My children are ‘outdoor kids’, large motor machines. They need to get outside in order to keep their spirits in balance-I need that too. Thankfully summer fun with kids provides a multitude of outdoor time for fun-and learning.
Summer Fun with Kids: Indoor or Outdoor Activities
1. Homemade Hopscotch Fun
On a rainy day, I used duct tape to create a hopscotch game using a yoga mat. In about 10 minutes we had a new game to play that allowed us to burn some energy!
We used homemade bean bags to toss (see below). This game reinforced number recognition, exercised eye-hand coordination, and allowed for some gross motor movement to burn energy and work on balance.
[Adaptation: I encouraged my toddler to step on the numbers and then I named them, or she tossed a beanbag and I identified on which number the bag landed. You can also try this hopscotch game for name-spelling.]
2. Homemade Bean Bags and Games
I made bean bags with scrap fabric, dry beans, and some quick stitches on the sewing machine. They provided so much indoor (or outdoor) fun.
- We played “Simon Says”. (i.e. “Simon Says” put the bean bag on your head.”)
- We sang “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and placed the bean bag on each part.
- We tossed them into a laundry basket from different distances (marked by masking tape on the floor).
- We each took turns hiding one bag in order to let each other seek it out.
We worked on teamwork, large motor movement and vocabulary.
You can try this bean bag toss game too! It takes 2 seconds to make…really!
[Adaptation: I made bean bags in primary colors, so they could be used for color recognition. My young toddler LOVES learning to identify new body parts, so I placed the bean bag on her head, shoulder, arm, etc. while I said the name of each part to help reinforce this learning.]
3. Drop Cloth Painting Canvas
My children love art and creating artwork to send to the grandparents, so I am always looking for new materials to explore within our budget. I found an inexpensive drop cloth and cut it in quarters.
This can be pinned to a wall, lightly nailed or clamped to a fence outdoors, or taped to a window inside to allow for a large painting surface.
4. Packing Peanut Snow
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Well, I am all caught up now! I have enjoyed reading your blog, and look forward to new posts!
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