Summer Week 13: Favorites!

Here we go with week 13 of Summer… we blinked and Summer flew by us! We will start with new fall activities next week, but for now let’s wrap up with some of YOUR favorites this week. Check out all of the summer activities here to pick your favorites!

Here’s what our plan is for the week. Let us know what you are doing for your favorites!

Art

Sidewalk Chalk or Paint

Sometimes it’s good to just get back to the basics! Take art outside and use sidewalk chalk or paint to create something new. Let younger children experiment with this new concept, and let older children stretch their creativity on the pavement. You can join in and make your own creations too. Be sure to ask a lot of questions and describe what you see!

Stuff to Have

-Sidewalk chalk or sidewalk paint

-Concrete sidewalk, driveway, or patio

Developing Skills

Fine motor, planning and follow through, sensory, colors

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.IMG_0374

Stuff to Have

-Cereal or soup spoon

-Golf balls (or similar size ball)

Developing Skills

Fine motor, hand-eye coordination

Sensory

Splash Time! Water Play

Every child loves water play, and playing outside in water is a natural option in the summer. It is also a great learning opportunity! Fill a small pool or a large shallow container with water, or use a hose attached to a gentle sprinkler. Not only is it a sensory activity, it is science (water properties), fine motor (playing with spoons, cups, etc.), math (volume and measuring), and of course one of the most fun things for kids! Capitalize on the chance to play in water by adding anything that will enhance their play and their learning. This could be plastic cups, bowls, spoons, ladles, colanders, sponges, etc. Be creative and have fun!

Stuff to Have

-Small pool, hose with a gentle sprinkler, small shallow tub

-Cups, spoons, sponges, bowls, colanders, etc.

Developing Skills

Sensory and texture, early math, early science, problem solving, colors, fine motor

Early 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

S’mores

IMG_0088S’mores seems like the perfect way to round out the summer months! 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


Of course… try to sprinkle in large muscle movement, reading, and music and rhymes in every day during the week. They are so important!

To get large muscle groups working you can do things like jumping, kicking or throwing a ball, dancing, twirling, running through a sprinkler… get creative and have fun doing this together. I think we will need to try and pull the sprinkler out a couple times this week before it gets too cold!

Get lot’s of reading in too. Read some of your favorites and mix in some new books from the library. Maybe look for books about camping, vacations, travel, fruits and vegetables that you are harvesting from your garden… Read the books, talk about the pictures, the colors, and what things are similar to your child’s world.

And don’t forget music and rhymes! Even if you don’t consider yourself musical try to have fun and include music and rhymes in your day, your kids aren’t judging you and there’s no one else listening! The sing songy-ness of music and rhymes is instrumental in literacy and language development (think future reading), plus it’s fun, it gets kids moving, and it can be a great way to change a rough day into a happy one!

Happy Playing!

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