Saturday, September 29, 2012

String Art


Put pieces of string in paint then lay them onto paper creating art.



Appropriate for 2’s and up, Small and Large Motor and Logic




Related online training:
Using Visual Arts to Enhance Development (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0110
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [1 hour / .1 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [1 hour]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [1 hour]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.
 

Stick Puppets



Upload black and white photos of animals on your computer. Resize the photos so each one is no more than 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide, then press “Print.” Pass out the animals to the children. Have them cut out the animals, then color them with crayons or markers. Glue the animals to the tips of craft sticks and use them as puppets.


Appropriate for 2’s and up. Literacy, Social Emotional.


Related online training:
Use of Puppetry and Plays (3 hours / .3 CEU)

Tuition: $31.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0114
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [3 hours / .3 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.

Recycled Art



Let children make art with any scrap art supplies.











Related online training:
Environmental Safety (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0305
CDA Competency: Effective Program Operation [1 hour / .1 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 7: Program Planning and Development [1 hour]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Health, Safety & Nutrition [1 hour]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.


















 
 

Blot Painting



The Blot Painting paint craft is like looking in the mirror; whatever goes on the left side of the paper is reflected on the right. Using the technique is tricky. Don't get too much paint on one side of your paper or you'll end up with one color all over the page. If you place just enough paint on the page and press carefully, you'll get some wild combinations and fascinating shapes.






Related online training:
Recognizing Levels of Social Play (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
CDA Competency: Observing and Recording Progress and Behavior of Children [1 hour / .1 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 3 Ongoing Measurement of Child Progress [1 hour]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Observation & Assessment [1 hour]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.

 

Fishing for Letters


Line the inside of a small box with blue paper for the water. Make fish cut outs using colored construction paper. Write letters and/or numbers on your fish then attach paper clips to them. Glue a magnet to the end of a piece of string; then tie it to a stick. Children "fish" then read the letter or number that is on it.




Related online training:
Learning My A B Cs (3 hours / .3 CEU)
Tuition: $31.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0111
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [3 hours / .3 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.


 

Alphabet Bingo


Make Bingo boards either on the computer or by hand with different letters of the alphabet on them. Make cut outs of all the letters that are on your Bingo boards and put them in a sandwich bag for you to draw from. Use noodles, beads, or any small objects as Bingo chips to mark when a letter is called. You play just like regular Bingo except instead of calling numbers, you call letters.



Related online training:
Early Literacy (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0102
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [1 hour / .1 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [1 hour]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [1 hour]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.




 

Pipe Cleaners with Bead Counters



Write numbers on construction paper and then attach them to the top of pipe cleaners. Have children string the correct number of beads onto the pipe cleaner with the correct number on it.

Related online training:
Teaching Preschool Math Using Manipulatives (3 hours / .3 CEU)
Tuition: $31.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0113
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [3 hours / .3 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.









 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Weather Science Project





Fill a clear plastic cup with water. Put shaving cream on top for a cloud. Explain that when clouds get really heavy with water, it rains! Then put blue food coloring on top of the cloud, and watch it rain.








Related online training:
Teaching Science to Young Children (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0108
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [1 hour / .1 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [1 hour]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [1 hour]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.



 

Mixing Colors Science Project



Use three clear plastic cups lined up in a row. Put yellow food coloring in one and blue food coloring in another leaving the middle one with nothing in it.


Fill the cups with water to the top. Place a paper towel from the cup with yellow into the clear water cup and a second paper towel from the cup with blue into the clear water cup.

Watch as the colors climb up the paper towel into the plain water cup turning the water green when they mix.





Related online training:
Teaching Science to Young Children (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0108
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [1 hour / .1 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [1 hour]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [1 hour]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.





Discovery Bottles


Use recycled juice, soda or water bottles, a filler of some sort (dry or wet) and a discovery material.  The bottles above have mineral oil, water, food coloring, and beads or cut up straws. Keep in mind that liquids will always separate from oil. Super glue or hot glue the caps on so that they can't be opened when being played with.

Wet fill suggestions:
  • water
  • clear/tinted shampoo or body wash
  • oil
  • food coloring
Dry fill suggestions:
  • sand
  • rice
  • confetti
  • oats
  • small pasta
  • dirt
  • small beads
Discovery items can be almost anything imaginable:
  • shells
  • beads
  • buttons
  • trinkets
  • small toys
  • confetti

* To learn more about Sensory Play





Related online training:
Sensory Play - 3 hours
Tuition: $25.50
Traditional Washington STARS Continuing Education Online
Washington Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]
Child care professionals: This course is approved for Washington and Oregon only.


Appropriate for Infants and up. Sensory and Science






Play Dough Fun



Make different colors of play dough using one of our Play Dough Recipes. Have the children make sculptures out of the play dough. Then let the sculptures dry and allow the children to take them home.


Related online training:
Play Dough Fun - 3.5 hours
Tuition: $29.75
Traditional Washington STARS Continuing Education Online
Washington Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment [3.5 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]
Child care professionals: This course is approved for Washington and Oregon only.

 

Sensory Basket


A sensory box or basket is a container filled with various objects and materials of different types and textures that children are allowed to explore with their hands, eyes, and other senses.



Related online training:
Sensory Play - 3 hours
Tuition: $25.50
Traditional Washington STARS Continuing Education Online
Washington STARS Credit: Curriculum Development [3 hours]
Washington Core Competency: Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]
Child care professionals: This course is approved for Washington and Oregon only.
 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Felt Box

Glue a piece of felt onto the inside of the lid of a small box. Shoes boxes and Nordstrom boxes work great. Make felt cut outs of animals, scenery, or whatever you choose for storytelling or for play. Then store the cutouts inside the box when not in use.













Related online training:
Assessing Child Care Programs (2 hours / .2 CEU)
Tuition: $21.00
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0302
CDA Competency: Effective Program Operation [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 7 - Program Planning & Development [2 hours] Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Program Management [2 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.

Sticky Board




Cover a board with clear contact paper with the sticky side out. Use colored straws to make shapes and designs. Also use letters to make words and numbers to practice counting.



Appropriate for 1’s and up. Sensory, Logic, Literacy, Social Emotional (if you use faces), and Small Motor


Related online training:
Learning My A B Cs (3 hours / .3 CEU)
 
Tuition: $31.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0111
CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [3 hours / .3 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment [3 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [3 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.