Friday, March 29, 2013

Water Beads


     Waterbeads are an excellent tool for sensory play as well as fine motor skills.  



We added some water beads to a pan and “swished” them around. 








And of course, the big girls had to join in too! 




     Waterbeads are a good way to introduce science into the curriculum. Children can observe the growth and change in water level as they grow. Our waterbeads  started out clear. We added water colors to the water turning them blue and green. 



For fine motor skills have children spoon the waterbeads into a jar. 









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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Recycling Old Crayons...Make New Ones!





1. Collect all your broken crayons.





2. Tear off all the paper.

3. Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees, Spray a mini muffin pan with olive oil (or use muffin liners)


4. Put all your little crayon pieces into the muffin pan. 



6. Put into the oven for 10 minutes.



7. Let cool completely before you pop them out and use them.





*Good to know*
    Fill them almost to the top.  The more crayons you put into one opening the bigger your melted crayon will be.
   Broken pieces from plastic "Twistable" crayons did not melt very well.

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]
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Appropriate for 3’s and up. Science, Math and Sorting

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Fun paper plate projects





Appropriate for 4 and up. Literacy extension to “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen and for animals, “The Carnival of the Animals (Book and CD)Jack Prelutsky(Author), Camille Saint-Saens (Creator), Mary GrandPre (Illustrator)



Related online training:
Creating Teachable Moments The Value of Classroom D├ęcor (3 hours / .3 CEU)
Tuition: $31.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0314
CDA Competency: Effective Program Operation [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.

Easter Egg Garland: A Step by Step Tutorial

Step One:

      
      Cut out several oval shaped "eggs" from colorful construction paper. There will be two "egg" shapes for each egg on the garland, a front and a back. 



Step Two: 

       
       Decorate however you want (only decorate one side).





Step Three: 


       Match the fronts to the backs. This will give the children practice sorting. 


 Step Four: 


       Lay your string flat and put one "egg" on either side of string and glue pieces together.




Step Five:


       Let your garland dry and hang it up!



       This project will help develop Fine Motor Skills through cutting and gluing. Matching the backs to the front of the eggs will aid in developing important math skills. 




  • Appropriate for 2’s and up. Math, Logic, Small Motor



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]

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Bunny Biscuits

Use refrigerated biscuit dough to make bunny biscuits. Decorate yourself or allow the children to decorate their own bunny.

Related online training:
Basic Nutrition (2 hours / .2 CEU)

Tuition: $21.00
In-Service Training Course Code: NUT1
CDA Competency: Safe and Healthy Environment [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 5: Health, Safety and Nutrition [2 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Health, Safety & Nutrition [2 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.

Paper Plate Snail

Cut out a long oval from construction paper for the head/tail. Give children pieces of paper to rip into smaller pieces. Encourage the children to glue the pieces of paper to a paper plate which is the shell of the snail. Help them to glue the head/tail to the paper plate shell.













Related online training:
Surviving Toddlerhood (2 hours / .2 CEU)
Tuition: $21.00
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0608
CDA Competency: Positive Relationships with Families [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 4: Families Community Partnerships [2 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Human Growth & Development [2 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.

Appropriate for 2’s and up, Logic, Math, Sensory

Paper Plate Clown





Provide paper plates, glue, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and Pom Poms for each child to make their own paper plate clown.

Related online training:
Preschool Classroom 10 Hours Traditional STARS - Online STARS Continuing Education
Tuition: $85.00
Traditional Washington STARS Continuing Education Online
Courses in This Training Package:
Child care professionals: This course is approved for Washington and Oregon only.

Appropriate for 3’s and up. Math and Social Emotional 

Toilet Paper Roll Bunny

Cut out pieces of construction paper for ears and pieces that fit around a toilet paper roll. Provide the construction paper pieces, glue, markers, googly eyes, toilet paper rolls, and Pom Poms for each child to make their own toilet paper roll bunny.
Related online training: 
Tuition: $21.00
In-Service Training Course Code: NUT3
CDA Competency: Safe and Healthy Environment [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 1: Child Growth and Development [2 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Human Growth & Development [2 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state. 

Paper Plate Sheep





Provide paper plates, cotton balls, glue, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes for children to make a paper plate sheep.

Related online training:
Circle Time (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0310
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: Learning Environments & Curriculum [1 hour]
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Appropriate for 2’s and up. Small Motor and Sensory.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hand Print Sheep


















Trace each child's hand. Help them cut their hand print out. Then encourage them to glue cotton balls to the palm of their hand cut out and an eye onto their thumb.

Related online training:
Documenting Childrens Behaviors (1 hour / .1 CEU)
Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0507
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: Understanding & Guiding Behavior [1 hour]
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Paper Plate Bunny



Related online training:
Infant and Toddler Health and Safety (2 hours / .2 CEU)
Tuition: $21.00
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0805
CDA Competency: Safe and Healthy Environment [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 5: Health, Safety and Nutrition [2 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Health, Safety & Nutrition
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Appropriate for 3’s and up. Small Motor, Social Emotional.

Egg Carton Chick


Cut an egg carton into individual cups and give each child an egg cup. Provide paint, construction paper and googly eyes for them to complete their egg carton chick.

Related online training:
Learning Through Play (1 hour / .1 CEU)

Tuition: $10.50
In-Service Training Course Code: ECE 0112
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.


Appropriate for 3’s and up. Small Motor

Easter Bunny Deviled Eggs



Related online training:
Express Nutrition Package - Healthy Choices (2 hours / .2 CEU)
Tuition: $21.00
In-Service Training Course Code: NUT4
CDA Competency: Safe and Healthy Environment [2 hours / .2 CEU]
Washington Core Competency: Content Area 5: Health, Safety and Nutrition [2 hours]
Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Health, Safety & Nutrition [2 hours]
Click here to check if our courses are accepted in your state.


Appropriate for 2’s and up. Science, Nutrition, Small Motor and Sensory

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Popsicle Stick Puzzle

      Puzzles help children to develop fine motor skills, math skills, as well as brain function. Learning these skills will help prepare children for school.

     
     To create these puzzles trace popsicle sticks on a magazine image or a child’s drawing. Cut out the strips and paste to the popsicle sticks.  You can put numbers on the back as hints to the children and as number practice.

     




Related online training:
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.


Appropriate for 3’s and up. Math and Literacy