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We have created this special tool in response to a special request we received. (Open new friendly caterpillar) Display the caterpillar's face on the wall and invite children to add the different daycare rules to build its body. Refer to the caterpillar when necessary.
Greet children with a glass of milk and begin a discussion related to the theme. Ask children if they have ever eaten chocolate. Do they prefer white, brown, or black chocolate? Do they know different ways to enjoy chocolate? Where does chocolate come from? How is chocolate made?
(Open Thematic poster - Chocolate) Print, laminate, and decorate the walls of your daycare with all kinds of posters.
(Open educa-decorate-Chocolate) Print, laminate, and cut out. Decorate your walls with the illustrations or hang some from the ceiling.
The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with your group. Use them to decorate your daycare or a specific thematic corner. (Open picture game-Chocolate) Print, laminate, and store in a Ziploc bag or in your thematic bin.
(Open writing activities - C like chocolate) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open stationery - Chocolate) Print. Use the stationery to communicate with parents, in your writing corner, or to identify your thematic bins.
Activity sheets are suggested for each theme. Print and follow instructions. (Open activity sheets-Chocolate)
(Open observation sheets-Number 9) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
(Open educa-nuudles-Chocolate) Print for each child. Have children color the sheet and use Magic nuudles to give it a three-dimensional look. Variation: You don't have Magic nuudles? Ask children to fill the spaces using bingo markers or stickers.
To purchase Magic nuudles:
The word flashcards may be used to spark a conversation with your group, in your reading and writing corner, or to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Chocolate) mold, cocoa bean, cocoa, milk, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate fountain, box, fondue, truffles, hot chocolate, chocolate bar.
(Open sequential story-Chocolate) Print and laminate the sequential story. Let children play with the illustrations and encourage them to place them in the correct order.
(Open chocolate path) Print the different illustrations and laminate them. Secure the illustrations to the floor to create paths leading to the most frequently visited areas within the daycare. Children can follow the paths whenever they go from one area to another.
It's my spot
(Open game-This is my spot-Chocolate) Print two copies of each illustration. Secure one copy of each illustration to the table using adhesive paper. Drop the other copy in a bag. Children take turns picking an illustration to determine their spot at the table for the day. The illustrations can also help you determine children's naptime spots or their spot in the task train.
ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES
Prepare chocolate pudding. Deposit a small quantity of pudding on a sheet of paper. Babies will enjoy using the pudding as finger paint. They will love the texture...and the taste too!
Pudding in a bag
Pour 1/8 cup of instant chocolate pudding powder in a Ziploc bag. Add ¼ cup of milk. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag. Let babies manipulate the bag to stir the preparation. Refrigerate for a few hours. Cut one corner of the bag and ask children to press the bag (like a pastry bag) to empty it into their bowl. Enjoy as a snack!
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND MOTOR SKILLS
Hide tiny chocolate pieces throughout the daycare. When you give the signal, children must search for the chocolate pieces. When they find them, have them deposit the chocolate pieces in a bowl. Deposit the chocolate pieces in children's cubbyholes. Let them eat a piece at snack time.
I am melting
Ask children to pretend they are melting chocolate to teach them how to relax their body. First, ask them to stand tall, like a hard chocolate bar. Then, tell them they are beginning to melt. Have them bend down until they are completely melted, lying on the floor.
Deposit an egg carton on a table at one end of the daycare. Have children stand on a line and try to throw chocolate pieces into the egg carton cavities.
Outdoor taste test
Prepare hot chocolate and drink it outside. Have circle time outdoors or sing songs between sips!
(Open educ-differences-chocolate) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must identify the number of differences indicated on the page and circle them using a dry-erase marker.
(Open educ-math-Chocolate) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must count the objects and circle the correct number.
Educ-same and different-Chocolate
(Open educ-same and different-Chocolate) Print and laminate for durable, eco-friendly use. Children must circle the illustration which is different in each row.
(Open bingo-Chocolate) Print, laminate, and store in a special box. Play bingo with your group.
MORAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Hot chocolate stand
Set up a hot chocolate stand within the daycare. Simply place a table in a corner and add a few plastic cups (or glasses), spoons, cotton balls (to represent marshmallows), empty cocoa containers, a cash register, pretend money, etc. Have children make their own "Hot chocolate for sale" sign too!
Make your own chocolate modeling dough (see creative recipe). Provide knives and tiny chocolate molds children may use to make original chocolates. Collect empty chocolate boxes (or egg cartons) and wrap them just for fun!
ACTIVITIES INVOLVING PARENTS
Ask each child's parents to share their favorite chocolate-based recipe with the group. Make copies and, with children's help, create your own chocolate recipe book. Give each child a copy to take home.
Chocolate factory visit
If you are lucky enough to have a chocolate maker or factory nearby, organize a field trip to visit it. Invite parents to join you. Invite a parent (or grandparent) to prepare a simple chocolate recipe with your group afterwards.
EARLY SCIENCE, EXPLORATION, AND MANIPULATION
Taste and smell chocolate
Have several types of chocolate on hand (white, milk, semi-sweet, dark, aromatized, etc.) Invite children to smell each type of chocolate. Ask them whether or not all types of chocolate smell the same. Have them taste a small piece of each type of chocolate and encourage them to comment on each one. Write their comments and discuss them afterwards.
Creative recipe-Chocolate modeling dough
(Open creative recipe-Chocolate modeling dough) Print.
Chocolate modeling dough
1 cup of flour
½ cup of cocoa
½ cup of salt
½ tablespoon cream of tartar
Add the following to the dry mixture:
1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 cup of boiling water
1. Mix rapidly and thoroughly.
2. Cook over low heat until a ball forms.
3. Allow to cool. Knead with your hands.
4. Store in an airtight container.
5. Use just like regular modeling dough.
Deposit a plastic tablecloth on a table and pour chocolate syrup on top. Let children draw with the chocolate using their fingers or various accessories such as Popsicle sticks to draw lines, corks for circles, etc.
Fill a manipulation bin with mud and let children play with it, pretending the mud is chocolate. Add spoons, bowls, and other accessories.
Purchase chocolate molds and make chocolates with your group. Melt chocolate in a bain-marie (or in the microwave). Pour a small quantity of melted chocolate in a cardboard glass for each child and let them pour the chocolate in the molds. Set aside until the chocolate has hardened, then remove them from the molds and...enjoy! You may use different types of chocolate. Children will enjoy comparing dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. Note: You may use chocolate chips if you prefer, they melt faster!
Purchase a package of Pillsbury crescent rolls. Roll out the dough to give it a pizza shape. Bake in the oven according to the instructions on the package. Let cool. Once the dough is completely cooled, spread cream cheese on top. Decorate using chocolate chips, coconut, miniature marshmallows, etc. When you are done decorating, add chocolate syrup on top. What a yummy dessert!
Chocolate hen nests
5 oz of Chinese fried noodles
10 oz of chocolate chips or sweetened chocolate squares
1 tbsp of butter or margarine
1. Melt chocolate and butter in microwave oven or bain-marie.
2. Transfer the fried noodles to the chocolate mixture.
3. Gently coat the noodles with chocolate using a spatula. Avoid crushing the noodles.
4. Deposit the mixture on an aluminum plate.
5. Once the mixture has hardened, remove the aluminum plate to discover an original nest which is perfect for depositing Easter treats.
6. Add chocolate eggs or hens.
Prepare chocolate pudding with your group. Hang a large piece of cardboard on the wall. Set a plastic tablecloth on the floor, under it, for easy cleanup. Let children draw graffiti on the cardboard using the chocolate pudding.
Melt three squares of semi-sweet chocolate or one cup of chocolate chips in the microwave for one minute. Dip fruit pieces or cookies in the chocolate and set them on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Yummy!
Creative recipe-Giant chocolate kiss (Hershey style)
(Open creative recipe-Giant chocolate kiss)
Giant Chocolate Kiss
1 bag of chocolate chips
Cooking Spray (PAM)
Coffee mug (or glass)
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or in a bain-marie.
- Cover the funnel with aluminum paper, blocking the hole.
- Place the funnel over the coffee mug or glass to keep it upright and coat with cooking spray.
- Pour the melted chocolate into the funnel. Place the funnel in the freezer for 45 minutes or until completely hardened.
- Take the chocolate out of the funnel and wrap with aluminum paper.
- Add a love note and give it to someone special or enjoy it yourself!
ARTS AND CRAFTS
My chocolate chip cookie
Cut a cookie shape out of a brown paper bag or heavy cardboard. Using white glue, add chocolate chips to create an original cookie craft. You may also use glue sticks if children are very young.
My box of chocolates
Transform an egg carton to make it look like a box of chocolates. Ask children to cut various chocolate shapes out of cardboard. If you prefer, use modeling dough or any other material. Children can deposit their "chocolates" in the egg carton sections.
(Open creative recipe-Fudge paint)
1 ¼ cup of flour
1 ¨÷ cup of water
5 tablespoons of salt
5 tablespoons of brown poster paint
- Mix all the ingredients together.
- The mixture must look like soft fudge, rather liquid.
- Use the mixture like paint on heavy cardboard or paper.
(Open models-Chocolate) Print the models. With your group, combine different colors of poster paint until you obtain a light brown color for milk chocolate or very dark brown for dark chocolate. Use the paint on the models.
Box of chocolates
(Open decorative box) Print and trace the model on construction paper (one per child). Cut out and assemble according to the model. Let children decorate the box as they wish. Deposit chocolates inside and add decorative ribbon. The perfect gift to share!
(Open creative coloring-Chocolate) Print for each child. Ask children to complete the box of chocolates.
(Open coloring pages theme-Chocolate) Print for each child.
SONGS & RHYMES
by: Patricia Morrison
Sung to: Jingle Bell Rock
Chocolatey, chocolatey, chocolatey treats
Oh how they are so yummy to eat
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate too
So many kinds, how can I choose
Oh how they are so yummy to eat
Candy bars, cookies, and chocolate chips too
I just cannot choose
The Educatall team
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