Sunday, April 22, 2018

Week of the Young Child


The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. The 2018 Week of the Young Child™ was April 16–20 and it was a time to plan special activities at school and home with young children.  NAEYC, the world’s largest early childhood education association, has nearly is committed to providing and promoting excellence in early childhood education. 

Kangaroo Kids, a NAEYC accredited school, celebrated with a unique schedule of events.  The kick off for Week of the Young Child was Music Monday!   Teachers, children and parents will share their love of music.  JoAnn Zagari music teacher will lead the classes in musical adventures.  Parents are also invited to come share their musical talents!  After the kickoff, children had special events all week in their classes, which emphasized the importance of literacy, staying fit, appreciating the arts and giving back to the community. The Week of the Young Child closed with an ice-cream social.  A perfect opportunity to enjoy a delicious treat while socializing with classmates and reflecting upon the week! 

If you would like information about upcoming programs at Kangaroo Kids or a list of special activities you can do with your child call 908-231-7800 or email us at staff@kangarookidschildcare.com or like Kangaroo Kids Child Care Facebook page.   May is Open House Month at Kangaroo Kids where any new student can try a class for free!        

Monday, April 16, 2018

Creative Connections for April



Here are a few ideas with links to crafts and recipes you can create with your children this April!

4/1 April Fool’s Day AND EasterPrepare your best pranks & practical jokes. Use #AprilFoolsDay to post on social media. If you participate in Easter, you can attend church services, dye eggs & have an Easter egg hunt! Click the links for activities

4/3 National Find a Rainbow Day. How can you create your own personal rainbow?

4/5 is National Deep-Dish Pizza day: Thanks to Pizzeria Uno founder Ike Sewell National Deep Dish Pizza Day was created!

4/7 National Coffee Cake day: The first coffee cakes are thought to have originated in Germany. These were more like sweet breads than cakes.

4/12 Grilled Cheese Day! Although it only requires 3 ingredients, grilled cheese is one of the most popular comfort foods in the world!

4/16 Wear your Pajamas to work Day Relax the dress code and work in comfort on wear your pajamas to work day!

4/17 National Cheeseball Day National Cheeseball Day is a day to stuff yourself with cheeseballs!! Yum!!

4/22 Earth Day Earth Day, which was established in 1970 in the US, is celebrated on 22nd April each year. It is a day to think about our planet and what we can do to keep it special; to think about saving water and energy, reducing pollution, recycling, protecting our animals, trees and plants, and generally getting kids interested in protecting their environment.

4/26 National Pretzel Day Pretzels have been enjoyed since medieval times when monks created the treats from bits of dough that were twisted together to represent a child's arms in prayer. The frugal monks called it a pretiola, or Latin for "little reward."

4/27 Babe Ruth Day Babe Ruth Day honors one of the greatest baseball players of all time!


April Snacks
Bring out the inner chef and artist in your child. Try your hand at these recipes and crafts with your children!
Passover is from March 30th-April 7th. Make this flavorful Apple Cake for Passover! Omit the nuts if you are sharing it at school!
Need to find a fun food for April Fools Day to trick your family and friends? How about Pound Cake Fries and Raspberry Ketchup!
Looking for a creative Easter craft to make with your children? How about Q-tip Easter egg painting!! Bring yours in and share how you made it with your class!!
April 3rd is Find a Rainbow Day! Can you make a rainbow using your hands??

How do you like your grilled cheese? Are you a traditionalist or do you like a more fancy grilled cheese? Here is 21 ways to make grilled cheese your family will go crazy for!!

For National Pretzel Day would you prefer a salty or sweet pretzel? How about both??

This is a great website that details fun FREE things to do in New Jersey every month! Call ahead and make sure the activities are happening before you head out for your day!

If you have not checked out https://hulafrog.com/bridgewater-nj this is another place to look for things happening in the local area!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Creative Connections for March


Below are a few ideas with links to crafts and recipes you can create with your children this March!
Create with your children – If you have trouble opening the hyperlink, left click the link and chose Open Hyperlink
3/2 National Read Across America Day – Falls on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. It is a campaign to help celebrate reading across America

3/6 Although unknown in origin, March 6th is National Oreo Day, do we really need a reason to  celebrate Oreos? What is your favorite flavor?

3/14 National Pi Day is on March 14th! What do you know about Pi, not to be confused with Pie!

3/17 St. Patrick’s Day is held in observance of the death of St. Patrick the Patron saint of Ireland!

3/20 It’s National Ravioli Day! What is your favorite ravioli filling? Meat, lobster, cheese???

3/23 is There are dozens of dips to compliment your favorite chips and dozens of chips to compliment your favorite dip on National Chip and Dip day!

3/27 Ever wanted to change your name? Well on this silly National Joe Day, if you ever wanted to change your name, even if for 1 day, March 27th you can call yourself Joe!

3/28 National Manatee Day: Sea cows are considered large and graceful. These herbivores have been on the endangered species list since 1967

Here is an adorable book by John Lithgow called I’m a Manatee. Download a free copy of the book from this website

3/31 March 31st is National Crayon Day! Can you guess how many crayons Crayola makes a year?


March Snacks
Bring out the inner chef and artist in your child. Try your hand at these recipes and crafts with your children!
On March 2nd in honor of National Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Can you make Cat in The Hat birthday hash browns to go with your green eggs and ham?
In honor of National Oreo Day, can you help Mom and Dad make this No Bake Oreo Cake
Want to make your own Leprechaun? All you need is some paper, paint and a plastic fork!
Help Mom and Dad make this easy Baked Ravioli! You just need a few ingredients!
Here is an adorable book by John Lithgow called I’m a Manatee. Download a free copy of the book from this website. http://booksonline.website/book/1043243.I_m_a_Manatee.html

Have broken crayons and wondering what to do with them? How about these cookie cutter crayon crafts?
Please take pictures of your activities and share them with your classrooms! We would love to see what you create!!
This is a great website that details fun FREE things to do in New Jersey every month! Call ahead and make sure the activities are happening before you head out for your day!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

February is Dental Health Month


Your child's first teeth (primary teeth) usually begin to erupt through the gums at about 6 months of age, although the timing varies among children. All of the 20 primary teeth should come in between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. Your child will lose his or her primary teeth between the ages of 6 and 11.

In an effort to support good dental care Kangaroo Kids has a dental specialist visit the school on an annual basis to promote good dental care for children. Parents are welcome to attend the sessions.  Dates will be listed in Kangaroo Kids Newsletters and posted on our Facebook page.  We are happy to help parents with oral health care with written consent upon your request.  Children enjoy our lessons in dental health and the visit from the dental health specialist, who not only teaches us about caring for our teeth but how to make healthy food choices and have good nutrition to keep our teeth strong!

Select a child friendly family dentist.  The ADA recommends parents take children to a dentist no later than their first birthday.  


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Creative Connections for February

Below are a few ideas with links to crafts and recipes you can create with your children this February!
Create with your children – If you have trouble opening the hyperlink, left click the link and chose Open Hyperlink
2/2 Groundhogs Day Will the groundhog see his shadow? When will winter end?

2/3 National Carrot Cake Day Finally, a day you can eat your cake and veggies at the same time!

2/6 National Frozen Yogurt Day Love ice cream, but looking to eat a little healthier this year? Frozen Yogurt is the perfect frozen treat for you.

2/9 National Bagel & Pizza day Bagels are one to the few breads that are boiled then baked & pizza is an American favorite! Crust, Chicago Style, deep dish or square slice! Have you ever combined the 2 and make a pizza bagel?

2/14 Valentines Day A day set aside to express love for one another.

2/17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day “Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” – Mark Twain

2/19 Presidents Day A day set aside to honor all of the past U.S. Presidents that have served our country.

2/20 National Cherry Pie Day In the US, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish”. Do you have a favorite cherry Pie recipe?

2/23 National Banana Bread Day A moist, sweet, cake like quick bread made with fully ripe, mashed bananas.

2/27 National Polar Bear Day is a day to learn about polar bears and the conservation efforts for them

February Snacks
Bring out the inner chef and artist in your child. Try your hand at these recipes and crafts with your children!
Make a puppet for Groundhogs Day!
Easy no bake Carrot Cake bites!
Pizza bagels! Pizza and bagels put together! Best of both foods. What do you like on your bagel and pizza?
Help your child create a Valentines name puzzle!
Which President do you like the most? Team Washington or Team Lincoln?
Easy Banana Bread recipe!
Please take pictures of your activities and share them with your classrooms! We would love to see what you create!!
This is a great website that details fun FREE things to do in New Jersey every month! Call ahead and make sure the activities are happening before you head out for your day!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

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Creative Connections for January

Below are a few ideas with links to crafts and recipes you can create with your children this January!
Create with your children – If you have trouble opening the hyperlink, left click the link and chose Open Hyperlink
1/6  National Bean Day commemorates the death of geneticist Gregor Mendel who experimented with breeding pea plants, which formed the basis of modern genetics!

1/7 On January 7th, 1789, America's First President was elected. Only white men who owned property could vote. George Washington won the election!

1/9 January 9th is Static Electricity day. It's a day to honor this unexpected, hair raising phenomenon.

1/15 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. "Life's most important persistent & urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"

1/19 National Popcorn Day is January 19th! Popcorn became popular during WWII when sugar rations made candy hard to come by.

1/22 January 22nd is National Blondie Day. Could Blondies be the original brownies? Rumor has it that Blondies predate brownies because of widespread availability of chocolate and cocoa powder is a only recent phenomenon!

1/23 January 23rd is National Pie Day, a day to celebrate with PIE!!! Which is your favorite flavor?

1/28 Is National Kazoo Day. American's have been celebrating National Kazoo Day for 166 years! 

1/29 National Puzzle Day is celebrated on January 29th. Puzzles are a favorite pastime of millions of people.

1/31 On January 31st, 1919, Jackie Robinson was born! Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League baseball.

January Snacks
Bring out the inner chef in your child. Try your hand at these recipes with your children!
Please take pictures of your activities and share them with your classrooms! We would love to see what you create!!
This is a great website that details fun FREE things to do in New Jersey every month! Call ahead and make sure the activities are happening before you head out for your day!