Summer Week 2: June 11-15
At Real. Meaningful. Family. my goal is to provide information based on research for parents and caregivers, and to create regular opportunity for you to have special together time with your child. Toddlers and preschoolers learn from the environment and daily interactions. We are in no way seeking to create a school-like setting for your young child. Research has clearly indicated that academic learning (think reading, writing, and arithmetic) for these young children is not developmentally appropriate, learning for this age is in the every day details. The activities below have been created as a time to set aside specifically for parents and care givers to have a fun interaction with their children. I would recommend you first prioritize time to read, snuggle, dance, sing, move, rhyme, play, and then add these activities in as you can. Don’t stress… keep it simple, and just be together!
“The work will wait while you show your child the rainbow. But the rainbow won’t wait while you do the work.” -Erik Erikson
Make Daddy A Card
Let your child design and decorate their own card for their dad, or someone special in their life, for Father’s Day. Fold the paper in half for a traditional looking card or keep it big for a full page picture. Let you child pick the materials and decide how to decorate it.
Stuff to Have
-Pens, crayons, markers, paints (let your child choose)
-Miscellaneous decorations: Stickers, glue, glitter, yarn, etc., optional
Art, colors, planning, follow through, experience with art materials
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.
Stuff to Have
-Cereal or soup spoon
-Golf balls (or similar size ball)
Fine motor, hand-eye coordination
Fishing pole: Make a small hole in one end of the paper towel role. Then, to attach the pipe cleaner, stick about an inch through the hole, bend the pipe cleaner over and tape the piece inside of the towel roll. On the other end of the pipe cleaner attach a strong magnet, or glue the tip of the pipe cleaner between two magnets.
Fish: On construction paper draw about a 3-inch circle or oval then add a triangle to one side to make the tail of the fish. Cut it out and add an eye and a line for the mouth. On the back of the fish glue a magnet.
Set-up: Set the fish out, magnet side up, on the floor, on a table, or in a shallow plastic container. Then your child can sit nearby and “fish” with their magnet fishing pole. This is a problem solving activity so you might start by asking how they can pick up the fish with their new pole. Let them experiment some and see if it works to pick up a fish. This might require a little help from you if they aren’t catching any, but once they start to pull up fish they will be excited to catch more!
Stuff to Have
-1 empty paper towel roll
-1 pipe cleaner
-Construction paper fish
Problem solving, follow through, fine motor
Science & Math
Collect 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
Early math, early science
Cooking & Baking
Daddy’s favorite treat
With your child, choose a treat to make with them for daddy (or other special father figure) for Father’s Day… I do believe we will be making caramel rice crispy treats!