Week 9 Summer Activities

1. Nursery Rhyme Fun

Farm Animals

Old Macdonald Had a Farm song


Hey Diddle, Diddle
Hey diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed to see such fun,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Trace your child’s hands several times and cut them out.  Allow your child to decorate each of their hand prints to represent different animals.  Talking about characteristics of different animals may help them know how to make them.  Variation-If your child is able, have them cut out the hand prints.  This is great for fine motor skill development. This activity helps them to focus on what makes each animal different.  It also allows them to express themselves creatively.  Talking about different animals helps with language development. 

Print off small pictures of animals, so that they will fit on two Legos put together, and cut the pictures in half.  Glue or tape the pictures onto the Legos.  Mix up the Legos and allow your child to match the animal halves and put them together by putting the Lego pieces together. Variations- Use larger pictures and put them on multiple Legos so that there are more pieces to match.This activity is great for hand eye coordination as well as problem solving skills.  By talking about the animals and distinguishing characteristics, you are building their observation skills and language development.

2. Family Fun

Create a Family Time Capsule.   Click on this PDF to help inspire you.

3. Arts and Crafts

Create a 3-D paper sculpture.  Find a variety of paper and scrap paper and get creative.  Go to the University of Mississippi Museum Education Blog for instructions.

4. Writing/Drawing Fun

 Imagine the day through your pet’s eyes, or through the eyes of a wild animal.  What do they see, smell, eat, do?  What do they think of YOU?  Write or draw the story of their day.