25 Cures for Cabin Fever

by Katie Brazerolcures-for-cabin-fever

Sometimes February can feel like the longest month of the year (even though it’s the shortest!), especially if you live in a cold weather climate! Here is a list of 25 boredom busters that will help cure some of the cabin fever you may be experiencing as you wait for spring to arrive:

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20 Things to Do before Summer Ends

by Katie Brazerol

sisters in a museumI was recently approached by a child care provider in my neighborhood, and she said she’s been struggling this summer to find things to do to keep the children in her care, especially the older ones, from fighting and exclaiming, “I’m bored!”

Although most of us look forward to summer, the change in routine can be tough on children. The structure of the day is often more relaxed in the summer, creating a challenge for children who become bored easily. Here is a list of ideas for you to try in your setting. Hopefully a few of them are new to you!

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Let’s Play Outside!

by Kelley Jilek

The boy and girl playing to a sandboxWhen you recall your childhood, do some of your fondest memories revolve around unstructured outdoor play? Did you make dandelion soup and mud pies, create sand castles, and run through sprinklers? Was your favorite grade school subject “recess?”

Although it is still just as exciting, young children today are spending less and less time outdoors. There are many possible explanations for why this is happening. Here are just a few:

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Father’s Day Fun

by Judy Mullican

fathers day-kissHappy Father’s Day! Let’s give a cheer for all the fantastic fathers who make a difference in children’s lives! Research has shown time after time that children benefit from having loving fathers who are involved in their lives. You can read more about that here.

If you work in child care, you are probably planning some activities related to Father’s Day. Here are some different ways to celebrate Father’s Day or honor fathers at any time. You can adapt them as needed so they work well with your children.

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