Quality Time with Kacey: Week of April 21-24

Quality Time with Kacey, a koala wearing a Maryland EXCELS T-shirt, sitting in front of a clock

Activities and Questions for the Week of April 21-24

Kacey the Quality Koala and Maryland EXCELS have been sharing daily fun and educational activities and mealtime discussion questions for families and child care programs.

You’ll find past activities and questions below. To see the latest activities and questions, visit this page or social media each day!

The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood understands that activities described on this page and in website links are not suitable for all ages. Ultimately, all activities require adult supervision and are not endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education or Johns Hopkins University.


A house made out of recyclables, including a pasta box, bottle caps, and small paper cups.

Promote imagination and creative solutions. Have your child use recyclables to build a house, bridge, or other structure. Then your child can use various craft and household materials to decorate what they built.

Mealtime discussion question: If you were going on vacation and could only bring one item, what would you bring?


Wednesday A checkoff list for a nature scavenger hunt.

Earth Day “I Spy!” Take children on a walk and play “I Spy.” Children can collect leaves, pine cones, clover, grass, small sticks, and acorns to make a nature collage individually or as a group activity. If you can’t go outside, look out the windows to see what you can spy!

Mealtime discussion question: What is something you can do to help save the Earth?



Two homemade birthday cards decorated with paper candles and thumbprint balloons.

Is there a special occasion coming up? Make cards and mail them to friends or family members. It’ll bring a smile to their faces!

Mealtime discussion question: What is your favorite holiday or special occasion and why?


Friday Self-portraits of family members made out of cardboard, construction paper, felt, yarn, and other craft items.

Use your recyclables to make self-portraits. Create a family portrait using cardboard and other small items you can find around your house.

See more examples of how you can make this project!

Mealtime discussion question: If your birthday was tomorrow, what would you want to eat and drink for dinner?



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