Child Care Industry News February 9, 2016 -®
Child Care Industry News
February 9, 2016
Welcome, this week learn how to recognise concussion in small children and a range of colourful craft ideas inspired by author Eric Carle to brighten the walls of your service.
Children and concussion
Kids bump their heads; it's a fact of life akin to skinned knees and stubbed toes. The problem is skinned knees heal over whereas an undiagnosed concussion can be more serious for small children.

In response to an increase in child sports concussions the Children's Hospital at Westmead in Sydney has launched an awareness campaign on the signs and symptoms of concussion and what do to in the case of a suspected concussion.

As all early childhood education and care providers know, sport and play are an important part of the healthy growth and development of young children and they should be encouraged to participate. It is important however to be aware of concussion so that children may be given the best care when needed.
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Colourful Eric Carle craft ideas
Who doesn't love Eric Carle books? His gorgeous brightly coloured illustrations and classic story lines make them timeless and I imagine most early childhood workers over the years have enjoyed reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar to an eager bunch of small people. This week we thought it might be fun to offer some craft ideas inspired by some of Eric Carle's wonderful books.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Caterpillars and Butterflies these two quick activities are a great way to demonstrate the life cycle of a butterfly and feature Eric Carle Style and colours.

Sponge paint caterpillars Use round sponges to create the body of the green caterpillar and then trim around the shape to great effect.

Play dough characters Using The Very Hungry Caterpillar s inspiration this wonderful sensory activity gives children the chance to create their own caterpillar or butterfly.

The Very Grouchy Ladybug
Torn paper ladybirds Super quick and super easy even the smallest children will be able to join this project.

Ladybird plates Create a swarm of grouchy ladybirds with this activity which uses cheap materials.

Ladybird clocks these grouchy ladybirds conceal a hidden clock.

Mister Seahorse
Mister Seahorse Collage This lovely activity uses watercolours inspired by the book in combination with collage. You may need to help the children cut out their seahorse shape.

Clay seahorse hangers This activity takes time as you need to bake the clay in the oven however the results are worth it.

The Mixed Up Chameleon
Mixed up creatures No rules apply in this project which gives children the opportunity to create the creature of their imagination.

Mixed up chameleons This activity uses a collage style to great effect.

These ideas were originally sourced on For loads more Eric Carle inspired craft ideas including books not covered in the list above click here.
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