Summer is here! The school year is coming to an end, and plans are being made for the months ahead. While you want to let your children enjoy their time at the pool and beach, including some educational activities into your planning can help children improve their skills instead of losing them to the “summer slide”. Visit our previous blog to learn more about the summer slide and how to avoid it.
Here are some great summer learning activities to get you started:
Spend some time enjoying nature with this Simple Scavenger Hunt. East Coast Mommy offers a printable list, or you can get creative with your own. The kids will love coming up with ideas of what they might find! You can also do a sound hunt and go looking for different sounds!
All you need for these DIY Rain Clouds is some clear containers, water, food coloring, a dropper, and good old fashioned shaving cream. Fill a glass with water and top it with shaving cream. Add food coloring a couple drops at a time to create “rain”. Visit the link for details on how to make the most of this awesome experiment!
This Watermelon Art Activity from Education.com is great for developing fine motor skills, number sense, and color and shape recognition.
This awesome Ice Play Activity is great for a hot summer day! Make different colored ice cubes by mixing water with food coloring. Fill a couple containers with water, add the ice and you’re ready to go!
This Ice Chalk Painting Activity consists of cornstarch, water, and liquid watercolor paint or food coloring. Albeit a bit messy, this is a great art activity that can also be used as a science experiment showing how water and oil do not mix.
Work on fine motor skills with this Outdoor Scissor Skills Activity. All you need is some child safe scissors, and a yard to explore for flowers, leaves, grass…anything that can be cut with a pair of scissors!
These Story Stones are a great way to work on creativity and language development. Paint some simple pictures on stones and encourage your child to tell a story using the pictures. As she gets older, you can use these stones to create stories to help her with problem solving.
This Active Math Game for Preschoolers is a great way for children to get some exercise while they practice their numbers. Write numbers on index cards and tape them to sports cones. (Plastic cups and a sharpie would work in a pinch). Give your child a soccer ball and have him kick the ball at the appropriate cone as you call out the number. This game can grow with your child by using larger numbers, addition and subtraction, etc.
This Rainbow Rice Sensory Garden is great for practicing colors, sensory skills, fine motor skills, and creativity. To make the rice, add 4 cups of rice to a Ziploc bag with about 2T of food coloring or liquid water colors and 3 T of rubbing alcohol. Give the children plastic gardening/sand toys and flowers to create their own garden.
Practice letters or numbers with this Alphabet Soup Activity. Using plastic or foam letters or numbers, have your child identify them as she adds them to a pot. Adding some rice (like the rainbow rice above!) or beans will give her the opportunity to work on her counting or measuring skills. Fill a pitcher with water and let her pour it into the pot. You can even get in some fine motor practice by giving her some tongs and having her move the letters from the pot to a bowl when it’s finished “cooking”.
We can’t wait to see your little ones at summer camp! For those of you who will not be joining us this summer, we hope you have a wonderful summer break and look forward to seeing you in the fall!