Squirrels are one of my favorite Fall animals to explore.
My 40-page Squirrel and Nut Pre-K activity pack includes 11 Activities
and a single page of 3-part squirrel cards.
Looking to introduce some Pre-K activities into your program? Searching for Tot tray, or morning work activities? You've come to the right spot!
This Pack Includes...
Busy boards allow Toddlers to explore otherwise "adult" items in a safe manner. Many of these busy boards contain items you find around your home such as locks, keys, and latches. Other types of busy boards include: Magnet Boards, Ball Runs, and Velcro boards. Your board can be made from existing toys such as puzzles, or busy boxes. Although many of the activities are mounted to the wall, they can also be made to use on the floor, or mounted to a table as well..
Below you will find some fabulous examples of DIY Busy boards that have been shared in our Daycare Spaces and Ideas Facebook Community.
Jo-Ann G. mounted these adorable interactive puzzles to the wall in her space.
Jo-Ann also found this fun collection of interactive toys that she was able to
mount to the wall as well.
Jess T. of Little Bears Family Child Care mounted her DIY Busy Board Outside. She filled it with latches, and switches, and locks. All kinds of items you could find at your local hardware store (or laying around your garage).
Steph H. has a whole wall dedicated to Busy Board activities. Many of them were from a disassembled puzzle cube. She has also added interactive puzzles, and a pull up bar.
Looking for something on a smaller scale? Amanda F, of Everyone Fitz In Family Daycare created this portable busy board option. She has added a variety of knobs, switches and items from around the home.
Tina W. of Tiny Tots Daycare created this Space Themed Busy Board!
No wall space? No problem! Lynn G. of Miss Lynn's Educational Playzone added a busy board play area to the back of these cabinets!
Chris C. created this DIY busy board for her space, complete with a "Mini Ball Run".
Jen H. of Stepping Stones Pre-K Academy has a bright and inviting wall mounted busy board space! In addition to a traditional style busy board, she also added an area for blocks, and a geoboard!
Heidi S. of Heidi Slater's Home Childcare found a fun collection of wall mounted toys and puzzles and also included a ball drop in her busy board area!
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With any job, balance can be difficult to achieve. It can be especially challenging as a childcare provider who's hours begin well before their first client arrives, and end well before their last client leaves.
Here are some super tips from the Childcare Providers in our Facebook Community on how to balance a childcare business and family:
"My advice would be to always include your family. Daycare isn't always an easy job but if the family pitches in it becomes a team effort and your family members will take pride in the business. I'd also say know your limits, don't be afraid to say no sometimes and utilize your time during the day so that your off hours can be spent with your family. I've found over the years that when I have strong bonds with my daycare families that are built on respect they are eager to help me when I need time off for my family or myself and it really becomes one big family!" Christina N.
"I hear from a lot of providers that are afraid to take time off for vacation, when they are sick, or personal days. They are either afraid that the parents will get mad or that they cannot afford to take the time off. My suggestion is to do what you can to make it work. The parents are typically understanding if they know what to expect. Have it laid out well in advance for them. I print a "school calendar" and laminate it for each family. I also send a reminder in our newsletter about a month in advance of any time I take off. Vacations and time off should be somewhat evenly spread out, also consider the times your children or husband will most be able to spend with you. One of my vacations is taken during winter break so I can spend time with my school-age kiddo. As for the financial side; I understand that every provider has a unique situation and it might not be easy to take the time off unpaid, but there are options! You could work towards having your vacations paid, many providers do this. Or raise your rates to cover the time off. Do fundraisers to cover the costs of materials, or ask for material donations! Find ways to cut expenses so you can afford the time off. I know it isn't easy, but I think taking time off is an essential part of balancing family and work. Involve your family in ways that are meaningful for them. My middle child loves to help me with my meal prep on the weekends, and with prepping breakfast each morning. Sure it takes twice as long, but he learns a lot and we get to spend that quality time together. My oldest son enjoys playing with the kids when he has time after school, to that end I pay him to "work" for me after school. At the same time I get to see him and hear about his day. My husband is a big fan of reading with children, I invite him in to read to the kids when he has the extra time." - Sheena W.
My biggest struggle daily is remembering when I'm working I have to be the provider when I'm not I can be mom. Provider is structured, scheduled, and strict. Mom is more laid back, not really having a plan for the day, less demanding. I can't be full time mom when I'm working because full time mom wants to protect my own children all the time, but I have to make sure all the children are treated the same and no one feels less then another. It's a struggle and I often feel bad for my own children that's why on weekends and nights I don't ask for chores to be done or even if they don't want to get dressed I don't care. Hahaha" -Meagan P.
"Have an agreed on closing time and stick to it so that you have time for your husband and kids to be with just you" -Vanessa S.
"Providers NEED to take time off. A few days a year just for them---that break is so important to lasting long in this business. Parents take several days off during a year, so they shouldn't be against YOU doing the same.--Plenty of notice given. Do not mistake closing the day care because of illness or other emergencies as personal days off. These are days to regroup, get away from and have that break."-Sherry W.
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This 21- page printable includes the following pages:
Circle Time Skills
Who's at home?
Who is here today?
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Months of the Year x2
Calendar date Pieces x2
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Uppercase Letters Poster
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Dramatic Play Pie Stand Set
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This 59-Page Pie Stand Dramatic Play set includes everything you'll need for your Pie Stand. From all of your pie fixings, to Pie Stand Accessories. Use this set to create laminated paper pie making pieces, felt pies, or even Play Dough Pie Making Mats.
Choose to print from the following 3 sizes of Pies: Small (4 pies to a sheet), Medium (2 pies to a sheet), and Large (one pie to a sheet).
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Pre-made Crust (Tin & Bottom Crust Combined)
3-Top Crusts: Regular, Lattice, and Whipped
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"Pie Stand" Sign
"Apple Pie Stand" Sign
"Pumpkin Pie Stand" Sign
Pie Stand Open & Closed Signs
Pie Flavors Sign
6 Recipe Cards
Pie Making Recipe Book Binder Cover
11 Ingredient Cards + 1 Blank
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This 17-page Dramatic Play pack is perfect to compliment your Veterinarian themed dramatic play area. This Pet Clinic Pack includes the following printables:
*Welcome to the Pet Clinic Sign
*Pet Clinic Form
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*Exam Area/Surgery Area Signs
*Supply Labels: Bandages, X-Rays, Medical Supplies & Medicine
*A "Veterinarians hard at work" Poster showing real images of Veterinarians
* 7-Xray Images: (Bird, Fish, Guinea Pig, Turtle, Rabbit, Dog Paws, and a Cat Head)
*Resource Page with links to additional resources
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