Quality Time with Kacey: Week of April 27-May 1

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 27-May 1

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.


How about some fresh air? Use chalk to create an outside obstacle course for your children. If you can’t go outside, use paper to make the obstacle course indoors. Demonstrate the action for each phrase or drawing to make sure your children understand how to follow the course.

Mealtime discussion question: If you could be any animal, which one would you be and why?


Children play with small cars and trucks in a plastic container filled with colored foam.Looking for a new outdoor activity? Sensory Foam Bubbles in a container with trucks, cars, beach/pool toys, or other waterproof items offer a fun, outside treat. Check out this recipe to learn how to make your own foam bubbles!

Mealtime discussion question: What is your favorite word and why?



Small items arranged on a tray for a matching gameWednesday

Collect items that can fit on a tray or placemat, then cover them with a towel. Have one person remove some items while everyone else closes their eyes. No peeking! Take turns removing items and guessing which items are missing. 

Mealtime discussion question: If you could build anything outside, what would you build and why?



Flowers made from pasta and pipe cleaners on a sheet of paperLion made from noodles and construction paperUse noodles to create an art project and work on counting! Have your child count out 20 noodles. Sort the noodles into groups of five and count by fives. Then group them into tens and count by tens. 

Mealtime discussion question: What two things do you like best about YOU?


Sticky notes on a door for a child to play a game to identify letters for a gameFriday

Have your child write or trace the alphabet–one letter per sticky note or small piece of paper. Stick or tape them on a door. Call out a letter or letter sound and have your child toss a rolled-up pair of socks or bean bag at the letter. You can also do this with numbers and words. 

Mealtime discussion question: If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?



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