Fall Leaves Finger Play Video

  Watch the video to learn a fun fall time poem to help your preschoolers count backwards from five.  You can make your own leaves from paper or felt or simply hold up five fingers and pretend they are leaves!   Watch on YouTube Fall Leaves (Five) little leaves up in a tree, They’re as…
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Thrifty Preschool Neighbourhood Field Trips

Some home daycare providers do not have a vehicle for daycare field trips.  They are limited to the field trip opportunities within walking distance in their neighbourhood. One great (free) option is to take advantage of road or building construction work. Most preschoolers love trucks and tools.  Any sort of construction work holds great appeal…
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Kids Bored? Introduce Loose Parts Play!

My children and I discovered the joy of “Loose Parts” earlier this year.  This is a fantastic activity if you have school age children with you all day this summer.  It also works wonders for young children, modify your loose parts to keep the little ones safe.  You might be wondering, “What ARE loose parts?”…
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Build a Ladder – Simple Woodworking Project

I have several children at my home daycare who have recently discovered the joy of hammering nails.  Their hammering skills have progressed in the past few weeks and it was time for a project.  My father provided us with a wonderful beginner project- ladders!  He had some scrap wood available and cut the pieces into…
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Summer Bike Day Activities

My daycare children and I have been having fun with a Transportation Unit this month.  We rode horses one day and took the city bus on an adventure another day.  Today was Bike Day!  I asked the parents to bring the children’s bikes and helmets in the morning.  The kids were VERY excited about riding…
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Meet a Pet and Make A Connection!

Some young children are fearful of animals.  Meeting a pet and learning how to read their body language can help a child feel more comfortable. Maybe you have a friend with a pet who you can invite over for a visit.  Your daycare children will enjoy learning about the animal and getting a chance to…
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Hammering Nails -Great Way to Burn Energy & Raise Self-Esteem

The first time I was in a Waldorf Kindergarten classroom I saw a tree stump off to the side of the room.  Interested, I went over to investigate.  The top of the stump was covered with nails.  Beside the stump was a wooden basket with a small hammer and a tin of nails.  I thought,…
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Hide and Seek -3 Ways to Play! {100 Days of Play Blog Hop}

I’m excited to take part in the 100 Days of Play Blog Hop co-hosted by Sun Scholars and Life at the Zoo.  100 fantastic bloggers have joined together to provide you with 100 days of simple ways to play with your children.  These play ideas only take five minutes and any materials needed are common household supplies. We…
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Indoor Obstacle Course Ideas for All Ages!

Some days, my daycare children have boundless stores of energy.  They need to move their bodies!  One of our favourite indoor activities that really gets them moving is to set up an obstacle course in the playroom.  This activity never gets boring because we think up new courses every time.  I love an activity that…
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One Tip To Teach A Child To Think Outside the Box

How do you foster creative problem solving skills in young children? We need the next generation to be able to seek creative alternative solutions to our current world problems. One quick tip is to give them an opportunity to experience problem solving skills in everyday life situations that are important to them.  In other words,…
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