Wet Felted Acorns -Tree Ornaments Made by Three Year Olds!

  It’s getting close to Christmas and my daycare children have been working like little elves making their gifts for their parents. This year we decided to make Christmas tree ornaments. Parents love to have keepsakes from their little ones and my daycare group love to craft! We will be making wet felted acorns today.…
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Leaf Crowns

  Leaf Crowns are a great autumn activity to make with your children.  You can spend time talking about colours, sizes and patterns when the kids arrange the leaves on their crowns. My daycare group and I took a walk two weeks ago to collect fallen leaves.  I encouraged the children to collect different sizes,…
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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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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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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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Pumpkins! Preschool Math, Science and Art Fun

My daycare group enjoyed a day devoted to pumpkins last week.  I read them two books about pumpkins, one fiction and the other non-fiction.  Then we talked about how a pumpkin grows. I have a simple file folder game that includes pictures of the life cycle of a pumpkin.  File folder games are great to…
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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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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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