Super Bowl and Football Theme

Super Bowl/Football Theme

Though the Super Bowl is typically on a Sunday, you can use the week leading up to the Super Bowl to have a football theme. On the Friday before the Super Bowl, ask children to wear the color of the team they want to win. Have a Super Bowl party!
Football Songs and Fingerplays

Football Player (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Football player, football player
Throw the ball, (Hold one hand back like you are going to throw a football.)
catch the pass. (Pull both hands to chest as if catching a football)index
Run and don’t get tackled, run and don’t get tackled. (Pretend to run.)
Touchdown, touchdown (Hold both arms straight up to signal a touchdown.)

Football Art Activities

Stuffed Footballs
Provide or have children cut two identical footballs out of paper. Then have them staple these together and stuff with shredded paper. They can then paint the football to make it more realistic.

Team Pennants
Give each child a paper or felt pennant shape. Provide a variety of craft supplies for each of the Super Bowl Team colors and allow children to use their creativity to make a team pennant. Hang up all pennants when done.

Football Rubbings
Tape a piece of paper to a football and let children use sides of crayons to rub the paper and make football prints.

Football Math and Science

Super Bowl Graph
Discuss the two teams that are in the Super Bowl. Show each city on a map and talk about if a child has ever been to that city. Have children guess who will win the Super Bowl by picking one of the two teams. Make a graph to chart the guesses.

Yard Stick Measuring
Show children a yard stick and ask if they know how many yards a football field is. Have children measure items in the room to find objects that are a yard tall or long.

Football Observation
Cut open a football or take off the skin and put it in your science area for observation.

Football Movement

Warm-Up Exercises
Practice warm-up exercises like professional football players do by having students do jumping jacks, run in place, and stretch to touch their toes.

Football Throw
Have children practice throwing a football outside to see how far they can throw it.

Pass the Football
Play Hot Potato with a football.

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Child Care and Development Research Overview 2015

Here is a research overview of child care and development research stories that we featured in the Child Care Lounge newsletter in 2015.





How does type of toy affect quantity, quality of language in infant playtime?

Parent Touch, Play And Support in Childhood Vital to Well-being as an Adult

Depression in children changes the brain for life

“Left-Out” Kids Mimic Group Behaviors to Gain Acceptance

Children with specific birth defects at increased risk for abuse

Labor Department announces new aid for ballooning child-care costs

Even PreK Kids Affected By Handling Money

How Parental Absence Alters Children’s Brain Development

Mixed-age classrooms hurt academic progress of older children

Telling Kids to Wait May Not Improve Self-Control

To Prevent Bullying, Focus On Early Childhood

Poor Sleep during Infancy May Predict Developmental Problems

Helping toddlers understand emotion key to development

Simple Changes to Classroom Procedures Helps ADHD Kids

Latino educators stress making early childhood education a priority

Children who are good liars are more intelligent and have better memory skills

Early Stress Impacts Cognition in Low-Income Kids

Household items, toys are key to infant motor skill development

Study finds children eat healthier at daycare centers than at home

Infant Learning: Is More Really Better?

Toddler temperament could be influenced by different types of gut bacteria

New Neuroscience of Childhood Stresses Strong Attachments

MRI shows association between reading to young children and brain activity

Babies As Young As 6 Months Use Mobile Devices For Up To An Hour Each Day

Brain Scan Predicts Language Development in Autism Before Kids Learn to Speak

Early education narrows the achievement gap with younger starts and longer stays

Children less likely to come to the rescue when others are available

Students Who Started Kindergarten Late More Likely to Drop Out, Commit Crimes

New study points to better classrooms for children with disabilities

Study: High-quality early education could reduce costs

Strong Parental Bond Helps Protect Shy Babies from Future Anxiety

Early childhood programs found to significantly lower likelihood of special education placements in third grade

Parents May Be Able to Lower Babies’ Autism Risk

Looking at Cute Images Can Improve Focus

Could playing Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ and other music improve kids’ brains?

Preschoolers Should Practice Writing Before Entering a Classroom

Pets May Help Improve Social Skills Of Children With Autism

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Winter Animal Theme

Winter Animal Theme
Polar Bears, Penguins and Winter..oh, my! Teach young children about these two popular winter animals.

Winter Animals Songs and Rhymes

Royal Penguins
One royal penguin . .feeling very blue
Called for his brother then there were two
Two royal penguins. . .swimming in the sea
Called for their sister then there were three
Three royal penguins waddle on the shore
Call for their mother, then there were four
Four royal penguins learning how to dive
Call for their father, then there were five

Polar Bear (Tune: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
The polar bear lives in Alaska
He never gets cold in a storm
He swims in cold icy water
His heavy coat keeps him warm
Warm, warm, warm, warm
His heavy coat keeps him warm
Warm, warm, warm, warm
His heavy coat keeps him warm

I’m a Little Penguin (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little penguin, on the ice.
I think the cold is very nice.
I can hop around
first once, then twice.
I think ice is very nice

On Top Of An Iceberg (Tune: On Top of Old Smoky)
On top of an iceberg, All covered with snow,
I saw my first, penguin And I wanted to know.
Oh is it a bird,
Or is it a fish?
I looked at his feathers,
And knew which was which.
I said, “Mr. Penguin,
Which species are you?”
He said, “I’m an emperor,
And not a gentoo.”

I said, “Mr. Penguin,
What’s under you patch?”
He said, “It’s an egg,
It’s ready to hatch!”

I said, “Mr. Penguin,
Oh, where is your wife?”
“She’s out in the ocean,
She’ll be back tonight.”

Said Mr. Penguin,
“Her name is Jill.
She’s out in the ocean,
Feeding on krill.”

The next thing I knew,
I heard a small peep.
And I saw a chick,
At the emperor’s feet!

Six Little Penguins
Six little penguins off an iceberg did dive,
One bumped his beak, then there were five.

Five little penguins swam the ocean floor,
One saw a whale, then there were four.

Four little penguins spun around, whee-ee!
One spun off, then there were three!

Three little penguins, with nothing to do,
One went fishing, then there were two.

Two little penguins, having lots of fun,
One fell of, then there was one.
One little penguin, when the day was done,
Went home to sleep, then there were none

Marco the Polar Bear
Marco the Polar Bear,
White as the snow,
Sat down on the ice
Near the cold water’s flow.
“Lunch! I need lunch” he said;
“I’ll make a wish.”
He stuck in his paw
And came up with a fish!

I Wish I Were a Walrus
I wish I were a Walrus A waddling on the shore.
I’d say, “Move over, here I come!”
And bellow out a “ROAR!”
I wish I were a Walrus A basking in the sun.
I’d flap my flippers, oh so loud To show I’m number one!
I wish I were a Walrus A strutting all my stuff.
If anybody picked on me I’d show them my big tusks!
Winter Animals Art Activities

Frost Covered Penguins
Create a penguin out of construction paper. Make a solution by mixing equal parts boiling water and Epsom salt and stir well. (You want to make sure the salts dissolve into the water). Use the solution to paint over the paper. As it dries, the dissolved salt will crystallize again, creating a frosty, snowy look.

Footprint Penguin
Two choices: 1. (If you dare!) Dip the child’s foot in black paint or an ink pad and put on white paper. Add eyes an orange beak and a small white circle for a belly and you have a footprint penguin. 2. Trace child’s foot on white paper. Color to look like a penguin or have children add paint, construction paper, etc.

Cotton Ball Polar Bears
Cut out large polar bears and provide the children with white cotton balls and glue. Have them glue the cotton balls onto their bear and add a wiggly eye.

Puffy Paint Polar Bear
Mix equal parts of glue and shaving cream together. Have children paint a paper plate with the mixture. Add paper ears, eyes, and a black paper nose (or use an Oreo cookie for the nose). Allow to dry. When it is dry it will have a puffy texture.
Winter Animals Math and Science

More Winter Animal Activities

Penguin Height
On some craft paper, draw the height of several popular species of penguins and include their pictures. Measure the height of each child to compare.

Water Table
Add ice cubes to the water table or freeze water in tubs and add to water table as an iceberg.

Penguin Numbers
Cut out our Numbered Penguins Printable. Laminate and have children place matching number of goldfish crackers on each penguin.

Polar Bear Science
Polar bears have a layer of fat under their skin called blubber. This blubber keeps polar bears warm from the Arctic water and air. To demonstrate how fat insulates polar bears by keeping them warm in the icy cold water, have the child stick a hand in a bucket of ice cold water. Next, remove the hand from the cold water and stick the hand into a baggie filled with Crisco. With the hand remaining in the bag of Crisco, stick the hand back into icy water. The water won’t feel cold because the Crisco acts as a layer of fat and provides insulation from the extreme temperature.
Winter Animals Movement

Move Like a Penguin
Help child hold a large ball or pillow between the knees. Encourage the child to walk/waddle without dropping the ball.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear Turn Around
Recite this rhyme and make the movements together:

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Turn around,
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Make no sound.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Dance on your toes,
Polar bear, Polar bear.
Touch your nose.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Show your paws.
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Hide your claws.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Reach up high
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Wink one eye.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Say good-night,
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Shut your eyes tight.

Polar bear, Polar bear,
Wake up now,
Polar bear, Polar bear,
Take a bow.
Winter Animals Snacks

Edible Polar Bear
Make a polar bear face by using an English muffin or bagel as the base. Cover the base with cream cheese to create the white fur. Add two banana slices at the top for the ears. Use raisins to create the eyes, nose and mouth of the edible polar bear.

Make Ice Cream

1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
6 tablespoons salt

Put milk, vanilla and sugar into a pint or quart-sized freezer bag. Seal well. Fill a large, gallon-sized freezer bag with ice. Add the salt.Put the smaller bag into the larger bag and seal.Shake and mix until the ice cream thickens, about 10 minutes. You can also let the kids gently throw the bag back and forth to help mix the ice cream. The bag gets very cold, so you might to have children wear gloves when doing this project.

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Great Pumpkin Theme and Activities

Great Pumpkin Theme and Activities pumpkin

Have some fun with pumpkins this Halloween! This is the perfect time of year to take a field trip to a local pumpkin patch.

Pumpkin Songs and Fingerplays

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate (hold up fingers for pumpkins)
The first one said “Oh my! It’s getting late” (slap face ala Home Alone)
The second one said, “There are witches in the air” (point)
The third one said “But we don’t care” (shrug shoulders)
The fourth one said “Let’s have some fun” (throw hand in the air)
Then “Ooooooh” went the wind (say softly)
And OUT when the lights (clap hands to the word “out” and say loudly)
And the five little pumpkins rolled outta sight. (roll hands)

I’m a Little Pumpkin (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little pumpkin
Orange and round.
Here is my stem,
There is the ground.
When I get all cut up
Don’t you shout!
Just open me up
And scoop me out!

We Are Pumpkins(Tune: Buffalo Girls)
We are pumpkins big and round
Big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins big and round. Sitting on the ground.
See our great big shining eyes,
Shining eyes, shining eyes
See our great big shining eyes, Looking all around.
See our great big laughing mouths
Laughing mouths, laughing mouths.
See our great big laughing mouths, Smiling right at you!

5 Little Pumpkins
5 little pumpkins at my door
A neighbor came and took one then there were 4
4 little pumpkins under a tree
Along came a farmer and then there were 3
3 little pumkins looked so new
I gave one away then there were 2
2 little pumpkins laying in the sun
Grandma made a pie now there is just one
I then made a jack-o-lantern, wasn’t that fun?

Pumpkin Art Activities

  • Jack-O- lantern Carving – This is a fun and traditional party activity. The children can help plan the face maybe by drawing and designing prototypes, while the teacher can do the actual carving. Everyone can participate in the fun of removing the ooey gooey pulp, a great sensory activity. For safety purposes, you may wish to light up your new friend with a flashlight instead of a candle.
  • Paper Mache Pumpkins – Use an inflated balloon for the form. Dip newspaper strips in a wet mixture of flour and water and lay across the balloon entirely. Let dry. Paint and decorate as desired.
  • Finger Paint Pumpkin Color Mixing – Give children a pumpkin shaped cut out with fingerpaint paper. Have them fingerpaint with red and yellow paints and watch the paint turn orange.
  • Paper Bag Pumpkin – Fill a small brown bag half full of torn newspaper. Twist top of bag and secure with green pipecleaner. Children can paint the bag with orange paint. When try, add leaves to the pipecleaner.
  • Paper Plate Pumpkin – Provide children with construction paper, tissue paper, paint and other art supplies. Allow them to be creative and use the art supplies to create a pumpkin on a paper plate. This is fun for torn paper pumpkins, sponge paint pumpkins, tissue paper ball pumpkins, etc.
  • Pumpkin Pie Playdough
    • 5 1/2 Cups flour
    • 2 Cups salt
    • 8 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 3/4 Cups oil
    • 1 1/2 oz. pumpkin pie spice
    • orange food coloring (2 parts yellow, 1 part red)
    • 4 Cups water

    Mix all ingredients together. Cook and stir over medium heat until all lumps disappear. Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth. Store in airtight container.

Pumpkin Math and Science

  • Inside a Pumpkin – Cut open a pumpkin and allow children to see what is inside. Provide spoons, bowls, etc. and allow children to explore and feel the inside of a pumpkin.
  • Sink or Float – Prepare a chart entitled “Will a Pumpkin Sink or Float?” Give each child a pumpkin cutout and ask them to place their pumpkin in whatever column they think will happen (“Sink” or “Float”). To find out what the answer is, drop a small pumpkin in a container of water and discuss results.
  • Pumpkin Measuring – Provide a variety of pumpkins in different sizes. Have children measure them with yarn. Talk about which one is the biggest around/smallest around. Compare other objects in the room with the length of string to see what items are longer or shorter.

Pumpkin Snacks

  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Wash seeds under warm water in colander. Mix together in bowl: 2 Cups seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil and 1 tteaspoon salt. Spread seeds on cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Use spoon to stir seeds from time to time while baking.
  • No-Bake Pumpkin Pudding – Have each child mix two tablespoons pumpkin pie filling, two tablespoons marshmallow creme, and one tablespoon whipped topping. This is a fun measuring and mixing activity. Be sure to check for child allergies first.

Other Pumpkin Fun and Resources


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Fall Book Giveaway

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We are giving away some new and gently used books with some of our online class enrollments.
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Celebrate the Color Purple Theme and Activities

Many report purple is their favorite color. Here are some preschool activities and crafts to celebrate this royal hue.

Sing About Purple

P-u-r-p-l-e (Tune: I’ve Been Working on the Railroad)
Purple, purple,
Purple’s what that spells.
Purple grapes on the vine,
Purple Kool-Aid’s fine
Purple’s what that spells.

We Love Purple(Tune: Frere Jacques)
We love purple, we love purple.
Yes, we do. Yes, we do.
Purple grapes and eggplant,
Purple plums and grape juice,
Just for me, just for you.

Red and Blue
Red and blue, red and blue,
Mix them and find something new.
Purple like a fresh ripe plum,
Purple like a poor sore thumb,
Red and blue, red and Blue,
Mix them and find something new.

Purple Art

Purple Milk Painting – Mix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of red and blue food coloring. Paint!

Purple Silly Putty – Add 4 T. of white Elmer’s glue to 2 T. of liquid starch. Mix together, if it stays stringy, add a drop of glue. If too brittle, add more starch. Chill for at least 3 hours.

Purple Shaving Cream Fingerpaint – Give each child a Ziplock sandwich bag filled one-third full with shaving cream. Let the children squeeze drops of red and blue food coloring into their bags before sealing them closed. Then have the children squeeze their bags and watch as the shaving cream turns purple. Let them use their purple shaving cream to fingerpaint designs on sheets of white butcher paper.

Purple Collage – Have children create a purple collage using purple glitter, confetti, construction paper, tissue paper, etc.

Purple Math and Science

How Many? – Fill a jar with purple jelly beans, M&Ms, buttons, or anything else you can think of. Have children write down their guesses as to how many they think is in the jar. Count the objects and see who is closest.

Purple Chart – Brainstorm a list of items that are purple. List them on a large chart.

Color Ice Cubes – Fill and ice cube tray with water. Add a drop of red food coloring to half and a drop of blue food coloring to the other half. Freeze. When frozen, have children put one of each color ice cube in glass of water. Watch as ice melts to see what color is created.

Purple Bottle Shakers – Squeeze drops of red and blue food coloring into a clear plastic bottle of water. Fasten the cap securely, then have children shake the bottle to blend the colors and create purple.

Make Purple Treats

Purple Cow
2 oz. of grape juice,
1/4 c. vanilla ice cream
2 oz. of lemon-lime soda
Blend juice and ice cream, then add soda.

“I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one.”

Purple Snacks to enjoy – Grapes, Jelly on toast, Purple Kool-Aid, Grape Juice, Plums, Grape Popsicles, etc

Read About Purple

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