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Play outside.

Several “littles” are clamoring to their cubbies to find their snow gear, I am finishing up the last of the dishes from snack as I hear the busy activity and chatter coming from children who are excited for outside time.  Once I get in the mix to help with the zippers, boots on wrong feet and of course those troublesome mittens, the atmosphere gets even more full of energy!  One by one each child is dressed and sitting, waiting to go out as I finish up my own gear and assure the crying infant that “it’s going to be okay!”  Someday you will be able to move {though still not well} in all those snow clothes!

Once outside, the shrieks of joy fill the air, friendships are strengthened by the teamwork it takes to get a little wet sand shoveled around the playset.  Others try as hard as they can to still swing in their puffy pants and I see little lungs breathing in so much WONDERFUL fresh, fresh air.  

Why would you do all this work for such a short time outside?  Some would ask…Indeed, it is a ton of work, and quite exhausting.  As I am out I grimace thinking of all the dry grass, wet sand and muck that will be all over my floor.  It is a pain, but a very good kind of pain because in the end…it’s totally worth it.

I need the fresh air just as badly {maybe more!} than these littles do!  It refreshes the soul, it does wonders for cabin fever and gives us all a chance to reconnect and regroup.

If you are a daycare provider, please consider going through the tough work of “getting outside” this winter.  Don’t let weather be the excuse…make those parents bring in the gear and always have extra stuff on hand for those who need it!  Get in the habit, you won’t regret it and best of all the children will benefit and that is what we are all about…right?

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Here are some tips to help you get outside more often:

-Get organized!  Have drawers, hooks and bins to house winter stuff.  Set up boot trays and designate places to throw or hang wet stuff.  I have a handy hanger clip that really helps with wet mittens and hats.

-Think positively.  If you have a good attitude about being out, even if you have to fake it you will in turn help the little ones to have a better experience.

-Start them young.  I always have taken babies out.  Even if you need to wait for that bottle or that nap, make it happen when you are able to!  They will cry at times, or sometimes the whole time, but stick it out!  They will learn to love it and will still benefit.

-Be organized while outside.  Have a plan before you go out as to what part of the yard you will be playing in and know where your equipment is (sleds, strollers etc).

 

My Space: part 3

Here are some more pictures of my space that I used for daycare and for my own use as well. You may have seen my other posts in this series here and also here.

These photos are of the REST of the upstairs area and we really do utilize every bit of our home!  The living room is quite tiny since we turned the original one into the main playroom.  I like this room though for a nice quiet area to read before naps and to watch the occasional show or movie with the kiddos.

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Here is my front hall closet that I turned into our cubbie and storage for the kid’s stuff and shoes.  The colors are really nice and bright (harder to tell with my editing here) and the best part is we can close the doors when it’s not in use!

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Next is our main-level bathroom and it’s PERFECT for home daycare use..notice the tiles on the wall?!  Huge factor in considering this house when we were hunting for our next home several years ago.

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My space: part 1

I love seeing other daycare provider’s spaces and how they set things up in their homes. I really use ALL of my main and upper level for daycare use and would like to take you on a “tour” of sorts to see how I use my space. I have gleaned from the inspiration of others and still have a long ways to go in being more organized certain things (craft supplies aaack!).  These are some pictures of my “main” playroom space.

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I had it set up this way for close to 2 years, but this winter I was ready to change it up!

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I moved the one large shelf to the side wall and the play kitchen to the red wall, also the desk is on the opposite wall making a nice corner for a reading spot where it used to be.

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I still need to do some tweaking with the reading corner (bookshelves,pillows,frames on the wall) so I will keep you posted as that develops.
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Here is the garage door and playroom entrance side. We LOVE our magnet board from ikea-it’s great!

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