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This fun marble maze was created by Daycare Spaces member, Jen Hinton of Stepping Stones Pre-K Academy. She attached Noise making-whistling tubes to wire cube shelving panels.
DIY Drying Rack
Using the same type of wire panels, and zip ties, Jen made this DIY Drying rack. It would also make a great rack for puzzles, or a place to store the kiddos paperwork to send home.
To add some extra pizazz, Jen added duct tape to her shelves. She used different colored duct tape to organize her learning spaces (for example: Yellow=Science).
Outdoor Music Space
This clever outdoor music station was built by Daycare Spaces member, Laura Hick of SweetPea Dayhome. Laura was able to find xylophones and chimes from thrift stores. She purchased the pipes from the plumbing section at the hardware store. To get the pipes to sit in the hole she glued a connector piece to each one. To "play" the tubes- Laura cut out a rubber "mallet" from a garden kneeling pad.
This outdoor kitchen was built by Daycare Spaces member Teresa Becker, of Heartprints Daycare. You can see more of her outdoor space here. Her pallet kitchen is a young chef's dream. Although Teresa is lucky enough to have a working sink-many of the objects shown can be found as yard sales or thrift stores.
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What are the 15-minute daily decluttering challenges?
Has your Daycare Space become overcrowded? Are you spending too much time picking up? Do you have trouble finding things you need? Do you feel overwhelmed by "Stuff"? If so, we invite you to join us for our 15-minute daily Daycare Spaces decluttering challenge, which starts February 1st 2015.
**Updated March 2015-Although we have completed this challenge you are Welcome to do it at your own pace. You will find all posts related to this Challenge linked below. **
Each day I will highlight a focus area. Your mission-should you accept it-is to eliminate an item or items you no longer need, want, use or love within the focus area.
Remember the focus of these challenges is to de-clutter, not organize, your space.
How long will it take?
These challenges are designed to be completed in 15-minutes or less-think naptime, before/after opening, etc.
If you have allotted extra time for the challenge, I won't stop you, but please remember to pace yourself. Our spaces didn't become cluttered overnight-and we won't be able to de-clutter them overnight either.
Moving too quickly can cause someone to become overwhelmed. Baby steps ... baby steps.
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Arts & Crafts
Add white play dough to your space this week. Add pre-cut snowman shapes, as well as several items for embellishing snowmen. Consider scraps of fabric for scarves, Black Pom Poms for Eyes, Buttons, and wooden twigs for arms.
Paint the Snow from My Life and Kids
Build a Snowman Activity Tray by Happy Hooligans
Snowman Factory from Buggy and Buddy
Snowflake Night Craft from Racing and Saving Mama
Snowflake Painting from Little Bins for Little Hands
This clever space belongs to Daycare Spaces group member
Amy McMonagle from BuggaBee & Me Daycare.
Amy sewed these large snowballs from felt. After the children have stacked their snowman, they can embellish him with snowman features that attach with velcro.
You can also add a snow shovel to your Dramatic Play space this week (such as this adorable space from STA Classroom). Add Cotton Balls, Purchase indoor snowballs, Foam "Snow" balls, or even White Socks, rolled into balls, to the space. The children can practice shoveling the snow.
Items to enhance your space:
Consider adding Construction vehicles, cotton balls, or white pompom's to your construction area. The kids can practice "plowing" their streets.
This snowy road was created by Daycare Spaces group member
Jen Hinton of Stepping Stones Pre-K Academy.
The children can re-create their own snowmen from their favorite stories.
This Felt Snowman belongs to Daycare Spaces member Felecia Jones Mrs. Felecia's Playhouse Preschool
If you are short on space, consider purchasing (Or making your own), Create-A-Snowman magnet set for your refrigerator.
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Jumbled Snowman from Playground Parkbench
Counting Snowball Activity from Fun-A-Day
Marshmallow Names from Fun-A-Day
"Frozen" Themed sensory table was created by Daycare Spaces member Small Wonders Childcare.
Make Fake Snow from Playtivities
Snowball fine Motor Activity from Blessings Overflowing
If you have some snow outside, feel free to add it to your sensory table. The children can conduct a variety of experiments, including how long it take for a snowman to melt.
Potato Heads in the Snow by Happy Hooligans
Snowman Sensory Bin by Glued to my Crafts Blog
Melting Snowman by Little Bins for Little Hands
Create a Snowy World for Trains from Play Trains
Snow Window from No Time for Flashcards
Melting Snowman from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Snowman Shapes Printable from Welcome to Mommyhood
Snowflake Number Cards from Nurture store
Build a Snowman from Sight and Sound Reading
Snowman Listening Game from Pre-K Pages
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