Summer Week 4

Summer Week 4: June 25-29

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

I look forward to so many of these summer activities! I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s just the nostalgia of summer. This week we are starting to get patriotic… doing some repeats… and making one of our favorite summer treats… Popsicles!

Art

IMG_0194Patriotic Hat

Adult prep (optional): Staple an elastic chin strap fitted for your child to the top of a plastic cup. Set aside for later

Let your child decorate a full size sheet of red, blue, or white construction paper with patriotic decorations. You can have red, white, and blue paint, markers, or fat crayons, glitter, star stickers or cutouts, stripes, or anything else they would like. When they are finished roll it into a cylinder and tape or staple the two edges together. Now you can drop the cylinder onto the plastic cup and tape, or staple, the edges at the bottom of the hat (to keep the paper from coming off of the plastic cup; using the plastic cup is optional to keep the bottom more stable, add elastic to the paper cylinder if not using a cup). Now it is ready to wear and get excited for the 4th of July!

Stuff to Have

-Red, white, or blue construction paper

-1 wide mouth, disposable plastic cup

-Decorations: stars, stickers, paints, colors, glitter, etc.

-Glue, tape, and/or staples

-Piece of elastic fitted for your child

Developing Skills

Fine motor, planning, colors, arts and crafts

Fine Motor

Tear Stripes

Tearing… an amazingly simple concept that is actually quite difficult for our little ones. Now, it’s ok if you really don’t end up with stripes, but give this fine motor activity a try with your child. They will find it fun when they get their fingers to work at tearing apart the paper. It really is a good fine motor workout for their little forearm and hand muscles. You may need to help your younger toddler get their tears started, but once they go it will be fun to see what they can do.

If your child is on the older end of the toddler/preschool years and seems ready to try cutting, pull out a pair of safety scissors to give cutting a try. If it gets to frustrating, don’t force it. Trust me, they won’t go to college without the ability to cut with scissors. It will come! There’s no use forcing these types of things on our kids, they’ll just learn to not like it!

Stuff to Have

-Red and white construction paper

-Children’s safety scissors (optional)

Developing Skills

Fine motor

Problem Solving

Find the Star

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!

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Stuff to Have

-1 medium size star (cut from construction paper or stiff fabric like felt)

Developing Skills

Problem solving, follow through

Science & Math

Who’s My Mommy Fish Match

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.

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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)

Developing Skills

Early math (matching and sorting), fine motor, problem solving

Cooking & Baking

Strawberry Popsicles

Blend strawberries in a blender until smooth with a few chunks. Add A little honey to taste (or your sweetener of choice) only as necessary if strawberries are tart. Pour the strawberry mixture into the popsicle molds (or paper cups) place sticks in the middle. Let freeze for 1-2 hours, or until frozen through.

Stuff to Have

2 c. Strawberries

Water

Honey, to taste

Popsicle molds, or small paper cups and popsicle sticks

Developing Skills

Science, fine motor

 Happy Playing!

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