Educa-chatterbox – Surprise chocolates
Before children arrive in the morning, fill a box with different types of chocolates. To introduce the theme, ask an accomplice to deliver the box of chocolates to your group. The person can ring your doorbell or knock on your daycare door. Collect the surprise at the door with your group. Let children manipulate the box and shake it to try and guess what is inside. Open the box together to discover different kinds of chocolate.
A treasure hunt to discover the theme
(Open educa-decorate-Chocolate factory) Print and laminate. Set the illustrations on items throughout your daycare. Encourage children to collect them. Name the items as they hand them to you. Invite children to guess the theme.
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?
Thematic poster-Chocolate factory
(Open thematic poster-Chocolate factory) Print and display within your daycare to introduce the theme.
(Open stickers-Chocolate factory) Print the illustrations on adhesive paper and use them to create original stickers.
(Open educa-theme-Chocolate factory) Print and laminate the elements representing the theme. Use them to present the theme to your group while decorating your daycare.
(Open educa-decorate-Chocolate factory) Print, laminate, and cut out. Decorate your walls with the illustrations or hang some from the ceiling to set the mood for the theme.
Picture game-Chocolate factory
(Open picture game-Chocolate factory) 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.
Memory game-Chocolate factory
(Open picture game-Chocolate factory) Print the illustrations twice and use them for a memory game.
ACTIVITY SHEETS AND WRITING ACTIVITIES
Activity sheet-Chocolate factory
(Open activity sheets-Chocolate factory) Print and follow instructions.
Writing activity-C like chocolate
(Open writing activities-C like chocolate) Print for each child or laminate for use with a dry-erase marker.
Word flashcards-Chocolate factory
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-Chocolate factory) (Open giant word flashcards-Chocolate factory) Print. mold, chocolate factory, cocoa, milk, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate fountain, box, fondue, truffles, hot chocolate, chocolate bar
(Open word flashcards-Chocolate factory) (Open giant word flashcards-Chocolate factory) 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. chocolate fountain). Discuss each item and ask children questions to see what they know about the theme.
Words on a wire
(Open word flashcards-Chocolate factory) (Open giant word flashcards-Chocolate factory) Print two copies of several word flashcards. Hang one copy of each flashcard on a clothesline using colourful clothespins. Arrange the other word flashcards in a pile. Let children take turns picking a word flashcard. Help them read their word before inviting them to find the corresponding word flashcard on the clothesline. When they find it, they can place the word flashcard they picked over the word flashcard on the clothesline using the same clothespin. Help younger children manipulate the clothespins if necessary.
(Open word flashcards-Chocolate factory) (Open giant word flashcards-Chocolate factory) 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.
(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
Fine motor skills – Crumpled chocolate shapes
(Open models-Chocolate factory) Print for each child. Have them tear and crumple tiny pieces of tissue paper, apply white glue inside the shape of their choice, and press the balls of paper all over it. Use children’s artwork to decorate your daycare.
Modeling dough activity placemats-Chocolate factory
(Open modeling dough activity placemats-Chocolate factory) Print and laminate. Let children pick a placemat and provide modeling dough. Encourage them to use the dough to fill or reproduce the shapes that are on their placemat.
Roll & color-Chocolate factory
(Open roll and color-Chocolate factory) Print for each child. This game can be enjoyed individually or as a group. Children take turns rolling a die, counting the dots, and coloring the corresponding chocolate.
(Open lacing-Chocolates) Print, laminate, and punch holes around the contour of each shape. Children can use string or shoelaces to lace the shapes.
String activities-Chocolate factory
(Open string activities-Chocolate factory) Print for each child. Children trace the outlines with white glue before covering them with colorful string.
Modeling dough chocolate
For this activity, use a veggie platter with several sections. Fill the different sections with the following: brown modeling dough, small brown or black buttons, soda bottle caps, chocolate chips, etc. Encourage children to use the material to create boxes of chocolates.
Chocolate chip bin
Pour chocolate chips in a large bin. Add other types of wrapped chocolates to the bin along with tiny spoons. Children will enjoy measuring, pouring, emptying, and stirring the contents of the bin.
Chocolate-Fine motor skills
(Open chocolate-Fine motor skills) Print and laminate a large chocolate. Print, laminate, and cut out the cards as well as the decorative candy pieces. Children take turns picking a card and setting the candy pieces on the chocolate to reproduce what is illustrated. If you wish, encourage them to use tweezers to set the candy on the chocolate for an added challenge.
(Open educa-decorate-Chocolate) Print. Laminate and press the images on the floor. Play music. When the music stops, children must quickly sit down on a chocolate (variation of musical chairs).
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. Organize circle time outdoors or sing songs between sips!
Counting cards – Chocolate factory
(Open counting cards-Chocolate factory) Print and laminate. Children must count the missing pieces of chocolate and circle the corresponding number.
I am learning to count – Chocolate factory
(Open I am learning to count-Chocolate factory) Print and laminate. Press Velcro behind each card. Children must associate each cookie with the correct number, per the number of chocolate chips.
(Open educ-pattern-Chocolate) Print and laminate. Children must complete the different patterns by adding the correct chocolate to the end of each series.
I am learning to make hot chocolate-Chocolate factory
(Open I am learning to make hot chocolate-Chocolate factory) Print and laminate. Children prepare different recipes per what is illustrated on each card.
(Open counting chocolate) Print the chocolate bars and the wrappers. Have children cut the pieces, fold the wrappers along the dotted lines, and glue the ends together using tape or a glue stick. They count the pieces of chocolate in each bar before sliding it in the correct wrapper (the one that has the corresponding number printed on it).
(Open game-Four chocolates) Print, glue the cards on opaque cardboard and cut them out. Arrange all the cards upside down on the floor or table (so you can’t see the illustrations). Children take turns rolling a die. Every time a child rolls a “1”, he can turn a card. If he doesn’t already have this chocolate in front of him, he keeps it and places it in front of him for everyone to see. The first child who has collected all four chocolates wins.
Color by number-Chocolate factory
(Open colory by number-Chocolate factory) Print for each child. Children must color the picture per the color code.
Coloring hunt and seek-Chocolate factory
(Open coloring hunt and seek-Chocolate factory) Print and laminate. Children must find and color the items at the bottom of the page.
I associate letters – Chocolate
(Open I associate letters-Chocolate) Print, laminate, and cut out the pieces. Children must associate the uppercase and lowercase letters.
(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
Our chocolate factory
Gather swimming pool noodles, colanders, funnels, colorful paper plates, etc. Invite children to work together to build their very own chocolate factory. They can assemble, superimpose, and stack the items to represent pipes and recipients to transport and collect chocolate. The paper plates can represent buttons and gears. Children will love this group project!
Invite children to use different colors of modeling dough to prepare fine chocolates. Provide sequins, glitter, cake decorating candy, etc. If possible, provide empty chocolate boxes that children can fill with their creations. Next, children can draw their chocolates and, together, find a fancy name for each one: Caramel shine, Sensational strawberry, Snow White, Powderpuff… Write the names they find under each chocolate they draw. They can add these descriptions to their boxes of chocolate. Let them play with their boxes of fine chocolate when they are done.
Playtime chocolate “mousse”
Using a hand mixer, combine a good quantity of liquid hand soap, a small quantity of water, and cocoa powder in a large bin. Adjust the quantities until you achieve a bubbly mixture. Let children play in this “mousse” with spoons, measuring cups, chocolate molds, ladles, etc.
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
- 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
- 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
Puppets – Chocolate factory
(Open puppets – Chocolate factory) Print the model on cardboard. Ask children to cut it out and decorate it with arts & crafts materials. Glue a Popsicle stick behind the model to create a puppet.
My chocolate factory hat
(Open educa-decorate-Chocolate factory) Print and cut out the shapes. Glue them on a paper hat or a strip of construction paper.
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 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