Valentine's Day Craft: "Say Cheese" Flowers

clock February 8, 2013 11:13 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  Children will certainly make someone smile this Valentine's Day with a gift of card stock flowers featuring their own cute, happy faces. "Say Cheese" Flowers This activity was taken from 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make (available in both paperback and eBook formats). Materials Various colors of card stock or recycled cardboard scraps (e.g. cereal or cracker boxes), cut into flower shapes Crayons or markers Small photo of child Green pipe cleaners Clear tape Glue Card stock, 1 full sheet ... [More]

Chinese New Year: Making Chinese Lanterns

clock February 1, 2013 11:07 by author Kaplan Early Learning
The most important traditional holiday in China, Chinese New Year, is Sunday, February 10th. While creating the Chinese lanterns in this activity (selected from Another Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Young Children), children will express their individual creativity, develop and improve their fine motor skills, and learn about another culture. Materials Felt pens or crayons (optional) Paper or thin card stock (letter size) Pencils Rulers Scissors Sticky tape or glue sticks Preparation ... [More]

Six New Ways to Start the Day

clock January 28, 2013 11:17 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Looking for ways to "jump start" the school day? Begin with these tricks and prepare for a great day! 1. Choose a "Greeter" Stand at the door as school begins and say to each child, "I'm so glad to see you," or "I've been waiting for you." Give them a pat on the back, hug, or handshake as they enter the room. After you have modeled this, choose a child to be the "greeter." This could become a regular classroom job or a task for the children who arrive early. You can even make a badge for the gr... [More]

National Handwriting Day: Invisible Writing to Promote Emergent Literacy

clock January 22, 2013 14:28 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Tomorrow is National Handwriting Day! Before children can learn to write, they must first learn their letters! Start children on the path toward a lifetime of reading and writing with these emergent literacy activity ideas: Invisible Writing Multi-sensory strategies are a great way to introduce writing to young children. With the help of these emergent literacy activities, children will increase their alphabet knowledge, practice small motor skills, and develop an interest in writing! Air Writi... [More]

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. at Preschool

clock January 18, 2013 09:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
"Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education." – Martin Luther King, Jr. Engage in an exciting art exploration and discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. with your children using this activity to introduce the day's theme: Materials: Very large sheets of newsprint (at least 24" x 24"); one per child Tempera paint in various colors Paper towels What to Do: Place paper towels in shallow containers. Pour paint of one color into each container. On large sheets of... [More]

4 Fun Ways to Reuse and Recycle Holiday Gift Wrap

clock January 9, 2013 14:38 by author Kaplan Early Learning
    Wrapping paper comes in many wonderful patterns and colors, especially holiday gift wrap! So, why not take leftover pieces and use them in exciting art explorations? Get inspired by these creative wrapping- paper-repurposing activity ideas from MaryAnn Kohl and her book, Art with Anything.   Scrap Wrap Collage Materials: Wrapping paper (recycled or new), drawing paper or construction paper, markers or crayons, scissors, white glue or glue stick Draw a large, simple shape on ... [More]

5 New Year's Resolutions for Teachers and How to Keep Them

clock January 2, 2013 12:46 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  Do you have any New Year's resolutions for teaching in 2013? Whether it's maintaining a more positive attitude to inspiring more enthusiasm in your students, we have some tips and tricks for keeping them! Resolution #1: To better understand the cultural differences of my students. Tips for keeping it: Children learn best when the educational experiences they receive are meaningful and relevant. So try to: Make many connections to a child's home life and what happens in the family setti... [More]

13 New Products in 2013!

clock December 28, 2012 09:27 by author Kaplan Early Learning
What would a new year be without some exciting new products from Kaplan Early Learning Company? Check out some of our hottest new arrivals (and be sure to snatch them up before they're gone)!  #1 3-in-1 Sports Arcade™ Perfect for ages 5 & up. This toy is really three great games in one! Shoot hoops, perfect your pitching, or roll high scores! The special return ramp keeps the challenge going while kids enjoy continuous triple-action sports play. Set includes 3 balls and 2 basket... [More]

Discussing and Helping Children Cope With Tragedy

clock December 20, 2012 15:18 by author Kaplan Early Learning
"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]

Play With Gingerbread Puppets

clock December 14, 2012 09:46 by author Kaplan Early Learning
Materials: Brown construction paper Marker Drinking straws Yarn Scissors Brass fasteners, 2 per child White crayons 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]

Build an Igloo with Kids

clock December 10, 2012 09:18 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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 Masking tape Pic... [More]

Hair Dryer Painting

clock November 30, 2012 15:38 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  Who says you have to paint with an easel and brush? Give young children the opportunity to go beyond the ordinary and into the amazing with this awesome painting experience from MaryAnn Kohl, author of The Big Messy Art Book. Paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with Ping-Pong balls and a hair dryer! Materials Butcher paper Tag board or poster board Scissors Masking tape Thin tempera or watercolor paint Small cups or bowls Spoons Ping-Pong balls or other lightweight balls Process Cover... [More]

Magical Moving Magnet Art!

clock November 21, 2012 13:00 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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: Box Liquid tempera or watercolor paint Magnets Metal object, such as a paper clip or a washer Paper Small bowl Spoon or eyedropper What to Do: Place the paper in the box. Pour some paint into a bowl. G... [More]

Ideas to Teach Children About Sharing and Giving

clock November 16, 2012 16:21 by author Kaplan Early Learning
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]

Join Us in Our Campaign to Support the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort!

clock November 16, 2012 11:50 by author Kaplan Early Learning
 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]