Week of the Young Child – Daily Ways to Celebrate!
Join us and follow along with the National Association for the
Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) fun daily themes:
Making our own musical instruments
This activity will encourage physical & motor skills, play & creativity, social & emotional skills
Family child care providers can ask parents to be involved and to collect the following empty and clean items from home and bring to care for a project.
Coffee tins or tubs
Potato chip cylinders
Paper towel insides
Toilet paper insides
Plastic bottles with caps
Other materials to have on hand include construction paper, tape, glue sticks, safety scissors, sand or pebbles, ribbons.
Introduce children to the activity by describing how they will be able to make their own musical instruments. Discuss how there are many kinds of instruments in the world and ask each child to decide which instrument he or she wants to make. Then demonstrate how each child can use the recycled items to create their own instrument.
You can create a drum by simply using a tin or tub. You can cover one side with construction paper to help vary the sounds the drum can make.
Sound shakers also can help keep the rhythm. The sides covered with construction paper will create a more muffled sound.
Infants can join in on the fun by having access to a circle of pots.
Once the children are finished, encourage a music session outdoors, playing along with some world music.
Cook with your Kids at Home using a CalFresh recipe from http://calfresh.dss.ca.gov/healthyliving/eating-healthyPOTATO BROCCOLI SMASH
- 4 cups frozen hash browns (shredded potatoes)
- 2 cups frozen chopped broccoli
- ½ cup nonfat or lowfat milk
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup shredded, light, sharp Cheddar cheese
- Combine hash browns and broccoli in a medium microwave safe bowl. Stir in 1/2 cup water. Cover with paper towel and microwave for 5 minutes on high.
- Add milk and salt to potato mixture. Smash with a potato masher or fork.
- Stir in cheese and serve hot.
Work Together Wednesday
Plant some lettuce together – you can use any container with drain holes and soil six inches deep. Leave one inch of space between soil and pot rim and plant one inch apart. Water gently, keep moist but not soggy. After you cut some leaves to eat, place in the fridge to cut down the bitterness. Enjoy.
If you can, plant a tree together!
Make an Indoor Cherry Tree
There's nothing more beautiful than a Cherry Tree, especially if it's a homemade one! This is an easy collage craft for preschoolers on up!
Here's what you'll need:
Small twigs or brown paper, crayons or paint, glue, tissue paper, blue paper and a pencil.
Glue the twigs onto the blue paper. Cut some small squares of tissue paper about one inch square. Wrap a tissue square around the eraser end of the pencil, dip in glue and attach to the blue paper along the twigs. Continue until you have made a tree!
Explore Outer Space Together From Home and
make your own cardboard spaceship or control panel.
Also visit the NASA website – Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) for more space ideas:
For more information about the National Association for the Education of Young Children visit: