As the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Coordinator for Melanie Sailer, I am always excited to stop in for a visit! She continues to improve her child care services by offering nutritious food and implementing physical activity into her daily routine. CACFP is available in all 99 counties in Iowa. It is a federal program regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides nutritious meals and snacks to children and adults receiving day care. The program reimburses child care providers for serving these healthy meals and snacks to children in their care up through age 12. This program plays an important role in raising the quality of child care and making that quality care affordable for all. To learn more about CACFP, visit the CCR&R website here.
When the super cold days set in that keep us indoors (or, let’s face it, we may not always have enough spare sets of winter gear to compensate for lack thereof) we find ways to spend some energy indoors.
Before I found our bowling set, we used water bottles and a big bouncy ball like you see in the tall cage at WalMart around Easter time. Add in some pool noodles for alley bumpers and the kids have a blast pushing, rolling, chasing the ball and resetting the “pins” (in several different formations).
Besides the hand/eye coordination they are building, my friends develop some geometry skills while strengthening their emotional literacy and social understanding as we follow the turn-taking protocol. In short our little indoor recess activity offers core curriculum work to meet state preschool standards!
BTW, the cleaning caddy with handle keeps our kit neatly stored and handy for access.