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The Preschooler, Issue #004 --Summer Activities for Kids!!
June 21, 2009
"Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97: Wear sunscreen." - Chicago newspaper columnist, Mary Schmich
The Preschoolerbrings you the latest ideas and suggestion for fun and simple activities with your child.
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Summer Time FunSummer is a great time to be outside, play, teach and learn.
I've been looking forward to our summer vacation. Day dreaming about making sand castles and swimming in the sea.
My goal this summer is to spend lots of quality time with my family without spending much money.
In this issue of The Preschooler you will find tips and activities that can help you create an inexpensive wonderful and memorable summer with your child.
The quote for this issue is from the 1999 hit song "Don't Forget Your Sunscreen". A decade later, this advice still holds.
Paper BoatsMaking paper boats is a great way to introduce children to concept of sink and float.
As a child, it amazed me when adults were able to make boats by folding a piece of paper. It was magical!
Over the years I tried to recreate the magic for the children in my class only to discover that I forgot how. So every year I needed to find an older person who would re-teach me and show me how to make paper boats.
This year I decided it is time to make a short reference video that will remind me and everyone else the steps to making a paper boat.
Once you have your boats, go for a sail in the lake, pool or sea. Don't forget to bring along a straw... so you can make wind.
Sidewalk DrawingHelp improve your child's gross motor and fine motor skills by letting them draw on the sidewalk.
Tip: Add water and paint brushes to the chalk. The children will feel like they are painting with water colors. For the full page you can click here.
S'mores RecipeThe best part of summer for me is camp fires and of course the best part of camp fires is making S'mores.
You do not need to travel far, you can even make this delicious dessert in your kitchen or on the BBQ. It is simple, irresistible and definitely makes for memorable childhood moments.
For the recipe and tips on how to make the best S'mores visit this page.
Pet RocksThis activity is simple and timeless. We recently made it for Father's day in my class and one of fathers told me that when he was in preschool he made one for his father who still has it on his desk.
Wondering what it is?
In one way it is a simple paper weigh made out of a rock but in many other ways it is an artistic piece that captures the innocence of young children as well as the pure beauty of nature.
Visit this page to learn how to make gem rocks and to view pictures of the process.
Have a wonderful summer and...
don't forget about the sunscreen ;)
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