There is nothing better than water play on a hot summer day. Slap bathing suits on the children, along with sunscreen and hats and you are ready to go!!! I have some activities for the children to do in the backyard with water:
wash the bikes, trikes, little tikes vehicles wash the inside toys in . . . → Read More: Summer in the Backyard made easy (Water fun)
A secure, fenced- in backyard can provide hours of safe, relaxing summer fun. I have compiled a list of equipment and supplies to make your summer in the backyard easier. All of the activities I will be providing in this series will use these items . . . → Read More: Summer in the Backyard made easy (Getting Ready)
Inside snow play
Why not bring the outside in!! Here’s some ways to get kids playing and learning about snow and ice inside. These activities combines sensory (feel of snow, texture, properties as it starts to melt) and science (colors combine as the snow melts).
Fill tupperware bins or buckets with snow and bring . . . → Read More: Snow and Ice Play
One of my favorite fables for young children is Stone Soup. Here is a link to a version of the story that you can read to the children. The best way to enhance this story is to have the children participate and “act-it-out.”
Gather up the food items needed, either fresh or plastic foods. Give . . . → Read More: Stone Soup Story Time
This is an easy and fun sensory activity that children really enjoy. All you need to do is collect some items, foods or spices with strong aromas that are familiar to most kids. You can, of course, make it more difficult for older children. Put them in baby food jars or small tupperware containers with holes in the top. . . . → Read More: “Guess the Smell” game
Fall is a great time to visit a farm, usually associated with a pumpkin patch experience or apple picking. This is also a great opportunity to talk to the kids about farm animals. The sheep, for example, are growing warm, thick coats to prepare them for the long, cold winter ahead. . . . → Read More: Stand-up Woolly Sheep
Kids love textures and sensory experiences. Here is a colourful tactile adventure in making an easy fall craft, in 3D! I like it because you can use materials that you already have on-hand.
Start with a paper plate, toilet paper roll and some green tissue paper Paint the roll brown or cover with brown construction . . . → Read More: “3D” Fall Tree
Fathers Day is coming and everyone loves breakfast in bed. Even young children can get involved in the planning and execution of the meal. Ask the children what they think Daddy would like for breakfast and include fruits and items that they can assemble themselves. One of our family favorites is pancake faces. . . . → Read More: Father’s Day breakfast in bed with placemat craft
Children love to paint and it doesn’t always have to be with a paint brush. Depending on your theme or the time of year, you can use lots of different things as tools for painting. This activity is fun and also teaches the names of different bugs, their body parts and even what sounds they . . . → Read More: Painting with plastic insects
Sensory bin with nesting materials
I like to put new and interesting things in the sensory bin. For those of you who do not work in a daycare center, a sensory bin can be made out of a large tupperware container or bucket that 2 or 3 children can access at once. I put . . . → Read More: Bird’s Nest Bin