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This isn't scrap related by any means but wanted to pick your brains if I could?

We are doing "Helping Others" as our theme for November...we are leaving it broad in hopes of coming across some good ideas for little projects our daycare kids can do...one thing we've thought of is asking each of them to bring a couple tins of food from home that we can collectively give to the food bank. We let them give our food from our house to the food bank once and it was great getting them involved and teaching them about helping those less fortunate. We aren't bothered about asking for stuff from home as they all come from fairly well off homes. We also know there's a care home nearby for elderly and we thought maybe we could make them little cards to put a smile on their faces? What do you think of that? We would actually take them there but they go from crazy happy to PAINFULLY shy in front of others so it would be pointless. lol. You should've seen them when we walked them to the fire station. They were screaming with joy outside of it having their photo taken by the sign, and then we went in and they wouldn't even get in the truck, look at the fire fighters, and stood there with their fingers in their mouths. lol

Anyway I think the reason I am stuck for ideas is because we can't take them out in the car anywhere (as there are too many), and they are still quite young... (4, 4, 3.5, 3, 2.5, 2)...

hmm...any ideas? I will keep thinking on it...

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could you make a "have a happy day" poster or banner for the elder home? The kids could put there hand prints all over it with finger paint. Or have them collect scrap materials, blankets, towels etc and take them to a local animal shelter?

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oooh I like those ! Thanks! They won't be able to take them to the animal shelter with us as it's really far...but they can defintiely help gather things up and we can take photos of Wayne and I dropping it off so they could still see....good ideas Smile

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haha, just thought of something funny they will like to kick it off. They watch a show at their houses called "Wonder Pets" ...I'm sure lots of you know it...well everytime we go to do a "helping others" act we will sing the theme song to Wonder Pets but change it to Wonder Kids. lol! Corny but they'll love it

Wonder Pets!
Wonder Pets!
We're on our way
To help a friend
And save the day
We're not too big
And we're not too tough
But when we work together
We've got the right stuff
Go, Wonder Pets, ya'ay!

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Do you have neighbors nearby? Could they "help" rake leaves for them (or shovel snow? is it already snowing up there? lol...sorry I am clueless! :lol:). Yeah, I'm guessing that their "help" might leave a little to be desired, but they would get the feel of helping anyway!

How about working on ways that they can help out at home? Like encourage them somehow to help clear the dinner table or make their own beds or fold towels (you could practice these things at daycare and then maybe have some sort of incentive if they follow through at home).

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awesome ideas again! Biggrin We can definitely do those. I think most our neighbours would nicely say thanks but no thanks. LOL...but I know the one right across from us would definitely let them rake leaves or something. His yard isn't completely fenced and we live near a big road...but Wayne could help one or two rake at a time while I sat down with the others waiting for their turn...that would work Smile Thanks girls! Great ideas here. Wayne says thanks too! When I asked how he thought they could help others he said "they could tell their parents not to show up seconds before we close every day. That would help US others quite a lot." LOL. I would have to agree there!

I think I will make a little chart about who to help and make sure we can check them all of by the time our theme is done... i.e.

-Helping Neighbours
-Helping someone you've never met (like giving food to the food bank or that banner for the elderly home)
-Helping Family
-Helping Animals
etc. I'm liking this Smile Thanks girls!

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"captainswife" wrote:

"they could tell their parents not to show up seconds before we close every day. That would help US others quite a lot." LOL.

ROFL

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What a GREAT theme you have Karen...so many more kids need to learn this in this world. You have GREAT ideas and I am excited to hear how it all goes!! GL

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You are awesome. Again, I would so take my kids to you. Biggrin I can't think of any good ideas right now, but I'll be thinking! Sounds like you got some good ones!

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I totally second Sadie: You are awesome! I am envious of the very blessed parents that get you to watch their kids. You are teaching them life-lessons that will last forever. The ideas are fantastic that you have so far. I'll see if I can think of anything else.

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You've gotten awesome ideas so far!

I know you like to make cards, so you could always make get well or thinking of you cards for shut-ins or people at the nursing home.

You could also add a world-wide aspect to your helping and do something like Samaritans Purse (do you have that in Canada?) which puts together shoe boxes of small toys, candy, soap, toothbrush, etc and sends it to a child around the world for Christmas.