Activities Resource Pages (Basics of Caring for Children)
As an active dramatic play activity read a favorite children’s story, then have the children pretend to be characters from that story. For example, read The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown to the children.
Fun ways to teach children letters and numbers, learning to measure, fun idea for bubble-making, teaching children to throw and catch, making puppets.
Do the children drive you crazy when they have to play inside on rainy days? Children need active play every day. Taking children outside where they can use their large muscles to run, jump, skip, climb, hop, ride a bike, swing, and slide is the best kind of active play.
What do you do with children when winter hangs on, then slowly turns into spring? Activities may include: painting, singing and paper construction activities.
Everything is new again when you take it outside. Try chalk drawing, making homemade chalk, coloring with crayons, a science project using the sun, painting and music outside.
Children need to play outside every day, even in winter. Going outside to run, jump, yell, and wiggle allows children to use their large muscles and work off extra energy. Moving out into the fresh air is also healthier for children than keeping them inside a closed building where germs can easily spread.
Diversity activities teach young children to respect and celebrate the differences in all people. Learning about different cultural aspects offers new experiences for children.
Children often see adults exchange coins and bills when they buy things. As children grow and start to make choices, they learn that people, things, and money have value. These concepts form the foundation for understanding the importance of spending, sharing, and saving.
Stress is often thought of as a grown-up condition, but children can also experience stress. Stress in children can result from school, homework, friends, family disruptions, changes in routines, and many other situations.
The skills learned from team building are important parts of personal and group development in children. During team building activities, children have the chance to communicate with each other and work towards a common goal. By practicing being an effective team member and team leader, children develop confidence in their own abilities.
There has been debate among scholars about whether children learn to be leaders from their experiences or if leadership is something a person is born with. We know that all children have the potential to develop leadership skills.
Reuse is a large part of reducing waste. It can save us from having to buy new items, and reduces the amount of trash we throw way. Uses for reused materials are only limited by imagination.
Indoors or out, children can discover and experiment with air and wind.
Activities include ways for children to learn more about turtles.
No matter how much activity children have indoors, nothing compares to the experiences of running, playing, creating, and just being in the outdoors!
How do animals, trees, and the world, get ready for winter?
Windy days can be just as much fun as calm, sunny ones when you find the right activity for children.
Caterpillars are fascinating to children, especially at certain times of the year. Help children learn about caterpillars: make them, play a caterpillar game, do a caterpillar finger play.
Children learn about their world by pretending, and by using their senses.
Autumn offers a variety of opportunities for interesting learning activities.
You may be thinking: “Really? I work with preschoolers and I am certainly not an engineer or mathematician. How can I possibly teach the children these things?”
Caregivers interact with a variety of people and age groups. Children are often the primary focus but to provide the best care possible, it is important that providers also be able to communicate with parents and other family members as well as with colleagues and the community. Below are some suggestions to make the most of interactions.
Early care providers work hard to create developmentally appropriate environments, experiences, and curriculum. Inclusion reminds everyone that the goal is for ALL children, no matter their ability, to learn together. For this to happen children need to be supported based on individual need.