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Bird’s Nest Bin

Sensory bin with nesting materials

I like to put new and interesting things in the sensory bin. For those of you who do not work in a daycare center, a sensory bin can be made out of a large tupperware container or bucket that 2 or 3 children can access at once. I put . . . → Read More: Bird’s Nest Bin

Water Play with Ducks

Children love to play in the water. We all know how hard it is to drag them out of the bathtub!! Why not bring the bath toys out of the tub and into a bin on the table? . . . → Read More: Water Play with Ducks

Butterfly story and crafts

“Waiting for Wings” by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite spring book for preschoolers. It explains the life cycle of the butterfly in simple terms. The illustrations are stunningly colorful. A book like this leads to all kinds of discussion around spring and what is happening in nature. The children might be inspired to make butterflies, caterpillars or flowers after hearing the story. I have some craft ideas to pair with this book. . . . → Read More: Butterfly story and crafts

Worms in Dirt

This is a fun and yummy treat that the children get to make and enjoy!  Start by telling the children about how the worms come out of the ground after a rain. There are some good books about worms for you to read.

For the edible treat, all you need are some clear plastic cups, . . . → Read More: Worms in Dirt

Gone with the Wind

Have you ever watched small children playing outside on a windy day? They love to run and scream, stretch their arms out as if to fly.  You can harness this energy and teach the children some simple science concepts about air at the same time.  Air is invisible, but yet it fills space and moves . . . → Read More: Gone with the Wind

Make your own pizza

Each child gets to make their own “kid-sized”mini-pizza using english muffins. . . . → Read More: Make your own pizza

Baby Animals on the farm song

Spring has sprung!! Let’s talk to the children about what is happening in nature at this time of year. Farm animals are familiar to preschoolers and I like to use the change of season as an excuse to teach the kids that babies are born in the spring. . . . → Read More: Baby Animals on the farm song

Baking Muffins Made Easy

Children love to help in the kitchen and baking can be made easy with a bit of planning and organization. I like muffins because the ingredients are simple and most children enjoy eating them.

I only have three helpers at the table at one time, so in a large group, you will have to have . . . → Read More: Baking Muffins Made Easy

Observing snowflakes

On a day when it is actively snowing, grab some magnifying glasses, and dark paper or felt on your way outside. If nothing else, you can just use the children’s coat sleeves. The children catch the snowflakes and then look at them magnified.

Observe their different shapes, sizes, and symmetry. This is amazingly simple, but . . . → Read More: Observing snowflakes