Daycare activities are important to help the infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in your care learn and grow. Whether you need ideas for indoor, outdoor, active, quiet, or rainy day activities Extension online can help.
Extension online provides child care courses to help caregivers plan and organize their daycare activities with courses like:
Children can enjoy a variety of daycare activities throughout the day mixed with times to relax and rest. Daycare providers can consider activities that address fine and gross motor skills as well as intellectual development. Consider activities with:
Providers are sometimes hesitant to do some of these daycare activities with infants, however, with appropriate supervision and non-toxic materials, even infants can enjoy a variety of activities. Keeping children active for a good part of the day is important to their health. Researchers encourage children and adolescents ages 2 to 18 to engage in moderate to vigorous activity that amounts to 60 minutes a day – even if it occurs in 10-minute segments. Children are also advised to avoid being sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time, except while sleeping.
Physical activities for toddlers and preschoolers might include:
Other learning activities might include:
Each of the children in your care is unique, but all can benefit from a variety of daycare activities that are developmentally appropriate. You can help by exploring activities appropriate for the children in your care and planning your days with a variety of centers and activities that are safe and developmentally appropriate.