There are a number of important concepts you should think about while planning a healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environment for children 3-5 years of age. Each child is their own individual self. They all have different needs that all depend on the age and what abilities they may have. You should also think about this while planning the activities for the day. Some children might also have impairments, such as hearing or seeing. Another good thing to do is consider the different needs of the caregivers and the families. While planning, you should always remember the child’s welfare and safety!
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That way if they don’t have the number to get into the daycare they have to identify themselves to you.
When you are planning indoor activities for the kids, plan some that teach them the importance of health, nutrition, and safety. One activity I like doing with the 3-5 year old preschoolers in my daycare, is a game I named “Pick the Goodies”. I colored different fruits and some pieces of candy, I laminated them and use sticky tack to put them on our board. I then put 3 candies on the board, along with 1 fruit. They then pick the goodie. They absolutely love the game! We then go over all the fruits that we picked during the game. It is a wonderful game to help them with health and nutrition. I have learned to use some songs to help with safety. One song is “Safety Comes First”. The kids love it, it is part of the morning songs that we like doing. It really helps them learn and memorize the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street.
Everyone knows there aren’t just indoor activities you can do, there are outdoor activities you can do with the children also. One activity that you can do, is plant a little vegetable garden with them, (if allowed where you are at. My boss let me set one up outside my classroom door.). By doing this, it allows them to learn about vegetables, how they grow, and you can teach them about how they are healthy and nutritious for them! Every day in the afternoon, we go outside and water our little garden. Doing this teaches the kids responsibility. After making the garden or even fixing it up, always wash your hands and the children. A game I like doing to help teach safety about crossing the road is, stop and go. When you go on the playground, have the children line up. Choose which ones can be the ‘’cars” and which ones can be the “walkers”. Once you do that have two lines of the “cars” across from each other, have the line of “walkers” on one side. Then say go, the...