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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 9 – All About Me Activity

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 9 – All About Me 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: All About Me Activity

As parents, we know that you are concerned about limiting the use of technology for your kids or “screen time”. We believe that technology can be a great thing for families, if used wisely. We have found a great website which allows children to partake in fun activities while learning things like, math, numbers, strategy or skill. Our challenge activity today is to create your all about me page. Here are the steps below.

Step 1: Open up the website, www.abcya.com and click on the Pre-k option for children under 4. (there are options from Pre-k up to Grade 6) Once there, scroll down to the Preschool word games, you will see the “All About Me” option. Choose that one.

Step 2: Help your child to walk through each answer and don’t forget to let them draw themselves. (it was our favourite part!)

Step 3: When it is complete, save it to your computer and share with us either on our Facebook @alphaspreschool or our Instagram @Alphaskids pages. We can’t wait to learn all about you.

This website also offers other great games for children. Magic Molly’s Adventure is a great game where children get to choose the destination of a unicorn who is trying to find a rainbow. Alphabet Bubble is a great game to help children recognize letters. Once you have completed each game, it will tell the children what words start with the letter. You can even make your own pizza. It made us soooo hungry! Technology can be a great and wonderful tool. I hope you have as much fun as we did with this fun and educational website.

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

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 8 – Homemade Playdough

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 8 – Homemade Playdough

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: Homemade Playdough

Working with play dough is a great stress reliever activity for both adults and children. Playdough is such a great way to let you imagination run wild. You can build shapes, faces and other various items. There are so many benefits to working with playdough as it enhances fine motor skills, improves pre-writing skills, helps develop hand eye co-ordination , creativity and imagination and has a calming effect. Instead of buying play dough, we recommend making your own as we do in all our centres – all ingredients are readily available at a grocery store. This is the recipe that we use.

Step 1: You will need to collect the following items

  1. 1 cup of flour
  2. ½ cup of table salt
  3. 2 tbsp of cream of tartar
  4. 1 tbsp of oil
  5. 1 cup of boiling water
  6. Food colouring

Step 2: In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar. Mix well. Add in the oil. Have children participate by measuring and pouring the ingredients. This is a great opportunity to develop math skills and coordination skills.

Step 3: Mix a few drops of food colouring into the boiling water and add to the bowl. You can also mix colours to create new colours.

Step 4: Mix everything together very well and massage with your hands until it is no longer sticky.

Step 5: Portion it out in small batches to use. We recommend both adults and children work with the play dough side by side. Gather all the tools you will use to manipulate the play dough. Here’s some suggestions: rollers, cookie cutters, plastic knives, spoons, popsicle sticks, and things that can make imprints in the dough such as animals, dinosaurs, cars etc. Have fun with it!

The great thing about playdough is that it lasts. Once you are finished playing with it you can wrap it in plastic and seal it in an airtight container and it can last for up to 6 months.

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

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 4 – Ice Painting

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 4 – Ice Painting

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: Ice Painting

Today we wanted to provide you with a simple activity that not only involves colour and art but also involves a bit of science. We are going to show you how to make ice paints.

Step 1: Gather the following items

  1. Ice cube tray
  2. Water
  3. Food colouring
  4. Popsicle sticks
  5. White paper

Step 2: Fill the ice cube tray with water but be sure not to over fill them.

Step 3: Add a small drop of food colouring to each cube. If you want to mix colours, have your child add a drop of a different colour to see what happens. You can have them guess the result before doing it.

Step 4: Cut a popsicle stick in half and use the flat end to mix the water and food colouring together. Leave the popsicle stick in and freeze overnight.

Step 5: Once frozen, have your child paint on white paper to see the results. You can have them mix the ice paints and see what colours they can create.

There are so many learning opportunities with this activity. Children learn how to freeze water and what temperature water needs to get to freeze. You can discuss colour mixing with your children and have them test various colours. Before doing this have them make predictions of what could happen. As they are painting, you can discuss with them why the ice cube is leaving colour on their paper. You can also discuss why the ice cube is melting. Once they are done painting, you could put all of the ice cubes in a large bowl and watch what happens as the colours mix together. Opportunities are endless for learning and fun.

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

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 1 – Kindness Rocks

Daily Activity for Kids – Day 1 – Kindness Rocks

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. Since we are closed during this time, we are sharing the activity for you to implement in your own home. Enjoy!

Today’s Activity: Kindness Rocks 

Step 1: Go for a walk in the neighborhood and collect rocks of all sizes. Try to find some as big as the size of a child’s hand. 

Step 2: Put out some paint in various colours and paint the rocks. We encourage both adults and children to participate and paint their own rocks. You can use a paint brush or a toothbrush to make it easier to paint smaller rocks. Let them dry completely. 

Step 3: Get a permanent marker and write a kind message on the rock. Ask your child what they would like to say to help someone have a great day. This helps children develop empathy. 

Step 4: Go for another walk in the neighborhood and leave the rocks out for other people to find them. 

Step 5: This can extend beyond Day 1.  Go back to the places you left the rocks and see if they are gone. Make it like a scavenger hunt. If they are still there, you can move them to another spot. 

This activity can be repeated and if enough people in the community are participating, you could also go out and find other people’s rocks. This could have a huge multiplier effect. Share this activity with a friend and you can also go out and find each other’s rocks. Most of all, have fun and know that you may brighten someone’s day!

Check out our boredom busters page for more ideas. 

Boredom Busters for Kids of all Ages

Boredom Busters for Kids of all Ages

In light of the social distancing protocol and closure of schools and events due to the COVID pandemic, we thought we would provide you with some safe alternatives to prevent boredom and still allow families to have some outdoor fun as well. These are some safe activities to do with families during this time.

1. Go for a walk. On a walk you can admire everything that is still blooming and alive outside. Take a breath of fresh air, count the number of dogs you see, count any flowers you can see blooming, or just enjoy the sunshine. If it’s raining, take an umbrella and rubber boots and still get out there.

2. Go on a hike. Being out in the woods is a safe place to be and still follows the protocol of social distancing. Collect sticks, pinecones, other items that can be used for activities inside the house. Again you can look for squirrels, climb trees and just enjoy the outdoors. Be sure to stay away from flooded rivers and lakes that may be high in the early Spring.

3. Make spring cleaning a fun game. Have your child(ren) clean out old clothes, toys and other items they can donate to a local charity that collects these items. Research the charity online with your child so they can see where the donations will go. A visual helps them understand what they are doing and why.

4. This a great time for family board games and puzzles. Grab a board game you haven’t played for a while. Sit down, no tv on and enjoy the time together. Work on a puzzle together as a project or make a LEGO structure.

5. If you want to help your child with educational activities while they are off school, visit the page  www.kidsactivitiesblog.com – they provide enough activities to keep the kids busy for the entire time they are off.

6. Have a lip sync battle at home. Turn on your favourite music and create fun memories by singing and dancing together.

7. Make a movie. Use a phone or tablet to record your movie. Put on costumes and make it up as you go. Have fun with it and involve the whole family in the movie. Let everyone take turns recording and performing in the movie. You will have a great keepsake to look back upon.

8. Make food together. Whether baking banana bread or preparing a special tea party snack, cooking can involve the whole family with everyone participating.

9. Make a family art project and get creative. Everyone can use their own special talents to contribute to it. Some may like making designs on a computer while another may love painting. Try to incorporate everyone’s contribution into one project and make it a family keepsake. Art is great for reducing stress when there are no expectations and everyone does what they like.

10. Make a bird feeder and watch the birds come to enjoy your creation. There are many bird feeder recipes online to choose from.

While these are only a few activities to keep you and your family busy, try remembering back to your childhood and the things that you loved doing. This is the time to shut off electronics and get back to the good things in life. Enjoy it!

There are still things that are not cancelled in this trying time so enjoy the good things: getting outdoors, music, family, reading, singing, laughing and of course, hope.