Dots! Pointillism Technique Painting

  My artistic homeschooling mama friend did a great art lesson with my daycare group last week.  She started out by showing the children a book about George Seurat.  They looked at some of his more well known paintings and talked about how he painted his pictures. Pointillism is a technique of painting using small…
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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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Will it Sail or Sink? Cork Boats

  One day last week we had a big thunderstorm and then the sun broke out with a dazzling display of light.  I wanted to take the kids out so they could enjoy the sunshine and all those large puddles but not everyone had rain boots and extra clothes at my house that day.  Puddle…
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Caterpillar Story Props and Activity

The children have been learning about caterpillars and butterflies this spring. I bought two live caterpillar kits from a friend so the children could watch the process of metamorphosis.  Every day we observe the changes and they are expected to emerge from their chrysalis’ any day now.  A homeschool mother at our co-op did a…
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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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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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Alphabet Maze

My daycare children enjoy doing any type of maze.  However, their favourite mazes to complete are ones that they can physically run through.  Today I cut long strips of cloth from an old piece of fabric.  An old bed sheet or towel would work well for this activity. I started laying the long strips of…
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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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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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