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by Deidre Beltran Del Rio, Chelan Public Library, NCW Libraries

A Moving Child is a Learning Child by early child development and play authorities, Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, describes the theory and practice of movement as an essential element of child development. The authors describe the cycle of the body teaching the brain to think. “The more a child wants to know the more a child needs to move. The more a child moves, the more a child knows. The more a child knows, the more a child wants to move.” It is a “dynamic and self-perpetuating process of growth.”

Want to learn more on the whys, hows and what you can do to guide this process? This interesting book with lots of inspiring ideas for fun with your moving child is available at

NCW Libraries story times have always used rhymes and songs with lots of movement necessary for the development of multiple skills.

Although our story times have gone virtual, you can continue that same “moving” experience at home by trying these activities:

  • Act out your favorite rhymes or make up your own
  • Grab a scarf and play peek-a-boo
  • Be silly with familiar songs
  • Give your child a couple of spoons to beat a rhythm and dance together with abandon
  • Play stop and go to music
  • Read a favorite book as you imitate the story action

All this movement and interaction is also helping the body teach the brain to think!

Here are a few resources from NCW libraries to bring fun and movement home.

Books to move to

Music to dance to

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