A good daycare will always include these activities as well as something unique apart from mundane activities. As a child stays in the daycare center for a long period, he/she must be properly protected and should undergo overall development in all areas after performing daycare activities.
It should not be that a child has wasted his/her important years of childhood and has learned very little at the daycare as compared to other children of the same age. Hence, it's a must, to plan certain activities to help children grow in mental aptitude.
Creative Activities for Preschoolers
Infants and toddlers (belonging to the age group of 2-6 years) fall under the category of preschoolers and planning preschool activities for these groups requires good organizing skills.
Firstly, these children are staying away from their parents for a considerable amount of time. They normally won't listen to the teacher and keep crying. This is the responsibility of the teacher, to keep them engaged in some activity and not allow them to remember their parents for that period. Some of the activities are listed here:
You take one small floret from the vegetable, cut it in the middle so that you get the flat side of it. Now, ask the child to paint the flat side of the flower and press it on the paper to print it. The flower shape will appear on the paper. Innovative options involve palm printing, thumb or finger printing, foot printing.
The teacher should arrange activities that have the scope of developing these skills in children. The teacher can organize conversations amongst kids to increase their vocabulary.
They will develop the ability to listen to others while they are speaking and putting forward their own thoughts. For developing reading skills, the teacher can simply ask them to identify the alphabets and read them aloud.
After the first three skills are mastered by the child, he/she can be introduced to writing. Writing will involve only alphabets. Singing and story sessions also play an important role in the overall development of the child.
Activities like making greeting cards, flowers, stick puppets are some activities which can be given to older kids who can use scissors safely. Use of origami techniques is also a very good idea that can be introduced to preschoolers.