- Discover the difference between cocoons and chrysalises
- Use a special 'inchworm' ruler to measure various items
- Practice fine motor skills by making a button caterpillar
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$12.00Green and chubby ... Poky spikes ... Brown and fuzzy ... Caterpillars come in all different colors, shapes and forms, and children love to collect them! Caterpillars provide a very close-up examination of the small creatures that live in our world. Children can study small eco-systems by catching a caterpillar and setting up an environment for it, complete with the correct food, water and a branch. If you are lucky, the caterpillar may spin a cocoon or turn into a chrysalis - wait a few weeks and you may hatch a moth or butterfly! Through hands-on activities in this Unit, children:$12.00Bubbles, balloons and kites ... Running through sprinklers ... Gentle breezes and summer rain ... Most of us have memories of hours of spring and summer fun using wind and water. Water play is lots of fun for children and can be done any time, inside or out. And, most children don't need much direction in getting started! Children may have more limited experience with 'wind play', but almost all children love bubbles and balloons! This Unit helps children begin to understand that wind and water are 'forces of nature' that can be harnessed to provide energy and power for many things. Wind and water are easy to access, 'free' materials readily available for children to explore. Through hands-on activities, children:
$12.00The bright green of new Spring leaves ... Birds singing high in the branches ... Enjoying the shade on a hot summer day... Trees provide an abundance of beauty and protection to all of us every day. Trees are a very important part of our environment. They provide shelter for animals and people, they provide food, they protect the earth by preventing erosion, and they produce oxygen and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. Celebrate trees by planting one on Arbor Day. National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates throughout the year based on best tree planting times in their area Trees are available all over the world for children to explore. Through hands-on activities, children:
- Learn how air can move things
- Explore the different materials that can be moved by air
- Differentiate between 'more' and 'less' through counting 'raindrops'
- Use various equipment (cups, funnels, turkey basters, strainers etc.) to explore the properties of water
$12.00Fancy Easter hats….. The hat grandpa wore ….. A hat to keep out the rain…… Most adults and children have some special experiences or memories with hats. Hats are a universal item – they can be found in all cultures, and in all countries. Hats are used in all seasons, and for many special occasions. How hats are used can encourage a very interesting conversation that helps children build vocabulary words. Lots of childrens’ books have been written about hats. Hats can be used to teach math, develop fine and gross motor skills, and used in creative activities. And, hats can just be fun! Children explore hats through these hands-on activities: · Help celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss (March 2) · Use hats to start learning about mathematical sets and equations · Examine the different types of hats worn for particular jobs · Develop fine motor skills through making a patchwork hat Hats provide a fun and engaging material for learning activities. The more children are engaged in the learning experience, the more knowledge is retained and skills are developed. Hip hip hooray for hats!$12.00Tree buds swelling ….. Birds singing bright and early ….. Green plants peeking through the dirt ….. Spring starts slowly then bursts upon us! After weeks of being cooped up inside because of cold, winter weather, we are all anxious to get outside and look for those first signs of spring. Teaching children to really ‘look at’ and use all of their senses to discover the changes in their environment that heralds spring is something that they can use to examine and explore all of their surroundings. Being aware of their surroundings is one way we can help children gain confidence by feeling safe, in control and able to make good decisions about their actions. Exploring the subtle changes that brings on spring encourages children to be scientific observers. Through hands-on activities, children: · Explore the signs of spring, and how living things react to longer days and warmer temperatures · Learn about maple syrup time, and the yumminess of maple syrup · Discover how birds use many materials to make their nest Spring is a time of new beginnings and rejuvenation. Discover with your children all the wonders of spring!$12.00Happy times and happy days ….. Being mad and being sad ….. Feeling lonely and afraid …… We all experience a multitude of feelings and emotions. Young children are just learning how to identify and handle the many emotions they experience throughout their day. Children that can recognize different emotions are much more likely to be able to regulate their behaviors, which is something needed for success in their daily lives. Reading stories, role modeling, and using puppets to act out different emotions are all great activities to help children learn about their feelings. Other hands-on activities in this Unit include: · Patterning with ‘feelings faces’ · Dancing with colors · Sculpting a ‘happy me’ out of clay Children that understand and are in control of their emotions are more likely to be resilient in times of stress. This helps children successfully navigate school and everyday life.$12.00Cranes lifting items high ….. Bulldozing large piles of dirt ….. Scraping the surface smooth ….. Trucks hauling away rocks and dirt …… These are all activities frequently seen at a road construction sites. Many children are fascinated by big, heavy construction equipment. They love the size, the noise, and the actions of these big machines. When children use trucks in the sandbox or sensory table, they are using their imagination to mimic what they see in their real, everyday life… this is how they learn about the world around them. Exploring road and bridge construction provides hours of imaginative play. Through hands-on activities, children: · Re-create sounds and actions seen and heard at construction sites · Transform boxes into ramps, bridges and tunnels · Use their gross muscle coordination to move a ball along an obstacle course · Play a game by following a ‘road’ to park their car in a ‘garage’ Our world relies on safe roads and bridges. Encouraging children to learn about roads and bridges could spark an interest that eventually results in them becoming architects and engineers.$12.00Making resolutions… Counting down the ‘ball’ drop… Seeing fireworks… These are common things many of us do to ring in the New Year. Young children are just starting to understand how our world measures ‘time’. Part of that understanding includes knowledge of days, weeks and years. This Unit explores the start of a ‘new year’. Through hands-on activities, children will:
- Express the magic of trees through creating flannel board stories
- Explore trees through all the development domains in the 'Seasons of a Tree' activity
- Create a beautiful tree using different art mediums
- Develop large motor skills by climbing a 'tree'
$12.00Children are born with such promise and potential! As early childhood educators and providers, it is our responsibility to support and nurture each child’s development, and to encourage and celebrate individuality. In order to do this, it is important to know the children in care, understand ‘normal’ development, have knowledge of early learning standards, and be able to assess where each child is in their development. Activities that help children recognize their strengths and areas of growth include: · Learn · Explore · Practice · Discover Children that recognize and celebrate their skills are developing positive self-esteem, which is critical for school and life success.$12.00The winter days can get long, and the bustle of the holiday season can cause an overload of emotions for children. Sometimes we all need to find some stress relief. Intentionally planning comfort-focused activities can help children (and adults) weather the stress of the season. Children experience the fun of ‘popcorn and pajamas’ through these hands-on activities: · Hear the story, sing the song and act out ‘Ten in the Bed’ · Examine popcorn using magnifying glasses · Improve their matching skills with the Pajama Matching game · Use their fingerprints to create a ‘popping’ picture Take some time to relax, put on some comfy clothes and snuggle up with the children and some good books! You will enjoy it and so will the children J$12.00Teaching children to be generous and caring can help ensure a peaceful and supportive environment where all children grow and develop to their maximum potential. This is not only a great environment for children, but also for the adults that work in it… win-win for all! Guiding children in expressing compassion and empathy towards others through day to day activities will help them develop life-long practices of caring for others. Through hands-on activities, children: · Create a ‘coupon book’ of nice things to do for others · Make a ‘I Care’ puppet to use in role playing how to care for others · Bake cookies to share with others Help the children in your care learn that when we care for each other, we all are cared for!$12.00Children love trains! There is something magical and engaging about hooking one train car to another, and moving along a track. Children make trains out of boxes, chairs, their toys and each other. Although most children do not have access to ‘climb aboard’ a train, most do live close enough to a train track to have watched a train go by! Many early childhood and school readiness skills can be addressed through this fascination with trains. Through hands-on activities, children: · Learn about the size of a train engine · Use laminated train cars to spell their name, other words or put the alphabet letters in order · Make a ‘train’ whistle · Go on a pretend train ride Although most children do not have access to ‘climb aboard’ a train, most do live close enough to a train track to watch a train go by. Taking a ‘trip’ on a cardboard box sparks imagination and creativity, encourages language and vocabulary development, and helps children acquire cognitive skills.
- Begin to understand how a calendar helps track a year
- Experience some traditional activities around the world for ‘ringing in’ the New Year
- Practice counting skills with a bubble wrap blast countdown