Thanks for a great school year! Hope you have a safe and blessed summer! Be sure to have fun with your little ones. Here are just a few ideas...
Play music and dance with your child. Let your child use pots, pans, and spoons to create sounds.
Take a "counting" walk. Pick something to count (cars, signs, flowers, birds, bikes) and as you walk, keep track of how many you see.
Sing "Old McDonald Had a Farm" with your child. Take turns making the animal sounds.
Watch a musical on TV with your child. Talk about what your child's favorite part was. Try to talk by singing.
Go for a reading picnic under the stars. Take a flashlight, a snack, and a few favorite books to read outside. Look for pictures that the stars make in the sky.
Let your child help with a household chore today, setting the table, emptying the trash, putting away the toys, or feeding a pet. When the work is done, thank your child for helping.
Make sock puppets.
Play with squirt bottles in the backyard.
Play catch with water balloons
Wash the family car in the driveway-perfect for a rainy summer day!
Make and play with play dough.
Plan a "TV Blackout" night. Instead of watching TV, read aloud or play games with your child.
Paint a summertime picture with watercolors.
Go somewhere you can play in the water: a pool, a lake, or under a sprinkler.
Go to the library. Read, Read, Read!
Sing a simple song with your child. Count the words that rhyme. Make up a new song of your own using words that rhyme.
Have a pretend phone conversation with your child, asking what your child did yesterday, is doing today, and wants to do tomorrow.
Print the letters in your child's name. Ask him or her to name three words that begin with each letter of the name.
Help your child make a book for someone special, drawing pictures showing what your child likes about this person. Write down what the pictures are about. Share it with the special person.
Have your child look in a mirror and name the features on his or her face. Ask your child what each part does, and whether the child has one or two of each part named.
Take your child outside with a bucket of water and a paint brush to "paint" his or her name, and to draw shapes and letters on the sidewalk with the water.
Go on a nature walk. See how many bugs you can find.
Play a game of leap frog. Measure how far your child can "hop."
Play "Hide and Seek" with your child. Hide an object and give your child three easy-to-follow clues to find it. Congratulate your child for listening and following directions when he or she finds the object.