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13 Activities to do with Children While Social Distancing

In the wake of everything going on with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we know that there are probably many bored children and stressed parents at home practicing social distancing. Therefore, we decided to list a few fun and educational activities that you can do with your kids to keep them entertained and learning and spend some family time to make the best out of a bad situation! Make an “All About Me” Book What better way to spark your child’s imagination AND get them to practice their writing and vocabulary skills than to make a book! The best part is, you can use whatever materials you want to make a one-of-a-kind book! Download this free activity and get writing! Try a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fire Prevention Week

Each year during the week surrounding October 9th, Fire Prevention Week is observed in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire.  The Great Chicago Fire began on October 8th, 1871, and did most of its damage on October 9th; including killing 250 people, 100,000 people left homeless, and more than 17,400 structures destroyed.  In a fire, less than a minute can be the difference between life and death.  National Fire Prevention Week brings awareness to fire safety education focusing on topics like what to do in a fire and creating emergency preparedness plans in case of a fire.  Educating you and your students about where fires come from and how to respond to them, can help prevent fires in the home […]