Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is a festive time in America and filled with fireworks, family time, gatherings, and food! Although school is out and kids are on summer break in most places, a lot of kids still visit childcares throughout the week while their parents are at work. If you are trying to find activities to keep kids engaged and learning while at your daycare, or simply want to keep your kids entertained at your Fourth of July parties, check out these themed activities that are perfect for kids of various ages:  Word Search Mix quiet time with patriotism with this free printable by Puzzles to Print Fourth of July themed word search that includes both festive and historical vocabulary! This would […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums are something that no parent, teacher, or child care provider is a stranger to. Although tantrums are very normal for children, dealing with them the proper way can be difficult and frustrating. Temper tantrums first occur around the ages of 12-15 months and are relatively easy to handle and quick to stop. They peak at around 18-36 months of age when they become longer, more frequent, and grow in intensity. However, as the language skills of the child develop, tantrums are often exhibited less frequently. Bedtime, rushed transitions between activities, mealtime, and playtime are all things that can trigger temper tantrums. Here are some do’s and don’ts that may help you prepare for and respond to temper tantrums […]

Science Experiments Using Things You Probably Have At Home

Hands-on science experiments make for a fun and engaging science lesson. However, they sometimes take a lot of planning in advance to make sure you have all the supplies you need. If you need a quick experiment with supplies you can find around your house, here are some options:  Note: All these experiments should be done under adult supervision.  Lemon Volcano The best part of this activity by The Best Smelling Science is that it produces a small bubbly eruption using citric acid which is found in citrus fruits and baking soda. Therefore, this “volcanic eruption” is less messy and does not use dangerous supplies. All you need are lemons, baking soda, dish soap and food coloring. It does not […]

Activities to Celebrate World Reef Awareness Day

June celebrates World Reef Awareness. Although coral reefs only currently cover less than 1% of the ocean, they are home to 25% of all known marine species. If you are looking for a fun and engaging lesson for your students, consider these activities to help them practice their skills while they learn about coral reefs and the marine life that depends on them:  Coral Reef Play Dough Mat This Simple Everyday Mom has a free printable that can be printed, laminated, and used to create magnificent play dough creations! However, there is more than one way to use this printable. If you do not have play dough on hand, or want a less messy activity, you can print and cut […]

Virtual Field Trips For Your Classroom This Summer

As a result of the global pandemic caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many recreational and educational venues remain closed making virtual field trips more popular than ever. Virtual field trips enable you to visit places like zoos, aquariums, parks, and museums in other parts of the world. If you are looking for free virtual field trips to pair with science, history, or art lessons, here are a few ideas to get your search engine started: Zoos: From apes to pandas, koalas to tigers, virtual zoo field trips provide opportunities for children to learn about favorite animals while watching live or recorded footage of them. Many zoos have webcams with live feeds in various locations including animal habitats. Additional features on websites […]

7 Reasons Routines Are Essential For Children

Children thrive with security and communication and often fear the unknown. Routines are an important part of a child’s life. Whether in the classroom, daycare, or at home, it is important to create routines to help children succeed in their daily lives. Keep reading to learn more about how essential routines are for children and the people that surround them. Routines Establish Expectations All caregivers know that there is a significant power struggle that can accompany getting children to do things they do not want to do, especially when a child is tempted by something fun. Bath time, bedtime, and clean-up time are interruptions to fun and play for a child. One way to combat the temper tantrums that come […]

National Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and while it is always important to recognize teachers and how much they do, this year is especially significant. The global pandemic, known as COVID-19, interrupted the school year and took many of us by surprise. Many teachers have worked around the clock to move their class to an online format, while supporting their students who equally have had difficulty adjusting to these sudden changes. Additionally, many students will be graduating this year without the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite teachers. Although social distancing prevents students from being able to show their teacher appreciation in person, there are still plenty of options to thank teachers for everything they have done. Here are […]

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 […]