by Cora Miller
Do you struggle finding things to do with the children during the summer? Look no further! Here is a list of ideas to keep the children (and you!) from getting bored:
1. Prepare Fruit “S’mores” as a cool refreshing treat! Stack graham crackers, cream cheese (or yogurt), and fruits such as strawberries, bananas, peaches, and blueberries.
2. Plant herbs. Children are fascinated watching things grow! Use small pots to plant different herbs to grow inside. Have the children check on their plants periodically to see how they change.
3. Create water fun with sponge balls! All you need are some soft sponges and zip ties or sturdy string. Cut 2 sponges into long strips. Line them up so the edges are aligned. Tightly tie the strips together in the middle with a zip tie or string. The strips will point in all directions once tied. Use them to wash toys, at the water table, or in outdoor water games. Rinse with soap and water and dry thoroughly after use.
4. Make sun-catchers. Use paper plates, cello paper, and ribbon to create familiar shapes such as a watermelon slice, lemon, lime, sun, moon, etc.
5. Start a nature collection. Have children collect items from outdoors such as rocks, leaves, grass, flowers, etc. during walks or playtime throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, you can sort and count items. Then glue everything onto a poster display board as you talk about your collecting adventures.
6. Make discovery bottles. Fill plastic bottles with sand, and add a variety of small items that children can identify such as paper shapes, buttons, and plastic bugs. Seal the bottles with heavy tape or epoxy glue. Manipulate the bottles to make each of the objects appear, and challenge the children to name them and their color and shape!
7. Do a science experiment. Visit our blog and try any (or all!) of our science activities with step-by-step instructions listed here.
8. Summer can include learning too! Review the alphabet with ideas such as: alphabet blocks, letter sponges, stencils, stamps, and stickers in the art area, and letter magnets for the refrigerator or file cabinet. Use the free enrichment activities from FunShine Express to review basic concepts. These sheets include activities such as coloring, cutting, matching, tracing, and writing. Find them here.