Summer Week 7: July 17-21

Art

IMG_0051Make a Campfire

This is almost as much a pretend play activity as it is an art activity. The point is for your child to have fun pretending to build up the logs inside the shoe box  (glue together if needed) then glue in the red and orange tissue paper around the logs to look like the flames.

Stuff to have

-3 or 4 empty paper towel rolls

-Toilet paper rolls

-Orange, red, and yellow tissue paper

-Small shoe box, or other small box

Developing Skills

Fine motor, pretend play

Fine Motor

Balance a Golf Ball

Hold a spoon with one hand. Place the golf ball on the large part of the spoon and demonstrate to your little one how it can balance if you keep it steady. Now, show them what happens with you tip it. It falls off. Let them try balancing the golf ball while walking around. Too easy for your older toddler? Let them try holding the golf ball on a smaller spoon or between a large pair of tongs.

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Stuff to Have

-Cereal or soup spoon

-Golf balls (or similar size ball)

Developing Skills

Fine motor, hand-eye coordination

Problem Solving

Build a Tent

What kids doesn’t love a tent. And tents are a big part of summer for some families. Why not set up a tent, inside or outside, but let you little one put their mind to work and figure out how to do it along with your occasional help. Ask questions that make them think, and offer suggestions to help them learn new ways of doing something. For younger children, you might have to do most of the work, but as the child gets older they will be more eager to have control over the tent building. Once it’s built spend some time in there, read some books or play with favorite toys.

Stuff to Have

-Sheet or light blankets

-Furniture, chairs (something sturdy to hold up the blankets)

-Clothespins

Developing Skills

Problem solving, planning, follow through

Early Science & Math

Scavenger Hunt

Use the scavenger hunt list to find things on a nature walk or in the back yard. This is a good natural time to talk about colors, numbers of objects, textures, shapes, and all the other characteristics of things we find outside.

Stuff to Have

-Scavenger hunt list

Developing Skills

Science, problem solving, follow through

Cooking & Baking

S’mores

S’mores for a treat rounds out the “camping” focus of this week! Find a way to make s’mores that works for you and your family. If you have a way to build a fire to roast marshmallows, and you feel comfortable with your little one under close supervision roasting their own marshmallow, go for it. Otherwise you can roast marshmallows over a grill, in an oven, or even for a couple seconds in the microwave. (If you aren’t going to roast them over a fire, you can pretend roast marshmallows over their art campfire to get the feel of camping). Once the marshmallow is roasted or heated through sandwich the chocolate and marshmallow into two haves of the graham cracker, give it a little squeeze and enjoy the chocolatey gooiness!

Stuff to Have

-1 graham cracker

-1 large marshmallow

-1/4 full size chocolate bar

Developing Skills

Fine motor, cooking

Add On Activities

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.

Music and Rhymes: There are many online resources for music and rhymes. Look for some that focus on summertime, maybe going to the beach, camping, playing outside, and going to the zoo.

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.

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