your child decorate an oatmeal container like a drum. They may paint it
or cover it with construction paper. Let them play it like a drum.
Let your child play in the mud. Supply paper cups, buckets, shovels,toy dishes, etc. Hose them down when they're done.
Help your child find some interesting rocks. Let them paint them if they want, and display them.
Talk to your child about what Winter is like where you live and where other's live. Read "Katy and the Big Snow."
Let your child paint with the "Earth colors," black, brown, and green.
your child help you fertilize a tree. Put the fertilizer stakes in the
ground in a circle around the tree, thanking the tree for it's shade,
beauty, and air.
Visit your older relatives, or a local Retirement home.
a "Touchy-Feely Bag." Fill a cloth bag with small, everday items, like
a rubberband, a clothespin, an eraser, a crayon....then have your child
feel in the bag and try to identify the item by touch only before
taking it out of the bag.
clay pinch pots. Roll clay into a ball, and pinch out the center until
it's a small bowl. You can make coil pots too, by rolling the clay into
a long snake. First coil it into a disk. Then coil around the edges of
the disk to form the walls of the pot.
a clear plastic cup. Have the children crumble two oreo cookies in the
bottom of the cup. Then make chocolate pudding. Spoon in pudding on top
of cookie crumbs. Sprinkle the top with more cookie crumbs or chocolate
sprinkles. You can add a gummy worm if you wish.
Fingerpainting: Clean the table carefully. Then Put a bib on your
child. Let them "fingerpaint" on the table with chocolate pudding and
eat it as they do. This incredibly messy, but very fun and yummy.
Salt Sparkle Pictures: Mix kosher salt with your paint. When it dries, it will sparkle.
a Tree: Have your child pick a tree that is special to them. Observe
the tree throughout the year. Make bark rubbings (hold paper up against
the bark and rub with a sideways crayon.) Collect leaves from the tree.
Fertilize the tree. Have them hug the tree. Have them draw pictures to
record the changes in the tree. Have them measure the width of the
tree. Have them draw pictures of any widlife living in the tree.
Sticks: Have your child pick out 2 nice, thick dowels. Have them sand
them lightly. Then they can either paint them or color them with
markers. Spray them with clear acrylic. Then the can beat them together
while you march and/or play music.