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Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Art, Blog, Child Care Product Review, child-care-information.com Blog |

Child Care Product Review – Westcott Scissors

Westcott™ Scissors                                            teacher scissors   westcott

Update: 3.30.14                                                                                                                                                                                                                 These scissors both are still in use in my preschool classroom along with 6 additional pairs! We love the non-stick surface of the blades. Kids cut through wet glue and paint, teachers cut sticky contact paper and everything just washes right off!

7.14.12                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I recently received a pair of Westcott Kids Scissors with Microban® Antimicrobial Product Protection along with a pair of  Titanium Non-Stick 8″ Straight  Teacher Scissors for review and wow are we impressed! My team works with 3-4 year olds, 17 of them to be exact, and all  20 of us really loves these scissors!  We need to be able to cut (as every teacher knows) fabric, cardboard, contact paper,  cardboard covered with contact paper, and cardboard wet with glue and glitter to name a few!  We’ve been using our new titanium scissors for about two months and they’ve come through every time! Our old scissors are still sticking out of the holder right next to the Westcott scissor.  We are consistently finding ourselves reaching for the Westcott.  The blades are the sharpest I’ve used and the contact paper adhesive wipes right off! Titanium! Beautiful!  The children’s are just as nice! Sharp enough to cut easily even for beginners, (important in preschool) and the blunt tip makes them as safe as any other kid scissor. The Microban® Antimicrobial is a nice added benefit with all the children using the scissors every day! Thank you Westcott!

http://www.westcottbrand.com/

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Blog, Child Care Product Review, child-care-information.com Blog |

Product Review – Lakeshore Learning® CD Player, Cassette Recorder, Radio

Lakeshore Learning CD Player The Lakeshore Learning® CD Player, Cassette Recorder, Radio has been in use in my preschool classroom for about four weeks and we love it!  The thing is made specifically for classrooms.  It’s sturdy, portable, and has a great sound.  Those are basic features that I would expect in any CD player I purchase.  The features that finalized my decision was the auxiliary port that allows our mp3 devices to be plugged in(cable sold separately).   At $189.00 Lakeshore’s CD player is more than twice the cost of our $80.00 old machine.   This is a classic example of getting what you pay for.  Back in April 2013 I purchased a CD Player for the classroom that featured an iPod Dock.  It seemed to have the capabilities we wanted – CD Player, cassette recorder, radio, and dock for our iPod.  Well…within a month the dock was so loose we had to prop the iPod into the dock.  Now we plug both the iPod and the iPad into the Lakeshore CD player.  Our old CD player became unusable when the volume bottom broke right off!  That brings us to today.  We had so many little grips with that old CD player that we haven’t uttered in weeks!  Thank you Lakeshore Learning.

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Art, Blog, Child Care Product Review, child-care-information.com Blog, Science |

Product Review – Colorations® Liquid Watercolor Paint

Great product for preschool and beyond!

Colorations® Liquid Watercolor Paint® is truly a great product for preschool and beyond!

Here the children used pipettes to drop diluted Colorations® Liquid Watercolor Paint® onto a few layers of paper napkin.  This product is not the same as food coloring, but can replace it in art projects.  The product is washable from hands and clothes.  The colors are vibrant and won’t fade or wash out when diluted!  This is important stuff!

Most important, though, is the cost. $3.69 for 8 oz. So for the three primary colors $11.07. We ordered the product from Discount School Supply. Delivery was quick and uneventful. Discount School Supply offers free delivery on orders over $79.00. They have a huge selection of  school supplies.

The only drawback is that the liquid watercolor can be messy. Even though it’s “washable” it runs like water so it flows quickly from the bottle.  Cover your surface and have the children wear smocks when using this product.  Colorations® Liquid Watercolor Paint is no more messy than food coloring, although we don’t let the children play with food coloring because it stains.

We use it in bingo dabber bottles, drip it onto giant coffee filters, and we use it with watercolor brushes on all types of projects.  We also use this product to dampen our stamp pads…I’m thinking…future product review!

 

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Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Blog, Child Care Product Review, child-care-information.com Blog |

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Saturday, July 14  2012                                                                                                                                   Product Review: Westcott Brand Scissors

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I recently received a pair of Westcott Kids Scissors with Microban® Antimicrobial Product Protection along with a pair of  Titanium Non-Stick 8″ Straight  Teacher Scissors for review and wow are we impressed! My team works with 3-4 year olds, 17 of them to be exact, and all  20 of us really loves these scissors!  We need to be able to cut (as every teacher knows) fabric, cardboard, contact paper,  cardboard covered with contact paper, and cardboard wet with glue and glitter to name a few!  We’ve been using our new titanium scissors for about two months and they’ve come through every time! Our old scissors are still sticking out of the holder right next to the Westcott scissor.  We are consistently finding ourselves reaching for the Westcott.  The blades are the sharpest Iv’e used and the contact paper adhesive wipes right off! Titanium! Beautiful!  The children’s are just as nice! Sharp enough to cut easily even for beginners, (important in preschool) and the blunt tip makes them as safe as any other kid scissor. The Microban® Antimicrobial is a nice added benefit with all the children using the scissors every day! Thank you Westcott!

http://www.westcottbrand.com/

 

Sunday, May 6  2012                                                                                                                                                 Product Review: Bio Color Paint

BioColor

There’s an app for that!  Bio Color App

Vibrant is the best word to discribe BioColor paint.  As shown below the yellow is not pale at all and stands out as well as the other colors.  These paints are washable, though we wear smocks anyway!  These paints don’t crack and peel when dry even if children lay it on thick!  At just about double the cost of tempra this stuff is for special projects at our school!

Tool Prints

 

Saturday April 21, 2012                                                                                                                                                            Earth Day

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Monday April 2, 2012                                                                                                                                                            Product Review: Angeles RuggedRiders Trikes

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These are by far some of the best trikes on the market! Durable, strong, and made in the USA!  If you must, build your fleet slowly with one or two trikes a year. Be assured your first trikes will still be being ridden when you by the next trikes!                                                                                                      

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Sunday, Feb 5,  2012                                                                                                                                                                                                     Happy New Year Friends

We will soon mark the halfway point of the 2011-12 school year! Many classrooms will celebrate their 100th day of school! Kudos to all of you that find creative ways to use this event to teach place value, multiples, or simply counting days!  We have parents choose items like pennies, paperclips, stickers, sequins, cotton balls … to use for counting to 100 as home work! We display ours in the front entrance of our school! These ideas are from tipjunkie.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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