Mother’s Day Handprint Flowers

I have my daycare children make some sort of handprint Mother’s Day cards every year.  They are adorable, quick and it’s sweet to see how much their little hands have grown from the previous year.  The handprint flowers are very easy to do if you have young children in your care.  I’ll get my group…
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Heart Pixie Teaches Children Kindness – Make a Needle Felted Pixie

I made this needle felted pixie for Valentine’s Day because I’m planning on focusing on the character trait of ‘kindness’ for February.  My daycare children adore it when I tell them stories using gnomes and pixies from our Nature Table. At the beginning of the month, I change the scene on the Nature Table.  It…
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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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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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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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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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One Tip to Foster Strong Relationships with Kids -Encourage Their Interests

The basis for having a group of daycare children who listen to your guidance and follow your lead is having a strong positive relationship with each child.  Little ones are not always going to be eager to follow instructions. What two year old wants to clean up their toys so they can take a nap?…
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Art in the Park- Painting Like Eric Carle

It’s summer time and I love to take my daycare group to the park.  We pack a lunch and enjoy the beautiful weather. Today we met up with some friends and did a group art lesson. We have been reading Eric Carle’s books so we decided to try out his painting style used in many…
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