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Winter crafts for 2 and 3 year olds

When the weather outside is frightful, come inside and make something delightful. Here are some fun winter crafts to do with your 2 and 3 year olds.
The first is a color page of a scarf. After the children color them or 🎨 them. Help them to hole punch the ends and add cut yarn pieces. Some of the 2 year olds need more scaffolding. You can punch the hole and cut the yarn pieces for them a head of time.  For the mitten, have a precut paper mitten and allow the children to add colored tissue pieces. Then add glue. We used chubby paint brushes to paint on our glue. For a parent friendly approach (that some of my daycare assistants preferred) You could trim around the edges that overlapped the mitten.  For these winter hats, have paper plate halves available with markers and lick and stick tape and Pom poms and glue too.  For our winter tree, we used a die cut of a tree layered with 2 colors of paper. The children added "snow" cotton balls with glue sticks and some stickers.  L…

Fun Winter house for dramatic play

I found this Idea on Pinterest a while back and thought I would give it a try. It was a great way to get the families at my daycare involved with our program..( I'm always looking for ways to involve my families) I asked them and everyone I knew to save their milk jugs, rinse them, and bring them to daycare before a 3 day weekend. My three assistants and I took turns with 2 glue guns going to create this wonderful space. 💪🏻 It took a total of about 2 days with plenty of breaks to finish. But our children loved it! They thought it was the coolest thing ever. The Dramatic play was flourishing. 
Have you ever tried a crazy Pinterest idea? How did it turn out for you? Leave me a comment below and share a story with me. I'd love to hear from you. 

How to stop sick children from coming to daycare

It's that time of year again. Children are getting sick and parents need to go to work and then they attempt to drop their sick child off at daycare ... This can be a sticky situation if you don't have a plan in place   To help avoid this situation from occurring here are some steps you can take for your family childcare: Step 1. Include in your parent handbook simply and clearly your expectations around sickness  Always go over this piece in your handbook during their enrollment. Maybe even have them initial this section   Step 2. Also during enrollment explain to your parents that you want to have a healthy atmosphere for their child to play and grow in and that is why you only care for healthy children. If you help them see this as benefiting them, they are more likely to follow your guidelines when asked.  Step 3.  Periodically ( flu season*cough) remind your family's of your sickness policy. Post a cute sign like my free example below as soon as the weather starts co…