Summer Week 12: August 21-25

Art

Nature Rubbing

Go on a nature walk. Take along a couple pieces of paper and crayons with the paper taken off. Find objects with interesting textures like concrete, wood, tree bark, rocks or pebbles, and leaves. Set the paper on top of the item. First, demonstrate how to create a rubbing by turning the crayon on its side and rubbing it back and forth. Point out to your child how the texture is showing through on the paper. Let them feel the object and talk about what the texture feels like (bumpy, scratchy, smooth, soft, etc.) then let them make a rubbing and observe the texture. For younger children you might need to help them push the crayon back and forth. Do this with several things and talk about how the textures for each object are different.

Stuff to Have

-Construction paper

-Crayons with paper taken off

Developing Skills

Science, sensory/texture, colors, fine motor

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

Float or Sink?

IMG_0133Collect items from around the house that will sink and float. If your child is older they can help you collect objects and you can talk about what you each think will happen. Once you have collected the objects fill a tub or container with water to test each of the objects. One by one let your child put them in. Be descriptive about what is happening and ask a lot of questions, especially to your older child. Remember, even if they aren’t answering doesn’t mean they aren’t learning!

Stuff to Have

-Various objects that will sink in water

-Various objects that will float in water

-Tub or large plastic container of water

Developing Skills

Early math, early science

Cooking & Baking

Favorite Treat

Choose something that is your child’s or your family’s favorite to make in the summertime.

Developing Skills

Early math, early science, fine motor

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. Maybe this week try some easier versions of activities we will see in the Olympics!

Music and Rhymes: There are many online resources for music and rhymes. Look for some that have some summertime themes like swimming, camping, playing outside, summertime fruits and veggies, and other fun summer activities that apply to your family.

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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