Supplies and Equipment

Christmas Preschool Reading and Resource List: Free Christmas Printables

November 27, 2009

Tweet Tweet Christmas or Christmas Day is a yearly holiday, celebrated on December 25, which commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Celebrate Christmas in your daycare center by reading age appropriate stories that focus on the symbols of Christmas and by implementing Christmas-themed activities. Consider the following reading lists and resources for free Christmas [...]

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Daycare Food Programs Benefit Daycare Businesses

November 23, 2009

Tweet Tweet Daycare food programs provide cash reimbursements for nourishing meals and snacks served to children ages 12 years and younger in licensed family day care homes. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) improves the quality of daycare by making it more affordable for many low-income families. The [...]

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Thanksgiving: Teaching Preschoolers the Letter T, Alphabet Recognition Activities

November 20, 2009

Tweet Tweet Preschoolers and young children in child care centers can successfully learn to write the letter T as well as recognize objects beginning with the letter T through simple, fun activities. This activity ties in well with a Thanksgiving lesson plan. Learning Objectives The students will identify the letter T The students make and [...]

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Thanksgiving Turkey Place Card Craft: Fine Motor Activity for Preschoolers

November 16, 2009

Tweet Tweet Creating a thanksgiving turkey place card is a fun fine motor activity which allows preschoolers to practice bilateral and visual motor coordination and hand strength. When developing curriculum, daycare providers must include age-appropriate activities for young children that develop fine motor skills. This Thanksgiving Turkey Place card craft is an activity that will [...]

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Fall or Autumn Preschool Leaf Mural: Creative Activity for Toddlers

October 23, 2009

Tweet Tweet Creative activities for the children in your child care center should foster creative development. Creative activities should promote expression, encourage spontaneity in material usage, and introduce children to textured materials. A leaf mural is a creative activity that supports creative development and teaches children in child day care centers about seasons. Begin by [...]

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Environmentally-Friendly Art Supplies for Preschoolers: Green Art Supply Resource List

October 15, 2009

Tweet Tweet While most art supplies for children are tested for safety, many products still include toxins like lead, silica, dioxins, and arsenic that are potential health hazards. Today many companies produce green (or environmentally friendly) art supplies for children. For example, their crayons may be made from soy instead of petroleum and colored pencils [...]

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How to Build a Daycare Library: Classic Books for Children

October 9, 2009

Tweet Tweet Inspire children’s love of reading by providing a well rounded library of fascination, age appropriate books in your daycare center. Classic books make a great foundation for lifelong reading.  This article will focus on helping licensed daycare providers set up a daycare library for preschool aged children. Children’s books are usually categorized by [...]

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High Chair and Stroller Recalls

October 1, 2009

Tweet Tweet If your child care center cares for infants and toddlers, your number one priority must be to keep them safe by maintaining a secure and healthy environment.  High chairs and strollers can be extremely dangerous for young children if they are not built correctly. Infants and toddlers may be at risk of falling [...]

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Preschool Autumn Theme Lesson Plan

September 28, 2009

Tweet Tweet Summer is officially over, but the fun doesn’t end when preschool begins. Your licensed daycare center can utilize this handy, creative and free lesson plan to teach preschool aged children about the season fall. Autumn Art Activity: Handprint Wreath For this activity you will need: 1 handprint pattern; 1 acorn pattern; brown, yellow, [...]

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Fish Sorting Activity: Cognitive Lesson Plan for Toddlers

September 17, 2009

Tweet Tweet Toddlers and children of preschool age love activities that include water, animals, and the opportunity to get messy. Fish sorting is a fun and activity that can be used in daycare centers and preschools to support cognitive development. Cognitive development focuses on developing functions of the brain such as thinking, learning, awareness, judgment, [...]

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