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Add A Touch of Magic With “Bob Beetle Book Bug”

I have read many books to children, however, Bob Beetle Book Bug is a great book that inspires kids to read. I received my copy of the book at my childcare center on Monday March 5, 2012.

The Preschool teachers really loved the Book!  I could have just settled for their feedback, however, I had to read the book for myself.

So, I decided to  read the book to a group of school-age kids in a very animated voice. The kids were really engaged in the story and it was a fun and magical story time.

In fact, the kids really enjoyed  saying ” Bob Beetle Book Bug ” (really fast three times)  at the beginning of  the book.

Moreover, the book is filled with humor, magical words and it really encourages kids to read books. Also, the last page of the book, includes a promise to read:

” I Promise to read with my family a little everyday.

I promise to take time to read before I start to play.

I promise not to munch on the pages of the book,

but I will pass it on to my friends so they can take a look.”

I want to inspire you to add this book to your reading center(s) and Connect with the Author, Phyllis Griggs on Facebook and Follow Bob Beetle Book Bug on Facebook.

Order Your Book Today! and Introduce the little ones in your Child Care Business to the Magical World of Books….

With Reading in Mind,

Shiketa

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Kids Love Sensory Play

“Creating a Child Care Business That Kids Love”

As I wrap up the theme on creating a childcare business that kids love, I thought it was appropriate to end the theme with ” Kids Love Sensory Play.” I chose sensory play, because it is open- ended and there is no right or wrong way to explore sensory materials.

In fact, kids love to play in anything that is messy! Today I want to inspire you to plan and encourage more sensory activities in your childcare program.

According to Elaine Lambe  (Educational Consultant), “Sensory play is currently seen as one of the key areas of play for babies and young children and a crucial part of their development. Sensory play is play that involves the use of one or more of the five senses, touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing. Our senses are our guide through the world around us and for babies and young children they provide endless opportunity for fascinating discovery.”

Today I want to share with you  five sensory play ideas that kids really Love:

Exploring Shaving Cream “It’s messy, yet it is fun! Kids can make shapes or even practice writing their name in the shaving cream.

Source: Cultivated Lives

Colored Rice Explorations. This is a Pot of Gold Activity planned back in 2011. The teacher dyed the rice yellow, by soaking the rice in yellow food coloring and by adding a small amount of alcohol. Then she let the rice air dry over night. The kids love to feel, scoop, sift, explore the color and measure the rice.

Exploring Cornmeal. The first time that I saw kids playing in cornmeal was in my child development laboratory Class back in 2002. I didn’t think it was quite educational back then, however, now we love to add cornmeal to the sensory tables to encourage the children to; explore the cornmeal by feeling, measuring, scooping, writing in the cornmeal and whatever they discover that they can do with the cornmeal that will enhance their play.

Source: Not Just Cute

Colored Water. This is a great way to teach children their colors or to spice up the water play!

Source: Not Just Cute

Styrofoam Fun! Don’t throw away anymore Styrofoam, save it for sensory play!

Source:Loving and Learning in Pre-K

I realize that many of the sensory activities above may not be appropriate for children under the age of three, however, it is appropriate for a toddler to explore water play or to play with edible  home-made playdoh or with pudding.

Whatever sensory activities that you decide to incorporate into your program, I know that the kids will enjoy it because Kids Love Sensory Play! Feel free to share sensory activities that you offer in your program and share your thoughts about this blog post.

With Your Business in Mind,

Shiketa Morgan

Resource Links

http://play-activities.com/blog/sensory-play-%E2%80%93-part-1-%E2%80%93-introduction-what-is-sensory-play/

http://childcareandbeyond.tripod.com/sensoryplay.html

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