There are times when I can't keep up with the planned theme curriculum due to illness of me or a family member, company coming, appointments, homeschool obligations, holidays, etc. There are also times when the age of the children in my care is all younger than 16 months and/or the children get bored of the planned activities. It's during these times I use Plan B Curriculum.
I do not have every toy out for the children to play with every day. Balls tend to get underfoot, we have more books than a small library, blocks tend to get scattered and misplaced, and art supplies would be everywhere. Also, I find "new" toys will hold the children's interest longer, so I keep the toys with lots of pieces, special toys, big toys, etc. in storage and bring them out one or two at a time either with the plan in my themed curriculum or with the plan described below.
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PAMM'S HOUSE Plan B Curriculum
I plan an art project of some sort. It may or may not be connected to any theme.
Paint with Water
Color with Crayons
Color with Markers
Bingo Dobbers Daily Art Project
There are other things you can do, too. Adjust the schedule and/or special toys to fit your needs, the ages of the children, and what you have on hand. Here are some other ideas for special days:
Watch videos you have or have the children bring their favorite video. Have popcorn for snack (Older children only).
Play favorite CDs, get out the rhythm instruments and have a marching band, sing new songs, dance to music, etc.
Electronic Games Day
I have a few ABC Electronic games. The children love it when we get them out for a day. Maybe older children could bring theirs from home for the day?
Get out Candyland, Cootie, Trouble, and other board games. Have fun snacks, too.
During very cold and very hot months when we can't go outside, I often bring in some of the outside toys like a slide or playhouse. (I clean it up first, of course). The children love to have a gross motor toy inside!
Here, you can see the six week schedule I made, rotating all the toys and art supplies I have. I incorporated my Toy Wash & Swap as well, using the three sets of toys I have. I use this schedule when we have many younger children, in the summer, or just for a change of pace.
Here's another variation of the same Plan B. I had part-time children who came every Tuesday and Thursday or every Monday and Tuesday so they would end up with the same Art and Puzzle day, etc. I decided to rotate my special days and it worked out very well.