There are so many great Daycare supplies out there,
I thought I would share with you some of my favorites (In no particular order).
Closetmaid 6-Cube Laminate Organizer
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I love the versatility of these cubbies. They can be used in your entry way for shoes and bags, or they can be used for storage inside of a closet. They make an excellent choice for your free art center. You can add drawers to store paper.
Although Closetmaid makes fabric bins, you can also add your own baskets or plastic bins to store groups of toys (Manipulatives, blocks etc).
They can be placed in all of your "centers" for Toy storage, and their low height makes them perfect for children to access toys. Many of the larger cubicle shelving can be dangerous for little one's because they are pulling down toys that are above their heads. On their side these cubbies are only 2 feet tall, The flat top surface allows you to display items at the childs' height as well. They are lightweight and can be moved around easily to create new "centers".
You can see here (in the lower left corner) I have used these cubbies in my Library center to display theme related books, puzzles and Felt Stories. They allow you to place one Toy per "cubby" which eliminates visual stimulation/clutter and provides a "home" for the toys to return to.
The Daily Plan Book for Preschool
I have written about my love of this planner before. If you are interested in dividing your weeks into "Themes", this plan book published by "Teacher's Friend Publications" is my absolute favorite. Not only does it provide large spaces for you to enter your planned daily activities, it also has a corresponding Weekly Activity/Interest Centers page to note the activities/changes you will be making in your various "learning centers".
Another must have is a Sensory Table/Bin. You can create so many unique learning opportunities with this table. These tables aren't limited to just Sand and Water (you can find some (sensory table ideas here). Many provider's create their own using a clear bin placed on a low table. Whether you make one or purchase one I recommend a lid.
A Train Table is another wonderful multipurpose item for your daycare. In addition to Trains, and Cars it also provides a great surface for fine motor activities. This becomes a great space to work on puzzles, or other construction toys. Some of the kids favorite Train Tabletop activities were playing with the dollhouse or the Farm on the table so their activity could remain out even when the floor needed to be cleared. A DIY option is a low coffee table, or a Children's table with the legs cut down.
The Dramatic Play space was the busiest in my home daycare. This space is ever changing: from a Playhouse, to a Restaurant this space can transform into a wonderful new creative space on a weekly basis. There are a lot of different types of Play Kitchens on the market. Since this area sees a lot of use, make sure you select one that can stand the test of time. Another nice option is making sure there is some built in storage for pretend food and pots and pans. For the provider who prefers to build their own, you can find several DIY play kitchens on pinterest. Don't forget about outdoor play, Kids love having a play kitchen outside too!
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Circle Time Binder-Digital Download
The Circle Time Binder combines all of your favorite Circle Time Activities in a portable Binder. It's a great option for educators who are short on wall space, only have 1 or 2 children "ready" for Circle Time, or parents who are homeschooling their Preschooler.
Inside this 57-Page Printable you will find:
4-Cover designs to choose from
A Skills Check list
3-Editable Who's Here Sign in activities
How are you feeling? poster and clip cards
100-Days recording page
The current season is ... activity
Today's weather is .. activity
Days of the week activity
Special Days of the Month (*Editable)
I know my letters uppercase & lowercase posters
Interactive I know my colors poster
Interactive I know my shapes poster
Directions, TOS, and Graphics Credit
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Apple Activity Pack-Digital Download
Let's explore apples! Inside this apple themed activity pack you will find an assortment of easy to assemble activities. You can easily turn them into a variety of hands on learning centers, tot trays or file folder games.
Help the children in your care learn literacy skills, and math skills. Some of the skills covered in this pack are: colors, shapes, uppercase and lowercase letter identification, patterning, one to one correspondence, counting, and ordering numbers 1-10.
Inside this 55-Page Printable Activity pack you will find the following 16 activities:
Apple Clip Cards
Apple tree color matching activity
Roll and Color apple graphing activity
Apple tree uppercase and lowercase letter matching file folder activity
Apple Count and Clip Cards
Apple Tree counting mats 1-10
Apple barrel counting mats 1-12
Counting Apples Mat 1-20
Apple Patterning Activity
Sorting apples by size
Parts of an apple
Seasonal apple tree match
Apple Tree Life Cycle puzzle
Apple 3-Part Cards
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Corn, Scarecrows and Crows Printable Activity Pack
This 40 page printable activity pack includes 11 printable activities, and 2 pages of 3-part cards for your Corn, Scarecrows and Crows themed Week.
Corn Kernel Counting Activity (Can also be used as a craft template)
Color Clip Cards
Count and Clip Cards
Crow counting mats with 10-frames (1-10)
Cutting Practice Sheet
Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Puzzle Cards
Positional Phrases Activity
Scarecrow Counting Mats (1-10)
Shape Matching Puzzles
Patterning Activity Page
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Pumpkin Activity Pack
From Tot Trays, to Center Activities this pack includes tons of hands on fun for your Pumpkin Unit.
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