Parent prep: From white construction paper, cut out a tie shape. From other various colors of construction paper cut out fun shapes for your child to glue onto the tie. It could be stripes, circles, zig zags, hearts, stars, anything that will be fun for the tie.
Let your children decorate daddy’s tie. For younger children it is sometimes easier to dip the decorations into a small puddle of glue. Older children get get their fine motor muscles working by using a stick of glue or squeezing liquid glue onto the paper. It’s ok if it gets messy! Let them decorate their tie as much as they like. Describe what they are doing and ask them to describe back to you as much as they can.
Stuff to Have
-Construction paper, for tie
-Construction paper decorations
Fine motor, art, gluing
Set out your jar and ping pong balls (or similar small ball) and ask your child how to put the balls in the jar. Let your child try dropping the balls in. If your child is young or not interested, demonstrate to them how to drop the balls in. Can they get it out? If it’s too easy for your child, make it more difficult by trying to drop the ball in from a higher point. Or, try something different by dropping a smaller object into a container with a smaller opening.
Stuff to Have
-Ping pong balls, or ball similar in size
-Jar or plastic container with opening wide enough to fit ball
-Craft balls (smaller than ping pong balls), optional
-Jar or container with smaller opening, optional
Fine motor, hand eye coordination, problem solving
Play a game of hide and seek, only in this version hide a construction paper star for your child to find. For younger children keep it pretty easy, at their eye level and not too hidden. Also keep their level of mobility in mind. For older children, make it a little tougher, but not so much that they get frustrated. Children will love getting to use their problem solving skills to find the star. They will also love getting to take some turns hiding it from you!
Stuff to Have
-1 medium size star (cut from construction paper or stiff fabric like felt)
Problem solving, follow through
Early Science & Math
Make 5 large fish in different colors of construction paper, and make 5 small fish to correspond to the colors of the large fish. This is an activity of matching. Matching the mommy fish to the baby fish based on color. Let your child play with how to match the fish together, all along describe what they are doing and what you are doing. If they enjoy matching, they can also sort by size, putting all of the big fish together and all of the little fish together.
Stuff to Have
-Mommy fish: 5 large construction paper fish (all different colors)
-Baby fish: 5 smaller construction paper fish (corresponding to the mommy colors)
Early math (matching and sorting), fine motor, problem solving
Cooking and Baking
Choose a Summer Favorite:
Take this opportunity to make something that is really special to you and your family. Maybe a cold treat that you always like to make in the summertime, a favorite cookie, or maybe you have some June fruits or vegetables to harvest and make something delicious!
Along with these fun activities, it’s just as important to make sure you are getting in large motor movement, reading, and even some music and rhymes! Here’s more information about those things:
Large Motor: Find ways to use the big muscle groups. Activities could include things like jumping, kicking or throwing a ball, dancing, twirling, running through a sprinkler, or other outside activities. With Father’s Day approaching also consider something like golfing with daddy. Use wrapping paper rolls cut to your child’s size and a small plastic ball like a ping pong ball or golf ball. Your child will enjoy this large motor activity with daddy (or mommy) while at the same time working on their hand-eye coordination.
Books: Take a trip to the library and look for books about summer as well as books that match your child’s interest. Read, read, and read some more! They will love it and it’s prime time to get some snuggles.
Music and Rhymes: There are many online resources for music and rhymes. Look for some that focus on summertime, dads (for Father’s Day), and playing outside.