Quality Time with Kacey: Week of May 18-22


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

Activities and Questions for the Week of May 18-22

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!

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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.

Three cupcake liners filled with melted crayonsMonday

Collect old and broken crayons, then remove the paper on each one. Break the crayons into small pieces. Divide up the pieces into a lined cupcake or muffin pan. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Place the pan into the oven and watch the pieces melt to form bigger, colorful crayons. Have fun creating new pieces of artwork with recycled crayons!

Mealtime discussion question: What did you create with your new crayons? Describe your picture and the colors used in your artwork. What else could you draw or create with your crayons? 


Two octopus sock puppetsMake sea creature sock puppets! Using old or mismatched socks, stuff the toes of the socks with recycled paper, newspaper, or cotton. Close off the socks near the toes with ribbon, string, rubber bands, or hair ties. Cut the ends to make the octopus tentacles. Decorate the face with markers or any other items you find around your home. Put on a show with your sock puppet sea creatures. 

Mealtime discussion question: If you could be any fish in the sea, which one would you be and why?


A young child drawing a map for a scavenger hunt on a large piece of white paperWednesday

Have your child find colorful treasures around the house or outside. Using a large sheet of paper, make a treasure map using dotted lines to mark the route. Add blocks of color to represent stops throughout the course. Your child can then trace the dotted line with a pencil, crayon, or marker. When they reach a color block, they can stop and hunt for a matching object. For example, if the block is red, your child can look for something like a red apple or a red toy car.  Once your child reaches the treasure chest at the end of the map, have them look for a multicolored object. Surprise your child with a healthy treat as their prize for finishing the treasure hunt. 

Mealtime discussion question: If you were a pirate, where would you hide your treasure chest?


A bug craft made from leaves and sticksTake a walk outside and collect leaves, sticks, grass, or any other interesting items you find. You can also use craft or recycled items you find in your house.  Help your child to arrange the collected items to create fun and interesting new bugs. 

Mealtime discussion question: If you could be an insect or bug, which one would you choose and why?



Friday: Memorial Day Activities

Handprint or footprint flags: If you have a baby or toddler, paint an American flag on their foot or hand and make a print on paper. Display on your front door or anywhere else you like.  

A child's handprint painted like the American flag A child's hand painted in the colors of the American flag A child's footprint painted in the colors of the American flag

Paper flags: Have your child cut strips of red paper then glue them to a white background. Add a blue rectangle and paint white dots to resemble stars. If your child is too young to cut, cut the strips for them and let them glue the strips to the paper.

Another way to create an American flag or a patriotic star is to tear red, white, and blue tissue or construction paper, then glue the pieces to a white background.

American flag craft made from red, white, and blue tissue paper A white construction paper star decorated with red and blue tissue paper Five examples of an American flag mad from red, white, and blue construction paper

Egg carton flag: Paint the bottom of an empty egg carton to resemble the American flag.

An 18-count egg carton painted with the colors of the American flag





Popsicle stick flag: Glue popsicle sticks together in the shape of a flag. Your child can paint the sticks red, white, and blue.

An American flag craft made from popsicle sticks and painted red, white, and blue






Clothespin flag: Make an American flag using paint and clothespins holding cotton balls as your paintbrush.

 Three clothespins hold cotton balls painted red, white, and blue An American flag craft painted with cotton balls on construction paper


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