamps.  They followed up with this fantastic version using plasticine clay.  This really is irresistible!

Scientific American gives an interesting report on the effect studying music has on the brain.  A clear call for schools to bring back the arts.

NAEYC gives some great resources for those interested in learning more about developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) in their article, Play: Where Learning Begins.  On Monday I’ll be writing more about DAP with some details from a new report from the Gesell Institute.  Stay Tuned!

Top photo by Christie Merrill.

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