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Why Children Bite!

Submitted by The Growing Tree Did you ever wonder why children bite?  Do you realize that the first stages of speech begins with the hands and mouth?  Children who can not yet talk, or can not make themselves understood, often revert to hitting, grabbing and biting. ...

Art recipe and Art Project

Submitted by Vickie S. Puffy Paint Flour Salt Water Tempera Paint Mix equal amounts of flour, salt and water. Add liquid tempera paint for color. Pour mixture into squeeze bottles and paint. Mixture will harden in a puffy shape. HINT: Use construction paper to paint...

A Child’s Thanksgiving Tree

Submitted by Sasha/found at Family Corner To make your own Thanksgiving Tree you will need the following: Materials sheet of white poster board, colored pencils, scissors, glue, tape, glitter glue, buttons, bows, scrap paper (torn in sm bits) paint, and whatever else...

Colorful Crystals

Submitted by E. Daniels For each child mix 1 tablespoon Epsom salts and 1 tablespoon water on a small yogurt lid.  With a spoon, carefully stir in 1/4 teaspoon of the desired food coloring other than yellow. Children can observe the changes over the next few days as...

Pow Wow Rhythm Game

 (no name submitted) Children and Teacher sit in a circle.  The Teacher chants.  “Let’s have a pow wow pow wow pow wow, we have a pow wow hands up!”  The children need to follow the movements of the Teacher and the Rhythm of the chant.  The children may clap on every...

Family Project Holiday Decoration

Submitted by EMD Here is a great holiday plan to help involve the child’s whole family! Draw some turkey figures on brown construction paper and attach it with a paper clip to the following note for each child’s family. Dear Parents, The Holiday season is upon us! ...

Mike’s Kite, Making the story active

Submitted by Elli D. Mike’s Kite is a wonderful book about a boy and his kite.  The wind took the kite and the kite took Mike!  Passers by grab on and are taken too! After a while a snake of people were hanging on to the kite and flying through the air!  When the...

Cinnamon Applesauce Hearts

(no name submitted) 1 lb jar sweetened applesauce 8 oz cinnamon Place contents of a one pound jar of sweetened applesauce in a strainer and drain for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Place applesauce in a bowl and add 8 ounces of cinnamon, mixing it well. This will make a...

Bean Bag Addition

 by Kelly L. This game can be played by 2 and 3 year olds, as well as 4,5 and 6  year olds, even all at the same time!  Using a painted cloth (twin size sheet) or 9 cereal boxes cut (cutting the face and laying down flat) stapled together to form 9 sections.  The idea...

Lummi Sticks and Lummi Stick Records

 Submitted by A.T. My favorite Gross Motor activity with my preschoolers has always been Lummi Sticks and the Records for Lummi Sticks.  Great songs that children are familiar with, from opening songs of cartoons, to songs from commercials, to popular children songs. ...

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