How to Extend the Life of Toys

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Toys are often called the “learning tools” of children, but children seem to get bored with their toys quickly, yet never want to put them away. What’s a parent to do? If there are toys overflowing the toy box, falling off the shelves, and constantly underfoot it’s time to for…

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Make Edible Colored Rice for the Sensory Table

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I know this may stir up some drama, but I can’t tell a lie: I put food items in my sensory table. Ducks and covers. Some early childhood teachers don’t have a problem with food in the sensory table, while others think that playing with food is disrespectful, irresponsible, even…

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Breakfast Basics

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The old saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is true. Research supports the idea that breakfast is the one meal children (and adults) should’t go without. A nutritious breakfast can provide children with about one-fourth of their daily nutrition needs. Children who don’t eat breakfast may…

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Sickness Survival Kit

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One of the things I love most about Facebook is the great ideas I get there. I love Pinterest for the same reason, but this idea came from a Facebook friend. A family child care provider friend posted a photo of the “Sickness Season Survival Kits” she’d made for her…

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From Scribbles to Drawings

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Children use crayons, markers, and other writing tools in different ways as they progress through the stages of artistic development from scribbling to detailed drawings. Along the way children experiment with colors, shapes, space, and ideas. Working with crayons, markers and other drawing tools enhances creativity and self-expression while the…

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Father’s Day Craft – Grilling Spatulas

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Spoiler alert! If you’re the Dad of a child in my childcare program you may want to… Aw, who am I kidding? We all know it’s past Father’s Day, so never mind. Read on to see this year’s Father’s Day craft!   Almost every year I post about how I…

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Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

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One of my goals for the child care this summer was to get over some of my CDO Most people call it “OCD” but I can’t because that’s not in alphabetical order and let the children get messy. Another goal was to do more art activities outside. Sidewalk chalk paint…

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DIY Outdoor Canopy

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It all started with an innocent Pinterest pin – a “Suntracking Shelter” that you could move along metal arches as the sun moved across the sky. I thought it would be great for the sandbox because it’s in full sun all afternoon, and normal “flat” canopies don’t help because of…

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Mother’s Day Craft – Candles

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Spoiler alert! If you’re the mother of a child enrolled in my child care program you may want to skip this post for now and come back after you open your Mother’s Day gift. Just a thought… Everyone else feel free to keep reading for a fantastic Mother’s Day craft…

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Make a Waldorf Hand Kite

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About a year ago I made some major changes in my child care environment to give it a Reggio-Inspired feel. Throughout the process I did a LOT of research online and made a HUGE list of ideas to revisit and incorporate as time and money allowed. One of the things…

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