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Science is Snow Much Fun!

In January, the winter blues can hit hard. A cold and snowy winter tends to keep most people indoors, but who said you can’t bring the snow fun inside? Whether you have a lot of snow, none at all, or would rather just stay inside, here are some winter science activities to experiment, and simulate in your childcare program. Melting Snowman Activity – Want to make the snow disappear? With this activity, you can almost do so. Decorate a biodegradable packing peanut (made of starch) like a snowman, and place it in warm water. Watch before your eyes as the snowman packing peanut melts.   Erupting Snowballs – This experiment produces a chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar. Using […]

1, 2, 3 Math Activities for this December

Whether it is for a math center, or a way to keep the children busy at home, these math activities are perfect to entertain your child as they count down to the holidays! Holiday Memory Game – With the help of some chocolate, this activity focuses on matching and memory skills. You will need Hershey Kisses, scissors, tape, and this free printable. Cut out the images, tape them on the Kisses, mix them up and begin matching! Reuse multiple times, or eat the ones that you match! Counting and Ordering Christmas Tree Activity – This activity focuses on ordering and counting. For this activity you will need: green construction paper, brown construction paper, ruler, scissors, and dot markers or dot […]

National Child Safety and Protection Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12,175 children aged 0 to 19 die each year due to an unintentional injury. Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death for children in the United States. Types of unintentional injuries include but are not limited to motor vehicle incidents, drowning, suffocation, fire, and poisoning. National Child Safety and Protection Month recognizes these potential dangers and focuses on prevention. Here are some ways to prevent injuries in your day to day life: Food Safety: When using a stove, try to use the back burners with the pot handles facing towards the back of the stove. This prevents young children from reaching the hot contents on the stove. Motor Vehicle Safety: […]

The Thankful Feather Hat

Each year on Thanksgiving friends and families come together to celebrate their blessings and what they are most thankful for. This simple craft can help your child brainstorm some of the biggest blessings in their life. For this craft, you will need: writing and coloring utensils, stapler, scissors, paper, and this free printable   Step 1- By using the free printable, print the feathers and the crown.   Step 2-Cut out the feathers and the crown.   Step 3-Have the child color the feathers and the crown if they please.   Step 4-Brainstorm with the child and write down on each feather something that they are most thankful for this Thanksgiving.   Step 5-Staple the crown to fit the child’s […]

One Cookie Cutter: Five Ideas for Fall Fun

Fall may seem fraught with tiny dangers for tiny bodies: Halloween candy, sharp pumpkin-carving tools, and people in costumes jumping out from behind corners. But fall is also a great opportunity to learn about the world—something toddlers and young children do every day, all the time! One way to teach about a season is to pick a symbol and stick to it. An easy one for fall is the symbol of a leaf. If your part of the country doesn’t change colors as much, think of a different symbol (a pumpkin, mums, a school book) which represents a part of the season for you and your community. Try exploring this symbol in different ways. Something as simple as a cookie […]

Sizing Down Summer: Field Trips That Come to You

As the sunshine sings, it’s tempting to always be on the go. Nothing is more exhilarating than a summertime day-trip—and, as much as we adults need to shower and recover our zen after the fact, we know that kids love going out. Time, money, and energy require, however, that we are not always renting out a school bus and reapplying sunscreen. Fortunately, part of the magic of childhood comes through taking the big things of the world and making them kid-sized. Bringing big summer activities to children makes experiences manageable, safe, and—most importantly—explorable. Here are three summertime field trips which we think work just as well right outside on the playground. Daytime camping: The simple act of setting up a […]

Ohio AEYC 2018

Ohio AEYC Conference April 19-21, 2018 Come See Us At Booth 322 The AIR team looks forward to the Ohio AEYC Conference in Sandusky every year! This year’s event is from April 19-21 and we hope you can stop by and say hello. Meet Some Of Our Authors And Trainers We will also have some of our talented authors in the booth with us. Stop by and say hello to some of the great authors that have created some of our courses!   Giveaway Time! Stop by the AIR booth for a chance to win an iPad tablets, gift certificates for AIR courses, and gift certificates. All you have to do us fill out a ticket at our booth! We will […]

Create Your Own Luck

Early Education Creates Better Outcomes Lucky: it’s a word we hear everywhere. A teacher is lucky to have such a well-behaved classroom. Parents are lucky to have such gifted children. Students are lucky to be so smart. “How did you get so lucky?” What is meant as a compliment can mask the belief that positive circumstances are outside of our influence—there is no rhyme or reason to success. Certainly, a myriad of factors affect each child’s life—to many to account for—and much of what life brings our way is truly beyond our control. However, we here at AIR Child Care believe that quality early childhood education sets children up for success in a way that allows and encourages better outcomes. […]

Teaching Friendship: Puppet Pals

Social skills, like other skills, require teaching. We can set children up for success not only though numbers, shapes, and reminders to look both ways before crossing the street, but also through showing them to how be a friend. How do we, as care-givers, help children see each other as playmates and friends? Puppet games can provide a non-threatening and safe space for children to practice friendship skills. With puppets, children can try out social behaviors, and you, as carer, can help encourage healthy interaction. The first step is for children to see friendship modeled between puppets. This is where you get to be creative: use stuffed animals or make puppets from paper bags or popsicle sticks—anything will do! Then, […]

Making Friends Means Taking Turns

A cornerstone of friendship is the ability to take turns. One goal of care-giving, then, becomes teaching this skill. “Sharing” has become a hallmark of Kindergarten curriculum. But one year of classroom teaching is insufficient to plant, water, a grow a heart of caring. Learning to take turns can start at home. Almost any activity can be turned into an opportunity to take turns: when a child gives a hug, the parent or care-giver gives a hug back. With a pet dog or hamster, a child and adult can take turns rubbing its back. When playing with race cars, you can take turns using certain Hot Wheels. Taking turns teaches: • Self-control: Children must control their bodies while waiting for […]