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Daily Activity for Kids – Day 16 – Picasso Kids Art Project

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 16 – Picasso Kids Art Project

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 16 – Picasso Kids Art Project

Creating art expands a child’s ability to interact with the world around them, and provides a new set of skills for self-expression and communication. Not only does art help to develop the right side of the brain, it also cultivates important skills that benefit a child’s development. Art is beautiful and fun but most importantly art is up to the artist. It allows you to express yourself and create in your own unique way. This is one of the art lessons we will be teaching during our summer camp program. It is easy to do and a great way to add education to a project. It focuses on the style of Pablo Picasso.

Step 1: Gather the following supplies

  1. 4 colours of paint, crayons, markers, etc. Whatever materials you have access to.
  2. Pencil
  3. Paper
  4. Paint brushes if needed

 

Step 2: Use the pencil to outline the shape of your dog.

Step 3: Use the paint or other materials to colour your background one of the colours

Step 4: Use the other colours you have to paint the dog in different sections.

Step 5: Outline your dog black and give him a name.

Once your child is done you can take them on a journey. Visit the country that Pablo Picasso was born in, talk about the food he ate, the things he would have seen in his home country. You can figure out how long it would take someone to get there by plane from where you live. You can even discuss his super long real name…. Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso. Now that’s a mouthful!

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (art) and language and literacy. 

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 15 – Rainbow Wizards Brew

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 15 – Rainbow Wizards Brew Activity 

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 15 – Rainbow Wizards Brew Activity

Science helps children develop key life skills, including an ability to communicate, remain organized and focused, and even form their own opinions based on observation. Science also helps children develop their senses and overall awareness. Today we are going to have some fun making Rainbow Wizards Brew.

Step 1: Collect the items you will need

  1. Baking soda
  2. Food colouring
  3. Glitter
  4. Dish soap
  5. Vinegar
  6. Glass jar
  7. Small plastic containers
  8. Tray

Step 1. Fill the jar halfway with vinegar and place on a tray.

Step 2. Add a few drops of food colouring and some glitter.

Step 3. Squeeze in some dish soap, stir and place the jar on a tray

Step 4. Add in a heaping teaspoon of baking soda, stir again and watch the foam begin. Ask your child to predict what will happen before you add the baking soda.

Step 5. Continue to add baking soda and vinegar when the foam begins to slow until it overflows over the top of the jar. To make it change colour, add a tablespoon of vinegar mixed with a different colour of food colouring. Discuss what is happening with your child.

Step 7. Make sure to dump the coloured vinegar into the center of the brew.

The best part of all of this is watching the reaction on your child’s face, especially when they realize you can keep making it happen. You can also create multiple jars with the colours of the rainbow side by side on a tray and when it overflows around the jar, you can create a rainbow of colours on the tray.

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (science) and language and literacy. 

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 14 – Exploring Technology Activity


Daily Activity for Kids – Day 14 – Exploring Technology Activity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 14 – Exploring Technology Activity

During the preschool years, young children are developing a sense of initiative and creativity. They are curious about the world around them and about learning. They are exploring their ability to create and communicate using a variety of media (crayons, markers, paints and other art materials, blocks, dramatic play materials, etc.) and through creative movement, singing and dancing. Digital technology provides one more outlet for them to demonstrate their creativity and learning.

The educational app store is a great website to introduce young children to. They have apps that you can download to your phone, iPad or computer. There is a great colouring app called Drawing for Kids: Doodle game. It allows children to explore various themes: animals, princesses, cars, school, musical instruments, food, Halloween and Christmas.

www.educationalappstore.com/best-apps/best-drawing-apps-for-kids

There are so many ways that we as parents and caregivers can provide a safe and fun learning experience for children with technology. Here are just a few.

  1. Provide opportunities for children to begin to explore and feel comfortable using “traditional” mouse and keyboard computers to use Websites or look up answers with a search engine.
  2. Capture photos of block structures or artwork that children have created; videotape dramatic play to replay for children.
  3. Record children’s stories about their drawings or their play.
  4. Explore digital storytelling with children.
  5. Look online for photos of places, people, animals, or objects and converse with children about what they are finding.
  6. Use video-conferencing software to communicate with family in other places.

 

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (technology, art) and language and literacy. 

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 13 – Alphabet Nature Hunt

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 13 – Alphabet Nature Hunt

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 13 – Alphabet Nature Hunt

Language and Literacy go hand in hand, especially with young children.  A toddler’s brain is at peak ability for learning, meaning a solid groundwork for language and literacy can be established at this time.  For young children presenting language and literacy together is easy and natural, because they are not differentiating written language from spoken language the way adults do.  It is all just learning how to communicate. We have a fun language and literacy activity to do outside with your children. We call it the Alphabet Nature Hunt.

Step 1: Sit down with your child and talk to them about some of the things they see when they are outside.

Step 2: Help them to create a list from A to Z of items they think they could see on their walk. Let them use their imagination. It will help to keep them busy and excited while outside.

Step 3: As you go through each letter, have them tell you what they could see. Ex. A is for Ant, B is for bike, C is for cat, D is for dog, E is for elephant. Not likely to be seen in nature but how exciting to add an elephant to your hunt.

Step 4: As you are out, put a check mark beside everything that you saw from your list and an “x” beside everything you didn’t.

Step 5: When you get home you can discuss everything you saw. For the items you did not come across, it is a great time to discuss with the children where they could find those items. You could then read a book about one of them to see where they really can be found. Or even better, you could google the item and allow the children to explore it.

This is a great way to use language and literacy to tie in to technology and build and expand on the ideas. It’s also a great opportunity for physical activity and exploring nature. If you are not comfortable going for a walk in the neighbourhood at this time, you can simply explore nature in your own backyard.

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (science/nature), physical activity and language and literacy. 

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 12 – Impulse Control Games

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 12 – Impulse Control Games

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Today’s Activity: Impulse Control Games

Self-regulation—or the ability to control your own emotions and behaviour—is an essential life skill for children: It helps with everything from social relationships to self-care to learning how to read and write. If a child can handle their feelings and choose to act in ways that help them achieve specific goals (such as ignoring distractions to focus on reading, or not melting down after losing at a game so other children will want to keep playing with them), they are off to a great start in life.

Any game that requires controlling impulses and movements can help children increase their control over their own thoughts, emotional responses and actions. Those games that involve winning or losing also help children practice being a good sport and tolerating discomfort, so they’re better equipped to deal when things don’t go the way they’d hoped.

Here are a couple of easy games to help your child to self-regulate by learning to control impulses.

  1. Freeze dance. Have a dance party with family members and tell everyone that when you stop the music, they must hold very still. The first person to move is eliminated for the next round. The winner is the last one dancing. Children tend to feel more comfortable in an environment that is familiar to them, like home. This is a great time to help children with their emotions by letting them see that eventually everyone gets out, that they will have another chance and that with practice they will get better.

 

  1. Simon says is another great option. One person is the leader and tells everyone else to do an action. If they say Simon Says and then the action, everyone follows. If not, they don’t. Children must follow rules and instructions. This means they have to listen, without distraction to make sure that they get it right.  Again, play with family and when you don’t follow what Simon says, you are out until the next round.

Although it can be tough to teach our children that it is okay to lose in a world where everyone gets a trophy, it is a valuable life lesson for when they are older and more difficult defeats will come. Self-regulation is the key to a successful future.

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: Mindfulness through Self-regulation. 

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 11 – Fizzy Ice Cubes Activity

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 11 – Fizzy Ice Cubes Activity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Today’s Activity: Fizzy Ice Cubes Activity

Science is a great way to keep kids entertained. It is usually filled with cool things happening, bright colours and sometimes unpredictable outcomes. Science education activities provide children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills and attributes. These include communication skills, collaborative skills, team working and perseverance, as well as analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills. This is an interesting experiment involving baking soda and vinegar with an icy twist!

Step 1: Gather the following ingredients

  1. 1 cup of baking soda
  2. 1 tsp of clear gelatin
  3. ¼ cup of water
  4. Food colouring
  5. Ice cube tray
  6. Vinegar

Step 2: Mix together the baking soda and gelatin

Step 3: Add of few drops of food colouring to the water and pour into the baking soda mixture. Mix well. You can separate the mixture into four equal parts and have four different colours or make extra batches with new colours.

Step 4: Separate the mixture evenly in the ice cube trays. Freeze overnight

Step 5: Remove the cubes from the tray and put them in a shallow dish. Let your child pour some vinegar over the ice cubes. Watch it begin to fizz. You can use a small measuring cup, a turkey baster or eyedropper to pour the vinegar to develop fine motor skills.

Here’s some questions to ask. What do you think will happen when we pour the vinegar over this? What do you think will happen when the colours begin to mix together? Do you think one colour will melt faster than the others?

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (Science) and language skills. 

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 10 – Going on a Bear Hunt Activity

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 10 – Going on a Bear Hunt Activity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Today’s Activity: Going on a Bear Hunt Activity 

Many communities have banded together during this pandemic with “social distancing” group activities for kids. Some of these activities included posting shamrocks in the windows on St. Patrick’s Day and walking around the neighbourhood to find them. Today, I came across another one of these activities on a few social media parent groups and I want to share it as a simple activity that you can do today. At our daycare centre, one of the children’s favourite songs is “Going on a Bear Hunt”. When we put the music on, the children gather around and pretend to go on a hunt. They LOVE it! For today’s activity, you will go on a bear hunt with your child and possibly your whole neighbourhood!

Step 1: Find a teddy bear and put it in the window or front porch of your home so that is visible to people walking by.

Step 2: Get a copy of the “going on a bear hunt” song and download it to your phone. You can find it on Youtube.

Step 3: Play the song while you go on a walk in your neighbourhood. See if you can find any bears in the windows of your neighbourhood homes. Many community parent groups have posted this so you may see some families participating. Also, you can try to organize it on your own street if you have a way to contact them. Perhaps you can post this activity on your neighbourhood social media group to encourage more awareness and participation.

Step 4: Take pictures of your bear and any other bears you find along the walk.

Enjoy all the physical activity and sense of community belonging that comes with this activity!

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: Physical activity, social and language skills. 

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 7 – Cardboard Box Activity

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 7 – Cardboard Box Activity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Today’s Activity: Cardboard Box Activity

Have you ever noticed that kids love to play with boxes – and sometimes more so than what was inside the box? A cardboard box is a versatile toy that you can transform into anything you want. All you need for this activity is your imagination and an empty box from a recent delivery. In these days, you may have lots of empty boxes around from the deliveries you are getting. Here’s some ideas to transform your cardboard box into hours of fun!

Step 1: Find an empty cardboard box. This can be any size but bigger is better! Bigger boxes allow your child to get inside it which is always more fun. (make sure there is nothing in the box such as plastic wrap/foam and there are no staples or other hazards)

Step 2: Gather the materials you need to decorate your box. You can use crayons, markers, paint, glue, collage materials. Let it dry completely.

Step 3: Ask your child what they want the box to be. There are endless possibilities here. The box can be a boat, truck, train, rocket, garbage truck, garage, house etc. Try to go with your child’s ideas instead of your own. Remember, the box can be a boat one minute and a train in the next one. Follow your child’s lead.

Step 4: Add specific features to the box for more interest. Make holes for windows, add a chimney, wheels etc.

Step 5: Research more ideas of what you can with a cardboard box. This website has some great ideas!

www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/12/26/100-ways-use-cardboard-box.html

We use cardboard boxes often in our daycare centre. We know that as soon as we bring out a box, the children are ready to climb inside it. Be sure to stay safe and supervise their play while using the boxes.

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (engineering, art). 

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 6 – Make Slime

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 6 – Make Slime (taste safe)

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Today’s Activity: Make Slime (taste safe)

Today we are making slime that is safe for tasting. It probably won’t taste good but it won’t hurt to taste it. It also has a nice texture with the chia seeds.

Step 1: Collect the items you will need.

  1. ¼ cup chia seeds
  2. 1 ¾ cup of water
  3. Food colouring
  4. 3-4 cups of cornstarch

 

Step 2: Mix the chia seeds, food colouring and water together.

Step 3: Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 4: Uncover and add the corn-starch a little at a time. About a cup at a time. Mix and then continue until your achieve the desired level of consistency. It should be like regular slime –  slimy but can easily be taken off hands.

Step 5: Store slime covered in the refrigerator. You will need to add a little water each time you take it out to use it. It will reactivate the slime.

Did you know that slime resembles both a liquid and a solid? This is a great discussion to start with your children. You can look up other items that have similar properties, or you can compare and chart items that are liquid and items that are solid. See how many you can name. Did you know that slime can be destroyed by vinegar? When you are finished playing with your slime, add vinegar to it and watch it completely dissolve.

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (science an

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 5 – Online Kids Activity

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 5 – Online Kids Activity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are home with their children and looking for things to do. This is a daily post to give you ideas of fun things to do. It comes from activities that we implement at our daycare centre using our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Today’s Activity: Create a New Animal Species – Online Kids Activity

Have you ever wanted to create your own animal species? Maybe you thought a dog mixed with a cat would be a good idea and you invented the “Cog” or the “Dat”. We found an amazing free website that allows you to do just that. It is called “Switchzoo”. We have a challenge for you. Follow these five steps to complete our Switchzoo challenge.

Step 1: Go to the website www.switchzoo.com. Click on the link “Make and Play”. Then click on the Switch Zoo Habitats Map and pick your favourite animal. We picked the elephant to start with.

Step 2: Switch off various parts of your animal with the pictures provided and create your new animal. Don’t forget to name it. We created a Rabbiturtphant

Step 3: Then move around the habitats creating all kinds of unique and fun animals. You must name each animal you create.

Step 4: Pick your favourite animal creation and make up a short story about it. We want to know its name, where it lives, what it eats and if you would keep it as a pet. If your child can write, have them write the story. If not, you can ask them questions and record their answers in a story format.

Step 5: Share you creations with us by either sending us a picture and the story through Facebook or IG. We would love to hear about what animals you made. You can post it in the comments here!

Switchzoo is full of other ways to enjoy the website. You can listen and figure out which animal is making the music you are hearing or you could take an adventure and create a new biome as well. It is a great place to learn and have fun.

This daily kids activity incorporates many learning areas based on our Four Pillars of Learning curriculum including: STEAM (science, technology and language and literacy).