Easy Cardboard Tube Maze -Provides Hours of Fun!

Will you have empty wrapping paper tubes in your house soon? Wrapping paper tubes can be transformed into many different toys and endless hours of fun. Save them!  They will provide many creative activities for your daycare children. Do you have children who LOVE mazes in your home daycare? I made this cardboard tube maze…
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Ghost Fingerplay Songs – 3 Videos

My daycare children love to learn new songs and fingerplays as we prepare for a celebration. Halloween is approaching and the children are excited about the event. We have been reading stories about halloween and singing songs as we prepare for the big day. Here are three easy ghost fingerplay songs for you to do…
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Apple Activities- Science and Math Fun for 2-4 year olds! Easy Applesauce Recipe Included

We went apple picking this fall and here are a few activity ideas you could use in your home daycare.  Our topic was apples but I also do similar activities with the topic being pumpkins or corn or even a holiday such as Halloween. I’ll show you how I involve the different age groups and…
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Teach the Days of the Week with this Easy 5 minute Routine

Having a daily ritual known as ‘Calendar Time’ is a popular morning activity in many preschool classrooms. Bringing this routine into your home daycare is a fast and easy way to teach the Days of the Week (and more) to your preschool children. Calendar time has TWO main benefits for children. 1. New Concepts Calendar…
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Have Babies & Toddlers? Want to Teach Your Preschooler Math Concepts? Not Enough Time? Try A “Learning Walk!”

Are you feeling frustrated because you want to spend more time helping your preschooler count and recognize numbers? Is it impossible to find time to sit down with your preschooler because you also have a toddler or a baby? This is a common scenario for a home daycare provider.  My favourite way to juggle teaching…
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Preschool Learning – Comparing Sizes Using Toys

I had a request from a reader for an example of a circle time learning activity.  This week my group were comparing sizes of objects.  They found the ‘biggest’ object in the group and the ‘smallest’ object.  They also described the size of an object compared to different items in the group. I gathered together…
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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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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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Make A Math Match-Up Tray Game

Learning how to count and recognize numbers is a skill that requires a lot of exposure and practice.  First, children learn how to count orally in a sequence (1,2,3,4,5). Then they learn one-to-one correspondence (seeing two crackers in my hand and hearing the word, “two”.  Children make the mental link that number words represent the amount…
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10 Problem Solving Activities using Blocks -for 2.5 -7 yr olds

One mother in our homeschool co-op group is fantastic at putting together learning activities for a big group of multi-aged kids.  She has graciously allowed me to blog about her idea since it would be a sure winner with a daycare group. The youngest children who fully participated were two and a half years old…
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