Maypole Dancing

My home daycare is Waldorf inspired and one of our spring traditions is Maypole dancing!  The smell of spring in the air, the warmth of the sun on our faces, the feel of the new grass under our toes and the sound of the kids giggling and laughing as we skip around the Maypole-beautiful moments.…
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Easter Egg Letter Games

Do your kids love to search for Easter eggs? Mine do. We search for eggs on a daily basis as we lead up to Easter. I have a variety of ages in my home daycare so I decided to create some educational egg hunting games that were tailored to each age group.  We have a…
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Valentine’s Day Early Reader Activity

The children at my home daycare love this poem.  I wrote out the words on big strips of paper to allow the early readers to practice their oral reading skills.  You can write out the names of your friends and feature them in this poem.  The younger children in my daycare like to act out…
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Heart Shaped Tea Biscuits for Valentine’s Day

  My daycare children love to eat heart shaped food on Valentine’s Day.  This year we made heart shaped tea biscuits.  The children love a good sensory activity and kneading dough feels fantastic. Plus, I love a hands-on learning activity that makes math fun. When the biscuits were done we sliced them in half and…
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Valentine’s Day Circle Game

A simple game to play with your kids on Valentine’s Day.  It is a variation of the traditional Duck, Duck, Goose Game when children sit in a circle.  This game involves dropping a Valentine’s Day letter behind a child’s back.  Please watch this short video clip to hear the song and complete instructions for this…
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Christmas Tree Craft-Math Activity

As a daycare provider, I am always on the look out for new crafts that suit a variety of ages.  We just finished a cute Christmas tree craft that worked well for toddlers all the way up to first graders.  Plus, there was very little prep.  I love to highlight new skills as we craft…
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December Nature Table: Advent

It’s holiday time and our houses are filled with excitement. It’s a blessing to spend your days around children during the holidays. I love the magic and wonder they bring to traditions. In our consumerist society it’s often difficult to keep our focus on giving, helping and sharing joy. The Nature Table in December helps…
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Five Little Pumpkins Halloween Felt Board Story

This is a classic halloween pumpkin poem that your daycare children will delight in learning. Learn how to adapt it as a felt board story, finger play and action song. Watch it on YouTube Here are the words to the poem Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. The first one said, “oh my it’s…
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Easy Halloween Spider Craft

Let’s make a spider’s web for Halloween.  My daycare children enjoyed lacing the web together.  Lacing is a fun activity to practice hand/eye coordination and it helps to develop the finger muscles for printing.  You can use this craft to learn about science (spiders), math (measuring, counting), language (diagonal lines), and art (creating a model).…
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