Homemade Wool Dryer Balls (Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets)

It’s that time of year when my daycare children want to make holiday gifts for special people in their lives.  This year I suggested we make felted wool balls for the clothes dryer.   These wool balls are a great natural alternative to dryer sheets. They are made from 100% wool roving.  That’s it! One…
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Popsicle Stick Sled

The children and I used popsicle sticks to make miniature wooden sleds this week. I originally saw this idea on Pinterest from Fireflies and Mud Pies. I only had regular size popsicle sticks so I modified the design to work with the materials we had in the house. My daycare children like to make a craft…
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Easy Halloween Games for Toddlers and Preschoolers

  Halloween is a busy week for parents of young children and home daycare providers. You can create fun games for your daycare group without spending lots of time and money. Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy simple games that they can do multiple times. They enjoy tactile active type games that have very few rules or…
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Inukshuk Craft

  It’s almost July 1st and that means it’s time to celebrate Canada Day! We’ve been learning about the traditional symbols of Canada such as maple syrup, hockey and an inukshuk. An inukshuk is a monument made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is “Someone…
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Father’s Day Phone Charger Station

Would you like an idea for a Father’s Day craft for your daycare group?  This year I decided to try something that might appeal to the techie Dads.  I found it on Pinterest.  We made cell phone charger stations using shampoo bottles and decorated them with a collage of torn paper.  It was an easy craft…
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St. Patrick’s Day – Four Leaf Clover Crowns and Pot of Gold Dancing

We read two books today about Leprechauns and their pot of gold under the rainbow.  The children enjoyed them so much I decided to extend the St. Patrick’s Day fun.  My little ones love to skip and move so I put together a pot of gold we could dance around. We used a mixing bowl,…
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Valentine’s Day Activities

My daycare children love Valentine’s Day.  A special day all about showing the people we care about how much we love and appreciate them.  In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day I like to do some themed based activities.  Here are a few simple learning activities you can do in your home daycare as…
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Christmas Tree Theme – A Craft, Felt Board Poems and Lunch!

Christmas is almost here and I wanted to share with you some fun Christmas tree activities that work for a mixed age group.  Many of us have our regular little ones this short work week and some of you may also be caring for school agers who are on holidays. Here are three ideas my…
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Christmas Tree Paper Plate Craft

I saw this Christmas tree craft on Pinterest and thought my daycare children would love to make one.  Our youngest group member was super keen to make a tree so I modified the original craft by Rachel at I heart Crafty Things to make it easier for him. First each child painted a paper plate with green paint…
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Card Holder Holiday Wreath -Kids Make For Their Parents

I’ve had the same daycare group for a few years now and I needed a new gift idea for the holidays.  Finding new unique gift ideas that small children can make for their parents can be challenging. My criteria is something the children can be actively involved in making and something that is useful. Yes,…
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