"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
– Elizabeth Stone
"Hold your children close. Enjoy them. Hug and nurture them. Love them." These phrases echo through our schools and communities this week, following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Much like the rest of the nation, Kaplan Early Learning Company is shocked and devastated by the tragic and utterly senseless shooting las... [More]
Brown construction paper
Brass fasteners, 2 per child
1" squares of black tissue paper
Reinforcement labels (for notebook paper)
What to Do:
Beforehand, prepare the following for each child:
Trace the gingerbread man silhouette (see pattern below) onto brown construction paper.
Tie a 4" piece of yarn at the center of a straw and a 6" piece one inch from each end.
Trace two arms per child onto brown construction paper and mark them... [More]
The endless possibilities of construction fascinate many young children. This fun-filled building activity from The Budding Builder is sure to ensure that your children have a blast while also developing important life skills, such as planning, estimating, counting, and measuring.
Building an Igloo
Can you make a curved building out of blocks? People who build ice igloos do! So, summon your inner Eskimo with this exciting activity:
What You Will Need:
Large pieces of Styrofoam
Who says you have to paint with an easel and brush? Give young children the opportunity to go beyond [More]
Find some metal objects – not too heavy, but not too light – and watch them magically move paint around your paper! This activity from The Budding Artist is sure to delight you and your children as you have as much fun creating art as admiring the finished product!
What You'll Need:
Liquid tempera or watercolor paint
Metal object, such as a paper clip or a washer
Spoon or eyedropper
What to Do:
Place the paper in the box.
Pour some paint into a bowl. G... [More]
Q: What are some block play activities that teach children about the important (and timely) topics of sharing and giving?
A: According to Pamela C. Phelps, author of Let's Build, there are many ways to use blocks that explore what it means to give and share while also incorporating basic math concepts into the fun! Here are a few ideas:
First, engage the children in a discussion about Thanksgiving, what it is, as well as the harvest and the changes of autumn.
During circle time, use 12 medium... [More]
Support the thousands of classrooms and schools impacted
by Hurricane Sandy!
Kaplan Early Learning Company announced today that it will donate $25,000 to DonorsChoose.org to support the relief effort affecting the thousands of students, teachers, classrooms, and schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
DonorsChoose.org provides an avenue for public school teachers to submit project requests for the specific materials their students need to learn. As their name implies, donors choose which p... [More]
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"We acquire the strength we have overcome."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy are even more stressful for children, because they have no real understanding of what causes these events. Some people wonder if they should encourage children to talk about the event or act it out in play, fearing that they will intensify or prolong the children's fears. Generally, this is not the case. The children are already thinking about it. Talking about the event may rel... [More]
Prepare for a ghoulishly good time with this spooktacular Halloween craft activity!
What to Do:
Have each child place his foot, with the shoe on, on a piece of white paper.
Trace the children's feet with a black crayon, or have the children trace each other's feet.
Give the children scissors with which to cut out their feet.
Encourage the children to draw a face on their "ghost."
Show off your spooky, scary shoe ghost on the w... [More]
Teach children to recognize numerals and explore the fascinating (and sometimes spooky) world of creepy-crawly bugs and spiders with this activity from Let's Take It Outside!
Large ball of yarn, any color
Number cards (index cards with the numbers 1-10 written in black pen)
Write one number and the corresponding number of dots onto each index card. Shuffle the cards.
What to Do:
Look for spiderwebs outside. When you find one, talk with the children about... [More]
Glue natural objects to scrap wood to create a neat nature display with this crafty fall activity from 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make.
Natural items, such as small pinecones, leaves, acorns, twigs, and pebbles
Wood plaque, 4" x 6"
What to Do
Go outside on a nature walk, and collect a variety of small nature items.
Sand all rough edges of the wood.
Glue all the natural items on the wood plaque.
Attach a screw-in hook to the top of the wood p... [More]
People all over the world use plants and vegetables to make inks and dyes. In this experiment from The Budding Scientist, you will make your own dyes too!
What Will I Need?
An assortment of veggies (ex. beets, carrots, and red cabbage)
3 clear cups
3 sandwich-size resealable plastic bags
Strips of various white fabrics, such as cotton, wool felt, and synthetics (at least three of each fabric)
1/4 cup of warm water for each bag
What Do We Do?
Ask an adult to grate about 1/8 cu... [More]
Happy Johnny Appleseed Day! This tasty activity is sure to delight the children in your classroom as you explore math concepts and enjoy a sweet (and healthy) treat!
Red, green, and yellow apples
Slicing knife (adult use only)
Red, green, and yellow crayons
Circles or apple shapes cut from white paper
Chart paper for graph
What to Do
Prior to the lesson, draw three columns on the chart paper and label them red, green, and yellow.
Cut the apples into slices. Give each ch... [More]
AHOY THERE! Did you know that Wednesday, September 19, 2012 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day?
Better get in the swashbuckling spirit! Batten down the hatches and set sail in the sea of imaginative play with this activity from Making Make-Believe by MaryAnn F. Kohl.
Let's Play Pirate!
Before you begin...
Collect and assemble items as the pretend treasure (one or two items to start):
Beads and hobby jewels
Plastic beads on strings
Small figurines or statues
Small r... [More]