The ocean theme has to be one of the funnest themes that we do and the best part is that we always do it in the summer which means relaxation, sun and beach time! We mellow out for the summer months and spend as much time as possible outside soaking up the sun and when we can get to the beach. Here are some of the photos from our awesome summer at the daycare!
Usually in the summer I like to do a theme for both months, something fun that I can go all out and decorate the whole daycare. Last year I skipped it with the kids being so young I just kept things simple. I had wanted to do a camping theme but everything I wanted to put out would have been destroyed by little fingers. So this year I went back to the theme I did the first year I was open but made a few changes. I had done the jungle theme (jungle part two) just two years ago so I thought I'd do the ocean theme (ocean part one and ocean part two) again. But this time I didn't paint the windows. It was a big mess to clean up last time and it felt very claustrophobic in here without any light coming through. I came up with some new ideas and just needed some help from my monkeys. The kids and I worked together as a team over a couple weeks and put everything together at the end of June.
Ocean art projects
I wanted to have a few things done for our ocean once I decorated the daycare. So I had the kids paint two fish each and make a jelly fish. I had a few extra craft projects in my theme box that I added to what we made to jazz things up a bit until we make some more art. This is such a fun theme with an endless amount of art projects to do even with young ones.
I'm so sorry I am a little belated with this post but June flew by in a flurry of activity! It's always a super crazy time of year even worse than Christmas time. I did manage to squeeze in a cute Father's Day craft for the kids around all the craziness and our new part time schedule with Miss L and Mr C. The weather some what cooperated and we managed to get some cute shots for our art project.
Pretty as a picture!
The month of May is mostly centered around Mother's Day and then heading into June we start working on a Father's Day craft. I decided to just let the kids have some fun with our other art time projects. We didn't have a theme in May or June, we've loosely been talking about Spring time stuff but that's about it. So I decided that art would be kids choice. Whatever they were interested at that moment or seemed like it would be fun to do. So we came up with a few cute projects.
Minions and lady bugs
I had only my two oldest ones in on a couple quiet day and it was the perfect time to pull together some more challenging crafts.
The kids are big time into dressing up like princesses so decorating a crown seemed like a great craft idea!
The kids love to paint and it gets messy so letting them free paint is even more fun for them. I put out complimentary colours that won't turn to muddy when they inevitably mix them together and let them go crazy. I've shown them how to make impressions in their paint with different items I have around the house and they love it. I often have to drag them away!
Miss A drew an amazing monster on her own one day when we were playing with our new markers. It inspired me to do a monster art project with the kids. They had so much fun with it and really went crazy with their monsters. Who says monsters have to be scary?!
New daycare art
The kids weren't the only ones having fun with art. In my spare time I decided to start making some new art to spruce up the daycare. This was the first piece from one of our favourite books to read. The kids love it!
Summer arrives early
We have had glorious weather since the beginning of May, it's been t-shirt and tanks up in here! Which is great because some years May has been a cold and dreary month. We began the month with a trip to the beach and it look like this nice weather is here to stay!
Mother's Day art
As my children get older and have entered a phase where they are past making things in school. But not quite at the point to go out of their way on their own to get me something for Mother's Day. I feel the need to make sure the Mom's in my daycare know they are appreciated and to try and help the kids recognize just how hard Mommy works, and not just at her job. I always looked forward to the gifts I would get from school that the kids had made and I still have many of them on display in my art studio.
I hope you Mom's had an awesome day and hope you know you are appreciated every day, from one Mom to another!
Mr K was leaving early in May for some vacation time so we had to squeeze in his art at the last minute so Dad could slip it into his suitcase. I helped him out with his and he enjoyed making his first Mother's Day daycare creation.
I added some paint to the glue so there wouldn't be any white spots showing on the canvas. The kids applied their paper pieces and then we waited for it to dry before I attached the hand cut out we had done earlier. They picked out some flowers from my craft stash and helped me arrange everything on the canvas.
When Easter falls in March it sneaks up on me every time! I always focus on Spring stuff in March and then we have St Patrick's Day and then before you know it Easter is creeping up. We had time to make a few cute egg crafts before I put my back out and the end of March was kind of a crazy gong show. I've said it before and I'll say it again I have some of the best daycare families out there they were so helpful and understanding.
Aaaah finally Spring! The days seem longer, the air feels lighter and everyone is in a better mood. We had a fairly wet March which was great for the gardens and all the lovely flowers that finally started to bloom at the end of April. But we also had a few beautiful days that crept in there and even some record breaking temperatures in April.
March was a bit hectic with St Patrick's day and then Easter not long after. I unfortunately put my back out part way through the month and that definitely put a kink in a lot of our plans. But as usual my families and the kids were great.
Things in Spring
So many wonderful things happen in Spring it's such an entertaining time for the kids. The birds start coming around looking for worms, baby animals are being born, flowers are blooming and the whole world is waking up from it's winter slumber.
Sometimes it's just to nasty to be outside and that's when you want to just chill indoors. We don't do it to often because I think it's important for kids to get some fresh air and run around to burn off all that extra energy they have. But there are those days when being lazy is just what the doctor ordered.
Getting in touch with our artistic side
As the kids are getting older it's getting easier to do art projects. I still need to help the one little guy I have but the older ones are starting to be able to really get into some fun projects and I'm able to step back more and more and let them go crazy.
Signs of summer
Like I said earlier we had some unseasonably warm weather during April. We even broke some records, one of them was over 100 years old! I've never had to put on sunscreen this early in the year and the water table was out earlier than ever.
We don't often get snow here on the lower island and this year was no different. It's hard to teach all about snow and ice when most of the kids have never even seen real snow! True fact, the last time we had a substantial snow fall was 4 years ago, I know because that's what Facebook tells me. Strange to think that unless their parents take them to higher elevation most of these kids may not see snow for awhile. It's a bummer because snow days are so fun and I've got a great backyard to play in. But we did manage to keep ourselves occupied throughout our awfully wet and gloomy month of January. There is something nice about being hunkered down while it's miserable outside and you are nice and cozy inside playing a board game, doing a craft or just playing nicely with your friends.
Arts and crafts
Rainy day activities
Our sunny days were definitely few and far between in January but we still managed to get out pretty much every day unless the weather was completely terrible. Muddy Buddies saved the day every time!
December is often just a blur of activity and general craziness. I realized after I started uploading my photos that I barely took any photos of the kids art that they did this month, aaargh! Oh well the important things is that they have those memories saved at home.
I switched it up this year and instead of a craft as a gift for the parents the kids and I made some homemade nuts and bolts. It was a big hit!
Cooking up a storm!
Love it or hate it this new trend of Elf on the shelf is something that the kids at the daycare have loved for the past 3 years I've been doing it. Last year most of the kids I had were quite young and didn't quite understand it. But this year they really got into it and loved playing hide and seek every day with Eve. For me it's just something extra fun to do with the kids before they head off for their holidays. You really do get to experience the magic of Christmas all over again when there are little ones around.