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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Product Spotlight

Many of the activities featured here on the blog are taken from the activity card sets available from Toolbox Training. These activities include:

·         Art
·         Construction
·         Cooking
·         Drama
·         Games
·         Music
·         Nature
·         Science

Each activity card set contains 100 activities on 8 ½” x 5 ½” cards with quick-glance material checklists and easy-to-follow directions. Each set sells for $15.00.

Toolbox Training is slowly reformatting these card sets into book format as well. Check out the three which have been done so far:

§          100 Game Activities for Kids
§          100 Music Activities for Kids
§          100 Science Activities for Kids

Keep an eye on the website (, blog, and Facebook page for more upcoming titles!

Holidays and Events Today:
  • Cream-Filled Doughnut Day
  • National Anthem Day
  • Eat a Hoagie Day

Check out the full September calendar or get more ideas from books and activity card sets at

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Book: 100 Art Activities for Kids

Art is always a popular activity for kids, but offering a variety of ideas can be a challenge. With this book TOOLBOX TRAINING offers 100 different art activities in ten categories: drawing, paper, paper plates, paper bags, tissue paper, painting, printing, fabric/sewing, string, and jewelry. 128 pages. Catalog number: ATBK0911; Price: $9.95

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

September 3-5: Labor Day Weekend

a Toolbox Training workshop in progress

Here’s a product spotlight for the Labor Day weekend. Holidays for Sept. 3-5 are listed below and specific activity ideas will resume on Tuesday, September 6.

With child care providers and parents facing a new school year, finding appropriate discipline methods is high on lists of priorities. Toolbox Training offers two workshops on discipline. The first focuses on preventing problems while the second focuses on solving them. Toolbox Training workshops are two hours long and offered for up to 30 participants. See the workshops page at the website for more details.

Discipline with Dignity I: Preventing Problems

·         Learn the 4 C’s of encouraging positive behavior
·         Master the rules on making rules
·         Understand how to use three I’s to prevent possible problems
·         Apply “the stoplight” to be sure to react properly when it looks like a child might be misbehaving
·         Recognize how to send children the right messages with body language
·         Distinguish between words and phrases that encourage vs. those that discourage
·         Use scenarios to practice how to deal with discipline situations

Discipline with Dignity II: Solving Problems

·         Distinguish punishment from discipline
·         Identify reasons why children behave the way they do
·         Implement a 5-step process for getting children to identify problems
·         Learn 3 ways to get kids to think through what they’ve done
·         Learn 3 ways to get kids to “recreate” what they’ve done
·         Implement a 6-step process for getting kids to develop and implement a solution to a problem
·         Use scenarios to practice what you’ve learned

All Toolbox Training workshops are also available as do-it-yourself training packages which you can order and deliver on your own to your staff. Check out the training packages page on the website for details.

September 3-5 Holidays and Events:
  • Skyscraper Day (Sept. 3)
  • Newspaper Carrier Day (Sept. 4)
  • Roll film camera – Kodak – patented in 1888 (Sept. 4)
  • Be Late for Something Day (Sept. 5)

Check out the full September calendar or get more ideas from books and activity card sets at