Outdoor Learning with Snow Colors

clock December 30, 2013 09:15 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Are you surrounded by wintry weather? Does everyone have cabin fever? We have an activity you can do with your children that will keep them both active and learning! Snow Colors! Learning Objectives: To identify colors; to develop large motor skills and creativity Age group: 3 years old and up Materials: Empty spray bottles (one for each child) Food coloring Plastic sand buckets, sand molds and shovels Snowy day Warm clothing Water Instructions: On a snowy day, give each child an empty spray... [More]

Gifts of the Season

clock December 20, 2013 08:55 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Dear teachers, This time of year, it's easy to get caught up in the never-ending list of things to do; beyond the classroom chaos, the personal shopping, wrapping, baking, and decorating seem to fill the margins. We are often reminded to give thanks for the true gifts in life – not the things, but the people who make this world a better place. We’d like to take a moment to do just that, because teachers do make a difference. You give our students not only the skills and the knowled... [More]

Pattern Printing Art with Wrapping Paper

clock December 16, 2013 09:46 by author Kaplan Early Learning
We have a special treat for you! Not only do we want to showcase one of Gryphon House's recent titles, Time to Create by Christie Burnett, but we also want to show you how adaptable the activities can be to whatever your creative needs are at the time. All it takes is a little imagination! In honor of the holiday season, we thought we would show you how to apply a printmaking activity to make wrapping paper. Allow your kids to express their creative side while making someone's holiday extra spec... [More]

Gingerbread Goodness

clock December 9, 2013 08:55 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Did you know doing crafts with your children could teach them literacy and language skills? From reading instructions, to following directions, to using step-by-step methods to complete a task, taking time with your children to complete something from start to finish can be the perfect way to learn together! Since the holiday season is upon us, we thought a fun way to spend time with your children would be learning how to make gingerbread men and women! There is a delightful recipe on the Food C... [More]

3 Winter Activities

clock December 5, 2013 08:17 by author Kaplan Early Learning
It's that time of year again! Are your kids already making their Santa lists, coming home with runny noses, and consuming entirely too much sugar? Yes, it seems Christmas is almost upon us. With all of the gifts to buy and recipes to try, it's hard to have time for everything. One thing you can't miss is the opportunity to spend some quality time with your little ones and try out some wintry holiday fun! We have three hands-on activities for you to try with your children that will leave everyone... [More]