Week 10 Summer Activities (8/24)

This is our last week of activities. Thanks for participating in our summer programs.

1. Rhyming Fun

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn,
The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn.
Where is the boy who looks after the sheep?
He’s under the haycock fast asleep.
Will you wake him?
No, not I, for if I do, he’s sure to cry.

Gather foil, q-tips, and blue and white paint.  Have your child use the q-tips to paint on the foil.  Have them paint with blue and white to create different shades of blue on the foil.  This activity works on their fine motor skills as they hold the q-tip to paint.  It also introduces the concept of different shades of the same color.

 Put water in 3 containers.  Put food coloring in each container; each one with either red, yellow, or blue.  Gather several empty cups.  Have your child use a turkey baster or spoon to place a small amount of colored water in the empty cup.  Discuss with your child what happens to the colors when they put 2 different colors in the same cup.  This activity is great for introducing how some colors are made.  It is also great for introducing scientific observation skills.  Discussing what happens will help to reinforce color words in their language skills.

2. Family Fun

Family board game night/day.  Pick a board game you haven’t played in a while.  Read the directions together.  Have yummy snacks.  Have fun!! Did you know the library has board games you can borrow?  Go to our Library of Things page and check it out.  The Board Game Binder has the full list and descriptions of each game.  

3.  Arts and Crafts Fun

Give yourself a hand.  You will need paper, something you can draw with and something with color (paints, markers, crayons).  Trace your hand on a piece of paper.  Continue to trace your hand or other family members hands on that paper until it is full.  Make sure the hands overlap.  Once you are done with that color in the places where the silhouettes overlap.  This idea came from Art Workshops For Children by Herve Tullet.

4. Writing/Drawing Fun

 Imagine that you woke up one morning and EVERYTHING was suddenly your favorite color.  Not just all your clothes, but your parents, your breakfast, your house, your lawn, even the sky.  Write or draw what this world would be like.