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Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Blog, child-care-information.com Blog, March Themes, Science |

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

We had a post like this before but learning about how wind affects different materials is important and fun! So here we go again.

March is thought of as the windiest month of the year, at least in the north east. So take advantage as we get a few warmer days here and there and get the kids outside!

Make a Mini Kite These are the materials you’ll need to make a kite.

Back side of mini kite Oops, you’ll also need two popsicle sticks. To cut out the kite shape use your FREE pattern at Printables!

Front side mini kite Use glue to stick on the popsicle sticks, tape for the ribbon and string. Now go fly a kite!

flying kites Kites are readily available and fairly cheap in spring time.

0144bb6d4b1dd1e2547ecfe10673c984b96e5a9264_00001 These cool bags fill with air as kids run or ride. Get them here.

Windbag Wonders These Wind Bags are so much fun!

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Blog, child-care-information.com Blog, Circle Time, February Themes, large motor, Science, Shadows |

Groundhog’s Day! Will he see his shadow?

Groundhog’s Day! Will he see his shadow?

These are the things you'll need to make a peek a boo groundhog.  These are the items you need to make a peek-a-boo groundhog.

Find this pattern FREE on Printables! First you need this free pattern on Printables!

Pull the stick down so the children see only the top of the groundhog...then...

Does he see a shadow?

Making Shadows

Shadows A strong flashlight in a darkened classroom makes for great preschool fun.

Shadows  Here I draped a large sheet of paper over the back of an adult chair. I tapped pre-cut  shapes of people and animals and to craft sticks. I propped a big flashlight on a box and the kids took turns climbing under the chair making shadows.

Shadows in the Gym This time we took our big flashlight to the gym, turned out the lights, turned on lively music, and had fun shadow dancing. i love this picture!

 

 

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Art, Blog, Books, child-care-information.com Blog, January Themes, Science |

Penguin Page

Penguin Page

Penguin Page

Everything here on the Penguin Page will be related to penguins. There’s art, flannel board stories, science activities, and links to cool penguin sites.

Tube Penguin

First lets look at paper towel tube penguins. We don’t use toilet paper tubes because of the yuck factor. Start by cutting paper towel tubes in half. The pattern is posted on the Printables! page

Penguin Page Tube Penguin   FREE pattern found on Printables!

Flannel Board Penguin Matching

Since preschoolers are captivated by flannel stories try this matching game. Make 2 sets for fun preschool matching games. Find a FREE pattern on Printables!

Penguin Page Flannel Matching

Penguin Belly Slides

Our school is lucky to have lots of gym equipment. So we set this up on Penguin day. If there’s a way, maybe a Little Tikes slide, that you can make this happen the preschoolers will love it!

Penguin Page Belly Slides

Heart Penguin

These little penguins have lots of heart! Free pattern on Printables! 

Penguin Page Heart Penguin

Paper Plate Penguin

Paint the back of the plates black, fold sides in, then top down. Now add the features. Too cute! Free pattern on Printables!

Penguin Page Paper Plate Penguin

Footprint Penguins

Another fun penguin activity. Take their shoes off and tickle their toes!

Penguin Page Footprint Penguins

Dictation Penguins

Dictate the children’s answers when you ask…”Where do you think these two are going?”

Penguin Page Dictate a Story

Science Penguins

Any realistic printed penguin picture will do. Penguins’ feathers don’t let water get to their skin. Rub black crayon hard onto the paper and spray with water. Talk about kid’s observations. After children color very hard with black crayon, spray the penguin with water. Talk about their observations.

Penguin Page How Penguins Stay Dry   Penguin Page

Live Penguin Camera

http://explore.org/live-cams/player/live-penguin-cam

http://explore.org/live-cams/player/live-penguin-cam-2

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/live-web-cams/splash-zone-penguin-cam

Penguin Books

Check out these fun books and author’s websites to help your preschool class learn all they can about penguins.

little penguins tale audreywood.com

nat geo book kids.nationalgeographic.com

In conclusion let me add that your study of penguins can last as long as the children are interested. We usually go for two weeks.

 

 

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Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in April Themes, Blog, child-care-information.com Blog, Science, Space |

Just added to Teachers April Themes – Space!

Just added to Teachers April Themes – Space!

Space  

Earth Day                                                                                                                                                 Earth Map Young children might not know the name of our planet or that there are other planets. So teach them! Children are very interested in maps and most 3′s can get the “we are here” concept.  Earth Day is April 22nd. Help take care of our home!        

Rocketships!                                                                                                                                                                                                     Blast Off  Paper towel tubes, construction paper, tacky glue, cone cups, and colored macaroni or buttons. Kids are going to need help with the glueing but these will be so cute when they’re complete. 

More Rocketships!                                                                                                                                                              more rockets  These shape rockets start out as name puzzles and quickly become rocketships! Start with construction paper squares programed with each child’s name. Children glue them down in order.  Add a triangle to the top and one on either side. A flame of glitter at the base and its Blast off! Oh add some foil stars too!

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Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Art, Blog, Child Care Product Review, child-care-information.com Blog, Product Review, Science |

Product Review – Colorations™ Liquid Watercolor

Product Review – Colorations™ Liquid Watercolor

Colorations Liquid Watercolor   These Colorations™ Liquid Watercolors are great! We use them, to re-wet stamp pads, we use them with eye droppers, and to give color to shaving cream and other non-food art media. Here’s a few things we made using these watercolors.

color bubbles   Watercolors mixed with vinegar. Pipettes used to drip onto baking soda.                                        – Science  (acid base reaction)

Liquid watercolor with pipettes    Watercolors dripped onto folded paper towels.                                                                                             – Science (absorption)                                                         

Spring flower stamping  Watercolor spring flower stamping.                                                                                                                   – Art       

 Liquid watercolor rainbows  Watercolors dripped into milk, then dish soap added, watch the reaction.                                     – Science (convection reaction)

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in April Themes, Blog, Child Care Product Review, child-care-information.com Blog, Product Review, Science |

Science Club Moonscope & Sky Gazers Activity Journal – Product Review

Science Club Moonscope & Sky Gazers Activity Journal – Product Review

Educational Insights Nancy B’S Science Club Moonscope & Sky Gazers Activity Journal                         This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Your support of child-care-information is greatly appreciated.

      This great telescope is truly designed just for young children. This is just the right telescope for preschool classrooms.   It includes a journal and cool science experiences. This telescope is decorated with moons, stars, and planets.  The moon scope, with 18x to 90x magnification, comes with moon filter and tripod. Your kids will love this!

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