Here's a simple favorite for me this summer. My sister and I used to order Diet Coke with strawberries from Sonic, and so I thought, why not make it at home.? Simply wash and cut strawberries and add them to a glass of Coke Zero. In the picture I used Coke Zero Cherry (to be honest, I was too lazy to walk to the garage and get a regular Coke Zero) and it actually turned out pretty yummy. Enjoy!
Day 1: Cardboard pictures
Day 2: Make a city
Day 3: Make stained glass
Day 4: Plant an indoor garden
Day 5: Puzzles
Day 6: Make your own play-dough
Day 7: Put on a puppet show
Day 8: Have a scavenger hunt
Day 9: Plant flowers outside
Day 10: Tracing
Day 11: Make a photo album
Day 12: Bake a treat
Day 13: Sort objects
Day 14: Have a "car" wash
Day 15: Build a fort
Day 16: Run in the sprinklers
Day 17: Go Bowling
Day 18: Make an edible building
Day 19: Build!
Day 20: Make confetti
Day 21: Alphabet hunt
Day 22: Write a story
Day 23: Make masks
Day 24: Create leaf rubbings
Day 25: Make ice-cream
The summer can be lllllooooonnnnngggg! But no fret, I've come up with a list of activities for you to do with your pre-schooler and/or kindergartner. Now remember, I live in the southwest and it gets ridiculously hot here, so a lot of these activities are indoor.
Day 1: Cut pictures out of old cereal or crackers boxes and glue onto another piece of paper. Then use crayons to make their own picture.
- Remember to have your child use "kid" scissors and please supervise.
Day 2: Draw a "city" with streets and parking lots on your patio or sidewalk with chalk. Then your child can drive their toy cars around the city they created.
- They sell thick sidewalk chalk at Target or the dollar store. These are good to use outside because they don't break and help with fine motor skills. (And girls will like it too. hehehe)
Day 3: Make stained glass:
- Stretch plastic wrap around a cutting board or plate making sure it is tight with no ripples. Then let your child draw pictures, write their name, and be creative with squeezable glitter glue. When they are finished, let it dry overnight, then peel the masterpiece off and stick on your windows. (Make sure to test a small area of your window first to make sure there is no damage) I found the glue at Joann.com for $1.50 per color.
Day 4: Plant an indoor garden:
Use a clear oblong container. You can buy a tupperware or recycle a container you have at home. Have your child fill it with potting soil, dig small holes, and place seeds in the holes. Teach your child to water it and place it where your family can watch it grow. The clear container allows your child to see the roots as the flowers/herbs/vegetable grow. (Tip: Let your child pick out the seeds at the store)
Day 5: Puzzles:
If your child has good fine motor skills, try putting together a 25-50 piece puzzle together. If your child struggles, try putting together a floor puzzle (it's just as fun, but has larger pieces). You can find floor puzzles at amazon.com
Day 6: Make your own play-dough:
Having your child help you, prepare the play-dough according to the directions. I found a recipe at Fun Family Education. Then sculpt, roll, squeeze, and have fun!
Day 7: Puppet show!
Make puppets using brown paper lunch sacks, buttons, yarn (or whatever odds and ends you have lying around the house). Then use a table with a table cloth on it for the stage. You can write the story before hand or improv.
Day 8: Scavenger hunt:
This will take a little preparation without the help of your little one. Take pictures of different objects you have around the house (rubber duck, toy car, an article of clothing), and hide them around the house. Then print the pictures onto one page. Give your child the page of pictures and a crayon. As they find each object, they can cross it out on the paper. When your child has found the last object, help them find the "prize".
Day 9: Plant flowers outside:
This may be an early morning or evening activity for us southwesterns. Give your child a couple of choices where they want to to plant flowers and let them pick. Then plant away. Let your child use a spade or small shovel to make the hole. After you put the flowers in the hole, let your child fill it in with dirt and pat it down.
Day 10: Tracing:
Pull out as many plastic dishes as you can. Then show your child how to trace the dishes onto paper with pencils and/or crayons. Then talk about the shapes and sizes they drew. If time permits, let your child cut out each shape. (This may require a little hand over hand help).
Day 11: Make a photo album:
With your supervision, help your child take 10 or 15 pictures with your digital camera. Then print out the pictures (at home or at a photo processing store). Using card stock or index, staple 10 or 15 papers together to make a book. Help your child come up with a title and write it on the first page. Then help your child glue one picture onto each page. Underneath each picture, your child can write (remember that sounding out and attempting is great) what the picture is.
Day 12: Bake a treat:
Pick an easy recipe that little hands can help with. Some good treats to make are: rice krispie treats, chocolate chip cookies, english muffin pizzas, no bake cookies. . . .
Day 13: Sort objects:
Fill a bucket with odds and ends around the house. Make sure some of the objects are related to each other. Let your child investigate the objects and see how they classify them. After they sort the objects, put them all back in the bucket and ask your child to sort them again, but in a different way. You may need to have your
own bucket of different objects to model how to do it for your child.
Day 14: "Car" Wash:
Fill a bucket outside with water and a little bit of dishsoap. Give your child rags and sponges and let them "wash their cars". Basically let them wash their outside toys such as bikes, cars, skooters. This is a win win situations. They have fun, and your outside toys get cleaned!
Day 15: Build a fort:
Use pillows, blankets, furniture, or whatever you need to build an awesome fort in the middle of your house.
Day 16: Run in the sprinkler:
Or play with a water table if you don't have any grass. :)
Day 17: Go Bowling
If you register your child at KidsBowlFree.com, they can have two free games everyday this summer!!!
If you don't want to go to a bowling alley, start saving your coffee creamer bottles, and clean them out. Then with a some little finger help, peel off the label, paint, decorate, and fill each bottle with sand (about 2 inches of sand). Then set up your the pins in a hallway or outside and let your child roll a ball towards them.
Day 18: Make marshmallow and pretzel buildings:
Using large marshmallows and pretzel sticks, help your child build structures of all types. Using marshmallows is fun because your child can stick as many pretzels in it as they want.
Day 19: Build!
Go to your local hardware store (or look around your house) and ask for scraps of wood. They should be pretty small and thin. Using nails and a hammer help your child nail them together. If you're feeling extra brave that day, pull out the washable paint and let them paint their masterpiece. Your child will love hammering in nails! *Please remember to supervise this activity the entire time.*
Day 20: Make confetti:
Give your child scraps of colored paper and a hole punch and let them go at it! If you have the hole punches that are different shapes (available at Joann's), even better! When they are done, have your child help put all the little pieces in a bag and save for future envelopes and packages you may mail later. *Some hole punches can pinch hands when they are closed. You may want to check yours before your little one goes crazy.*
Day 21: Alphabet hunt:
Using pre-made alphabet cards, tape them in different (but visible) spots around the house. Then help your child find each letter in order. Once they find the letter, they can grab it. You can re-do this several times (your child will most likely want to do it again). If your child has already mastered the alphabet, place sight words around the house. You say a word, and your child can go find the word and bring it to you.
Day 22: Write a story:
Use a notebook, or staple white paper together. Then let your child put stickers, stamps, or draw pictures on the pages. When they are done, ask them what is happening on each page, and write the story together.
Day 23: Make masks
Trace a mask shape on index or card stock and let your child decorate, and cut them out. Punch a hole on each side and connect with string or thin elastic. *Please help your child cut out the eyes.*
Day 24: Make leaf rubbings:
Go outside and find several leaves of different shapes and sizes. Place them under a piece of paper and rub over the leaf with a crayon. It tends to work better if you peel the paper off of the crayon and rub using the side of the crayon. *Try to find leaves that aren't completely dried out. Otherwise they may fall apart during the rubbing.*
Day 25: Make icecream:
This is a fun activity to do when it is hot. You can find the kid friendly recipe and directions at Disney Family Fun.
Day 26: Have a (indoor) picnic.
It may be way too hot to have a picnic outside, but there is no reason you can't enjoy one in your living room. Let your child help you make the sandwiches and sides. Place a blanket on the floor and use a basket just like you would do outside.
My name is Melanie and I'm a stay at home mom. My husband Adam is a pharmacist and makes it possible for me to be home. We have a one year old son A, who we absolutely adore. Although sometimes my house may not look like it, (A gets into everything and makes it his job to pull whatever he can out and put it on the floor) I love to find new ways to organize my house, try new recipes, and make fun DYI projects and decorations.