Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summers out.....What to do with the kids???

With the children out of school for the summer, many times we find ourselves wondering what to do with them.  Especially trying to keep them busy, besides enrolling them in camps.  And trying to monitor there technology time.  Several common fun activities can be simply:

-visiting the local library
-going for a walk
-going for a bike ride
-visiting grandparents/loved ones
-visiting the beach
-combining playdates
-visiting the local farmers market
-gardening in your backyard

Activities for summertime with children

With summer upon us, there are many things; one can do with children.
Several activities include:
-cooking project or fresh lemonade
-taking a walk
-collecting and painting rocks
-field trip to the beach

Sometimes talking to the children and asking them what they want to do, works.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Early Childhood Education"Making tortillas in preschool"

  Children enjoy art activities.  They are not afraid to touch paint, flower or other sensory items.  They enjoy getting there hands wet and lending a hand.  Participating in making tortillas can be a great life skill.  By learning how much flour to mix with water, is a great math lesson.  Where they can learn about numbers and measuring using measuring cups.  They can use their senses to smell the flour as they mix it.  Using their fine motor skills, they are forming the dough into balls.  Where they are encouraged to use the tortilla maker to flatten and form the tortilla.  The formed tortilla is then transferred to a comal over the  stovetop where one can assist in warming the tortilla.  This activity also encourages table conversation.  Where children are able to communicate and create a bond while learning a life skill.
Materials needed: Tortilla flour, water,  measuring cups, comal,  two zip-lock bags(circles cut to keep dough from sticking)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Early Childhood Education-Reinforcing Shapes

Many preschool children are visual learners; meaning they need to be able to see color displayed in a way that captures their attention.  Using colors and shapes is a way to reinforce there learning.  Spelling out the shapes in different languages can be beneficial.  Children can use there fine motor skills to cut the shapes using scissors.  Where there art is displayed at their level and they are able to identify the words with the shape.  There are different art activities that one can create with young sponges.  This art activity can be laminated and displayed throughout the classroom or there home.
Materials needed:
-construction paper, glue, scissors,

Early Childhood Education," Fine Motor Skills with Young Preschool Children"

Every child enjoys using scissors, markers and glue.  When children are given the opportunity to explore and use their imagination; there more likely to enjoy what they are doing.  This is a perfect art activity, where children can use there fine motor skills to cut the shapes using scissors.  Reinforcing their learning, they can glue the shapes and tracing using a marker. 
Materials needed:
-construction paper, scissors, glue, markers

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Early Childhood Education-"Making Father's Day Crafts" at Preschool/daycare

Looking for a Father's Day craft?  This craft is very simple to make.  Children can make this craft at home, in preschool or daycare.  Encouraging children to use their fine motor skills to draw, cut using scissors; while using there imagination.  Children can draw a picture or place there gift inside the bag.
Materials Needed:
-paper bag
-decorative paper