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Theme and activities

Educational activity planning by theme: games, crafts, coloring pages, stories, songs & rhymes, and printable activity sheets.

Time

Time Turnkey concept which offers complete activities to promote the development of children as well as professional printable documents to accompany them.

What the club has to offer

Coloring pages, word flashcards, picture game, and activity sheets to complement your theme

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK, MONTH, YEAR

(Open weather chart) Print and laminate. Every day, sit in a circle with the children and designate a child to identify the correct pictogram for the day's weather. Variation: The weather chart may be used as a motivational chart for the group. Children choose to have a sunny day (mood). Offer the group a reward (example: playground outing, special lunch, movie with popcorn, etc.) if the sun remains displayed throughout the day. As the day goes by, you may change the pictogram if the majority of the group begins to misbehave or does not respect the rules (example: change the sun to a cloud).

 

CIRCLE TIME

We suggests an imaginary game to begin each day. (Open thematic letter-Tic-tac Time) Print the letter. Prepare a special sparkling envelope. Place the envelope in an easy to find place in the daycare. During circle time, have the children find the letter and read portions of the interactive story to them. Follow the instructions.

 

AREA SETUP

Organize the birthday wall with the monthly balloons. (Open birthday chart) Print and laminate.Time-Birthay chart

 

PICTURE GAMES

The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with the group. Use them to decorate the daycare or a specific corner. (Open picture game - time) Print, laminate, and store in a "Ziploc" bag or in your thematic bins.

 

ACTIVITY SHEET
Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions.

(Open activity sheet - time)

 

VARIOUS WORKSHOPS
Have fun with these great workshop ideas provided by Caroline Allard.

 

Construction or building blocks:

  • Divide the area into four sections to represent the four seasons. Children may build and create on the surfaces they prefer. For winter, cover the floor with cotton padding. For summer, install a piece of green outdoor rug to imitate grass. For fall, scatter fake leaves on the floor or have children cut some out of construction paper. Finally, for spring, use metallic paper or a blue canvas to resemble water.

Arts & Crafts:

  • Craft a clock with popsicle sticks and a paper plate
  • Use fluorescent paint to represent nighttime
  • Use brightly colored paint to create daytime scenery

Drawing:

  • Coloring pages related to time
  • A clock model which can be drawn

Role Play:

  • Set up the role play area with a bedroom and a kitchen to emphasize the difference between night and day. For the bedroom, include a small mattress, stuffed animals, blankets, an alarm clock, a night light... and a window made with a black piece of construction paper, stars, and a moon. For the kitchen, use a table, chairs, a stove, dishes...and a window made with a blue piece of construction paper, a few clouds, a big sun, and a few birds.

Manipulation:

  • Memory game about time with Educatout pictures
  • Association game of hours and periods of the day
  • Clocks of all kinds
  • A difference game played with suns and moons...

Pre-reading:

  • Books about seasons, time, night and day
  • Headphones with stories to listen to
  • Add a timer

Pre-writing:

  • Days, months, and numbers to trace
  • Games with Educatout word flashcards
  • Add an hourglass

Motor Skills:

  • A little game with musical rhythms...black notes, white notes, round notes. Find a tambourine and ask children to create rhythm. Their peers clap their hands in time to the music.
  • Count dance steps...that is time too!
  • Use various musical instruments to create rhythm
  • If you can get your hands on a metronome, children will be fascinated!

Science:

  • Paint using various methods. Have children determine which method dries fastest with an hourglass or other instrument
  • Plant seeds and keep track of how many days it takes them to grow. If possible, take pictures of every stage. At the end of the experiment, children can draw each stage and place them in order
  • Create dyes with food as our great grandmothers did! Red cabbage juice, mustard powder, blueberry juice, etc. Find scraps of white cotton and enjoy!

Time-Flash card wordWORD FLASHCARDS

The flashcards may be used during circle time to spark a conversation or in your reading and writing area. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards - time) Watch, clock, morning, noon, afternoon, night, lunch, dinner, breakfast, calendar, day, hour

 

In the Olden Days
(Open old and modern objects) Gather old objects or pictures of old objects. If possible, invite a grandparent to visit the daycare to explain how things were in the olden days.

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILL

It is dark
Give children flashlights. Close the lights and the curtains to make the daycare as dark as possible, like night-time. Children walk around the daycare using their flashlights to observe objects. Suddenly, turn on the lights back on and say, "Good morning!"

 

Before, during, and after
Touch a child with a magic wand. Transform him into a baby, child, parent or grandparent. The child who has been transformed must perform the assigned role.

 

The grand ball
Just like in medieval times, plan a grand ball. Children dress up in long gowns and jackets and dance to classical music.

 

Day and night
(Open moon and sun) Print and laminate. Sit in a circle with the group. When you display the sun, children stand up, dance and move about. When you display the moon, children lie down on the floor and pretend to sleep. Alternate the sun and the moon, this activity provides exercise.

 

The months of the yearTime-Twelve month
Print the months. (Open twelve months of the year) Laminate and tape to the floor. Play music. When the music stops, children must sit on a month. (Variation of musical chairs)

 

Body hour
Hold a clock in your hands. Stand before the children so they can all see the hands on the clock. Place the hands at a specific time, 3:45 for example. Children must position themselves like the hands of the clock using their arms and legs. Variation: This game may be played with children lying on the floor.

 

Hidden clock
This game requires an old clock (tic-tac). Blindfold two or three children. Hide the clock in the daycare. Upon your signal, players attempt to find the clock by listening to the tic-tac sound.

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIE

Explore the future
Bring your time machine outdoors. Children dress up to travel into the future. See craft below.

 

Outdoor relaxation
Lay a blanket on the grass. Hold a timer in your hands. Children lie down on their backs and relax until your timer rings. Encourage them to admire the clouds and use this time to listen to the wind, the birds, and all the wonderful sounds which surround us. Enjoy!

 

COGNITIVE ACTIVITIE

Puzzle race
Give each child a puzzle. Start a timer or play a song. Children work on their puzzles. When they are done, they shout out their names. The game continues until all the children have succeeded.

 

The twelve months of the year
Practice recognizing the months of the year with this activity. (Open twelve months of the year) Print and display on the wall one after the other at children's eye level. When you are ready to begin, give children instructions with respect to their ages and knowledge. (Example: Have them stand in front of their birthday month or in front of the first month of the year, etc.)

 

Time-RoutineDays of the week
(Open days of the week) Print, laminate, and cut out. Children have fun associating the days of the week to the colors on the piano.

 

Time of day
(Open routine game) Print, laminate, and cut out. Associate each pictogram to the correct time of day: morning, noon, afternoon, or evening.

 

My clock
(Open I'm learning to tell time) Print, laminate, and assemble the clock. Place the small cards indicating times face down on the table. Children pick a card then adjust the hands of the clock to the correct time.

 

SEQUENTIAL STORY
(Open visual routine) Have children place the pictograms in the order in which they normally take place at the daycare.

 

Which objects have moved?
Children walk around the daycare for a few minutes (use a timer). They must observe where everything is placed. Have them close their eyes or go to another room momentarily. Make changes in the daycare. (Example: move a chair, hide a lamp, place a picture upside down, etc.) Have children reenter the daycare and ask them to find as many changes as possible within a timed period (using the timer again). When they find the changes they return the objects to their original state. See if they can find all the changes before the timer rings.

 

Musical clock
Children sit in a circle. Play music and have a children pass a clock around the circle. It is important that the clock has hands which turn easily. When the music stops, indicate a number. The child holding the clock must point either the hour hand or the minute hand to this number.

 

SOCIAL AND MORAL ACTIVITIE

Pajama Day
Ask children to attend daycare in their pajamas. They can also bring along a teddy bear or a blanket they loved when they were babies. Greet them in pajamas yourself. For lunch, serve breakfast. We suggest doing this activity at the beginning of the theme to help children situate themselves in time. Plan games around the daily routine and the order in which activities take place. (Visual routine acted out with mimes)

 

My Day
(Open night and day) Print the sun and the moon. Use adhesive putty to display the sun on the wall. Leave a space, and do the same with the moon. Have children draw the part of the day which they prefer. Once finished, they hang their drawings on the wall between the sun and the moon in the order in which they occur during the day. The final result will be the schedule of children's favorite activities from morning till night.

 

Time goes by so fast
Have children bring pictures of themselves at various ages to the daycare. Prepare a chronological display for each child. Have children notice that they are growing very fast.

 

EARLY SCIENCE

Hourglass
Use two plastic bottles. Block the end of one bottle. Make a hole in the center to enable the sand to descend. Put sand in the second bottle and attach the two bottles together with adhesive tape.

 

CULINARY ACTIVITY

Invite a grandmother to come bake old-fashioned cookies with the children.

 

Time-Clock CraftARTS & CRAFT

Teddy bear clock

(Open clock craft) Print and cut out the different pieces. Give each child a paper plate and have them position the numbers around the contour. Make sure they place number "12" at the top and number "6" at the bottom. Cut out the two arrows. Make a small hole in the center of the plate to insert the fastener which will hold the hands in place. Cut out the head, arms, legs and ears. Glue them on the plate to create the teddy bear. The plate represents the teddy bear's stomach.

 

Hurry, hurry, lets paint!
Provide paper, paintbrushes, and paint for the children. Set the timer for five minutes. Children begin to paint when you say, "Go!" When the timer rings, they must stop, even if they have not completed their painting.

 

Futuristic craft
Find a large cardboard box (refrigerator or dryer for example). Children decorate their time machine as they wish. Don't forget to make a control center...covered with aluminum paper. Use small empty cream containers, buttons, or small beads to create command buttons. Half of a styrofoam ball painted red makes the perfect light for the control center. When the time machine is complete, children can create their very own futuristic gear using plenty of aluminum paper. Use your imagination and better yet, children's imagination.

 

COLORING PAGES
(Open coloring pages theme - time) Print

 

SONGS & RHYMES

Hickory dickory dock

(verses 1 to 6)

 

Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one

The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The bird looked at the clock
The clock struck 2

Away she flew
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock

The dog barked at the clock
The clock struck 3
Fiddle-de-dee,
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The bear slept by the clock
The clock struck 4
He ran out the door
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The bee buzzed round the clock
The clock struck 5

She went to her hive
Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock
The hen pecked at the clock

The clock struck 6
Oh fiddlesticks
Hickory dickory dock

 

There are 7 days in a week

 

There are seven days, there are seven days
There are seven days in a week
There are seven days, there are seven days
There are seven days in a week
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
There are seven days, there are seven days
There are seven days in a week
There are seven days, there are seven days
There are seven days in a week

 

 

 

Have fun!

The Educatall team

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