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Summer Learning: Nature in the Pacific Northwest

Summer is officially upon us, and school is out of session for the next few months. But the learning doesn’t need to stop there! Here at the Imagine Institute we wanted to put together a small series of blogs to share some ideas of topics you can cover in your child care to keep the learning going this summer. In this Summer Learning series, we’ll share fun topics of education you can incorporate into your child care this summer and beyond. This

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Celebrate Pride Month with Fun Activities for Kids

June is Pride Month, and it’s a good opportunity to celebrate inclusion and equality with your kids. There are several activities to help kids understand what Pride is about and to promote the spirit of inclusion and representation. We have gathered a few ideas we think you’ll enjoy. Create a Rainbow Collage – Start by grabbing a big piece of paper and using crayons to draw a rainbow right in the center. Then find scraps of colored paper, stickers, glitter, thin wood

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Growing Up as the Child of a Provider

Imagine Institute’s Devon Allen shares his experience growing up with his mother’s child care at home for Take Your Child to Work Day. The fourth Thursday in April every year is National Take Your Child to Work Day. This year it falls on Thursday, April 25th. With the rise of working from home, a lot of children are getting new insight into what work looks like for their parents. For some of us, though, every day was Take Your Child to Work

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Spring Into New Activities For Kids

The ground is thawing out, and the weather is getting warm. Spring is here, and it’s time to find some seasonal activities for your kids. Whether it’s outside or inside, we have some ideas for you that are fun and entertaining for your group. Cloud Paintings – The weather can change a lot during spring, and that means there are many different types of clouds in the sky. Take your kids outside to identify some of them. They can draw or paint

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February Activities for Kids and Families

February is the shortest month, but it’s also one of the busiest of the year. We celebrate so many things, including Valentine’s Day, so we decided to compile a list of activities for providers to do with their kids that is fun and easy. Have fun! Indoor Tie-Dye Designs – Tie-dye is usually an outdoor activity since it can be messy, but in the cold weather, you can still let kids do it indoors. First, grab some white cloth and put it

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Fun Indoor Activities During Winter – Part 1

  As we head into the holiday season, it’s also the time when the weather gets cold, and child care providers are looking for activities to do with their kids. As the rain and snow fall, its time to find some fun indoor activities. We have gathered just a few ideas for you: Tissue paper mittens – This is a fun activity that doesn’t take a lot of prep work, but can last for hours. First, draw or paint the outline of

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Help Kids Take Care of Their Teeth for National Dental Hygiene Month

Healthy teeth matter at every age! For National Dental Hygiene Month, here are some kid-and family-friendly resources for encouraging healthy habits and finding dental care. For Kids Daniel Tiger Gets His Teeth Cleaned Going to the dentist can be full of questions for toddlers and preschoolers. Help them get to know what happens at the dentist’s office and feel less scared of unfamiliar tools with this video. Why Do We Brush Our Teeth? Learn the science of teeth, cavities and more n

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Finding Fun Fall Activities For Kids

Fall is here! As the season changes, it’s time to think about new activities you can do with your kids. With the weather getting cooler, it may be better to stay indoors, but there are a few activities you can still do outside. Find Things to Draw in Nature – This can be an indoor and outdoor activity. First, go into the yard, or on a small walk, and have kids find things from nature like leaves, branches, acorns, etc. You can

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Check Your Child’s Car Seat This Child Passenger Safety Week

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week! Here are some tools to help you make sure the children in your life are safer when they ride in vehicles. Why should children use car seats? Car seats save lives. In 2021, 711 children under the age of 13 were killed in passenger vehicles, and more than a third of them weren’t buckled up, according to the Centers For Disease Control. Using a car seat or booster seat instead of a seat belt alone dramatically reduces

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Finding a Staycation: Western Washington

There are a lot of places to visit in Western Washington, and if you’re looking for some good vacation ideas, you might consider something in your own area. There are so many places to choose from, but we thought we would mention a few you may not have thought of to take your family for the day. Take a ferry across Puget Sound: There are many options to choose from when taking a ferry across Puget Sound, but the best one may

Read More

Summer Learning: Nature in the Pacific Northwest

Summer is officially upon us, and school is out of session for the next few months. But the learning doesn’t need to stop there! Here at the Imagine Institute we wanted to put together a small series of blogs to share some ideas of topics you can cover in your child care to keep the learning going this summer. In this Summer Learning series, we’ll share fun topics of education you can incorporate into your child care this summer and beyond. This

Read More

Celebrate Pride Month with Fun Activities for Kids

June is Pride Month, and it’s a good opportunity to celebrate inclusion and equality with your kids. There are several activities to help kids understand what Pride is about and to promote the spirit of inclusion and representation. We have gathered a few ideas we think you’ll enjoy. Create a Rainbow Collage – Start by grabbing a big piece of paper and using crayons to draw a rainbow right in the center. Then find scraps of colored paper, stickers, glitter, thin wood

Read More

Growing Up as the Child of a Provider

Imagine Institute’s Devon Allen shares his experience growing up with his mother’s child care at home for Take Your Child to Work Day. The fourth Thursday in April every year is National Take Your Child to Work Day. This year it falls on Thursday, April 25th. With the rise of working from home, a lot of children are getting new insight into what work looks like for their parents. For some of us, though, every day was Take Your Child to Work

Read More

Spring Into New Activities For Kids

The ground is thawing out, and the weather is getting warm. Spring is here, and it’s time to find some seasonal activities for your kids. Whether it’s outside or inside, we have some ideas for you that are fun and entertaining for your group. Cloud Paintings – The weather can change a lot during spring, and that means there are many different types of clouds in the sky. Take your kids outside to identify some of them. They can draw or paint

Read More

February Activities for Kids and Families

February is the shortest month, but it’s also one of the busiest of the year. We celebrate so many things, including Valentine’s Day, so we decided to compile a list of activities for providers to do with their kids that is fun and easy. Have fun! Indoor Tie-Dye Designs – Tie-dye is usually an outdoor activity since it can be messy, but in the cold weather, you can still let kids do it indoors. First, grab some white cloth and put it

Read More

Fun Indoor Activities During Winter – Part 1

  As we head into the holiday season, it’s also the time when the weather gets cold, and child care providers are looking for activities to do with their kids. As the rain and snow fall, its time to find some fun indoor activities. We have gathered just a few ideas for you: Tissue paper mittens – This is a fun activity that doesn’t take a lot of prep work, but can last for hours. First, draw or paint the outline of

Read More

Help Kids Take Care of Their Teeth for National Dental Hygiene Month

Healthy teeth matter at every age! For National Dental Hygiene Month, here are some kid-and family-friendly resources for encouraging healthy habits and finding dental care. For Kids Daniel Tiger Gets His Teeth Cleaned Going to the dentist can be full of questions for toddlers and preschoolers. Help them get to know what happens at the dentist’s office and feel less scared of unfamiliar tools with this video. Why Do We Brush Our Teeth? Learn the science of teeth, cavities and more n

Read More

Finding Fun Fall Activities For Kids

Fall is here! As the season changes, it’s time to think about new activities you can do with your kids. With the weather getting cooler, it may be better to stay indoors, but there are a few activities you can still do outside. Find Things to Draw in Nature – This can be an indoor and outdoor activity. First, go into the yard, or on a small walk, and have kids find things from nature like leaves, branches, acorns, etc. You can

Read More

Check Your Child’s Car Seat This Child Passenger Safety Week

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week! Here are some tools to help you make sure the children in your life are safer when they ride in vehicles. Why should children use car seats? Car seats save lives. In 2021, 711 children under the age of 13 were killed in passenger vehicles, and more than a third of them weren’t buckled up, according to the Centers For Disease Control. Using a car seat or booster seat instead of a seat belt alone dramatically reduces

Read More

Finding a Staycation: Western Washington

There are a lot of places to visit in Western Washington, and if you’re looking for some good vacation ideas, you might consider something in your own area. There are so many places to choose from, but we thought we would mention a few you may not have thought of to take your family for the day. Take a ferry across Puget Sound: There are many options to choose from when taking a ferry across Puget Sound, but the best one may

Read More