Every child needs a Calm Down Jar.  I used it multiple times for children with different temperaments at my daycare and it worked every single time.  They loved shaking it and then watching all of the glitter fall slowly to the bottom.  It truly calms children down.  They are called Calm Down Jars, because most people use glass jars for them, but with young children, it’s best to use a plastic baby bottle in my opinion.   Materials: Plastic Baby Bottle 1 Cup of...

I did this activity with three children at my daycare on St. Patrick’s Day.  They sure got a kick out of finding the leprechaun’s footprints!  Since the children’s ages ranged from 2 to 3.5 years old, the Gold Coin Questions I asked varied in difficulty.  It was so much fun to watch their little eyes light up with excitement as they received their gold coins and then counted them! Materials: 8 Pieces of Foam Scissors Bowl 1 pack of Toy Gold Coins Directions:  Using rectangular pieces of foam (preferably green), cut out...

I did this activity with three children at my daycare on St. Patrick’s Day.  Since there were three of them, they each got to be in charge of two colors of the rainbow, which they were very excited about.  Not only was this a fantastic activity for color naming and recognizing, it was great practice for listening well.  When the children heard their color being revealed in the book, their little eyes lit up! Materials: 6 Popsicle Sticks (One of each color: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple) Markers 2 Pieces of Paper Scissors Glue What...

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Materials: Box Tape Scissors Do-A-Dot Markers Streamers Instructions: This is actually very easy to make!  All you have to do is fold the bottom parts of the box upwards and then tape them to the top parts of the box.  Provide your child with Do-A-Dot markers for them to decorate their rocketship with.  Then, cut strips of streamers and attach them to the back of the rocketship with tape.  Let your child’s imagination do the rest!  (This was a hit for my kids and kept them busy for quite some time!) ...

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