7 Spring Crafts for the Classroom

With spring in full bloom, it’s time to start planning some spring-themed crafts for the classroom or daycare to encourage creativity, keep the mind active, and improve fine motor skills! Here are 7 of our favorite spring crafts that are perfect for children ages 4-10. Of course, the young ones will need an adult to do the cutting! Rain Cloud Craft Here’s what you need: Blue paper Cotton balls Streamers (assorted colors) Scissors Glue Instructions: Draw a cloud on the colored paper. Stick cotton balls all over the cloud. Cut out the cloud. Cut the streamers into strips. Glue the streamers onto the back of the cloud. Bunny Hats Here’s what you need: Cardstock paper in various pastel shades Scissors […]

Benefits of Outdoor Play

According to Child Encyclopedia, children play differently outside than they do inside, which also means that children gain different benefits from playing outdoors and indoors. Some areas that can be benefited when children play outside are physical development, social and cognitive development, sensory development, and mental well-being.   Become More Physically Active When children play outdoors, they tend to do more active play than they do indoors. It is not shocking that children who play more outside tend to be more physically active. Children can one minute decide to be jumping and then next minute to be running. Other common outdoor activities that children do are swinging, climbing, pulling, balancing, rolling, running, and skipping. Each of these movements that children […]

Jelly Bean Joy

Jelly Beans are plentiful this time of the season, but did you know that jelly beans can be used in science, math, and art lessons?  Whether you use them before Easter, after Easter, or anytime this spring, these activities are perfect to include in your childcare facility this spring.  Best of all, children can eat their work once they are done! Since jelly beans come in many different kinds and colors, it’s best to begin each of these activities by having students separate jelly beans by color.  Students can place jelly beans in separate containers for each color. Science with Jelly Beans With the separated jelly beans in separated containers, students can monitor the reactions that jelly beans have on […]

STEAM Up This March

Elements of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) are the foundation for many modern-day careers.  Teaching STEAM skills early on can guide young children to think creatively, logically, and critically about things that they see and do.  Between the ages of two and five, STEAM activities can look like anything from patterns, weight, sorting, reactions, scientific terms, cause and effect, and counting.  Here are a few STEAM activities perfect to incorporate this March! Static Electricity Butterflies What happens when something that is negatively charged reacts with something that is positively charged?  In this exercise, students will see the effect of static electricity right before their eyes. To make this happen, you will need card stock, cardboard, tissue paper, a […]

Avoid Child Care Burnout

Child care burnout is real.  With the long hours, little pay, and unpredictability with children and their parents lead child care providers to become burnt-out.  As a child care administrator, burnouts are bad because it can often lead to employee turnovers.  If burnouts are common in your child care center, consider the following to lower the chance of burning out in the future.   What Is Burnout? Burnout is seen as extreme physical and or mental exhaustion caused by stressors such as work.  According to Care.com, symptoms of burnout with child care providers could be shown as unclear work roles (duties, hours, expectations, boundaries), loss of control, long hours, insufficient pay, loss of interest, mood swings or irritability, isolation, lack […]

Gross Motor Movements

Has this winter cooped you and your students up too much?  When the weather gets bad, it can become harder for children to get out excess energy since they can’t play outside as much.  Getting students to move throughout the day gives their brain a break and will allow them to focus better.  Here are some fun ways to get students moving this February: Yoga A great way to break up the day is with a brain break.  During the brain break, incorporate some sort of movement activity that will release the stress on the brain.  A good go-to exercise activity is yoga.  Yoga focuses on balancing, stretching, and controlled breathing.  Following the interest and energy level of your students […]

How to Make your Child Care Center Stand Out

If your child care center has a great staff, a solid curriculum, and is reasonably priced, what makes it different from all of the other centers in the area?  These tips and tricks may lead to increased enrollment and help your center stand out to future parents: Stand Out From The Crowd Finding and developing your program’s niche is crucial to making it stand out from the rest.  It is always so easy to do what everyone else is doing, but that may hurt you in the long run.  Your center’s niche should be the thing that your center does differently and better than the rest.  If your niche is having flexible extended hours of operation, be accommodating to working parents […]

Frozen Inspired Science Experiments

Finding engaging activities to do indoors with children can be hard during cold winter months.  Stay warm and celebrate the cold with activities inspired by the Frozen movies.  This science experiment will allow students to have Elsa’s powers of instantly creating ice.  Whether you are a Frozen fan who can’t let it go or not, these science activities are perfect to incorporate into any winter theme.  Here’s What You Need: The preparation needed for this experiment is crushed ice, purified bottled water, a glass, and access to a freezer.  For it to work, the water needs to be at the point of freezing.  Trial and error are required to find the amount of time that this might take, but around 2 […]

Holidays Around The World

The holiday season is now in full gear with shopping, parties, and family gatherings.  With all of this going on, some of us find ourselves on cruise control until our holiday break.  During this time, it’s hard to remember that there are also multiple holidays going on as well.  Instead of racing towards that last day of school before your holiday break, celebrate all the holidays along the way.  By recognizing other cultural traditions of holidays, children can develop an understanding of other people, customs, and ideas. Educate Yourself Find out the major aspects of the holiday such as why it is celebrated, when did it begin, and what are the economic/social/religious/commercial aspects of it.  This will help you understand it, […]

Thanksgiving Fine Motor Fun

Tying our shoes, writing our names, typing a letter, and buttoning our pants are all examples of things we do every day using fine motor skills.  By practicing fine motor skills early in life, tasks such as these will come more naturally to children.  Discover fun, Thanksgiving themed activities that will promote fine motor skills. Counting With Pumpkins Now that Halloween is over, pumpkins can be used as a cheap resource when practicing some fine motor skills.  The components of a pumpkin can be used in a multitude of ways throughout your classroom.  This activity uses pumpkin seed as a way to combine counting and fine motor skills.  After you gut a pumpkin, gather together all the pumpkin seeds that […]