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Creating Great Childrens' Activity Centers!

July 10, 2009 21:10 by Barbara Shelby

If your looking for ideas to put together great Activity Centers, you've come to the right place for ideas! Click on the one you'd like!

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Science Center Ideas

Language and Writing Center Ideas

Sewing and Fiber Art Centers

Work Bench and Construction Center

Drama and Music Center Ideas

Create a Balance Center (For children to regain control of selves)

Homework Center for Child Care and After School Programs

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Creating a Science Center for Kids!

July 10, 2009 20:46 by Barbara Shelby

School Age Programs should inlude a Science Center or Table! 
Some  Ideas to bring into your Science area are:

 BOOKS & RESOURCES ON...

  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Animals/Pets
  • Birds
  • Biographies/Stories of well known scientists 
  • Botany
  • Caves
  • Endangered Species
  • Experiments
  • Fish
  • Life Cycle Books (Frog & Butterfly)
  • Life Cycle Posters
  • Measurements
  • Rainforest
  • Weather/Clouds

SUPPLIES: 

  • Animal Match Games
  • Ant Farm/Ants
  • Aquarium to use for fish-- as well as for Float or Sink Experiments
  • Barometer
  • Binoculars
  • Bird Nests
  • Butterfly Net
  • Bones
  • Bugs
  • Color Paddle Set
  • Computer/Internet Connection
    .....There are tons of Science Activity Sites and Games
  • CONTAINERS FOR:
    .....Bugs, Collections
    ......Bug Houses
  • BONES:
    .....Beef, Pork, Chicken
  • Color slides
  • Compass
  • Flowers/Flower Seeds/Vegetable seeds-seedlings 
  • Frozen Fish
  • Goggles
  • Globe
  • *INGREDIENTS TO MAKE: Gak/Goop/Glarch/ Flubber/Silly Putty/Play Dough
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Lab and Science Kits/Crystal Growing Kit
  • Leaves
  • Levers/Pulleys
  • Plants
  • Program Pet
  • Magnet Kits
  • Magnifiers
  • Maps
  • MEASUREMENTS:
    .....Bath Scale
    .....Measuring Cups/Spoons
    .....Meter/Yard Sticks
    .....Mixing Bowls
    .....Rulers
    .....Scales and Weights
  • Microscopes
  • Mirrors
  • Owl Pellets
  • Pickled Eggs
  • Prism Light Center
  • Rocks, Minerals, Fossils
  • Terrarium
  • Thermometer
  • THINGS TO TAKE APART:

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    ...Clocks, Small Appliances
  • .....Cameras, Computers,
  • .....Old Toys 
  • .....Out-of-date Nintendo equipment
  • Tornado Bottles
  • Tuning Fork
  • Tweezers, Forceps
  • Shells
  • Skeleton
  • Slinky
  • Sniff Jars
  • Soil, Twigs, Sticks
  • Sand
  • Specimen Bags
  • Squishy-Feely Things
  • Sun Sensitive Paper
  • Supplies to make Tornado Bottles
  • Wasp/Bee Nests
  • Wheels and Pulleys
  • X-Rays of Humans and Animals

INCLUDE:

  • Science-Related Coloring Pages
  • Word Search
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Recipes to make snacks that look like bugs,etc.

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  TIP: *If you have the following items in your storage area, you'll be able to make just about any playdough or goop recipe there is!

  • Alum (Powdered)
  • Baking Soda
  • Borax
  • Corn Starch
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Flour
  • Food Coloring
  • Glitter
  • Ivory Snow Clothes Detertent
  • Jell-O/Gelatin
  • Sugar Free Kool Aid
  • Liquid Starch
  • Salt
  • Vegatable Oil
  • White Glue

For ingredients to make SPECIAL PLAYDOUGH such as 'Peanut Butter, Cotton, Coffee, Lint, etc.-- see the PlayDough category 

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THE EARTH'S WONDERS

Display natural earth wonders such as :
Sea shells, rocks, crystals, geodes, pine cones, seeds, twigs, etc.
Encourage children to add to the collection. Provide magnifying glasses to study the items at this center...Photograph courtesy of 
Restoration Place.

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Writing and Language Centers for Kids

July 10, 2009 20:32 by Barbara Shelby

  

A WELL STOCKED WRITING CENTER INCLUDES... 

  • Chalk
  • Colored, medium, and soft lead pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Paper:
    .....Lined and unlined
    .....Assorted Colors
    .....Textures, Sizes and Shapes
  • Pens with variety or ink colors
  • Envelopes

OTHER MATERIALS:

  • Alphabet and Word Puzzles
  • Alphabet Stamps
  • Black Boards
  • Clip boards
  • Computer/Printer
  • Erasable marker boards
  • Etch-a-sketch
  • Index cards
  • Journals
  • Magic Slates
  • Magnetic Letters and Boards
  • Puppets & Scripts
  • Printed forms
  • Post cards
  • Sand/Salt Tray
  • Shaving Cream
  • Stencils
  • Tape Recorder/Player
  • Type Writer/Computer

 BOOK AND CARD MAKING

  • Contact Paper
  • Picture Cards
  • Wallpaper
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Used Greeting Cards
    Tools for Book/Card Making
  • Envelopes
  • Glue
  • Hole Puncher
  • Stapler
  • Stickers
  • Yarn

 BOOKS

LITERACY ENRICHMENT

  • Drama Club click here for ideas
  • Foreign Language Class or Club All you need is one semeter to facilitate a Language theme Club! Teach greetings, numbers, simple phrases.
  • Reading Clubs
  • Sign Language Classes
  • Themes Built around a Book click here for ideas
  • Place literacy materials in play centers

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Provide a print rich environment where children can see the purpose and use of the written language. Also, label everything in the room!

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Provide a well stocked library. If shelf space is not available for books, consider using tubs. Label the tubs with a sticker that corresponds with stickers on the books. When  children are done reading their books—they return them to the correct container. Example: Animal books and tubs each have a blue sticker.

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