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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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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Want Good Problem Solvers? Get Started with this Buoyancy Activity!

Problem solving skills can be developed in any child through modelling and practice. I teach my toddlers how to problem solve with the same method as my school age children.  My three basic steps are; What do you KNOW? What can you TRY? Who can HELP? Today I’ll be sharing a buoyancy activity you can…
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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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Marshmallow Catapults

We are learning about medieval times with our homeschool co-op class. Last week I hosted our group and decided to do a lesson on catapults.  What child doesn’t want to see marshmallows flying around the backyard?  I needed the activity to be geared towards children aged 3-8 years old. I started the lesson by showing…
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Caterpillar Story Props and Activity

The children have been learning about caterpillars and butterflies this spring. I bought two live caterpillar kits from a friend so the children could watch the process of metamorphosis.  Every day we observe the changes and they are expected to emerge from their chrysalis’ any day now.  A homeschool mother at our co-op did a…
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Scavenger Hunts -Nature/Colour/Indoors

We have been talking about the earth and the web of life at my house lately. Every animal in the food chain has an important job to do just like every child in my home daycare has an important job that contributes to the whole group. This week we learned about scavengers in the animal…
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An Outdoor Craft -Exploring Freezing & Melting

Have your daycare children every felt unmotivated to get bundled up in outdoor clothes and get some fresh air and exercise? Sometimes it’s hard to get my group outside when there has been a string of very cold days.  Sometimes it’s hard for ME to get motivated to go outside in the cold. I find…
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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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Two Simple Nature Games

We love to walk in the woods and play at our local park.  Whenever you go out with a group of children there are times when you find yourself waiting.  Some children find it effortless to wait for their friends while other children find it challenging to wait.  Here are two simple games you can…
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