Activity idea: nature place mat

Spring flowers lend themselves to so many craft projects. Here’s an idea from the KinderCare blog: make a place mat out of some contact paper and items found on a nature walk. These handmade placements are a great way to start a discussion about what children see in nature, plus they make a cheerful mat…

Watch: How high is too high?

It’s a classic playground scene: a little boy or girl wants to climb on anything, everything, and mom or dad is caught between wanting to let their child explore and fear that their child will get hurt. Knowledge Universe’s Vice President of Education Linda Hassan Anderson explains how to help a child safely explore their…

C is for (Purple) Cow

Every center director knows the three C’s when it comes to parent enrollment: community, curriculum, and center. But at last month’s Academies, CDs were introduced to a fourth C: Cow—and not just any cow, a purple cow. A center’s purple cow is what makes them stand out from the crowd. The purple cow concept is about…

Watch: What is summer learning loss?

Children can lose up to two months’ worth of learning during the summertime. Watch Linda Hassan Anderson, vice president of education at Knowledge Universe, talk about how KU’s Early Foundations program helps prevent summer learning loss in a new KU video series called “Parenting with Purpose.”

Activity idea: Sight word rocks

While browsing the internet one day Laura Kotasek, a toddler teacher at the Auburn Hills, Mich., KinderCare, found a great idea: sight word rocks. It’s a simple idea that has a lasting impact. “I love social media,” Laura said. She’s inspired by many of the project ideas she find on Pinterest. (Check out KinderCare’s Pinterest…

Champions get crafty to support a classmate

When Champions Site Director Marge Reynolds wanted to spice up the curriculum for her students with a craft idea, she had no idea what their quilting project would become. Marge saw the opportunity to help the community and engage her students, and ended up impacting one of their families in way neither the family nor…

Activity idea: musical instruments

Ready to rock and roll all afternoon? Round up some craft items, add a little creativity, and get ready for a class band. Egg Maracas Materials Plastic spoons Plastic eggs Washi tape or duct tape Rice or dried beans Directions Fill the eggs with beans. Cradle the egg between the two plastic spoons. Wrap tape…

Activity idea: Take It Outside

Here are three great outdoor games (courtesy of the Grow Happy blog) designed to keep children active and learning. Each game helps children build language, literacy, and math skills and improve physical development during these warm weather days. It’s time to get outdoors and explore the world together. Outdoor BINGO Discover the sights and sounds…