Welcome to Galoop’s Virtual Program!

Below find the proposed curriculum for each week, which generally will consist of two crafts, one sensory play, and an optional outdoor activity.

Weeks are set up from 7 to 1 BUT you can choose when to do each of the weekly options 🙂

Please note that toddlers should not be “required” to do any particular activity on this curriculum.  If they’re not into a craft or an activity, that’s okay!  Don’t force it. You can always try to introduce the craft or activity on another day or week.    

Playspace suggestion:  If you have the space and materials, I suggest arranging a playspace along the lines of the materials we had in Galoop.  Try creating a “puzzle” corner with a 2 or so puzzles set out each day; rotate the puzzles every few days.  Try also to have a blocks corner; an imaginary play corner; a corner for reading books; and a place where you set out the sensory bin.  (Don’t worry though if you don’t have the space or materials – these are just suggestions!)

Suggested schedule (which you can modify as needed):

  • 9:00-10:00: Arts/crafts and sensory play 
  • 10:00-10:30: Snack and recorded Spanish/English circle time (or enjoy the circle time later in the afternoon!)
  • 11:00-12:00: Outdoor activity and outside playtime

Warning:  Do not leave your toddler alone with small items that can be choking hazards; children under the age of 3 need to be supervised at all times.  Any use of  materials provided or recommended by Galoop is at your own risk.

Week 7: Spring Showers

Craft 1: Raindrop Bubblewrap Painting (video guidance)

  • Day 1:  Make the top of an umbrella from construction paper (any color!) by using a small cup or bowl to trace a circle onto the paper, then cut in half in a scalloped pattern.  Note that one circle will make two umbrella tops!  Then make a handle for the umbrella by cutting our a “J” shape out of a different colored construction paper (we like to do tan, brown, or black for the handle).  Next make a “cover” for the umbrella – in preparation for further steps in the project! – by putting the umbrella on a white sheet of paper, drawing two straight lines down from the edges of the umbrella, and cutting the “ghost-shaped” piece out (see accompanying pictures for help).  Finally, glue the umbrella and its handle onto a white sheet of paper. 
  • Day 2: Cut out a small piece of bubble wrap.  Your child can decorate the top with blue paint; use fingers or a paint-brush to do so!  Place the umbrella “cover” on top of the umbrella and use a small amount of tape to lightly hold it down.  Place, paint-down, the painted-bubble wrap over the umbrella paper and gently press.  Your child will love hearing the popping of the bubble wrap as the paint is transferred!  

Materials: 

  • 2 sheets of white printer paper
  • colored construction paper (one color for the umbrella and a different color for the handle)
  • glue stick
  • blue painter’s tape
  • bubble wrap (cut into small squares) – this is a great way to use up (recycle) packing materials 
  • blue paint
  • paper plate on which to place paint
  • scissors

Craft 2: Muddy Drawings (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Tape construction paper to table. Bring out some chalk and color. Then bring out a small bowl with water.  Have your child dip the chalk and see what happen.  Does the color of the chalk look different? How about the color on the paper?  Set aside to dry when done.
  • Day 2: Look at the art from the day before.  Does the color of the chalk look different today?  Does the chalk from day before look different?  Wet it and make “muddy” drawings again!

Materials: 

  • construction paper (any color)
  • chalk
  • small cups of water

Sensory Play: Spring Construction (video guidance)

As before, put the sensory bin on the floor or table on an old towel.

Materials: 

  • dry black beans 
  • trucks/vehicles
  • ramps
  • paper towel and toilet paper rolls
  • mini scoops/cups
  • transfer/collection bins

Outdoor Activity: Muddy trucks and carwash

If you have an accessible outdoor area on a warm day bring two different bins with the following materials (make sure to dress appropriately!)

Bin One:

  • dirt
  • water
  • trucks/vehicles

Bin Two:

  • water
  • soap
  • sponges
  • scrubbing brushes/wands

Week 6 – Flowers and Butterflies

Craft 1: Butterfly craft (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Cut out a rectangle of construction paper; your child can decorate anyway they’d like.  Help your child apply glue to a toilet paper roll, and use the decorated paper to cover it.  Lay the paper roll on a new sheet of construction paper and draw wings out from the side.  Cut out the wings and glue them down to the back of the paper roll.  Your child can cut out circles or other shapes to decorate the wings with, and then glue them down.  Cut two thin antennas out of construction paper and glue them to the inside of paper roll.  Invite your child to glue on googly eyes or draw them with a marker; draw on the mouth.
  • Day 2: Make a friend for the butterfly! Your child can use do-a-dots to decorate body and wings instead.

Materials:

  • toilet paper roll
  • construction paper (2 or 3 pieces of different colors if you have)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • googly eyes
  • marker
  • do-a-dots

Craft 2: Coffee filter flowers (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Place a few coffee filters on an old towel or newspaper (to protect the table). Your child can decorate them with different colors of food coloring mixed in with water; use a paint-brush or a dropper.  Set aside to dry
  • Day 2: Place decorated coffee filters one on top of another and pinch from center to form a flower shape.  Use a pipe cleaner to firmly wrap the pinched area so it attaches to it and makes the stem for you flower!

Materials:

  • coffee filters
  • food coloring
  • water
  • empty egg carton (to mix food coloring and water)
  • pipets
  • paint brush
  • pipe cleaners

 

Sensory Play: Flowers and butterflies water play (video guidance)

As before, put the sensory bin on the floor or table on an old towel. 

Materials: 

  • water
  • fake or real flowers, leaves, stones, sticks
  • plastic butterflies, bugs, worms
  • scoops, cups, nets, small sieves, child safe twitters, etc.

Outdoor activity: Nature items hunt

All you need is a bucket or bag to collect nature items such as small sticks, pinecones, leaves, flowers, stones, etc. Bring home and add to your water sensory bin!

 

 

Week 5 – Spring Shapes & Prints: Explore shape recognition in new ways!

Craft 1: Printing with corks and vegetables (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Cut some vegetables in half or in pieces (bell peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, carrots, celery heart, etc). If you have a child’s safe knife feel free to have your child help (mushrooms, zucchinis, or other softer vegetables are best!). Tape paper to a table and add paint on a paper plate. Let the printing begin!
  • Day 2: Use corks for stamping instead. You can add to artwork from day before or make a new one. Comment on the different shapes.

Materials:

  • construction paper (or any paper)
  • paper plate
  • blue tape
  • paint (any colors)
  • variety of cut-up vegetables
  • corks
  • adult knife and child safe knife

Craft 2: Blue tape grid (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Make a grid with tape on a large piece of paper or cardboard. Overlap long pieces of tape to form squares, rectangles, and triangles.
  • Day 2: Color your grid with markers, do-a-dots, or crayons. Place small objects inside each shape (pom-poms, cotton balls, small animals, etc)

Materials:

  • large piece of paper or cardboard
  • blue painters tape
  • markers, do-a-dots, or crayons
  • small objects/toys

 

 

 

Sensory Play: Puzzle hunt (video guidance)

As before, put the sensory bin on the floor or table on an old towel that is easy to shake once done.

Materials: 

  • puzzle pieces (any shapes you have at home!)
  • rice
  • magnifying glasses 
  • scoops, cups, spoons, etc
  • a bigger container to collect pieces

Outdoor activity: Watering plants

All you need is a watering can and some water – kids love watering plants, trees, grass, etc. Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

Week 4 – Spring Texture Explorations

Craft 1: Spring landscape (video guidance)

Day 1: tape a big piece of paper to a table or to the floor. Start decorating your landscape with crayons, pastels, paint, etc

Day 2: gluing time! Glue some “clouds”, grass, flowers (tissue paper) and feel free to draw some stems for flowers if you’d like.

Materials:

  • butcher paper or any paper
  • blue painters tape
  • oil pastels or crayons (green, blue, yellow)
  • blue paint
  • paint brush
  • scraps of colored tissue paper
  • cotton balls (clouds)
  • fake grass
  • glue

Craft 2: Sponge butterfly prints (video guidance)

Day 1: take a regular sponge and tie in middle with a rubber band or string to make a butterfly shape. Place some paint on a paper plate; kids can now dip their butterfly shaped sponge on the paint and make prints on the paper. Set aside to dry

Day 2: take a look at your butterflies from the day before. You can draw antennas, legs, eyes, etc or you can add more paint of a different color and let dry and then add the rest of the butterfly!

Materials:

  • sponge

  • rubber band or string

  • paper plate

  • paint (orange, yellow, red, or any butterfly color you like!)

  • paper taped to table

  • markers

Sensory Play: Farm animals playing in pasta (video guidance)

  • pasta
  • farm animals
  • little containers
  • kids’ attached chopsticks/tweezers if you have any
  • spoons and scoops
  • magnifying glasses 

Outdoor activity: Bark rubbings – tape large piece of paper around a tree truck and rub it with crayons

Materials:

  • large pieces of white paper
  • tape
  • crayons

Week 3 – Birds All Around

Craft 1: Paper plate bird nests (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Let’s make the nest!  Draw a line right down the middle of a paper plate.  Have your child paint one half blue (or use blue markers/crayons) and then add clouds, a sun, anything they’d like to decorate the sky.  On the other half invite your child to glue feathers, fake (or real) grass, leaves, small sticks, etc.
  • Day 2: The nest is ready for a bird!  Your child can draw a “bird” out of construction paper or felt; help them cut it out.  They then can glue it onto the nest.  They can do the same with bird “eggs”!  

Materials:

  • paper plate
  • construction paper or felt; varied colors for the bird, white for the “eggs”
  • feathers of various sizes
  • straw, dried leaves, grass, small sticks, etc.
  • glue
  • scissors

 

Craft 2: Playdough Birds (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Make playdough together!  Find the homemade playdough receipe at the bottom of this week’s curriculum.  If you already have playdough then go to day 2 🙂
  • Day 2: Start the playdough fun!  Make birds out of playdough – let your imagination run wild!

Materials:

  • playdough
  • feathers
  • goggly eyes (they can be made out of construction paper) or buttons
  • bird picks made out of construction paper
  • popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, small sticks

 

 

Sensory Play: Egg/pom-pom fine motor sorting (video guidance)

  • Add materials to the sensory bin; feel free to add some dried beans in the mix if you have any to spare – kids love sorting them!

Materials 

  • trays / old egg cartoons to hold halved plastic eggs
  • plastic eggs
  • small cups
  • pom poms and cotton balls
  • kids’ attached chopsticks/tweezers (optional)
  • spoons

Outdoor activity: Branch shadow tracing

  • Tape a large piece of paper under a tree.  Have your child trace the branch, leaves, and shadows with a marker. 

Materials:

  • white paper
  • markers
  • blue painters tape

 

Homemade playdough recipe:

•3 cups of flour

•1 ½ cups of salt

•6 teaspoons of cream of tartar

•3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

•3 cups of water

•Food coloring

•Any extract you’d like (mint, lemon, coconut) or spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, coco powder) or no extract at all.

Pour flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large cooking pot, mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix again. Place on the stove and cook over medium heat until a ball starts forming and it pulls away from the sides (I don’t remember exact cooking time, but it took about 6 to 8 minutes). Remove from heat and knead the dough until it matches playdough consistency (1-2 minutes). After it cools off, place in air tight container or ziplock bag. It will last at least 3 months!

Week 2 – Spring Elements (land, water, wind)

Craft 1: Make your own windsock (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Your child can decorate a piece of construction paper (any color) with do-a-dot paints, markers, crayons, and stickers.
  • Day 2: Construct your windsock: roll the paper from day one into a cylinder shape and tape or staple it together.  Next cut streamers out of crepe paper and glue them to bottom of the windsock (you can also use yarn).  Make two holes across from each other on the top and attach a piece of yearn or sting so you can hang the windsock.

Materials:

  • white or colored construction paper
  • do-a-dot painters, markers, crayons, and/or stickers
  • stapler (for adult use only) or tape
  • crepe paper / streamers
  • glue stick
  • string or yarn
  • hole puncher

Craft 2: Chunky ice cube painting (video guidance

  • Day 1: Place a few ice cubes in a plastic bowl and your child can enjoy painting the ice.  See it melt after a while; colors will mix.  Once done, place the bowl back in the freezer.
  • Day 2: Get your art from day before from freezer and see how it looks!  Paint some more if you’d like (or get new ice to paint).  “Wash” paint off in the kitchen or bathroom sink and see the paint fade away and the ice melt.

Materials:

  • plastic bowl filled with a few ice cubes
  • washable paint in two or three spring colors
  • paint-brush

Sensory Play: Pond habitat (video guidance)

As in week one, put the sensory bin on the floor on an old towel that is easy to shake once done.  Feel free to place all materials without the water for a day or two for a “dry pond” and then add a some water for extra fun!

Materials: 

  • frogs, ducks and bugs
  • water
  • magnifying glasses 
  • faux ivy or grass
  • real or fake leaves

Outdoor activity: Digging for worms. 

All you need is some muddy area you have access to, a shovel, and a bucket to collect.  After you and your child observe the worms, have the kids return them to the dirt 🙂

 

 

 

Week 1

Craft 1: Tissue paper “flowers” on branch (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Lay out some colored sheets of tissue paper and invite your child to cut up the tissue paper (if able to use child-safe scissors) or rip them into pieces.  
    • If age-appropriate, invite your child to work on sorting the cut/ripped tissue paper by color into different small bowls
    • If age-appropriate, talk to your child about different shapes, and work with them to cut out circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles.  
  • Day 2: Lay a large branch collected outside (finding it could be a fun activity to do with your child!) on an old newspaper or towel/tablecloth.  Pour some watered-down glue in a small bowl, and arrange the ripped/cut tissue paper in separate small bowls.  Invite your child to use a paintbrush or popsicle stick to spread glue on the branch, and then crinkle up tissue paper to stick in the glue.  Create “flowers” on the branch!

Materials:

  • one large branch 
  • a newspaper or old towel/tablecloth to protect table 
  • watered down glue 
  • brushes or popsicle sticks
  • colorful tissue paper 
  • small bowls
  • child-safe scissors

Craft 2: “Painting” with water (video guidance)

  • Day 1: Painting with clear water on cardboard
  • Day 2: Did cardboard dry? Does it look the same? Should we paint again?
  • Day 3: Add food coloring to water and paint on paper towels instead!

Materials:

  • cups of water
  • paint brushes
  • card board boxes
  • food coloring (optional)

 

 

Sensory Play: Digging for bugs (video guidance)

Materials: have on floor on top of old towel that is easy to shake afterwards

  • dry oatmeal (can be replaced for rice or dry beans)
  • small rubber butterflies, bugs, farm animals, or anything you have at home!
  • small sieves, scoops, cups, spoons, etc

 

Outdoor activity: Spring is here!  Add all material inside container and let the kids have fun “planting” flowers

Materials:

  • dirt inside big tupperware or plastic container
  • kid-sized gardening gloves if you have any – otherwise no worries
  • shovel
  • fake flowers or real flowers
  • small buckets or cups for “planting”