Kid Favorite -Iced Herbal Fruit Tea

It’s summertime and I need to keep my daycare children hydrated.  My group is delighted when I serve them a fancy, fruity drink on the deck at snack time. I try my best to limit juice for the kids because of the high sugar content.  One of their favorite alternatives to juice is iced herbal…
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How I Use St. Patrick’s Day to Get My Kids To Eat Seaweed

We started a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in my home daycare a few years ago, we do a GREEN FOOD taste test challenge activity.  I give them a bunch of sample size green foods (some healthy, some not) and they try each one. We record (either as a group or individually) their preferences. Then we…
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Nut Butter & Apple Sandwiches

One of my children requested almond butter and apple sandwiches yesterday and I thought it might be nice to share this sandwich idea with those of you running home daycares. Most kids like apples.  The majority of children also enjoy the taste of peanut butter or a different nut butter. If allergies are an issue…
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Stone Soup Activity

Yesterday we made stone stoup with our homeschool playgroup co-op and I was amazed at how the children gobbled up the soup afterwards.  I remember making stone soup at the Waldorf Daycare I worked at years ago and how magical the story was as it was presented to the children. Stone Soup is a wonderful…
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Gluten Free Oat Bars (nut free option as well)

A friend of ours who is gluten free introduced us to these delicious bars and we love them! They are healthy, filling and can be nut free if you have allergies in your daycare group. I like them because they are easy and super quick to make. If I have children ‘helping’ me bake then…
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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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1 Minute Prep. Ideas = Kid Friendly Snacks

Every once in a while I enjoy putting an extra minute or two into my snack time preparations to bring a smile to the children’s faces.  A little effort goes a long way to impress the kids. One simple idea is to use a cup or a glass instead of a bowl.  I put applesauce…
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#1 Requested Lunch -Navy Bean & Veggies

  About six months ago I served my daycare children a navy bean casserole for lunch one day and I was pleasantly surprised when all five of the kids loved it. They commented on how delicious it was and they all ate every last bite. Mmmmm,…………. this is odd in my world.  I consider a…
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Star Wars Theme Day

We had a recent birthday here and it was very close to May the 4th, as in ‘May the Fourth (Force) Be With You’ so we decided to host a Star Wars themed party.  I spent some time putting together a few simple games for the children.  Here are the games and printable links in…
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Grow your Own Sprouts- Very Easy and Fun for Kids

I’m new to sprouting seeds but it’s something I’ve been meaning to try for a while now.  Being a daycare provider can make for long days and I wasn’t sure I had the time or energy to grow my own sprouts.  Once I found out how EASY it was, I got the children on board…
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