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Planning Daycare Activities

 

Nowadays, daycare centers are not just for taking care of the children during the day while the parents are at work. Many daycare centers have evolved with the times. If you want to be dynamic and original (as well as keeping the kids from going stir crazy), planning a few daycare activities should do the job for you. Your activities will depend on the ages of the children that you will care for and what you want the day care center to be. A successful daycare center knows how to stimulate children’s creativity and teach them new things. They also know that activities are an important part of socializing children, which is one of the reasons parents choose to put their child in day care.

Even if you’ve never done it before, it’s easy to plan daycare activities for the children in your care. You don’t have to buy expensive educational materials to make these activities fun and interesting. Children, especially those around the ages of 2-6, learn best through play and you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun playing with them. After all, that’s what preschool is for—it’s the fun part before you actually go to school.

Here are some tips that should help you:

Know the children – Know their ages and the types of activities children of their age do. No, this does not mean you should buy up every Dora or Hannah Montana toy on the market. This means that you should create activities that are good for their ages. Like what? Basic skills like counting, the alphabet, colors, and shape recognition are good. Activities or games that encourage them to jump or play (like Duck Duck Goose) help develop their motor skills. Again, this will depend on how old your charges are. If you have more than one age group, then plan different activities for them.

Make it fun! – Everybody misses being a kid because you weren’t expected to do homework and could actually sleep in class. Great ideas include drawing or painting activities, sculpting. Story time is always good and so are games. Ask them to make up their own stories or have show and tell. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn from them.

Change and update – You can keep old activities on file, but you have to continually rotate the activities. Try planning out activities for a month and see which ones are a hit. These ones you can file away for later use. Remember, you’re not going to be with these children forever—you’ll always have new batches to play with.

Ask – When interviewing a child and their parents for daycare, ask the child what he or she likes to do. That can go a long way when you plan new activities and will help stimulate the child. During parent meetings and evaluations, why not ask parents what they would like as activities for their children, other than what you already have planned out. Take their suggestions into consideration when planning.

It’s best to plan your daycare activities on a monthly basis, or a yearly basis depending on how organized you are. Monthly planning saves you the hassle of wondering what you’re going to do Monday on a Sunday night and gives you enough flexibility to change and move activities and programs around. Have fun and good luck!

 
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