|Visit a lake or pond. Feed the ducks (if allowed.) Bring sketch books, and let the children draw pictures of what they see. |
the children make a play dough cauldrons. Put 1 cup cornstarch, 1 1/4
cup cold water, and 2 cups baking soda (1 lb.) into a saucepan. Heat on
medium and stir for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and put onto a plate,
cover with damp cloth until cool. Knead like dough. Shape into
cauldrons, and let air dry. They can be painted with tempera paint, or
acrylic paint. Shellac if you wish.
Let you child paint with watercolors.
waterplay. Let your child have cups, spoons, funnels,etc. at the sink.
A step stool helps. Make sure you supervise this carefully, and have
plenty of towels.
Take a walk with your child at dusk. Try to see just when the sun goes down.
Give your child several kinds of bells to play with (cow bells, jingle bells, small dinner bell, triangle, etc.)
Let your child try spearmint candies or gum if they're old enough. Ask them if they like it or not.
your child with you to help pick out an Aloe plant. Have them help you
repot it. If you need to use the aloe plant for a small burn, ask the
plant first, and thank it afterwards.
a taste test. Let your child try sweet, things (like chocolate), salty
things (like pretzels) sour things (like lemons.) See which thing they
liked the best.
you are SURE there is no lightning, let your child put on a raincoat
and boots and play outside in the rain. Have the towels ready.
Talk about what Fall is like where you live and where others live.
Make and eat a salad with your child.
your child experiment with sink and float. Give them a dishpan full of
water, or sink full of water, or have them do this in the bath. Give
them several items, such as Ivory Soap, a rubber ball, a sponge, a
rock, a cork, a spoon, and a coin. Let them try to guess if it will
sink or float, and have them test each item. Older children can make a
graph....they can draw a line down the middle of a paper. One side of
the paper they draw or write what sinks, the other side they draw or
write what floats. Supervise this very carefully, and have a towel
ready before you start.
a jar of water out on a windowsill. Mark the level of the water with
either a permanent marker or a pice of tape. Write the date. Check
every other day, and mark the water level each time you check it. The
child will be able to see the evaporation of the water.
humidity with your child. Especially on a hot, humid Summer day. Older
children can listen for the humidity levels on the local news, or read
it in the newspaper, or find it online.
your child dew. Take them out early in the morning. Bring a paper towel
if you wish, and have them wipe it on the grass or leaves to see the
your child help you water your plants and give water to pets. Talk
about how they need the water to live,just like they do.
glasses or bottles with different levels of water. Let your child use a
spoon to "play" the bottles or glasses. You can put a drop of food
coloring in the water to better see the difference in the water levels.
warm weather, fill a bucket with water. Give your child a ball that
won't be ruined by getting wet. Let your child try throwing the ball
into the bucket. Have a towel ready.
a hot day, get a bucket or can of water. Give your child a clean paint
brush. Then let them "paint" the house, sidewalk, fence, etc. with the
Let your child color with crayons on paper to make ocean scene. Then have them paint over it with blue watercolor paint.
a hot day, you can have a "car wash." Have your children and any of
their friends bring over their riding toys. They can wash them with
water, buckets, sponges, and hoses. Swim suits are recommened for this
Click here for an ocean coloring page.