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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rock and Shell Exploration Egg Carton Sets


Rock and Shell Exploration Egg Carton Sets:

I made this set for our science and exploration set but Im making two more sets today along with a shell science and exploration set, as well. The children really like the hands on touching these. I hot glued them in an egg carton and they fit in eac little cup snuggly like they were made to be inside there. When done, close up and place back on shelf. Pull out as demanded. Enjoy!

New "FROM BOXES" column added today (inspired by Michelle)


New "FROM BOXES" column added today (inspired by Michelle):

Today I  added is a search for "from boxes" column. Inspiring me to do this is Michelle of  Kozy Kids Family Childcare . She always visits my blog and tells me what great ideas I have and leaves such WONDERFUL comments. Check out what she is making this week with celery experiments and changing colors. She has tons of useful activities as mine and even made a HUGE BOAT from cardboard. Stop by and tell her hello. Shes such a "quality child care provider." Search for this activity by clicking "from boxes."


Toddler Treasure Stick Pull Along Activity



This is our Toddler Treasure Stick. We take our Toddler sticks outise on walks with us and the children can carry them easily with the small child sized wood handles. I screwed this round screw inside the wood, made
several sticks of thin line like fishing line or think clothes line and threaded what treasure I have onto them and tied them off. I taped right underneath then knot and handle so they don't come unraveled. The jems I found at Walmart in their creative isle in the back of the store, around where the empty jars are to make your own fireplace lookables and conversation pieces. The children love these. The teddy bears came from Oriental Trading years ago and are necklace teddies, I also added huge beads and plastic threading straws and beads. Change the colors out for more visual stimulation. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

OUR BUSY BOX (CLIMB INTO)


                                                    This is our BUSY BOX that we climb into:

I made this out of a sturdy target box, thank goodness for target that ships a movie in a box this big at Christmas. When I seen it, I about screamed since this was the perfect size for my idea of a busy box. I added metal tuna cans, metal jar lids, adding stickers on the lids so when they are turned, the results change out. Never the same ending result. I attached wood blocks on the inside so the jar lids and wood just spin to build the small muscle skills, attention spans, concentration, one on one activity work to name a few. I added a cheese box to the wooden put your hand through wall so they could put their babies in the window like a mailbox feeling. I found this little mirror at walmart in the bird section and I re-inforced it all around  the edges with glue gun glue. I found this cute frankensteing picture to add a little excitement to the surroundings. Im still looking to add a carpet if I find the right size but until then, its a very chosen favorite. Enjoy this idea!

Study Links Quality Child Care to Success in Early School Readiness





I used this article in my favor to get a grant several years ago. I thought I would share to see if would help anyone else out or just for a little incentive to say, "Hey, Your doing a great job!" It should come up bigger when you click on it. Feel free to print and post by your entrance as I do, in a nice frame. Have a nice day!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Barbecue Grills to welcome Spring



I made these barbecue grills from boxes that were really sturdy and the perfect size. I found a dish drying rack and took it apart and used it on the top of both grills by poking holes through the one side of each box with a pen, threaded yarn onto a bobby pin and pushed it through the holes and repeated about 20 times. Now the lids lift up to add and remove food, pans, food turners and more. I found a table cloth that had circles on it on clearance for .50 and I thought it looked like briquets so I made little rectangled pillows and fit them inside the box on two sides. I hot glued a cardboard strip down the middles on two sides to hold the pillow briquets in and left space in the middle for the cooking utensils on the one grill. I covered one in a blue and white table cloth to look like a picnic theme. I also put a small plate on card board and traced around it to make burners. Then I tied them on with the same technique as I did with the grill tops. They turned out so adorable. And it all stays self contained when they are both not in use. I added buttons and lids that actually turn by adding a piece of wood on the inside that I attached the screw through once the button and baby food jar lid went through the box. So, its all realistic and fun. Challenge their imaginations. Here is another picture to see what they turned out like. Enjoy!


Best Things I ever bought count up #2 Our Pet Zoey



                                    Best Things I ever bought count up #2 Our Pet Zoey

Each child is so excited to come to school, bring an apple or carrots for Zoey or just to pet her. They have learned how to care for her and empathy for our baby Zoey. I would do it all again to have her.

Best Things I ever bought count up #1 is THIS Step 2 Camper Playhouse


I am counting up the top things I have ever purchased while in Child Care for over 21 years. This is the top activity. It is a STEP TWO CAMPER PLAYHOUSE that has since been discontinued but the number one favorite chosen, most used, activity ever. Stay tuned as I count up more of the most cherished activities.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shadow Match Learning Mat





 


I put this learning mat together by tracing around each prop and then the child finds the prop to the shadow match and places it on top. A fun way to teach object placement.


Fill the Rainbow Learning Mat







I made this learning tray to help welcome spring with a rainbow, sparking the childrens imagination. I started by cutting out the red middle from a hands free shape, then cut another shape from green about 2 inches bigger, then yellow and then blue. By adding left over foam and plastic props, it made a perfect learning mat. I did laminate to prolong the mat usage. Easy to make and so creative.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Teaching Roles in Life.......




Feeding a baby through pictures: This week we were working on "feeding a baby" and I made these colorful bubble bottles so each child could pick what color of bottle they wanted to use, to feed the babies. First I showed them how to feed the baby, where to position the bottle and then how to hold the bottle up so the baby wouldn't get air. It went really well. This boy is 2 and mastered it by himself. Im really proud of each of them. They have a lot of empathy for their babies.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Share: Meet ZOEY our outside PET


Share: Meet ZOEY our outside PET:

This is another reason why the children look out the windows in addition to the birds eating in the feeder, vehicles, parents arriving and leaving (waving) and the weather. Shes a good pet 2.

Sensory Glue Rounds With Feely Beads


Sensory Glue Rounds With Feely Beads:

The children helped me make these sensory rounds in tuna fish cans we used and washed out. We added glue in the bottom on the can about a half an inch thick, dropped all these odds and ends pieces of beads and things that we pick up out of no where and we made these awesome glue rounds. I made some for my purse and we added some to our sensory box. These are so awesome. They are very flexible. The glue width will depend on how big your objects are that you want to contain. These are about 2 weeks old. A great texture activity. Enjoy!




Thursday, March 24, 2011

Easter: Bunny Tray Work

 

 
 
Making Easter: Bunny Tray Work: Share:

You can make a BUNNIES to beddies tray by searching out plastic necklace bears or animals that are straight in shape so they will fit inside of the cubes of ice cube trays. You will need two ice cube trays to transfer back and forth transferring bunnies to one bed then back to the resting tray. They can also be pulled from a holding tray like in our tray here and then placed in one ice cube tray. All  items need to be put on a tray for carrying to table. I purchased my bunnies from Dollar General, my ice cube trays I had.
 
On another tray to have two choices, a parent gave me a foam dozen egg holder and I hot glued it inside a box that fit it perfectly. Painted it and made this second tray for more choices related to Easter.

Teaches children: care and empathy, builds attention spans, improves eye and hand coordination, builds small muscle skills, left to right work, concentration, taking care of a pet, following directions to name a few.

Enjoy~

Making Teddies to Beddies Tray


Making Teddies to Beddies Tray: Share:

You can make a teddies to beddies tray by searching out plastic necklace bears or animals that are straight in shape so they will fit inside of the cubes of ice cube trays. You will need two ice cube trays to transfer back and forth transferring teddies to one bed then back to the resting tray. They can also be pulled from a holding tray like in our tray here and then placed in one ice cube tray. All  items need to be put on a tray for carrying to table. I purchased my teddies from Oriental Trading, my ice cube trays I had, the brown transfer tray, I believe used to hold some kind of bullets and has been salvaged, washed and sterilized for our use.

Teaches children: care and empathy, builds attention spans, improves eye and hand coordination, builds small muscle skills, left to right work, concentration, taking care of a pet, following directions to name a few.

Enjoy~

Share:Windows:Observing Nature

Never to Young for Dress Up.....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Toddler Pull Around Treasure Sticks


Im back, I made these Toddler Pull Arounds for toddlers to carry and figit with therefore building small muscle skills, eye and hand coordination, building self esteem and attention scans. They are proud to carry and pull these little figit toys around. Carrying it around by the little small red wooden handle. Such a great activity to take outside for a walk, as well.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What have I been Up To? Object Placement Work 2

What have I been Up To? Object Placement Work 2:

After making my first placement tray (My Original Idea) seen below, was my first idea to put to use extra pizza boxes that have a solid foundation and tons of little medicine bottles donated every month for recycling I just came up with a placement activity that makes so much sense and is so educational for the children.

In this placement work pictured above, I am trying slightly bigger bottles and boxes that a toddler and preschooler can clutch in their hands but be more challenging to the next level. I don't have it ready for them to use, but this one should prove to be an educational challenge next for March. I cut bottles in half, traced around them, cut the shapes out and placed them inside. The sizes are challenging because some fall deeper into the box so I have to get the size just right so their "work" is successful in the end.

Im using medicine bottles, small candy boxes, trix yogurt cups (not cut in half), small drink size containers that fit in perfect. When I get it painted and mod podged, I will show in my blog what the ending product looks for me to share with the children in March. This is what I have been up to.

Infant Grasping: Encourage Success



     
Infant Grasping: Encouraging Successful Environment:

I added this ribbon to one of my infant chairs, curled it with a pencil and wondered if "he" was ready for a new task of "grasping." Here it is: results.............he was! How sweet when I seen this. Spontaneous learning.

                                                     

Rainbow Bug Scoop Tray Work


Rainbow Bug Scoop:

I made this Rainbow Bug Scooping Set to stimulate the children's imagination. Child chooses this tray off of the shelf of choices. Takes it to the table, gets comfortable and starts pan frying the foam buglets, then lets them cool on the cooling dish and then they are scooped into their color sorting block on the mat. Repeat for success! I purchased the play kitchen items at Deals and the foam bugs from Oriental Trading. I made the mat myself. Encourage imagination!

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