Child care providers are always on the look­out for fun activ­i­ties for kids.  Hav­ing fun and engag­ing activ­i­ties for the chil­dren in your care is part of cre­at­ing a joy­ous child care pro­gram.  Care Cours­es offers a one-hour course called  A Joy­ful Life of Care­giv­ing, which will give you great ideas for adding more joy to your child care program. 

If you’re look­ing for fun activ­i­ties to do with chil­dren in your care, try this one from A Joy­ful Life of Care­giv­ing

“This Ain’t No Piano” activity directions

Explain that you want to build an instru­ment out of the chil­dren. One by one, have the chil­dren lie on the floor on their backs – side by side or zig-zag with each child’s head on the stom­ach of the pre­vi­ous child.  As each child is placed, ask, “What is your sound?”  Any Sound that the child can make with his or her mouth is OK.  The child must keep the same sound through­out the activity.

When all are placed, you are ready to play the instru­ment.  Chil­dren make their sound when you touch the fore­heads and con­tin­ue the sound as long as you are touch­ing them.  After chil­dren are famil­iar with the pro­ce­dure, let them take turns being conductor.

This activ­i­ty can bring teach­ers and chil­dren togeth­er for a sim­ple and fun musi­cal game!

Ideas from the field

In addi­tion to this activ­i­ty, stu­dents who have tak­en the course have shared their favorite activ­i­ties in the com­ments sec­tion of the blog!  Here are some oth­er great examples:

Homemade bubbles

“I chose bub­bles for the most joy­ous activ­i­ty! There are lots of real­ly great home­made bub­ble recipes on the inter­net. We store bub­ble liq­uid in clean glass spaghet­ti jars. For max­i­mum fun, we enjoy blow­ing and chas­ing bub­bles out­side with my 3 — 5 year olds. The chasing/bubble blow­ing will keep chil­dren engaged for at least 20 min­utes. Adults may have to hold the jars or make cer­tain they are safe and sta­ble. Also, be ready to wipe hands so chil­dren do not wipe their eyes with soapy hands.”

“The Sleeping Game”

“We call it “the sleep­ing game”(pantomime game). I call out to all the chil­dren to fall asleep and then sing a small tune. In the song, I tell the chil­dren what they will ‘be’ when they wake up and then the tune ends, telling the chil­dren to wake up. Once ‘awake’, the chil­dren act out/move around/make sounds/etc to imi­tate the thing that they ‘are’. This is great for dif­fer­ent themes (i.e. ocean theme you could have them wake up as a fish, octo­pus, shark, etc) and requires no equip­ment. It can be played indoors or out­side so long as there is enough space for the chil­dren to move about. 

Tod­dlers to school aged chil­dren enjoy this game and you can make it more or less chal­leng­ing as appro­pri­ate for your group; spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tions would be to make sure all the chil­dren in the group know what it is that you’re telling them to be (some­times the chil­dren have requests of what they want to be next and it becomes a turn-tak­ing game as well!). No time lim­it, you can tell when they have lost inter­est in the game. The chil­dren real­ly enjoy the move­ment aspect and using their imag­i­na­tion in pre­tend­ing to be some­thing else, they espe­cial­ly enjoy tak­ing turns call­ing out what they want to ‘be’ next. I enjoy see­ing the dif­fer­ent ways the chil­dren express their ideas of how to be some­thing dif­fer­ent and it is fun and can be chal­leng­ing think­ing of some­thing new for them to ‘be’.”

Role-play fun

“We act out our favorite books. Each stu­dent gets to be a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter, they act out the actions as I read the sto­ry. They are allowed to inter­pret them in their own way. We use props made from things we find around the room(blue paper for a riv­er, blocks become a bridge).”

Check out oth­er rec­om­men­da­tions from our stu­dents and share your own in the com­ments section! 

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