As a child care provider, you might be dreading the arrival of winter! Heavy snowfalls, winter storms, not to mention below zero temperatures! More often than not, you are left homebound with the kids you watch, suffering from cabin-fever.
Don’t fret! With the arrival of snow, sleet and ice, also comes the opportunity to create a world of indoor fun … here are some ideas:
Get crafty: Sometimes all you need is some construction paper, scissors, glitter glue and imagination! By nature, kids love doing crafts and there are always a variety of ideas online to help guide you! Paper dolls, snowflakes, frames and masks are just the tip of the iceberg (so to speak), when it comes to what you can do with children and crafts!
Colouring: Kids love to colour! If you don’t have time to hit the Dollar store for some colouring books, you can always print off colouring pages online!
Reading time: Can’t make it to the library for their reading program because of a snow storm? Create your own at home! Grab some books, schedule 30 minutes and read to your daycare kids. Describe what’s going on in each picture of the story book and ask them what they see. Children love books and reading is an excellent way to encourage learning while having fun.
Fresh air: Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean you and your kids should be inside all the time! Bundle them up in winter clothes and take them outside to play. Teach them to build snowmen and snow angels. Build a snow fort together and have a friendly snowball fight. Even if it’s only for a little while, the fresh air and exercise will do everyone some good!
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