Activity 8 – Ball Tossing
Tossing balls at cans is a great way to build those number skills. Have the kids count the number of cans to start and as they knock down the cans have them do some subtraction to determine how many cans are left to knock down.
Setting up the cans is also a fun way for your child to do some problem-solving. Have them figure out how to build a pyramid with the cans that are given to them. This game can also be played with bowling pins or water bottles.
I have learned that this old-time carnival game can also be played indoors on those rainy days.
Activity 7 – Reading in the Park
What a great way to enjoy being outside and reading. Grab a small pile of books and head to the park or the backyard.
You can make this activity a full day by visiting the library first and then heading over to the park with all your great choices.
Grab a blanket and some snacks to enhance the experience. Also to add to this outdoor time bring coloring tools and paper. Have your child retell the story with their drawings.
Some great books to consider
Middle Child Luck books
Your child’s favorite author books
Picture books with no words, so your child can practice speech and language
Chapter books are also great choices because they encourage your child to listen and use their imagination.
Activity 6 – Hopscotch
The famous game of hopscotch continues to be a great go-to for outdoor fun and learning potential.
Using numbers, you can have your child write the numbers in the boxes and identify the numbers as you play. Another great way to learn is to have your child add two of the numbers the rock lands on.
A variation of this game is to use letters that spell sight words, your child’s name, or letter blends. Take this opportunity to practice letter sounds.
How to play hopscotch
Instructions from kidspot
Activity 5 – Bubble Making
Nothing marks the beginning of summer like bubbles. There are so many great ways to enjoy bubbles and this activity allows your child to make their own.
Measuring and numbers will be the hidden learning factor of this fun activity. Below are the ingredients and measurements to make homemade bubble solution. I have also included some great websites that show you how to create different sized bubbles.
- 6 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of dish detergent ( I used Dawn, I read it works better)
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 1 tbsp of glycerine
- 1 tbsp of baking powder
This recipe came from the Happy Hooligans
All of the ingredients need to be mixed in slowly with the water. It is best to start with the corn starch, working to have it dissolve as much as possible. The recipe stated that you should wait an hour before using the solution, so while we waited for this solution we made an easier and faster solution, which is listed below.
Easier quicker bubble recipe
Take this opportunity to show your child the difference between 1 cup and a 1/2 cup. Show them a tablespoon and a teaspoon and ask which one do they think holds more.
This activity also teaches your child how to follow directions and patience. Snap some pictures of your bubble day, post to Instagram, and tag thebluedeskblog.
Activity 4 – Water Play
Water play is the best for having fun and cooling down. This activity can take place in a pool, a water table, or a homemade water play station. These activities are not intended for you to spend money or travel to far from home. These are fun learning activities that can take place any time of the day, on any budget, and the time spent doing the activities is totally up to you and your child.
With water play, you want to add the learning by gathering some toys or safe objects out of the home. Go through the items one by one and ask your child if he/she thinks the object will sink or float. If your child does not know what sink or float means, this is the perfect opportunity to teach them and give a demonstration.
In the past, with my class, I would always prepare a science sheet for them to draw or write about their experiments. Below I have provided the worksheet if you want to get in some extra writing practice with your child.
I have also provided some websites that show you how to make your own water table. If this is not an option for you, the kitchen sink works great for this experiment.
My Life with Littles
Southern Bell DIY
Activity 3: Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt
I love to take walks through the neighborhood, especially on cool mornings. If you don’t have the luxury of taking morning walks, afternoon and evening walks are great too.
When the kids are in the mood to tag along for the exercise, they are usually playing and running around not noticing the beautiful things in our neighborhood. With my younger ones I like to challenge them to show me things in the neighborhood, there could be hidden gems in front yards and in trees.
For activity three I thought a neighborhood scavenger hunt would be fun during your daily walk. I have my children point out letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and pairs.
I know that every neighborhood is different, but I’m sure your child could find everything on this scavenger hunt list and more. Please feel free to add to the list or create your own.
neighborhood scavenger hunt list
Share with The Blue Desk on Facebook and let me know if you used my list, one of your own, or added to the list. I would love to know what things you added. If you take pictures of your outings please tag TheBlueDesk on Instagram.