Week of the Young Child Activities 2018

Week of the Young Child Activities

Week of the Young Child Activities 2018

Week of the Young Child Activities for preschoolers through second grade.

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At our daycare center, my class creates “All about me” books. The pages of the books are filled with things like My hair is ____, my eyes are ______, my mom and dad are _____, I like to_______. On the cover is a photo we take of the child at the center and on the last page, we include an art project. (for the younger children, hand, and footprints) At the end of the week, we have a continental breakfast and parents come and eat with their children and take home the books as a gift. The parents really cherish these books and we make a new one every year showing how the children have grown.

I had an idea to study children from other countries or cultures. We talked about there toys, things they learn, and how their daily events are different from ours. We also learned how to speak in their language. We even tried some of the children’s favorite dishes from each country.

When I was doing my work/study, I planned and carried out a balloon release. The director, teachers, and children loved this so much, the director said that they will make this a yearly event! I gave each child a helium-filled balloon. I then attached a card with a ribbon. The card read: “Hi! My name is (child’s first name). I attend (name of school or daycare) at (address). April 8 – 12 is The Week of the Young Child. I would be so happy if you would write to me and tell me how far my balloon traveled! Thank you!

(Date at the bottom)

We then went outside, said a short prayer, counting down from five and we all let our balloons go! Well, that is where I ran into my only problem: one little girl did not want to give up her balloon. After some coaxing from her classmates, she finally let go. Out of 13 balloons that we released, we only had one response. But it was a fun and meaningful way to celebrate our beautiful children! Our local newspaper even came out to capture this exciting moment! If you try this, feel free to let me know how it goes!

To conclude the week of the young child we have a spring art show on that Saturday. Weeks before, the teachers start saving artwork. On Saturday they are displayed all throughout the center for friends, family, and relatives to see! We also have a “Make it and Take it” project during the art show where children and parents can work on something together.

Every year, we start off the week by having a center-wide celebration on Monday. For example, we have had a “Cake-Kick-Off” where everyone (infants through Kindergarten) met on the playground to enjoy juice and cake. The following year, we had a “Bubble-Blow-Out” where each class came up with some interesting bubble wand inventions and we had them share them together on the playground. We also have banners, signs or flags that each classroom has decorated to display outside each year! The parents just love walking around the school and looking at all of the different classroom creations!

I send out invitations to all my parents that child has created. We invite the parent for a breakfast with their child before they go to work. The breakfast is buffet style with pastry’ pancakes, fruit salad, and juices. The parent enjoys this so much to be able to be with their child for breakfast in the classroom.

At our center, to celebrate “Week of the Young Child”, we really go all out! Each classroom submits children’s’ artwork which is displayed in our main hallway, and at the local Wal-Mart! We also have a “Family Fun Night” where a variety of activities are set up in all of our classrooms for parents and children to enjoy “Make it and Take it” crafts.  Some of the examples which were a hit are: making birdfeeders and planting flowers…making playdoh…drip painting…making trail mix….the possibilities are endless! At the end of the week, we had a “Breakfast with Your Child Day” on which parents could come and enjoy doughnuts, fruit, and juice or milk before their day at work! It was a huge hit! Celebrating our children and their families is #1 at our center!

At my school, we do a week of “Take 5 Minutes With Your Child” Each day we sit up an activity for our parents and their children to do together. For example one day we will have paint and easel paper set up. That day would be Take 5 to paint a picture together. Another example is Take 5 to plant a flower together. We also do Take 5 to read a book together and Take 5 to take a picture together. Our goal is to have the parents spend time with their children at school.

At our center, we gave parents a copy of a certificate we made called “Hats Off.” the parents (or children with the help of their parents) filled them out and filled in a reason why the recipient should have it. It let the teacher, administrator, or other child know how important they were to the children of our center. The certificates were placed all over the center. At the end of the week, the recipients took their certificates home. We also had a potluck luncheon prepared by the parents and children of the center. we had the children in each class prepare snacks for their parents to take to work with them. we asked a parent to come in and read a story to each class. The children dress in their pj’s and bring their favorite stuffed animal. one day, the children made their own sundae. Another day, we had a mini carnival with prizes for everyone who tried their best. It was just a week of activities. Oh, and one year, we collected recipes from each parent and put together a cookbook.

To kick off the week of the young child, we usually do a family-oriented activity. Last year we cut gingerbread shapes out of tag board, asked the families to take them home and decorate them to symbolize their child. Then the gingerbread people were hung up in a row to look as though the children were holding hands!! it was terrific and we had 100% participation. The year before we used tag board square, and asked the parents to decorate their square to symbolize their family!!!

For the week of the young child, we organized a Fun Fair. It was provided at no charge t the children and their families. We had 3 food stations where the children could put together their own snack like: bagel faces, trail mix, or fruit kabobs. We had a big, commercial popcorn popper, cotton candy, 2 creative craft activities and several games-inside and outside. All the children and their families really enjoyed the 2 hr. fair.

I work in a preschool program through a high school, but this could work anywhere. We cut out small hands and have the children decorate them and print their name and age. Then we tape a safety pin on the back. We distribute these to the high school students and businesses in the community. Anyone who wears a hand is showing their support of and love for children. The kids love decorating the hands and distributing them when possible =)

We gather at our local mall with several other pre-schools. We start off with a parade, that includes our staff, children, and their parents. Then each pre-school or daycare has a table set up throughout the mall, with activities for children to do. Parents and children really love this.

For Children’s week, we bake cookies for the parents and invite them to visit our class. We tour our local kindergarten. We spend the entire day outside, playing basketball, face paintings, obstacle course, relay races, bean bag toss. We also eat lunch outside.(usually, a sack lunch provided by the center.) The children love this day.

During this week I like to plan special activities. One of my favorites is set up a day have kids make invitations for their parents or special people in their lives and invite them to come into their classroom and make an art project with them.

Before the week of the young child I send home a paper asking the parents to write down why is your child special and have them return it and then I have kids decorate the paper and we display them out in the hall and sometimes we will take them uptown and display them at the grocery store or banks.

Week of the Young Child Activities 2018

Week of the Young Child Activities for preschoolers through second grade.