Quality Time with Kacey: Activities and Questions for Families and Providers
Kacey the Quality Koala and Maryland EXCELS will be sharing daily fun and educational activities and mealtime discussion questions for families and child care programs.
Be sure to 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.
Create a homemade scavenger hunt for your child. Draw pictures and/or write words. Have your children check the items as they search for them indoors or outdoors. There are so many scavenger hunts to try, such as colors, shapes, and letters! For ABC scavenger hunts, have your child find one object for each letter of the alphabet. Write each letter on a piece of paper and lay them out on the floor. As your child finds an object, they place it next to that letter. The same can be done for shapes and color hunts. To make this a little more challenging for older children, you can make clues for each item. For example, “You use this to unlock a door.” Then your child would search for a key.
Mealtime discussion question: If you were riding in a car, what items could you search for?
IMPORTANT note: Discuss with your child the dangers of looking directly at the sun.
Make shadow drawings on a sunny day! Have your child place a toy or object next to a piece of paper so that the sun casts a shadow. Using a pencil, have your child trace the object’s shadow. Trace the pencil outline with a crayon or marker. Chalk can also be used to make shadow drawings on a sidewalk or driveway.
Here are some questions you can ask your child:
- Are the shadows the same size as the toy?
- What happens to the shadow if you move the toy?
- What do you think makes a shadow?
Mealtime discussion question: How can you make shadows indoors?
Using empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls, make creative objects, animals, or sea creatures. Share your projects with us on social media!
Mealtime discussion question: Would you rather have a car that flies in the air or travels underwater? Why?
Find smooth rocks for your child to paint images on. Then they can use the rock characters to tell a story from their imagination or based on a book they like.
Mealtime discussion question: What is your favorite book or story and why?
Pasta play! Using dried rigatoni noodles, have children thread straws through the noodles. Dried spaghetti can also be pushed through the holes of a colander.
For babies, cook spaghetti and let it cool. Let babies play and explore their sensory skills with the noodles.
Mealtime discussion question: What is your favorite kind of pasta?
See more activities from past weeks:
- Week of April 21-24
- Week of April 27-May 1
- Week of May 4-8: Child Care Provider Appreciation Week
- Week of May 11-15
- Week of May 18-22
- Week of May 26-29