27 Preschool Apple Activities -Includes: Science, Music, Counting, Sensory, Song Videos, and More!

An apple theme week filled with apple activities is an exciting way to bring new knowledge and a connection to the season into your daycare.  I will give you some craft ideas, songs, field trip ideas, baking ideas, books, early academic concepts, and imaginative play ideas in this article. Studying the natural world will help…
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Play Dough Snowmen – Practice Counting, Colours, Sequencing, Patterns, Vocabulary and more…

I made some homemade play dough for my daycare group today.  It’s winter here and I thought they would enjoy making their own play dough snow people.  I put out some craft items so the snow people could be decorated with accessories. Please make sure the size of your craft items are appropriate for the…
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Painting with Lego

I have after school children in my home daycare who love to play with Lego. One day I suggested we paint using Lego bricks and see if we could make some interesting prints.  They were eager to get started!  Duplo blocks would be a good choice if you have younger children. The children gathered a…
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Toddler Craft- Leaf Suncatchers

  I saw this message on Pinterest the other day and it got me thinking about my daycare children. Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are…
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Scavenger Hunts -Nature/Colour/Indoors

We have been talking about the earth and the web of life at my house lately. Every animal in the food chain has an important job to do just like every child in my home daycare has an important job that contributes to the whole group. This week we learned about scavengers in the animal…
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Homemade Playdough = Therapeutic Calmness for Kids

As a home daycare provider and parent of two children, I find helping young ones manage their emotions is one of my most important tasks as a caregiver.  When a child is going through a growth phase, or a big life event, their emotional imbalance often reveals itself through their behaviour.  Some days are filled…
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Tin Foil Process Art OR….Create a Stanley Cup!

My son has been talking about making a Stanley Cup for his upcoming hockey themed birthday party. The daycare children declared they wanted to make a Stanley Cup too so I bought a roll of tin foil specifically for our craft the next day. I planned to give the older kids the materials for a…
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Table Top Hockey Ideas

I have an indoor activity that your school age children might enjoy doing this Spring Break.  It is cold here so we made two different table top rinks to play indoor hockey.  You know the weather is chilly when it’s too cold to play hockey outside! The first one we made involved real ice in…
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Glitter Lanterns

The weather has been cold and we have been stuck inside.  Sometimes a little light helps lift the spirit.  My daycare kids love to have fancy lunches or indoor picnic lunches to break-up a cold weather stretch.  One easy way to make a meal more special is to simply add a lantern to the middle…
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Nature Mobile

My daycare children enjoy spending time outside every day.  They also love to collect items from nature.  Most of the time I send the rocks, leaves and pinecones home, but sometimes it is nice to do a craft with their nature treasures. We decided to make a mobile with our last collection of leaves and…
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