Christmas Activity Ideas

I have a very excited group of children in my daycare this week.  The school age children are here full days and everyone is bursting with energy as Christmas is almost upon us. Today I’m going to share with you a few Christmas themed activities that my children have enjoyed in the past.  You can…
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8 Jelly Fish Activity Ideas for your Daycare Group

We have an ECE (early childhood educator) mama at our co-op who creates the most delightful lessons for our group of children.  Today we are going under the sea and learning about Jelly Fish. She started the morning with the children gathered in a circle and she read them a book about the amazing life…
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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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ABC Clothesline Activity

My daycare children are learning their letter names and they really enjoyed this ABC activity last week.  I have a bin full of alphabet activities that I have collected over the years.  This one was given to me by a friend.  We share resources and activities within my homeschool group once our children outgrow a…
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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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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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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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