This tool was created in response to a special request we received. (Open group identification-Foxes) Print and use the items to decorate your daycare and identify children’s belongings and personal areas.
(Open picture game-Foxes) Print and laminate the pictures in the format you prefer. Use them to spark a conversation with your group. Ask children questions about the theme.
Poni discovers and presents-Foxes
(Open Poni discovers and presents-Foxes) Print and laminate the posters. Use a Poni puppet or another puppet that children are familiar with to present the pictures to your group.
Invite each child to bring a book, a stuffed animal, a movie, a figurine, or another toy linked to the theme to daycare. Set all the items in the center of your circle time area, select one object at a time, and encourage children to talk about it. Use this activity to see what children know about foxes.
Suggested questions to spark a conversation:
- Do you know any stories about foxes?
- Do foxes have fur or feathers?
- Where do foxes live?
- Have you ever seen a fox?
- Can you name fox body parts?
(Open thematic poster-Foxes) Print, laminate, and display where children are sure to see it.
(Open educa-theme-Foxes) Print and laminate the different elements representing the theme. Use them to present the theme to your group (and children’s parents) while decorating your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Foxes) Print, laminate, and cut out the illustrations. Use them to decorate your walls and set the mood for the theme.
Stickers for rewards-Foxes
(Open stickers for rewards-Foxes) Print the illustrations on adhesive paper and use them to create a collection of unique stickers. Use them to reward children throughout the theme.
(Open pennants-Foxes) Print and have children cut out the pennants. Hang them in your daycare or in your daycare entrance.
(Open picture game-Foxes) Use the pictures to decorate your daycare or to spark a conversation with your group. Print, laminate, and store the pictures in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open picture game-Foxes) Print the illustrations twice and use them for a memory game.
(Open activity sheets-Foxes) Print and follow instructions.
(Open educa-spots-Foxes) Print for each child. Use bingo markers to add color to each circle. If you don’t have bingo markers, simply have children set dry cereal or press a sticker inside the circles.
(Open writing activities-F like fox) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
Creating your own activity binder
Laminate several activity sheets and writing activities and arrange them in a binder along with dry-erase markers. Leave the binder in your writing area and let children complete the pages as they wish. At the end of the day, simply wipe off their work so the activity binder can be reused over and over again.
Use the flashcards to spark a conversation with your group, in your reading and writing corner, or to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Foxes) (Open giant word flashcards-Foxes) Print. fox, forest, red, fur, snout, ears, paws, tail, fox cub, to run, burrow, zoo
Print and laminate the theme’s word flashcards. Have each child pick a word. They can take turns presenting their word to the group (ex. burrow). Discuss each item and ask children questions to see what they know about the theme.
(Open word flashcards-Foxes) (Open giant word flashcards-Foxes) Print two copies of several word flashcards. Hang one copy of each word on an indoor clothesline with colourful clothespins. Arrange the copies in a pile on a table. Let children take turns picking a word and finding the matching word on the clothesline. When they find a match, they can place the flashcard on top of the one that was already hanging on the clothesline. Help younger children manipulate the clothespins if necessary.
(Open word flashcards-Foxes) (Open giant word flashcards-Foxes) Print several word flashcards and hide them throughout your daycare or yard. Divide your group into two teams. When you give them the signal, children must search for the flashcards for a pre-determined period, for example three minutes. When the time is up, children must be able to “read” their flashcards to earn a point for their team. If they are unable to find the correct word, the other team can earn the point if they succeed.
ROUTINES AND TRANSITIONS
My fox path
(Open transition games-Foxes) Print, laminate, and arrange the illustrations on the floor to create a path leading to various areas within your daycare. The path can lead to areas frequently visited by children throughout the day such as the bathroom, the cloakroom, etc. or, if you prefer, the path can delimit your workshops.
Game-This is my spot-Foxes
(Open transition games-Foxes) Print each illustration twice. Use adhesive paper to secure one copy of each illustration on the table. Deposit the second copy of each illustration in an opaque bag and invite children to pick a card that will determine their spot at the table (corresponding illustration). The illustrations can also be used to determine children’s naptime spots or their place in the task train.
(Open mobile-Foxes) For each child, cut out the center of a green paper plate to create a ring that will be the base of their mobile. Print the fox and the leaves for each child and invite them to color them and cut them out. If you prefer, you can use fabric leaves. Cut 4 long pieces of green ribbon for each child. Attach the fox to one end of a ribbon piece. Help children attach the 3 other pieces to their cardboard ring and knot the upper end of each ribbon (including the one the fox is attached to) in the center of the ring placed horizontally in front of them. Glue a green ribbon on each leaf and secure them under the cardboard ring. Hang each child’s mobile over his or her naptime spot.
Here is a great way to teach children how to count while being active. Roll a die to determine how many steps children are to take. Count the steps with your group, moving forward every time you call out a number. Roll the die again and keep going.
Set fox illustrations on the floor. Have children jump on the illustrations in a variety of different ways: on one foot, on two feet, backwards, forwards, like a fox, etc. Children will work on their gross motor skills with every hop.
Using adhesive tape, draw a giant hopscotch on your daycare floor. If you wish, it could connect 2 areas within your daycare. Encourage children to alternate jumping on 1 foot and 2 feet. Draw foxes in the boxes instead of numbers.
To help children who are already dressed wait for their peers in the cloakroom, create a treasure box. Fill it with simple games (toy cars, figurines, a small chalkboard, tiny dolls, etc.) that children can manipulate.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
(Open miniature foxes) Print and laminate. Hide foxes throughout your daycare and invite children to search for them. The child who finds the most foxes can hide them for the next round.
Magnetic fox family
(Open models-Foxes) Print, color, and laminate the models. Next, glue them on magnetic paper. Set the foxes on a table with a metal baking sheet. Children will enjoy creating scenes and stories.
Let’s move like a fox
(Open actions-Foxes) Print, laminate, and cut out the cards. Print several copies. Shuffle the cards. Pick a card and invite children to mime the action performed by the fox. Children can use this activity to stretch and expend any extra energy they may have.
Purchase a brown or orange feather duster to represent a fox tail. Have children sit in a circle and walk around the outside of the circle, holding your duster. When you tickle a child’s neck with the fox tail, he must quickly jump up and run behind you around the circle. If the child touches you before you sit down in his spot, he becomes the leader of the game for the next round. He will walk around the circle and tickle a child (or you) with the fox tail.
Tiny hidden foxes
Fill a bin with pinecones and hide fox figurines, fox or forest-themed stickers and tiny erasers, or pictures of foxes. (Open miniature foxes) Children must search for the foxes, delicately remove them from the bin, and set them in a burrow (gray bowl).
Fox tail game
(Open game-fox tail) Print, laminate, and cut out. Give each child a laminated fox tail. Blindfold one child at a time. Children try to press the tail as close to the correct spot as possible.
Follow the foxes
Children hold hands and follow the lead of the first child in line. They must reproduce the actions of the first fox (child) and, for example, walk slowly or quickly, heavily, backwards, on their tiptoes, etc.
Collect several fox pictures and illustrations and press them on items (walls, cupboards, floors, etc.) throughout your daycare. Children will love discovering them as they play.
I am a fox
Set a blanket on the floor in the center of your daycare to represent a forest. Encourage children to walk on the blanket, pretending they are foxes.
Big like… little like…
Divide your group into 2 teams and have them sit facing each other. Ask the first group to name large animals. The other group must name small animals.
Beware of the foxes
Pick a child who will be the fox. The fox chases the other children until he captures one of his peers. The child who is touched by the fox becomes the fox for the next round.
Variation: When children are touched by the fox, have them stand perfectly still, with their arms stretched out. They can be saved by a peer and resume running if another child runs under their arms. Many children can be immobile at the same time.
Provide several brown and beige building blocks. With your group, stack them to represent a fox. Keep going until your fox crashes to the ground.
Fill a kiddie pool or bins with leaves (dried or fabric). Hide objects among the leaves. When you give the signal, children search for objects. When they find one, they must set it in a burrow, as a fox would do. Next, they go back to hunt for more objects. Once all the items have been found, the game starts over.
Provide different sizes of cardboard boxes and let children hide in them, like a fox in a burrow.
Color by number-Foxes
(Open color by number-Foxes) Print for each child. Have children color the picture per the color code.
Big and small-Foxes
(Open big and small-Foxes) Print and laminate the game. Attach Velcro behind each card. Children must press them in the squares in order, from smallest to biggest.
(Open educ-trace-Foxes) Print for each child. Children must trace the lines using a crayon of the designated color and then color the item at the end of each line with the corresponding color.
(Open educ-pairs-Foxes) Print. Children must draw a line between identical items or color them using the same color. For durable, eco-friendly use, laminate and use dry-erase markers.
Educ-association-The foxes and their burrow
(Open educ-association-The foxes and their burrow) Print, laminate, and cut out the burrows and the foxes. Children must help the foxes find their burrow by associating the shapes.
(Open word flashcards-Foxes) (Open giant word flashcards-Foxes) Print and laminate the flashcards. Deposit them in an opaque bag and use them for a mime game. Children take turns picking a word and miming it so the other children can identify the correct word. For example, if a child picks the word “burrow”, he/she can curl up in a ball, like a fox in a burrow.
(Open group identification-Foxes) Print and laminate the document. For this activity, you will need the larger colorful images and the small colorful pictures. Set the larger images on the floor throughout your daycare. Tell children these pictures represent fox mothers. Set the smaller cards in an opaque bag. Children take turns picking a fox cub out of the bag. They will enjoy helping the cubs find their mother by associating the colors.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Our group’s fox
Provide modeling dough and encourage children to work together to create a fox. Provide a wide range of materials such as pipe cleaners for legs, wiggly eyes, etc. Let dry.
Find a fox puppet or stuffed animal and use it to explore emotions with your group. Pretend that the fox whispers in your ear that he is sad and invite children to find ways that they can make the fox feel better. Hide the fox behind your back and tell your group that the fox is scared. Children will love reassuring him. The fox can also be excited, happy, angry, etc. Encourage children to use appropriate words and actions for each emotion.
Which animal is this?
Children pick an animal (use cards from a picture game or figurines). Have them hide their animal in their hands. The object of the game is for children to describe their animal so that their peers can identify it. If they prefer, they can also mime their animal’s habits or characteristics. The first child who guesses correctly can be the next one to describe his animal.
I am a…
Children take turns miming an animal that you have whispered in their ear. If you prefer, show them a picture of an animal.
Record yourself howling like a fox. Play with loud and quiet sounds with your group. Use items that you have on hand to produce a variety of sounds and explore a variety of animal sounds with your group.
Cabin in the woods
Children love playing in cabins. Drape old bedsheets over tables, chairs, and other furniture items to represent tents or cabins. Add objects that are normally found in the woods. Let children play in their tents and cabins.
MUSICAL AND RHYTHMIC ACTIVITIES
(Open transition games-Foxes) Print, laminate, and press the foxes on the floor throughout your daycare. To the sound of music, children move around the daycare. When the music stops, they must quickly find a fox to stand on.
ARTS & CRAFTS
(Open mandalas-Foxes) Print for each child. Invite children to color the mandalas to provide them with a relaxing activity when needed.
(Open models-Foxes) Print the various models and use them for your activities and projects throughout the theme.
My fox master hat-Foxes
(Open educa-decorate-Foxes) Print and cut out. Glue the shapes on a construction paper headband.
(Open finger puppets-Foxes) Print the various models on heavy paper. Have children cut them out. Show them how they can insert their fingers in the holes to bring the puppets to life.
(Open masks-Foxes) Print for each child. Provide crayons, glue, and glitter that children can use to decorate their mask.
(Open giant foxes) Print the fox parts. Children must color them, cut them out, and glue them on a large piece of construction paper. Use fasteners to assemble the foxes so that children can move their fox head and legs.
Soft hanging foxes
Give each child 2 orange paper plates, a large one and a small one. Invite children to glue the smaller plate (fox head) at the top of the large plate. Have them cut 2 ear shapes out of orange Fun Foam and color the tip of each ear using a black crayon. Using white chalk, they can color the center of each ear, leaving an orange border all the way around them. Help children glue the ears at the top of the small plate. Next, provide orange, black, and white yarn, ribbon, or rope. Have children cut 30-cm pieces. Using a hole-punch, make holes along the bottom of the large plate. Children can insert one end of a yarn or ribbon piece in each hole, letting it hang down to represent a fox tail. Children can draw eyes, a mouth, and legs to complete their fox.
(Open fox face) Print a fox face for each child and invite them to color it using a brown or orange crayon. Have them glue wiggly eyes on their fox face. Using hot glue, press each fox face on brown or orange sock. Show children how they can slide their hand inside the sock to bring their sly puppet to life.
(Open mural-Foxes) Print several trees. Invite children to color them and cut them out. Glue a large piece of blue paper over a large piece of green paper to represent a sky and a grassy area. Children glue their trees on the mural to represent a forest. Provide orange and brown fabric leaves. Each leaf shall become a fox. Have children set each leaf in front of them, with the tip pointing downwards. Show them how they can glue a pompom on the tip to make it look like a fox nose. Next, have them cut 2 small circles out of white Fun Foam and draw a black dot in the center of each one. These circles will become fox eyes. Children can glue them in place. Finally, cut 2 triangles out of brown, orange, or red Fun Foam to represent fox ears that can be glued at the top of the leaf. Encourage children to make several foxes that they can add to your mural with adhesive putty. Thus, children can move them around to change the look of your mural and create stories. Let each child bring one fox home at the end of the day.
My fox book
Cut pictures of foxes out of magazines, old books, etc. and glue them on pieces of paper measuring 10 cm x 13 cm. Arrange the photos in resealable plastic bags, adding 2 back-to-back pictures to each one. Staple the bags together along the edge that cannot be opened. Use colorful adhesive tape to cover the staples.
(Open coloring pages theme-Foxes) Print for each child.
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