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Exploring Cooking - Infant

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2021 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week in the infant classroom we have been exploring the Cooking theme! The younger infant’s practiced reaching for or holding onto measuring cups and plastic utensils, while we talked about how we use these tools to make meals! The older infant’s loved making plates of healthy foods at our pretend kitchen. We talked about the colors and sizes of the fruits and veggies, and we even practiced sorting the food by color on our plates as a challenge! The infants also got to explore their own shallow water in a bin and practiced grasping and holding small floating balls and toys in the water, one on one with a teacher! It was a great way to practice using both our hands to retrieve the toys we’d like, and such fun to splash a bit in water! Next week we will be talking about Black History! Until next time!

Fun with Cooking - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2021 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)


The children painted with whisk's and spatula's on paper, made a collage out of food magazine pictures, explored with cookie cutters and playdough and Friday the children will stamp with real apples on paper.


The children explored with containers/lids as they begin to match the same lids, paper tubes and small food counters to practice naming colors and counting as they roll them down the tubes, and playing cards with containers to practice saying numbers as they drop them in the containers.

Fine Motor

The children were very excited and interested in Hula Hoop- walking and crawling through, Q-tip and foil painting to work on finger grasp and manipulation on the foil, threading cheerios on spaghetti noodle to practice eye-hand coordination, tossing bean bags into baskets and count as we go and Friday, the children will string rigatoni on string to practice lacing and building finger strength.

Healthy & Safety

Used parachute while listening to "Fruit Salad" by the "Wiggles" and talk about food and on Friday, we will recite "Peanut Butter and jelly Rhyme" while using activity food cards during a short group time.


Baby's First Food, If You Give Mouse a Cookie, I like Vegetables, Lunch and Hola Jalapeno

Cooking Utensils- Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week we are learning about cooking! We have been exploring the different types of tools we can use in the kitchen. We have talked about potato peelers, spatulas, wooden spoons, colanders, whisks, can openers, and measuring cups and spoons. We did a math lesson where we used measuring cups to estimate which one held more rice. Then we put the rice into a scale and talked about which measuring cup held more rice. For language, we are letting the kids use their memory and imagination by having them tell us about their favorite food and how to make it. We have also spent time working on letter identification. Art has been very fun this week! We have used potato mashers to paint, made our own pizza collage, and will be using peppers to paint.

Cooking Week - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 14, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been all about cooking, making a variety of food and how we can use food and kitchen items in our daily play! We started our week off with "painting" with colored ice. We discussed our favorite foods (many of our friends REALLY like macaroni-and-cheese!). We also graphed our favorite ice cream topping and pretended to eat our ice cream! We squeezed our own orange juice and learned that it takes A LOT of oranges to fill up one cup! We painted with food coloring on bread and then toasted it. Many of the children were surprised to find that the toast wasn't flavored even when it had 3 or 4 colors on it! We also used some cereal to string. We talked about patterns and more, less and the same. In the science area, we started our week with sorting healthy and not-so-healthy food. Some of the children found our plastic fruit and vegetables fun, so we added them to sort as well. At the art table, we made a noodle collage and used a variety of kitchen gadgets to paint with on paper. Tomorrow is all about pizza! We have a pizza game to play, a book about pizza and we will be making our own pizzas as well!

Space - Infant Room

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 7, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week the theme is Out of this world! This has been a fun theme to explore with the infants and we’ve done a few things together. The older infants enjoyed turning all our lights off and shinning flashlights on the walls and ceiling while we sang songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as well as crumpling foil into balls and tossing them into baskets. The entire class loved dancing with their friends and teachers! We put out ribbons and scarves and practiced waving them around, jumping and tapping our feet as we listened to fast paced songs. It was fun to hold the younger infants and see them smile as we moved to the music. We also explored stacking rings, stickers on paper and blowing bubbles! We practice touching or reaching for them and making a big POP noise. It was a wonderful full week back in the infant classroom, and we look forward to the Cooking theme next week. Until next time!

Learning About Space - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 7, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

For art the children made rockets by gluing on foam pieces and foil, moon- by stamping with koosh rings with blue paint on paper plates, Sun- painting with orange paint inside of baggies, Earth- sponge painting with blue paint on green paper circles and tomorrow the children will make a space wreath by painting with black paint and adding space stickers.


For math this week, the children explored with ABC peg boards and pegs for counting with teacher help, colored cones and ring bracelets to stack and count, sorting colored bubble blocks by color and count with teacher and tomorrow the children will explore with planets/solar system match cards while the teacher names the planets and helps the children match the cards.

Fine Motor

The children had glow stars on blue paper and chalk to make marks on the paper to follow the stars, Styrofoam blocks and straws to practice pushing them down into the blocks to strengthen fingers and hands and grip, Blue and green bingo dabbers to practice grip and eye-hand coordination, blue and green playdough with straws to make them stand up by pushing down into the playdough, and tomorrow the children will practice using tongs by squeezing and opening to pick up foil balls and put then into the buckets.


Good Night Moon, Stars and Roaring Rocket

Tomorrow the children will make Moon sand and explore the texture on their own trays(Flour and baby

Space - Older Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 7, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)


The children made made Rockets by gluing on shape foam pieces and foil, Moons- by stamping with sponges and silver glitter powder, Letter S for star- glued various size colored starts, Earth- stamping with space stampers and stamp pads and tomorrow the children will make a space wreath with space stickers and black paint.


The children explored with rocket ship shape dot boards with colored bingo chips for lining up and making pattern as they follow the dots. For Moon and Star patterning, the children used a white crayon to trace lines from star to star, practiced counting by using marbles and trays and tomorrow we will name planets/solar system by matching cards.

Manipulatives/Fine Motor

We had foam blocks with straws and pipe cleaners to push down into the foam block to make them stand up to build finger strength, instead of playdough, we used blue/green slime with foam beads to press and manipulate We had foam blocks with straws and pipe cleaners to push down into the foam block to make them stand up to build finger strength, instead of playdough, we used blue/green slime with colored craft sticks and tomorrow we will practice how to orbit the sun using round pie pans and marbles.

Tomorrow we will make Moon Sand with flour and baby oil- The children will explore the texture on their own individual trays.


Good Night Moon, Stars, Roaring Rockets and Solar System planets

Out of this World - Pre-School

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 7, 2021 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week was all about space and all the things in space. On Monday in art the children made their own spaceships by gluing torn paper to the outside of a Styrofoam bowl and gluing the bowl to paper. In math the children engaged in an outer space bingo game and they did very well look for the pictures they needed to find on their board. Our language activity was to look for rhyming stars hidden around the room. Once the stars were found the children named what picture was on their star to listen for whose star had the same rhyming word. Tuesday in art the children painted with saran wrap mixing red and yellow together, a great sensory experience. In math the children wanted to play the bingo game again, so we did, and we incorporated language into it to have the children listen to the description of the picture they needed to find on their board. Wednesday in art the children worked with oil pastels and in language the children worked on letter identification by tossing a bean bag onto a plate, and then naming the letter on the plate. Today in art the children painted coffee filters, and in language they wrote on paper…while laying on their back under the table!! In math the children built a rocket with sugar cubes by rolling a die to determine how many to add each turn, and then count how many altogether. Tomorrow In science the children will work with mini marshmallows and toothpicks to create their own constellations, another great fine motor and sensory experience. In art the children will create a moon with paint, and in language they will dictate what they would bring if they went to space. In math the children will sort letters by font type.

Blasting Off - Pre-K

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on January 7, 2021 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

3...2...1....Blast off! That's right, this week has been all about Out of this World and traveling to space. It has been a fun filled week learning all about the planets, stars and galaxies. This week, we learned the order of our planets and the children have had their thinking caps on. While learning about the planets, we read and saw that Uranus and Neptune are two planets that are blue and are cold planets. I asked the children why they think that is and they all came to a conclusion that it is because those are the two furthest away from the sun! We have some smart astronauts in this class. We have also found a fun song talking about the planets. It is called the Planet Song by Kids Learning Tube on YouTube. It tells us different facts about the planets and the children seem to enjoy it. The children worked on a fizzing Jupiter experiment where we took some baking soda, water, and food coloring together, patted it into a ball and with eye droppers and vinegar created the planet to fizz. We did a lot of dancing this week because what better way is there to get the wiggles out but to have multiple dance parties!! We played a moon rock toss game, roll and cover and astronaut ten frames at math this week. We worked on our writing skills at language this week as well as letter recognition. We definitely had some fun this week at art with making our own moon stamps, marble planets and using star and sun punchers to create our own galaxy! It has been fun my little astronauts and we hope that you enjoyed exploring space with us as much as we did with you! On to the next mission of next week. Enjoy your weekend!

Winter - Young Toddler

Posted by Lakewood Childcare Center on December 11, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (3)

This weeks theme is "Winter"

For art this week the children marble painted with boxes as they moved their box back and forth to watch the marbles roll and make designs on their paper, Lufa painted on large green poster board paper with red painted to make a X-Mas tree for the front window and today, the children will explore with shaving cream and food coloring by laying their paper on top to make a design. When they are done, they will explore the shaving cream with their hands to explore sensory as well.

For math this week we practiced colors by naming and matching paper colored mittens by asking "what color" and teacher help and snowflake prints with playdough by pressing the star shapes onto the playdough . We also did a science experiment with Ice , salt, water and food coloring. We poured salt on the ice and added color to the ice and slowly poured water over the ice to watch what happens. The children were amazed by staying focused on the experiment and waiting to see it melt and bubble.

Fine motor this week, we had salt trays with hidden pictures underneath and craft sticks to move the salt around and "find the picture". This allows the children to manipulate the craft stick using their fingers/hand grasp and problem-solve by moving the salt around to find the hidden picture.We also explored with match box cars and tubes to slide them in the tube and watch for them to slide out the other end. This activity allows the children to make things happens as they learn to explore with the materials provided.

Today, we will crumple up paper for a snowball toss then add it to the parachute for music and movement and sing 5 Little Snowflakes with props before lunch.

Books we read this week were "The Mitten, Winter Babies, Let It Snow, Five Little Snowflakes and Gingerbread Man"