Who Made That Sound? Circle Time Game

Need an easy game to play at circle time this week?  This game is a great way to practice listening skills. It’s also a good one to take with you to the park or into the back yard on a beautiful day.  The only materials you need are a blindfold and a musical instrument. If…
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Inukshuk Craft

  It’s almost July 1st and that means it’s time to celebrate Canada Day! We’ve been learning about the traditional symbols of Canada such as maple syrup, hockey and an inukshuk. An inukshuk is a monument made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is “Someone…
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Will it Sail or Sink? Cork Boats

  One day last week we had a big thunderstorm and then the sun broke out with a dazzling display of light.  I wanted to take the kids out so they could enjoy the sunshine and all those large puddles but not everyone had rain boots and extra clothes at my house that day.  Puddle…
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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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Land Art – Making Designs With Stones

Children love to walk in nature and they also enjoy picking up stones and leaves along the way.  Most of the children in my daycare group enjoy looking at rocks and collecting a pocketful by the end of our walk.  I find it difficult to convince the children to leave the stones and sticks in…
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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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Two Draw and Tell Videos (Bunny and Birthday Cake)

I have two more Draw and Tell stories for your home daycare today.  If you aren’t sure what Draw and Tell stories are all about, read my last week’s post here for more information. This story is about a child’s special stuffy toy bunny.  I explain in the video how creating your own stories for…
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Draw and Tell Stories (Robot and Sailboat)

Do your daycare children love Draw and Tell Stories? The majority of children aged 2-7 years old love these types of oral stories because as the adult tells the story, they also slowly draw a simple picture. When the story is finished, the picture is complete and the children delight in seeing how the drawing…
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Alphabet Maze

My daycare children enjoy doing any type of maze.  However, their favourite mazes to complete are ones that they can physically run through.  Today I cut long strips of cloth from an old piece of fabric.  An old bed sheet or towel would work well for this activity. I started laying the long strips of…
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Bunny Hide and Seek Game

I was bringing out all my Easter Bunny books and bunny toys when I thought it might be fun to play a game of ‘hide the toy bunny’.  My group loves it when I hide a small toy and they get to go find it somewhere in the playroom.  They can play this game over…
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