Welcome to week 12 of summer! Here we go…. entering the intertwining of seasons as we try to soak up the last bits of summer all while getting ready to jump into the activities and happenings of the next season.
We started one of those obvious signs of Fall… School… last Monday. So, I am trying to figure out the balance of teaching my first grader, and still these activities with my younger two and getting this shared with all of you! It’s all my priority… we’ll find a way!
Happy week 12 of summer! Enjoy these simple Summer activities (some repeated of course) together with your little one!
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
-Crayons with paper taken off
Science, sensory/texture, colors, fine motor
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
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)
Problem solving, planning, follow through
Early 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
“Shake-it-up “Homemade Ice Cream
How about one more summer hurrah… home made ice cream! A long time ago at a family gathering we all shook up our own ice cream in a zip lock bag surrounded by another zip lock bag full of ice. What a fun way to get your little one moving and shaking all while having a delicious treat to look forward too!
Now, it’s really important to me to give credit where credit is due and not share recipes that are not my own. A lot of recipes that I have shared on here I have tweaked and come up with myself, or they have been passed down to me and the original source is unknown. So, with that said, I do not have an ice cream recipe that I feel comfortable sharing. I think a quick google search or a flip through a cookbook will provide a lot of options for simple ice cream recipes that you can make!
Keep the plan of having your child shake up their ice cream in mind as you look for recipes. Once you have your mix made pour it into a quart size zip lock bag, about half full. Fill a gallon bag about half full with ice and a heavy dose of salt. Tightly seal the quart bag and place it into the gallon bag nestled into the ice. Now it’s ready to shake it up until the ice cream on the inside has frozen. You might want to wrap a hand towel around the bag to keep little fingers from getting too cold.
Early math, early science, fine motor, large motor
Also, 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!