Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19: Phonograph patented (1878)

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The Technology of Music

Possible Materials:

  • phonograph player and 78s
  • record player and records
  • reel-to-reel player and reel-to-reel
  • eight-track player and eight tracks
  • cassette player and cassettes
  • CD player and CDs
  • iPod
  • mobile phone with Spotify, YouTube

Directions:

  1. The above materials are merely suggestions. You aren’t likely to be able to access all of these!
  2. Put out requests to your families to see if you can borrow players which you don’t already have.
  3. If you can’t get the actual technology, find photos of each on the Internet and print them out.
  4. Let kids experiment with the various methods of playing music which have existed over the years.
  5. When they don’t have access to the actual players, discuss the photos and how the devices must have worked.
Check out 100 Music Activities for Kids for more music activities for kids.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

About Toolbox Training

Since its formation in January 1998, Toolbox Training has strongly advocated that proper training of child care providers must incorporate a wide spectrum of methods including workshops, resources, and consulting. This is reflected in the history of Toolbox Training right down to the creation of the logo.



About the Founder

Toolbox Training’s founder, David Whitaker, entered the child care/afterschool field in 1987. He has been a trainer, consultant, author, program coordinator, and lead teacher working with preschoolers, kindergartners, school-agers, and middle schoolers in school, church, center, and recreation-based facilities.

He has delivered hundreds of workshops at the national, state, and local levels on dozens of topics including behavior management, parent communication, and lesson planning (check the “Workshops” link for a full listing). As the Caring Communities Trainer for the Local Investment Commission, he oversaw more than a dozen trainers in developing and delivering more than 200 workshops. He is also a certified Youth Works Methods trainer for the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

David has authored more than a dozen books on topics such as multiple intelligences, games, and transition activities (see the “Books” link). He has also written materials for School-Age Notes, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Missouri Accreditation, and Head Start. While at the Francis Institute for Child and Youth Development, he co-authored a series of modules designed to assist participants in achieving the Youth Development Credential.

As part of the United Way-sponsored Quality Matters project, David guided programs in using the Program Quality Assessment tool developed by the Weikart Center. As a trained ASQ (Assessing School-Age Quality) Advisor, David helped sites pursue and achieve National School Age Care Alliance (NSACA) accreditation. He has also helped programs receive NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation and Missouri Accreditation.

David has served on the Missouri School-Age Community Coalition and Missouri Accreditation state boards and was on the faculty for Concordia University (St. Paul, MN) in the School Age Department. He has a Masters in Education with a focus on Creative Arts in Learning and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.


Dave takes the business of child care seriously, as you can see here in these photos taken from his Masters in Education program (really, they are). The program focused on how to effectively reach learners in a variety of ways.





About the Logo

The Toolbox Training triangle logo represents the four players crucial to a successful child care program.

The two triangles on the bottom stand for the combined efforts of the trainer and trainees to create an environment that anchors the children, represented by the triangle on top.

The trainer is the one who must equip trainees with the skills necessary to provide quality child care. Typically this person has responsibilities that go beyond just the care of the children.

Trainees are the front-line workers who interact with the children daily. Their abilities, talents, and skills will most directly effect the quality of the care the children receive.

The children are at the peak of the triangle to remind us to always put their needs first. We must strive to support and uphold the children so that they can reach for the top.

The “invisible” triangle (that is, the inverted white triangle in the center) symbolizes the products, workshops, and consulting, such as provided by Toolbox Training, that hold the other triangles together.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

February 16: World Championship Crab Races

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Crabs and Crawdads

Materials:

  • none

Directions:

  1. Playing field must be divided into two equal halves.
  2. Players group in two equal teams, one on each side of center line.
  3. One side is the crabs team and the other the crawdads.
  4. Caller yells out either “crabs” or “crawdads.”
  5. If caller yells “crabs” then the crabs must run from center line back to their base without being tagged by the crawdads. If caller yells “crawdads” then the crabs chase the crawdads.
  6. Any player tagged joins the other side.
  7. Game ends when all players are on one side.

Variations:

  • Caller should stretch out word as much as possible and occasionally bluff by yelling other words starting with ‘cr’ (crackers, crumb, etc.)
  • This game can be done along with ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’. Team decides on one of the three and then everyone regroups at center line. At count of three, everyone offers up the appropriate sign for their team and winning side chases other side.
  • Create 3 or 4 teams.

Source(s): 100 Game Activities for Kids (activity A5)


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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 15: Jewelry Day

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The Toolbox Training book 100 Art Activities for Kids has an entire section on jewelry, including yarn bracelets, paper clip jewelry, macaroni jewelry, lima bean jewelry, key chain, clay beads, and edible necklace. Consider setting up various jewelry-making stations for the kids. Here’s the instructions for one of the activities:


Lima Bean Jewelry

Materials:

  • lima beans in pods
  • large darning needle
  • heavy thread

Directions:

  1. Consider soaking beans in water and food coloring to create different colors.
  2. Thread the needle to desired length.
  3. Tie a knot in one end.
  4. Push the lima beans onto the thread one at a time.
  5. Add a pod to the thread every now and then.
  6. Tie the ends of the thread together to finish the necklace.

Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity J4)


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Monday, February 13, 2017

February 13: Get a Different Name Day

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This game is typically used to help children get to know each other’s names. To adapt this for “Get a Different Name Day,” let kids pick new names and play the rest of the game according to the directions. You could also let kids create name tags for their new names and go by their new names for the rest of the day.


The Name Game

Materials:

  • none

Directions:

  1. This isn’t a strict pantomime activity; participants can speak, but only to say their names.
  2. The idea of the game is to help kids learn each other’s names. This game is ideal for a group of kids that are just meeting each other.
  3. A child says his/her name and simultaneously offers some kind of gesture or movement.
  4. Everyone in the group can then repeat the child’s name and gesture/movement.
  5. After everyone has a turn, then this can become a memory game that can be played several different ways. First, one child (or an adult) can be the caller. The caller would either say a name or do a gesture/movement and the rest of the group would repeat it and point to that person.
  6. The game could also be played as such: Players stand in a circle. The first player says someone’s name and/or does the gesture/movement. The next player must go stand where that person is. If the player was right, then the player now does a name/gesture for the person s/he is replacing. If not, then the first player gets another turn, this time for the next person in the circle.

Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity G5)


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Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 11: Inventor's Day/Thomas Edison's Birthday (1847)

image from calif-tech.com


Invention Convention

Materials:

  • Unlimited supply of recycled items
  • Variety of materials for attaching items (string, staples, glue, tape, etc.)
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Directions:

  1. The materials listed above are only a starting point. The adults and kids can be creative in coming up with plenty more materials to inspire inventions.
  2. Allow kids to work alone or in groups.
  3. Encourage children to look over materials and develop an idea first of what they wish to create. They can even draw out a diagram of what they want their finished product to look like.
  4. Once designed, then kids can start building.
  5. When products are complete, display the kids’ work by putting on an Invention Convention. Think of this as similar to a science fair.

Source(s): 100 Nature Activities for Kids (activity K2)


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Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10: Crime Prevention Week (2nd week of February)

image from police.ucdavis.edu


Detective Prop Box

Materials:

  • uniforms, suits or ties
  • note pads
  • badges
  • magnifying glass
  • hand-held tape recorder
  • ink pad for finger prints
  • briefcase
  • file folders
  • typewriter
  • cases to solve

Directions:

  1. Prop boxes are items grouped together by a theme to allow children to pretend. They can be used as specific activities or put out during free time.
  2. The materials listed above are merely suggestions. You may come up with additional ideas and leave some of these materials out.
  3. The boxes that hold 10 reams of computer paper/typing paper are a nice size for prop boxes. They can be covered with nice contact paper to make them more attractive.
  4. You might also consider a creative way of putting all the prop box materials into something that fits the theme. For example, a camping prop box might go in a backpack; a travel prop box could go in a suitcase.

Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity A5)


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Thursday, February 9, 2017

February 9: Volleyball invented (1895)

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Circle Volleyball

Materials:

  • balloon

Directions:

  1. Kids sit in a circle and take turns batting a balloon to keep it up in the air.
  2. Let the group keep track of how many times they hit it in the air before it touches the ground.
  3. You might also see how many kids can hit the balloon before it touches the ground.

Variations:

  • Add more balloons.
  • Scoot chairs out farther.

Source(s): 100 Game Activities for Kids (activity C15)


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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February 8: Boy Scout Day (founded 1910)

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Celebrate this big day with some camping activities!


Camping

Bring in various props to allow the kids to pretend they are camping. Consider:

  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • A homemade campfire (with paper towel tubes as logs and tissue paper for flames)
  • A backpack packed with camping necessities
Possible activities include:
  • Mapping and orienteering with maps and compasses
  • Tape recording nature sounds
  • Fishing with magnets on sticks to pick up “fish” made out of paper and paper clips
  • Making first aid kits

Source(s): 100 Nature Activities for Kids


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February 7: Run for Your Life Day

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A section in the Toolbox Training book 100 Game Activities for Kids focuses on relays. Below are the directions for more traditional relays.


Tradtional Relays

Materials:

  • depends on relay

Directions:

  1. Divide kids into at least two teams with four to eight kids per team ideally.
  2. Determine if children go only once or more than once.
  3. You may wish to have a stopwatch on hand.
  4. Pick an action (hop, run, skip, run backwards, crab walk, jump, crawl, etc.).
  5. Each child must get to designated area and back doing that action.

Variations:

  • Vary how many teams there are.
  • Vary how many players are on each team.
  • Change the distance children have to run or skip, etc.
  • Have each child in the relay perform a different action. Example: the first one has to hop, the second one has to run backwards, etc.
  • With small groups (4 or under), you could have each child go multiple times and they have to perform a different action each time.

Source(s): 100 Game Activities for Kids (activity D1)


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Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 5: Weatherperson's Day

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The Toolbox Training book 100 Nature Activities for Kids has an entire section of weather activities which includes activities such as making a weather vane, rain gauge, barometer, and hygrometer. Consider making those various instruments along with starting a weather calendar today and keeping it for the next month.


Weather Calendar

Materials:

  • 2 large calendars or poster board to make calendars
  • construction paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • glue
  • scissors
  • markers

Directions:

  1. Discuss weather conditions with the children. What’s the weather going to be like today? How can we find out?
  2. The children will cut out symbols from construction paper that describe the weather (such as an umbrella for a rainy day, sun for a sunny day, or cloud for a cloudy day).
  3. The children can also write the days of the week and the dates on the calendar.
  4. The children may want to call the weather line to get a prediction for the day.
  5. The children can attach the symbol for the day and write in the temperature.

Source(s): 100 Nature Activities for Kids (activity A3)


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Saturday, February 4, 2017

February 4: Thank a Mailman Day

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Post Office Prop Box

Materials:

  • paper
  • writing instruments (pencils, pens, markers, etc.)
  • envelopes
  • stamps
  • junk mail
  • old greeting cards
  • large mailing envelopes
  • postman clothes
  • mail bag
  • scale
  • mail box (kids could make)

Directions:

  1. Prop boxes are items grouped together by a theme to allow children to pretend. They can be used as specific activities or put out during free time.
  2. The materials listed above are merely suggestions. You may come up with additional ideas and leave some of these materials out.
  3. The boxes that hold 10 reams of computer paper/typing paper are a nice size for prop boxes. They can be covered with nice contact paper to make them more attractive.
  4. You might also consider a creative way of putting all the prop box materials into something that fits the theme. For example, a camping prop box might go in a backpack; a travel prop box could go in a suitcase.

Source(s): 100 Drama Activities for Kids (activity A18)


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Friday, February 3, 2017

February 3: Children’s Dental Health Month

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Keeping Eggs’ Teeth Healthy

Materials:

  • Fluoride rinse solution (available from a dentist and sold at some pharmacies)
  • Eggs
  • White vinegar
  • 3 containers

Directions:

  1. Pour four inches of fluoride into a container and place an egg in it.
  2. Let it sit five minutes and then remove the egg.
  3. Pour four inches of vinegar in each of two other containers.
  4. Place the fluoride-treated egg in one container and a non-treated egg in the other.
  5. What happens to the two different eggs?
  6. Why do you think dentists recommend brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste?
Source(s): kidshealth.org, adapted for the Toolbox Training book 100 Science Activities for Kids (activity E12).


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February 1: Hobby Month

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Hobby Fair

Materials:

  • tri-fold boards
  • posterboard
  • scissors
  • glue
  • tape
  • markers
  • crayons
  • construction paper
  • materials needed by individual children

Directions:

  1. Consider having a “Hobby Fair” similar to Science Fairs where children have boards to showcase their hobbies instead of science projects.
  2. Let each child choose a hobby he/she wishes to showcase.
  3. If budget, time, and space allow, let children use the large tri-fold boards used in science fairs. If that isn’t feasible, let children make posters.
  4. Have a “Hobby Night” where families can be invited to see what the children chose to showcase.
  5. You could also make a small-scale version of this by putting up a bulletin board with photos of children involved in their hobbies.

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February Holidays and Activities

Listed below are interesting holidays, celebrations, important dates, and events for February. Icons indicate an activity from one of Toolbox Training’s 100 Activities series of books or activity card sets. Hover over the icon for specific references to exact activities.

You can also click on links for additional information on dates. Many of these connect directly to activities on the Toolbox Training blog, but some are off-site links.

1

Freedom Day

Be an Encourager Day

2

Groundhog Day

Job Shadow Day

Bottle cap patented (1892)

California Kiwi Fruit Day

3

Carrot Cake Day

Sesame Street's Elmo's Birthday

4

Thank a Mailman Day

Baseball player Hank Aaron's Birthday (1934)

“Mother of the Civil Rights movement” Rosa Parks’ Birthday (1913)

Homemade Soup Day

Obscurity Day

5

Weatherperson’s Day

Mexico Constitution Day

Girls and Women in Sports Day

Sale of the first wiffle ball

6

Pay a Compliment Day

Reggae Day

Carrot Festival

Baseball player Babe Ruth's Birthday (1895)

Monopoly board game goes on sale (1935)

7

Send a Card to a Friend Day

Author Charles Dickens' Birthday (1812)

Ballet Day

Run for Your Life Day

Daniel Boone Escape Day

8

Boy Scout Day (founded 1910)

9

Hershey's chocolate founded (1894)

Volleyball invented (1895)

Toothache Day

10

Umbrella Day

Smoke detector patented (1976)

11

Make a New Friend Day

Inventor’s Day/Thomas Edison's Birthday (1847)

White Shirt Day

Ghost Day

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

12

President Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (1809)

Pancake Day

13

Get a Different Name Day

First public school established (1635)

14

Valentine's Day

Race Relations Day

Read to Your Child Day

Ferris Wheel Day

15

Jewelry Day

Gumdrop Day

Senior Day

Activist Susan B. Anthony's Birthday (1820)

16

World Championship Crab Races

Bumper Car Day

Mule Day

Almond Day

17

Random Acts of Kindness Day

PTA Founder's Day

Washing machine patented (1827)

18

Planet Pluto discovered (1925)

19

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood debuted (1968)

Phonograph patented (1878)

20

John Glenn becomes first person to orbit Earth (1962)

Paper bag manufacturing machine patented (1872)

Toothpick patented (1872)

Student Volunteer Day

Cherry Pie Day

21

Sticky Bun Day

22

President George Washington's Birthday (1732)

Be Humble Day

Thinking Day

Walking the Dog Day

23

Tennis Day

Banana Bread Day

Vaudeville Day

Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day (International)

24

Tortilla Chip Day

25

Don't Utter a Word Day (Quiet Day)

Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day

Submarine patented (1902)

26

Carnival Day

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Bun Day

Pistachio Day

27

Polar Bear Day (International)

No Brainer Day

Aspirin patented (1900)

28

Public Sleeping Day

Floral Design Day

29

Leap Day – once every four years (2016, 2020, 2024, etc.)


Floating Holidays:

  • Ash Wednesday – 3/1/06, 2/21/07, 2/6/08 (46 days before Easter) Click here to find actual dates for specific years.
  • President's Day (3rd Monday)

Specialty Weeks:

1st week:
  • Agricultural Week
  • Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week
  • Pay Your Bills Week
  • Pride in Food Services Week
  • Shape Up with Pickles Time
2nd week:
  • Big Brothers/Sisters Week
  • Boy Scouts Week
  • Celebration of Love Week
  • Crime Prevention Week
  • Great American Pizza Bake
  • Hero Week
  • Kraut & Frankfurter Week (begins 2nd Thursday)
  • New Idea Week
  • Pancake Week
  • School Counseling Week

    3rd week:

  • Brotherhood Week
  • Engineering Week
  • Health Education Week
  • Home for Birds Week
  • Pay Your Bills Week
  • Wildlife Week

    4th week:

  • Friendship Week (International)
  • Truth Week
    Specialty Months:

    • American Heart Month
    • American Music Month
    • Black History Month
    • Boost Your Ego Month (International)
    • Canned Food Month
    • Cat Health Month
    • Celebration of Chocolate Month
    • Cherry Month
    • Children's Dental Health Month
    • Embroidery Month
    • Friendship Month (International)
    • Grapefruit Month
    • Great American Pie Month
    • Hobby Month
    • Library Lover’s Month
    • Potato Lover’s Month
    • Responsible Pet Owner Month
    • Scottish Culture Month
    • Snack Food Month
    • Vegetation Month
    • Wedding Month
    • Wild Bird Feeding Month
    • World Understanding Month

  • Check out other months or return to activity calendar page.