Ice makes amazing sensory play activity. It's fine , motor, social, language, and also a movement skills activity. Playing with the ice let’s the children explore with their senses using their hands to touch and feel the ice. What you need for this activity are different sizes of containers that you have, plastic animals, food colouring and brushes. After we froze the water in the containers, we took out the sensory bin and put the frozen ice cubes in the bin. We had a small container with a little bit of food colouring, we used blue, and we brushed the ice cubes with the colour. It was fun and enjoyable to look at the ice. Then we added the plastic animals for extra fun. The children will have fun moving the ice cubes around and stacking it on each other. I made a video for you to see about it!
Garbage truck observation: Every Tuesday at KIDS R KIDS, the garbage truck comes. The children get excited when the garbage truck comes, or for that matter any truck that comes into the driveway. The children run right up to the fence on the front or back playground to see what they are doing. The children would wave and say/shout “hiiiii” to them. Sometimes they even wave back at the children. Children also recognize when their parents or other children’s parents come get them. I’ve seen children run up to their peers and say “your mom’s here!” Children notice so much everyday and they have GREAT memories as well.
One morning, the children came into the classroom and they saw many loose parts displayed all over the classroom. The children went in different directions looking at the loose parts. Some children picked up paper towel tubes, picked up cotton balls and dropped them down the paper towel tubes. Some children picked up the loose feathers and took them to different areas and started throwing up in the air watching them fall on the ground. The children explored with pvc tubes, cardboard tubes, dominoes, buttons and foam pieces. The children enjoy exploring with loose parts so much; they expand on these in other activities like sensory activities and also outside activities. The value of loose parts in both play and learning cannot be over stated.
Pat, Our Inclusion Coordinator
No parent likes to hear their child cry so we tend to give in; one more hug, one more toy, and it goes on. This requires due diligence on the adults part. Limits must be set early in the child's life. Although it is never too late to start, it will be more difficult and take longer as the child gets older. Clear expectations must be set out, with sensible, clear limits put in place. There can be no exceptions to these limits or the results will be undermined and it will be harder for the child to get the proper message. Yes means yes and no means no. The adults must be consistent in the stance they take. This will become the new Norm. An example of this is when the child and parents arrive in the morning at the daycare, the child already knows that the parent has to go to work. There is not a lot of time before the parent has to leave so goodbye could be short with a couple of hugs and smiles and if you still need some help, the child can go with a teacher, then the parent leaves. Put a limit on how many hugs, and they can wave at the classroom window.
Another example would be screen time limits. Let's say 1 hour between 6 and 7 p.m. has been set for screen time for a child each day. Prior to starting, there should be a planned activity for him to go to. It could be having his bath or storytime etc. When time is over that's it, take the device away and put it out of sight or move the child from it (tv). Take the child to the pre-
set activity or story that was chosen by him prior to going on screen time. The only time there would be a change with this routine would be if you were having relatives or family members FaceTiming at some other time suitable to all. This would not have to take place on his screen time. This may sound harsh and difficult however the results of not taking the lead, will be more difficult as he/she gets older. This is a crucial time to be the leader as anxieties are high in both children and adults and tempers may be getting shorter. This is a normal reaction for all. Get outside, practice social distancing with friends and neighbours-- and yes even relatives. Follow the government rules for the good of your health and others.
Enjoy the sun today, but stay safe!
Love and miss you all. Pat