• Melanie Patric

Block Play, Shooting Stars, Mailbox, and a Colorful Ending...


The children seemed to be in a quiet and meditative mood this morning, so I decided that a good chunk of time spent making and playing with blocks was just what was needed. At first, the children and I focused on just square blocks...

Blue Sky Daycare home daycare children engage in block play

... but after a bit we decided to mix and match the Lego-style blocks, railroad tracks, and natural wooden blocks. Soon there was a whole town with a railroad and a zoo!

Blue Sky Daycare home daycare children engage in block play

While the big kids focused on blocks, the little in residence had a very good time doing one of his favorite activities so far- inspecting shells. There are so many fun textures, interesting shapes, and beautiful colors, and the little and I take time together to talk about the qualities of the shells.

A Blue Sky Daycare home daycare child investigates textures,,[pø

The little was even willing to let the big kids appropriate a few shells for pretend play in their block town.

An moment between two Blue Sky Daycare home daycare children

Later in the day the big kids and I worked on making shooting stars in celebration of the Perseid meteor shower. We're tying the shooting stars in to a story I've been telling the children.

A Blue Sky Daycare home daycare child makes a "shooting star"

The children used a knitting needle and their fingers to stuff felt stars with wool.

A Blue Sky Daycare home daycare child makes a "shooting star"

Stuffing the wool into the small arms of the stars was great practice for improving coordination in little fingers.

A Blue Sky Daycare home daycare child makes a "shooting star"

Later in the day, the children and I had fun playing pretend mail delivery. We all took turns being the mail carrier and the person getting the mail.

Blue Sky Daycare home daycare children playing pretend with a mailbox

There were all sorts of interesting mailings to discover- advertisements, informational mailings, bills, letters from friends, and invitations.

Blue Sky Daycare home daycare children playing pretend with a mailbox

After the mailbox play faded, we spent some time dancing and doing somersaults. It was lots of fun!

A happy face from a Blue Sky Daycare home daycare child

The little was very excited by all the action and had lots to say about it!

A happy face from a Blue Sky Daycare home daycare child

There were several rain showers throughout the day, so we kept our eyes peeled for a rainbow. Luckily, we spotted one, and it was just beautiful! The children and I wondered how it got there and we named the colors we saw before we splashed in some puddles the rain had left behind. What a lovely ending to our day!

A rainbow spotted by Blue Sky Daycare home daycare children

See you tomorrow!

#blockplay #finemotorskills #pretendplay #guidedart

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