Earth Day for Preschoolers

April 22nd is Earth Day.  Earth Day is a good day to introduce young children to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Set up a Recycling Sorting Area.  Set up different bins labeled: Paper, Plastic, Metal, and Glass.  Allow children to sort and put recyclable items in the appropriate bins.  Ahead of time, you can ask parents …

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Easter Candy Play-Dough Recipes

Here are some fun play-dough recipes using common Easter candies. Marshmallow Peeps Play-Dough (original recipe found here): Ingredients: Package of Peeps 1/2 cup Corn starch 1 teaspoon Oil 1 teaspoon Water Directions: Melt 8 Peeps in the microwave for 45 seconds with 1 teaspoon of water. Add 1 teaspoon oil after they are melted Stir to …

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Celebrate Spring in Child Care

Spring is just around the corner.  Here are some ways to celebrate the first day of spring in your child care program: Make Homemade Bubbles and go outside to blow bubbles or play bubble catch (one child blows bubbles and other child tries to catch them with hands or a butterfly net). Create a gardening …

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Preschool Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras can be fun to celebrate with preschoolers.  Typically thought of as an adult theme, there is a lot of history and culture that are the center of Mardi Gras festivities.  Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.   Festivities …

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Fun with Conversation Hearts

Conversation Hearts can be used for many things that encourage learning in an early childhood environment! Try these Conversation Heart activities for added learning during February: Give each child a box of conversation hearts and have them sort them by color. After sorting, have the children create a pattern using what colors they prefer. Use …

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National Children’s Dental Health Month Ideas for Preschoolers

Here are some ideas for National Children’s Dental Health Month: Try painting with toothbrushes instead of paintbrushes. Give each child a tooth-shaped paper cut-out and have them do string painting using dental floss.  Cut the bottoms off of large plastic soda bottles and turn them upside down (they look like teeth).  Staple several together, and …

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Groundhog Day Activities

Here are some ideas for Groundhog Day Activities with preschoolers. The day before, create a graph about children’s guesses – Will the Groundhog see his shadow or not?   Get a Ground Cookie Cutter and make Groundhog Cookies…or use the cookie cutter to dip in paint and make Groundhog prints.   Add flashlights to the …

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