Don't let the cold weather keep you down. Here are some fabulous ideas that have been shared in our Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community to help you keep the "Winter Wiggles" at bay, and enjoy the fun things Winter brings.
Even when it's too cold you can bring the outside in! This adorable sensory Table belongs to Melissa D. (I'm also a huge fan of her easy to care for Vinyl Flooring!)
Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center whipped up a fun "Hot Chocolate" Dough Invitation.
At Mrs. Felecia's Playhouse Preschool the kiddo's are ready to get some wiggles out in this fun indoor gross motor area.
Rising Stars Childcare has an Indoor bouncing area for some gross motor fun.
When your days are feeling monotonous, add something new to your space.
Brandie W. created this fabulous light table for the kiddos in her care.
You can't fight nature so go ahead and explore it! This Nature Ice Melt activity was created by Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center
The Kids at Kara H's Daycare are having a blast playing in a tub of snow!
Explore animals that live in the cold, and practice putting on Winter Clothes. This adorable space was created by Amy. M of Buggabee and Me
See what you can build outside! This fabulous Snow Castle was created by
Katie Brusven's Daycare Kiddos.
The Kiddos at Tammy's Daycare used the snow as a palette to make beautiful art.
What a fun way to explore!
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We are going to start planning our Valentines Day & Hearts week. Remember to ask your clients to save any Candy Heart Boxes for you at the end of the Holiday-they can be turned into fun learning games, or props for Dramatic Play next year.
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Arts & Crafts
Add plenty of Card Making supplies to your Free Art area this week. Add extra Red, Pink and Purple paint, crayons, and pens. Add Valentine's inspired stamps, Heart Cookie Cutters, and Valentine's stickers. Explore making the color Pink this week.
Cookie Cutter Painting for Valentine's Day from Hands on as we Grow
Spin Art Hearts from Teaching 2 and 3 year olds
Valentines Day Suncatcher Craft from Makobi Scribe
Chocolate and Strawberry Play dough from Happy Hooligans
Valentines Bird Feeders from Kids Craft Room
Valentine Relief Paintings from Playground Park Bench
Create a Flower Shop in your Dramatic Play Space this week. Add plastic vases (you can usually find these at the Dollar Store), Fake Flowers, and Empty Boxes of Chocolates to your space. Don't forget to add a play phone, and note pad for taking orders.
Add a box of Valentine's Decor for them to decorate their Dramatic Play Space. Add a Box of Dress Up Clothes, Pretend Jewelry, and items to set the table for a formal occasion (Tablecloth, Place mats, etc.).
These adorable flower shops belong to our Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community members:
This Flower Shop belongs to Felecia J. of Mrs. Felecia's Playhouse Preschool. She has several "stations" for the children to work at, including delivery!
This Flower Shop belongs to Jamaliah B. of My First School LLC. I love how she re-purposed her market to create this adorable flower shop.
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Hearts & Valentine's Day Activity Pack-Digital Download
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This 41-Page activity pack contains the following 13-Heart/Valentine's Themed activities:
Chocolate Heart Shape Match & Clip Cards
Heart Counting Mats 1-10
Candy Heart Counting Mats with Counters 1-10
Chocolate Heart Shape Matching
Candy Heart Number Mats
Candy Heart Color Matching
Candy Heart Patterning Strips
Conversation Hearts Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Matching
Heart Tally Flip and Match Game
Rolling Roses Game
Heart Count and Clip Cards
Cover, TOS, Graphics Credit, and Directions
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Pet Activty Pack-Digital Download
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This 40-page pack includes the following 14 Pet related pre-k activities :
Help the Puppy find his bone Color Match
Kitty Cat Shape Match Cards
Fishbowl Counting Mats with Frames (with & without counters)
Feed the Puppy Counting Mat, Cards and Cube
Dog Bone Puzzle
Dog Bone Sorting
Who lives here Match Up
Animal Covering Sorting Mat
Feed the Pet Match up
Dog Bone Uppercase & Lowercase Sorting
Pet Word Wall Cards
First Sounds Pet Letter Clip Cards
Pet Count Clip Cards
Cover, TOS, Graphics Credit, and Directions This 40-page
Add these Valentine's Inspired Pattern Block mats from Playdough to Plato to your construction space this week.
Items to enhance your space
Valentine Science: Frozen Vinegar Hearts from Inspiration Laboratories
Valentine Math Station from Nurture Store
12 Sensory Bin Fillers for Valentine's Day from Little Bins for Little Hands
How to make Rock Candy from Powerful Mothering
Valentines Alphabet Matching Game by Twin Talk Blog
Building Hearts with PVC Pipes from Little Bins for Little Hands
Valentine's Day Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands
Valentine's Day Light Table Invitation from And Next Comes L
Candy Hearts Measuring from Little Bins for Little Hands
Alphabet & Number Valentine's Matching Game from i heart crafty things
Touch and Feel Hearts from Pleasantest Thing
Musical Hearts Gross Motor Activity from No Time for Flashcards
My Book Picks
Valentines Bingo Cards from Gift of Curiosity
Valentine's Daycare Circle Time Songs and Activities from Parenting Chaos
Valentine's Day Pre-K Pack from Over the Big Moon
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