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When it comes to working on craft projects, a lot of valuable lessons can be taught. Children need to learn listening skills, how to follow directions, patience, fine motor skills and sharing. Developing these skills enables them to enter kindergarten at a comfortable level.
When I choose projects for my children to work on, I take two things into consideration. One, how much work will the child be able to do. I want the project to be easy enough that the preschoolers I work with are able to contribute enough to the project to be able to call it their own. And two, I make sure that the projects are not all cutting and pasting construction paper. I like using materials that give texture and dimension.
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General Projects | Seasonal Projects | Holiday Projects | Craft Recipes
This page will never quit growing. I am always working on new projects with my kids. Directions and photos will be added on a regular basis, so please check back often. It'd be a good idea to bookmark this page for future reference!
The General Projects are designed for those times when you don't have a theme to work on or an upcoming holiday to plan for, but you're still looking for something to make with the kids.
The season is the reason to do another craft project. The projects here are sorted by Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall! New projects will be added all the time.
Find a project for any holiday throughout the year! More projects are being added all the time, so check back year after year for something new!
Craft Recipes can be used for entertainment or making crafts.
NOTE FROM MARCIA:
Just a note to daycare providers...I hear often from frustrated providers who say they spend a lot of time and money making crafts with the kids only to feel unappreciated by the parents.
Remember, you're making projects for the kids. You're providing a fun time and valuable preschool lessons. Regardless of what the parents say or do, the kids got what they were supposed to out of your hard work.
Projects for Preschoolers
Marcia Reagan is the creator of DaycareAnswers and lives in Central Minnesota with her husband and two children. She's been an in-home daycare provider for over twenty years and loves to share her experience and passion for daycare with other providers.