Running a Home Daycare

Small World Play

Small World Play   Imaginative Play Small worlds First off I want to say that I’m loving the beautiful weather we’re having these past two days! Though we have managed to get outside to play every day this winter (rain, snow and slush) I can’t deny that I LOVE the sunny weather! This post is about small world imaginative play. Again the internet has a way of labelling everyday childhood experiences so that we can […]

Daycare Bathroom for Kids 2

Daycare Bathroom kid friendly set-up  Kid friendly bathroom  I’m sure this will sound silly to some but I am really excited about the new bathroom accessories that are now in place. It’s taken some time running the daycare to see what things work well and what things could be improved and the bathroom was one area that needed a little fine tuning. No doubt I will change things again and again as I continue with […]

Painting with a 1 Year Old

Painting   With a One Year Old  Arts and Crafts  I love to do arts and crafts as an adult and had more opportunities to play with art than most children do. My mom is an artist (creator and teacher) and we were exposed to many different mediums as kids. We painted with water colours, acrylic paints, oil paint is every colour imaginable. We used pencils, charcoal, chalk, pen and ink, pencil crayons, pastels. We worked […]

Alphabet Stone Sensory Bin

Alphabet Stones Sensory Bin Ideas Rocks and Stones The “twins” so called only because they are a few weeks apart in age, love to play outside and are especially drawn to the rocks and stones we have by the water wall and dry river bed. They love to pick them up and put them into buckets and could sit there for extended time periods upwards of 30 minutes which is an eternity for a ~1 year […]

New Preschool Curriculum

*New* Preschool Curriculum by Mothergoose Time Curriculum Package I am so excited that our new preschool curriculum package has arrived in the mail! Starting in September 2015 we will be doing a preschool curriculum on a trial basis. Mothergoose is a program that I heard of from my friend at Peach Tree Daycare in White Rock. I have had a chance to look through the box and to begin setting up and so far I […]

Sharpie Scribble Mugs- Father’s and Mother’s Day Craft

Sharpie Scribble Mug   Father’s day or Mother’s day craft I came across these cute mugs online and thought that they would make a great easy craft for any kid who can hold a felt. I even got the two 1-year-old babies involved though I couldn’t leave them for a second with the permanent markers and they needed a fair bit of help but they got in there and did some scribbling of their own. […]

June Bugs 3

  JUNE THEME The general theme for June is Bugs! Included in this theme or related to it are Insects, Spiders and other Creepy Crawlers. As time goes on I will continue to add to this post as we I think of more activities that might fit well. Bug collection What bug theme would be complete without a bug collection? My husband thinks it’s a bid odd and a bit gross but when I was […]

May Flowers & Gardening 2

May Theme May is all about flowers! This is a late post but I wanted to share what we were up to this past month. Out theme for may included the topics of seeds, seedlings, plants, gardens and flowers. Growing Plants and Gardening We started off our theme by exploring the miniature world of baby plants. Nan Jan and I bought a variety of vegetable seeds: cucumber, radish, swiss chard, carrots, lettuce, peas and beans. […]

Cheerios Necklace- Fine Motor Craft & Snack 4

Cheerios Necklace As a mom, a teacher and a daycare provider I find it interesting to read up on pre kindergarten or kindergarten readiness skills. These skills are the things that a child should be able to do or should be working towards doing, as they are preparing to enter school. These skills cover many areas: social, emotional, math, reading readiness, writing readiness, gross motor and fine motor. There are many resources available online if you […]

Banana Sushi Rolls 1

Banana Sushi Rolls   Banana Sushi Rolls for Kids Another simple and quick snack for kids. This snack is easy to make, nutritious, bite sized and delicious! I actually make these for myself! When making a daycare snack I include at least 2 food groups, these little rolls are great because they include a protein, fruit and carbohydrate. There are a variety of ways to put these together, I like the simple peanut butter & […]