Encourage the children to pick up pom poms using tweezers
and place the pom pom
scoops onto paper cones. The tweezers in the above photo were purchased
Give them buckets of water and
large paint brushes. They can "paint" the house, the
sidewalk, outdoors toys, etc.
Sidewalk chalk is another favorite. One of our older children
uses each square of the sidewalk
as a cage and draws a zoo animal in each cage....the younger
ones are fascinated by this.
If you haven't made it before, try making your own sidewalk chalk in t.p.
One of my favorite activities for
the summer is to fill a large
plastic tub with water, add water toys and let the kids play.
I include measuring cups, measuring spoons and bowls, too.
Make an ocean by putting sand, and
colored water in an empty soda bottle. You
can make a large one with the 2 liter bottles or a small one with
the 16 oz bottles.
Put glue on the outside of a frame,
pour sand on it, glue shells and add a picture.
Shells in the Sandbox
You could put shells in the sandbox
and have them dig for the shells as if
they were at the seashore. While playing in the sandbox if you
could make a tape
of the sounds of the ocean to play in the background for mood
music it may help.
Ice In Sandbox
Hide ice cubes in the sandbox.
Encourage children to find them.
Ice Cube Containers
Give children cubes and containers.
See how many cubes the children can fit in each of the containers.
In a small child's swimming pool,
provide a small amount of water (about ankle deep for a child).
Place small pebbles in the bottom and have the children see how
many they can pick up with
their toes. Also, place diving rings in the pool.
1 cup sand
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp cream of tartar 3/4 cup hot water
Mix sand, cornstarch and
cream of tartar in an old saucepan. Add hot water.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is very
thick and can't
be stirred further. Cool slightly and mold into various shapes use
plastic molds or
let children create their own designs. Allow to dry. Paint if desired.
(Store left overs in airtight container.) What a fun way to make
castles for your sand table (with those sandcastle/beach plastic pail
Have your children lace yarn around
canoe shapes. Let them decorate their shapes with crayons or felt
Pick a large number of dandelions
and make a slit through each stem close to the stem end.
Show each of your children how to gently pull the stem of one
dandelion through the slit in another
dandelion stem. Then show the child how to pull the stem of a third
dandelion through the slit in
the second dandelion stem, and so on, to make a chain. When the chain is
for a necklace, help the child fasten the two ends of his or her chain
Sunny Yellow Dough
Color the play dough yellow. Set
out all yellow plastic cookie cutters for your children to use
with the dough.
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