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]

Introducing Our New eMarket

clock November 14, 2012 10:03 by author Kaplan Early Learning
 Making digital purchases at Kaplanco.com just got even easier! How? Visit our new eMarket and find out! The eMarket is Kaplanco.com's new home for digital downloads. We currently offer 2,000+ eBooks from publishers like Shell Education, Houghton Mifflin and Gryphon House. There are also 3,000+ songs on nearly 200 albums available for instant download. Get started by creating a MyKaplan account and receive FREE downloads! Need help with downloading purchases in our eMarket? We have a vide... [More]

Responding to Crisis: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators

clock October 31, 2012 10:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  "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]

Spooky! Scary! Shoe Ghosts!

clock October 29, 2012 08:32 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  Prepare for a ghoulishly good time with this spooktacular Halloween craft activity! Materials: White paper Black crayons Scissors Markers 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]

Oh! What a Tangled Web We're Weaving!

clock October 23, 2012 16:14 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  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! Materials: Large ball of yarn, any color Number cards (index cards with the numbers 1-10 written in black pen) Tape Preparation: 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]

Festive Fall Nature Frames

clock October 18, 2012 10:35 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  Glue natural objects to scrap wood to create a neat nature display with this crafty fall activity from 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make. Materials Natural items, such as small pinecones, leaves, acorns, twigs, and pebbles Wood plaque, 4" x 6" Sandpaper Glue Screw-in hook Ribbon 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]

Making Veggie Dyes

clock October 10, 2012 10:54 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  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 1 grater 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]

Graphing Apples on Johnny Appleseed Day

clock September 24, 2012 12:20 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  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! Materials 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 Tape 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]

We Found Buried Treasure, Matey!

clock September 17, 2012 11:08 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  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 Play money Small figurines or statues Small r... [More]

Wacky Activities for Wild Wednesdays

clock September 12, 2012 09:33 by author Kaplan Early Learning
  At recess, between lessons, or on the way to school, these seriously funny games from Good Clean Fun are sure to exercise children's minds and even their abdominal muscles (from all the laughing, of course!). Fortunately... For ages 7+ 2 or more players needed This game has no winners or losers and no formal ending. The first player begins by stating an unfortunate circumstance in one sentence. For example, "The dog ate my homework Monday night." The second player chimes in with, "Fortun... [More]