February can be dull and dreary!! Teddy Bear day is a fun way to end the month and it fits right into the hibernation theme. The children dress in their jammies and bring their favorite stuffed bears to home/daycare. Read on for some bear themed activities:
I just finished a few weeks in a toddler room and it reminded me how frustrating it can be to accommodate little messy hands during craft and sensory activities. Here are some tips to minimize the mess and destruction:
always use washable markers, paint and glue make sure everything is non-toxic and can be ingested . . . → Read More: Art Tips for Toddlers
The end of fall or the beginning of winter is a good time to introduce the children to the concept of hibernation. Where do all the animals go in the winter? Where do they sleep? Are they cold? . . . → Read More: Where do all the Animals Go? (Hibernating)
This easy weaving activity can be kept as a permanent fall decoration. I’ll describe a version for school-age children first, then one adapted for preschoolers.
Burlap is used as a background to sew on various materials. The children can gather organic materials on a walk or in the yard, or you can buy artificial leaves . . . → Read More: Burlap Fall Wall Hanging Craft
As the Canadian March Break approaches, I am reminded of the countless hours of travel that my family put in over the years. Planes, trains and automobiles with the sweet sounds of crying, whining and fighting siblings. Many years ago when my children were small, we lived a four hour plane ride from our families. A friend of mine, who travelled to Europe every summer, gave me this great idea for long plane rides (works in the car too). . . . → Read More: Keeping kids busy on long trips
Long, cold winter days linger on and it is sometimes hard to come up with something new to do with the kids on days when they can’t stay outside for very long. I was rummaging around the craft’s cupboard, when I came across some fake glass gems from the dollar store. I grabbed one and buried . . . → Read More: Sandbox Treasure Hunting made easy
I look forward to the New Year and plan to get some long overdue posts going. I am committed to presenting projects that are easy and affordable for home and daycares. There are some good winter ideas on my site for you to enjoy while you are waiting.