With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this is a good time to plan a nutrition and food theme.
Food and Nutrition Songs and Fingerplays
Are You Eating (Tune: Are You Sleeping)
Are you eating, are you eating
Healthy foods, healthy foods?
For your body needs them, for your body needs them
Carrots, Peas, and Broccoli (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Vegetables are good for me.
For my snack and in my lunch,
Veggie sticks are great to munch.
Carrots, Peas, and Broccoli,
Vegetables are good for me.
Happily We Eat Our Food (Tune: Merrily We Roll Along)
Happily we eat our foods, eat our foods, eat our foods.
Happily we eat our foods, To grow up big and strong
Happily we drink our milk, drink our milk, drink our milk.
Happily we drink our milk, To grow up big and strong.
Happily we eat our fruits…
Happily we eat our vegetables…
Happily we eat our meat…
Happily we eat our beans…
Happily we eat our breads…
Happily we eat our cereal..
Food and Nutrition Art
Cut apples, oranges, pears, etc. in half. Dip in paint and ‘stamp’ fruit prints on paper.
Make a collage of Good Snack/Bad Snack choices from magazine pictures.
Food and Nutrition Math and Science
Guess how may seeds are in an apple. Cut it open and count the actual number of seeds.
Favorite Fruit Graphing
Allow children to try a variety of different fruits. Graph their favorites.
Guess the Food
Have a mystery bag with a fruit or vegetable inside. Describe the food and have children try to guess what is in the bag.
Plant vegetable seeds!
Food and Nutrition Movement Activities
Have the children work in groups of 2 to move the watermelon across a room. Let them try to only use one hand each, not two!
Take turns acting out different cooking and eating actions. Some examples include: eating soup, washing dishes, peeling a banana.
Books about Food and Nutrition
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Here is a fun preschool theme set around the beauty of autumn leaves
Rhymes about Autumn Leaves
Pretty leaves they are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them dancing around
Pretty leaves they are falling
Falling down to the ground
When the wind blows his trumpet
See them sitting back down.
5 Little Leaves
Five little leaves so bright and gay
Were dancing about on a tree one day
The wind came blowing through the town
And one little leaf came tumbling down.
Four little leaves so bright and gay… etc.
Three little leaves so bright and gay… etc.
Two little leaves so bright and gay… etc.
One little leaf so bright and gay
Was dancing about on a tree one day
The wind came blowing through the town
And the last little leaf came tumbling down.
Autumn Leaves Theme Crafts
- Leaf Frame- Fold wax paper in 1/2, wax sides together. Slip leaf between the fold and iron – the wax will melt onto the leaf, preserving it. Once preserved, glue the leaves onto a piece of fabric or paper. Make a frame from twigs collected in the woods and twine. Hang your fall masterpiece.
- Leaf Mobile – Have children cut out leaf shapes from fall colored construction paper. Make an X with sticks and tie together in the center using a pipe-cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner into a hook for hanging. Attach string from the sticks and punch holes in the leaves. Tie to the string and hang.
Autumn Leaves Science
- Leaf prints – Paint real leaves and then press them on paper for a print.
- Paint with leaf brushes – Collect leaves and tape to a small stick then use these instead of brushes for painting.
- Fingerpaint with fall colors.
- Handprint trees – Use a large sheet of paper and draw a tree trunk with marker or cut one out of construction paper then have the children dip their hands in fall colors and add the leaves to the tree.
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Surviving the Summer
by Ruth (reprinted with permission)The final bell rings and excited children everywhere flee the school in happiness…this marks the start of the Summer Vacation. As children dream of this day quickly approaching, parents and caregivers look for help to keep the kids busy and to avoid hearing those dreaded words… “I’m Bored!”
Hopefully I can bring some ideas and insights to make this the ‘funnest’ summer yet. In the past I have planned and implemented a school-age program. I have also had school-aged children join my home childcare program with great success. I found the key was to have the older children help with the younger children whenever possible. They were given the opportunity to plan and implement a craft for the younger children once a week. They had full access to my circle time library and were able to choose books that they were comfortable reading to the others during story time.
I avoided naptime problems by alloting the first hour a quiet time – I had fun homework sheets, novels to read, quiet games to play. The 2nd hour was their time – every day was a different activity. One day was for web design – they were given the opportunity to plan and design a web page and I assisted with searching for the right graphics, page layout, and teaching them the needed HTML to create their page. They took turns designing on paper and typing their page at the computer. One day was for Nintendo/Computer Games. Another was Craft Day – I would have a craft box organized with different items each week – they could create their own and sometimes we worked on a special ‘older kid’ project. One day was movie day – I would provide popcorn and drinks and they chose a movie from a selected few. The fifth day was Games Day – I would set up stations of games they could play – changing the games each week.
- Tye Dying – This is always a hit. I set up buckets of dye outdoors and provide rubber gloves. You can provide the t-shirts or have the kids bring their own white or light coloured shirt – it does not have to be new! Follow the directions on the package for mixing the dye. To do the swirled tye dye effect, place the shirt on the table and place a fork in the center and twist until the shirt is one big circle. Use rubber bands to hold the shirt in place. Have the children dip the shirt in the various colours of dye. Unwrap and hang to dry. (We just let ours dry on the fence… but it’s chain link, not sure if I would do this to a wooden fence!)
- Transfer T’s – Purchase Avery Transfer Paper and have the children design a shirt on paper. Scan the picture and then print on the paper following printing instructions. Follow the directions with the transfer paper for putting the picture onto the t-shirt and washing.
- Baseball Hats – Use stencils or have the children design their own stencils on paper and use to fabric paint to caps.
- Pennants – Buy plain pennants from the Craft store and let the children design them for their rooms.
- Door Knob Hangers – You can buy precut foam hangers or use bristle board and let the children decorate and add a saying for their bedrooms.
In the summer, Friday was deemed our “special day”. This helped the kids look forward to the end of the week and they were also kept busy during the week planning and getting things ready for the big day. Some days we have had in the past were:
- Circus Day – The children made masks and costumes and we put on a 3 ring circus. The older children wrote and performed a clown act for the younger ones (it was a HOOT!) You can also set up games. Children receive tickets for each game they win.
- Lucky Duck: Fill a small pool with water and fill with bath tub yellow ducks. The children can choose a duck from the pond – one (or more) of the ducks has the word WINNER on the bottom. Children can keep playing until they win.
- Ball Toss: Have bucket set up and tennis balls – the children have 3 balls to get one into the bucket.
- Guess the Jelly Bean Jar: Fill a jar with jelly beans and the children can enter guesses as to how many jelly beans are in the baby food jar.
- Pin the Nose on the Clown Game
- Tight-rope Walking: Set up a balance beam or rope (for the younger ones) and have the children walk from one end to the other without falling off.
Tickets can be traded in for treats and prizes…veggie sticks, hot dogs from the hot dog stand, french fries in little containers, drinks, snowcones – crushed ice with juice, popcorn, face painting, balloons, prize bag (I had bags set up with each child’s name to avoid someone getting a prize that wasn’t age appropriate).
To avoid the tickets being used on treats only, have a designated meal time and collect tickets from each child which is used for their lunch. They can then use their remaining tickets to buy balloons, have their face painted, enjoy a treat and buy 1 prize bag.
- Pajama Day – Children arrive in their pj’s with a pillow and/or snuggly. Set up a hair salon, beauty salon, and pillows on the floor with magazines/books. Personalize pillow cases by tye dying, using transfers, or fabric paint. Have pancakes and sausages for lunch. Watch a movie.
- Water Day –
Water Play Areas:
- Pool and Sprinkler
- Water sprayers
- Paint with water
- Washing babies in the tub – soap, water, washclothes, bath toys
Crafts and experiments:
- Create boats from recycled materials
- Add blocks to the boats to see which will stay afloat the longest
- Use fans to have sailboat races
- How many cups of water will it take to sink the boat
- Set up foot/hand painting
- Water balloon toss
- Hose limbo
- Wet sponge toss
- Fill the bucket – Children are given an empty bucket and a full one. Place the buckets at opposite sides of the yard. They must transfer the water using a ladle. You can either time the children as a group and better that time on the 2nd round or have teams playing.
- Bubble fun
Here are some current child care funding opportunities. We do our best to keep this list up-to-date but cannot verify it’s accuracy.
Home Depot Community Impact Grants The Home Depot Foundation offers grants, up to $5,000, to IRS-registered 501c designated organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community. Grants are given in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.
After School Advantage Program Its goal is to address the needs of underprivileged/at-risk children ages five to 18 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after-school hours in a safe environment. It does this by providing qualifying non-profit community agencies and public schools with digital learning centers. Each digital learning center is unique in its design and specific to an organization’s custom needs. Deadline: Rolling
Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas
KaBOOM Play Grants Opportunities to help communities take bold steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects Deadline: Various
Anne E. Casey Foundation The Annie E. Casey Foundation is limited to initiatives in the United States that have significant potential to demonstrate innovative policy, service delivery and community supports for disadvantaged children and families. Deadline: Rolling
BJ’s Charitable Foundation-Supports nonprofit programs in communities where BJ’s Clubs are located. Support will be given to nonprofits that provide academic and vocational opportunities for the disadvantaged. These programs include the purchase of supplies for literacy skills, mentoring, tutoring and career development. Deadline: Rolling
Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grants: The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects, and programs designed to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education. Deadline: Rolling
Reiman Foundation Grant: The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: Health Care, Education, The Arts & Children. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications are reviewed and decisions made on applications received on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Deadline is rolling.
Crayola Art-Infused Education Program Grants:Each grant-winning school (up to 20 grants awarded) receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000.
Both Teacher and Child Care Appreciation is celebrated in May. To celebrate, we are offering a free online child care class!
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There is so much more you can do with eggs than just following the steps on the back of a kit box. I hope the Easter egg decoration ideas below will inspire some creative Easter egg designs for you to make!
Basic Egg Dye
1/2 cup boiling water
about 1/2-teaspoon food coloring
Dip one egg at a time into the mixture for a colorful Easter egg.
Natural Egg Dyes
A rule of thumb: Natural dyes require eggs soak for much longer times, sometimes as long as overnight. Remember the longer the egg is in the dye, the darker the color will be.
Onion Skins- (red onions = lavender-dark red yellow onions = tan-gold) Boil the skins with the egg and then let soak.
Pickled Beet Juice- (pink)
Coffee-(brown) mix 1 tablespoon of instant coffee and ½ teaspoon of vinegar to 1 cup boiling water.
Glossy Easter Eggs
Mix sweet and condensed milk with food coloring and paint with brushes or Q-tips.
Mix one tablespoon each of oil, vinegar, and your choice of food coloring. Add enough water to cover an egg. Swirl the liquid with a spoon, and quickly lower and raise an egg into it. Pat dry with a paper towel, and repeat with additional colors if desired.
Besides using crayons to form a resist or batik pattern, try using stickers of different shapes. Gummed reinforcement rings work well. Other patterns can bemade using rubber bands and masking tape.
Place egg into an egg cup so that it is standing upright. Use a spray bottle to mist the top of the egg. Squeeze a drop of food coloring onto the top of the egg. Hold water bottle at a distance and mist the top again. Add additional colors if wanted. Mist or blow on the egg to create a desired effect.
Paint a hard boiled egg with acrylic craft paint and a brush. After the egg is dry, sponge white paint on the egg to create a fun pattern.
Chalkboard Paint Eggs
Paint a hard boiled egg chalkboard paint. When dry, allow children to decorate the eggs using different colors of chalk.