This is the week to find for Valentines, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter items for your Sensory Bins and Craft projects.
I thought these Magnetic Hearts would make a great matching game for your Magnet Board.
This St. Patrick's Day Magnet set is adorable.
I found these items that would make great additions to your light table. You can create color matching games with cups, and Plastic Ice Cubes.
If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate Birthday's for the children in your care, I thought these chair covers would make a fun addition.
These hand brooms and dustpans would make a great addition to a Monetessori Tray or Self Care Station.
Did you find anything new to add to your space this week?
Are you ready for a Challenge?
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 you answered yes, join us for our 15-minute daily Daycare Spaces Decluttering Challenge!
This year our challenge will start on Sunday, January 3rd 2016.
How does it work?
Each day you will find a blog post highlighting 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 purpose of these challenges is to spend your 15 minutes decluttering your items (not organizing them quite yet).
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 declutter them overnight either.
Moving too quickly can cause someone to become overwhelmed. Baby steps ... baby steps.
How do you get started?
Step 1: Follow along with the Daily Challenges. These will be posted here on my Blog, on my Facebook Page and in my Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community Group on Facebook.
Step 2: Track your progress. You can print my 2016 Decluttering Calendar and check off a square for each of the items you let go.
Step 3: Share your progress! Share your before/after photos, or photos of the items you get rid of. You can can post your photos to the Daily Challenge Post on my Facebook Page, or in our Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community group on Facebook. Not only will this help keep you motivated and track your progress, but it will also help motivate others.
For the Week of 12/28-1/1 we are going to Learn about Winter Clothes and Celebrate New Years!
I've Scoured the Web to find inspiration so you don't have to!
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Arts & Crafts
Winter Hat by Story Time Katie
Stained Glass Mittens by Kinder Craze
Pom Pom Mitten Craft by No Time for Flashcards
Pop Up Fireworks Craft by Kids Craft Room
Paint with Mittens by Teach Preschool
Dramatic Play Ideas:
Add a variety of Winter Dress Up Items to your Space this week: Snow Bibs, Scarves, Mittens, and Boots. This will give the Children the opportunity to practice their Self Care Skills (Buttons, Zippers) Etc.
Add a clothesline or Clothes Rack, and Clothespins to practice hanging Mittens.
For New Years eve provide a box of Decorations and let the Children Decorate their Dramatic Play Space.
Construction Area Ideas:
Provide Materials for creating a snowy scene in your construction space this week. Add Cotton Balls (Snow Balls), and White Felt.
Mitten Matching from Strong Start
The Mitten Story Re-Tell Box from The Speech Room
Sort Winter Clothes from Waddlee-ah-chaa
Winter Counting from MPM Ideas
New Years Sensory bin from Growing a Jeweled Rose
More Ideas on my New Years Pinterest Board
More Ideas on Winter Clothes Pinterest Board
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