There are many reasons why IKEA products are popular among home based childcare providers. They are reasonable priced, versatile, and are appropriately sized for home based childcare use.
This post contains some of my favorite IKEA products for use in daycare spaces. Below you can also find a free copy of my IKEA shopping checklist for childcare providers!
A big thank you to the members from our Daycare Spaces and Ideas FB Community that have shared how they are using IKEA products in their childcare spaces.
With the Holidays upon us you may be feeling burdened to find that perfect holiday gift for your clients, as a way to say thank you for their business.
As with any gift, it's really the thought that counts. There are many thoughtful gifts that you can give to say thank you-that don't have to break the bank.
The gift of time
We could all use more time right? How about saying thank you with a personalized coupon for free care. You could open one Saturday to allow your clients to have a "Free Holiday Shopping Day", take some time to wrap their gifts without the kids around, or stay open late on a special Friday to allow your clients to take an overdue "Date Night".
Parents love seeing their children grow! As as they get older some of the keepsakes that record their past as a little one can be our most treasured. A simple photo album containing some photos from the year, a handprint craft, or beautiful ribbon documenting their height would all be special. Be sure to include the date on the item as well.
People are so busy during the holidays! A special homemade treat is so special (especially one they can share with their family and friends). Make a few extra loaves of your special banana bread, whip up a few jars of your Jam, or BBQ Sauce.
Try your hand at some gift food jars! You can fill simple mason jars with everything from hot chocolate mixes to soups! Find 24 ideas here!
Self Care & relaxation gifts
We could all use a little more self care, especially around the holidays. A gift that allows them to pamper themselves would be appreciated. A special lotion, a Redbox rental code, your favorite tea, or a coffee sampler.
Any gift from the heart will be appreciated. Some examples: A lovely handwritten card sharing some special sentiments about their children, a group holiday photo, a special ornament to add to their tree, wreath, or a copy of your favorite children's book.
Do you have a special gift you give at Christmas?
We'd love to see it in our FREE Home Daycare Chat FB group!
Kids love to mix paint! It's just like magic! For this activity we are going to make brown!
In this tutorial I am using a black & white Turkey image (from my Turkey and Thanksgiving activity pack) you can download this free sample below!
For this activity you will need:
B&W Turkey Image
Red Tempera paint
Yellow Tempera paint
Blue Tempera paint
A Pre-Printed B&W Image for each child
A Paint Brush for each child
1. Provide each child with their own paint brush and B&W Turkey Image.
2. Talk about how for this activity we are going to be making the color brown, and have the children practice "swirling" their paint brush on the paper.
Step 3: Place drops of Color onto each image. 3 drops of red, 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of blue. *Note the shade of brown will vary with your paint, You may want to do a pre-mix test before the activity and adjust if necessary.
Step 4: Once everyone has their paint, encourage the children to start
swirling the colors together.
Step 5: Keep swirling ......
Step 6: and swirling some more... until the image is covered in brown paint.
You may want to print a few extra images or provide them with extra paper to re-peat the activity. You can try mixing other colors . Let them experiment mixing different colors to see what new ones they can make!
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