WEAVE A BIRD NEST
Bird nests are works of art. Can you spot a bird’s nest in the trees? Invite the children to gather twigs and grass and weave together a bird’s nest of their own.
Skills child is developing: Fine motor skills, problem-solving, and creativity
CREATE SUMMER NATURE ART
Use nature finds that the children have brought home (rocks, pine cones, shells, feathers) to create a summer mandala, or invent your own nature art.
Skills child is developing: Creativity and fine motor skills
READ A BOOK OUTSIDE
There are many wonderful books about summer for children. Explore your bookshelf for books on this theme, and then find a nice spot outside for some read-aloud time.
Skills child is developing: reading
BLOW BUBBLES
Little bubbles or
big bubbles,
kids love all bubbles!
Skills child is developing: sensory processing, fine motor skills and coordination
BRING NATURE INSIDE
Choose a special spot to display the children's nature finds. Kids often have pockets full of rocks, shells, and other tidbits. Putting their treasures on display allows them to observe them more closely and be curious about nature.
Skills child is developing: nature appreciation
WASH TOYS OUTSIDE
Children enjoying imitating skills they see adults doing, so why not capitalize on this interest and get them to wash their own toys outside? Fill a shallow bin with warm soapy water and a rag and let the children give it a go.
Skills child is developing: fine motor skills and sensory processing

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

BINS ABOUT INSECTS
AND BUGS
Are the children in your program interested in bugs and insects?
Visit the Resource Library for bin #3001 on giant bugs and insect exploration.
BOOK BAGS AVAILABLE
TO BORROW
Looking to add literacy in your indoor or outdoor environment? Use these book bags as a support in program areas you're working on. Explore topics like transportation, emotions, opposites and rhymes.

 

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