Monday, June 18, 2012

Planning for Summer

Put a stop to "I'm Bored" with these 5 fun summer activities for children. 

Make a Sandcastle
Whether it’s a trip to the beach or just the local park, the feel of sand beneath wriggling toes is a solid summer staple.  Next time you head to the sandbox, grab some shovels and buckets and have your children build a sandcastle.  This hands on activity encourages both motor skills and imaginations!  Show them how to add water to sand to make it hold its shape and collect rocks and sticks to decorate the finished product. 

Who doesn’t have memories of plunking plastic wands into soapy bubble containers, the sticky soapy mixture slipping down your fingers and running across the lawn catching bubbles before they pop?  This summer, try making your own bubble solution. Have your child practice their math and reading skills by following the directions and mixing the ingredients themselves.

Perfect Bubble Recipe:
1 cup water
2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin
4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

Finger Paint
Finger paint is messy and squishy and colorful and a whole lot of fun. It also happens to be the perfect outdoor summer activity.  Set up newspapers and paints in the backyard, get your kids in their swimsuits, and pour the paints.  They’ll make a mess and have tons of fun doing it.  Once they’re finished put on the sprinkler or set up the kiddie pool and let them clean off in style.

Visit the Library
Hot outside?  Slip into an air-conditioned library for story time, craft groups, summer reading programs and more.   Almost all libraries offer free summer activities for children of any age.  Get them a library card and let them take their very own summer vacations to far off times and places. 

Whether you make a three-tiered cake or use a boxed brownie mix, baking with children teaches invaluable skills.  Depending on their age, have them pour ingredients that you’ve measured or just supervise while they do the whole recipe by themselves.  Take this opportunity to talk about kitchen safety!    

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Cheryl said...

We are fortunate to live near Riverdale Farm which is completely free and awesome for my little guy since he loves seeing the farm animals! If you live in Toronto, check it out.

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