Monthly Archives: August 2014

Benefits of Yoga for Children – Infographic

Yoga is a popular form of exercise among adults, but it can also be extremely beneficial for children as well. At River School, we teach yoga at our New York preschool location and the kids love it! Here is an infographic that lays out 10 benefits to teaching children yoga. Enjoy!


River School - benefits of yoga infographic

3 Fun and Educational Activities to Do with Your Child This Summer

It may feel like summer is already coming to a close, but there is still time before classes start up again and that means plenty of time for summer activities! Here are three fun and educational things to do with your children before it’s time to go back to school.

Create box guitars

You can create your own musical instruments from simple materials around the house. A box guitar is easy and fun to make, and your children will love strumming away. The first step to starting your family band is to find an old shoebox or tissue box, and cut an oval-shaped hole in the top. Then stretch a few rubber bands around the box and over the hole. Finally, put a pencil under the rubber bands on one side and tape on a cardboard paper-towel tube, and voila! Now you have a guitar. You can even have your little one decorate their box guitar if they’d like.

Puppet Theater

Even the tiniest tots can play puppet theater. Older kids can help with its creation, while the littlest ones can chime in with story ideas. Begin by cutting off the fingertips of an old pair of gloves. Draw faces on the fingers with felt tip markers and glue on yarn for hair – or you can get even more creative by gluing on felt strips and creating animals faces like cats or dogs. Then, let your child come up with a story that the fingers puppets can act out.

finger puppet craft from river school

Plant a garden

Planting a garden is a great way to learn the basics of science. You don’t need a huge plot of land; container gardens are ideal for those with a small space and can even be planted on an apartment patio or balcony. Start with small plants and talk about what it needs to grow: air, water, sunlight and nutrients. Planting vegetables is a great way to teach where food comes from, and encourage healthier eating habits.

plant a garden with your toddler

At our Manhattan nursery school, kids also get to learn by having fun. Recently, when a local farmer brought in a mother hen, father rooster, and baby chick eggs, the children got to experience the baby chicks hatching, learning a lot through the fascinating process

baby chicks at River School

Teaching Your Toddler Safe & Fun Pre-Swimming Skills

Fall is rapidly approaching, but we still have a few more weeks of summer to take advantage of! Enjoy as much time outdoors as you can before the weather starts to turn, and the nights begin earlier and earlier. One of our favorite summer activities at River School is swimming. Swimming is great exercise and it is a lot of fun, so it’s important to instill pre-swimming skills in your toddlers when they are young. We have put together a fun little infographic on how to teach your toddler safe and fun pre-swimming skills that you can use in these last few weeks of summer. Enjoy!

River School's summer program includes swim lessons


River School is a top school for toddlers in both New York and Jersey City. Classes start again in September, but it’s not too late apply!

Toddler Friendly Activities in Jersey City

We at River School are fortunate to be a part of a thriving community in Jersey City. There are many activities for toddlers in the area, and all the excitement of New York is just a short train ride away. If you are new to the area, or are just looking for some of the best this great city has to offer, get ready. We have put together a list of 5 of our favorite things to do in Jersey City that you can do with your toddler. Enjoy!

Visit a local farmers’ market

During the warmer months there are eight different markets available throughout the city, including Van Vorst Park, Hamilton Park, Newport Mall, Grove Street, Journal Square, Paulus Hook, Riverview Fisk Park, and Bramhall Farmers Market. Encourage your child to ask questions about how the food was grown as well as to explore and try new foods.

Spend the day at Liberty Science Center

The Liberty Science Center has all sorts of activities for even the tiniest tots such as I Explore, which is just for children ages two through five. They’ll love playing outdoors in the Wildlife Challenge or navigating the Touch Tunnel. You can even watch an IMAX movie, which often features great kid-friendly flicks like “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.”

Liberty Science Center is a great activity in Jersey City you and your toddler can do together

Ice cream at Torico

Who doesn’t like ice cream? At Torico, you can even try exotic flavors like papaya and lychee, or stick with the classics like strawberry cheesecake or vanilla peanut butter.

Dancing along to the music at Groove on Grove

Every Wednesday through September 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Grove Street PATH Plaza you can Groove on Grove and listen to live bands – your toddler will love dancing with you to the music!

Cool off in the public pools

On those sizzling hot and steamy days, there are few better ways to spend it than cooling off in one of the city’s public pools. Pershing Field Pool is open year-round while Pavonia and Lafayette Pools are open during the summer months. All three have websites on which you can check for open swim schedules.

Of course, if you want your toddler to spend time with kids of a similar age while enjoying fun activities like this, our Jersey City preschool offers all types of activities, including collaborating with cultural institutions nearby for museum visits, educational programs, as well as all types of field trips. Sign your child up now, classes start again in September!