Making Music!

Infants love music and making noise! At the Canandaigua center, our infants have lots of fun making their own music with a variety of materials. The babies play music on pots and pans with wooden spoons and also use shakers for some added rhythm. As the music is playing, teachers talk about what is being heard, whether it is loud …

Graduation!

Celebrating milestones is one of the many fun things we do at Care-a-lot! Many children join Care-a-lot when they are only infants and it’s our great pleasure and privilege to watch them learn and grow through the years. One of the biggest milestones that we celebrate with families is graduation day! At the end of each school year, the Pre-K, …

Paw Print Painting!

In learning about animals and the tracks that they make, the Greece preschoolers worked on creating their own paw prints!  With construction paper and a plate of tempera colors, the children explored making animal prints with paint! This activity offers many experiential benefits!  Children can practice creating patterns with the tracts, exploring paw print shapes, and replicating on paper a …

Cloud Dough!

Cloud dough is one of the Farmington / Canandaigua toddler’s favorite activities and it has many benefits! Also known as moon dough or moon sand, Cloud dough is a silky and mold-able substance that provides perfect sensory, science, and fine motor experiences for young children! The dough is so soft and smooth to touch, the children simply enjoy running their …

Butterfly Magic!

What a fun and exciting way to learn about nature by watching with our own eyes how caterpillars grow every day and change into butterflies! The first change that the Henrietta toddlers noticed was that they grew quickly! (They must have been eating healthy food).  Then the children discovered that the caterpillars hung from the lid of the jar in …

Playground Play!

Getting outside for physical exercise and play is a daily activity at Care-a-lot!  The school-age children in Greece look forward to outside time as much as possible during the summer! Children enjoy climbing, swinging, sliding, and playing basketball and soccer. Outside play not only offers natural experiences for children, but opportunities to expend energy and to use their large motor …

Pizza Making!

Check out our young chefs at Care-a-lot Farmington / Canandaigua!  The school age children tried their hands at pizza making! The children did it all, except for the actual oven baking that was supervised by their teachers..  The children had a blast and were exposed to many important learning opportunities through this cooking lesson. They used their math and science skills as they measured …

Kitchen Play!

The Henrietta toddlers have a special fondness for working in the dramatic play area with kitchen toys and pretend food every day!  Kitchen play supports children in many developmental areas, including fine motor, socialization, and imagination skills.  Working with various utensils promotes fine motor skills, eye/hand coordination, and the identification of kitchen tools. Kitchen play also helps children to socialize …

Finger Paint Fun!

Research has shown that art activities offered to young children are important for brain development!  One of these is sensory play, such as finger painting, where children learn through their senses.  The Greece toddlers enjoy great fun and numerous learning opportunities with this activity! Messy play like finger painting is important to every child’s development. It helps the body and …