I believe children learn best when they do not even realize they are learning! Enjoy these activities that incorporate hands-on projects while touching on a child’s five senses. Three major academic areas, math, science and language, are focused on, as well as some crafty and tasty treats.
Have Fun and Enjoy Your Children!
June Theme: Summer
Song: Eensy Weensy Caterpillar (Eensy Weensy Spider)
The Eensy Weensy Caterpillar, crawled up the garden wall.
Down came the rain, he hoped he wouldn’t fall.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
Then the Eensy Weensy Caterpillar, when on his way again.
Math: How Old is Your Ladybug?
Need: Bingo dabbers, large paper, dice
- Draw a ladybug (without spots) on a large piece of paper, don’t forget a line down the middle.
- Roll the dice and place that amount of dabber dots on the left side of the ladybug.
- Roll the dice again and put that amount of dots on the left side.
- What side has more dots? What is the total number of dots?
Science: Nature Scavenger Hunt
Need: brown lunch bag
- On the lunch bag draw things you would find in the woods or around your house: 1 rock, 3 twigs, 2 acorns, 1 pinecone, 2 flowers, 1 clover
- Have fun searching for the items.
Language: All About My Dad!
- This is a cute activity that can turn into a special card for Father’s Day.
- Have your child fill in the blanks to the following questions:
My dad is _______ years old. He is ______ft. tall and weighs _______lbs.
He likes to eat ______________and doesn’t like to eat_____________________.
His favorite sport to play is ________________. At work my dad ______________.
He like to play ____________with me. He likes when I ________________________.
He doesn’t like when I ___________________. My dad really loves _____________.
- Feel free to add your own sentences.
- Glue onto construction paper for a cute card.
- Don’t forget to date and save this, it’s really fun to look back on.
Art: Sun Prints
Need: Sunny day, dark construction paper, household items (scissors, comb, roll of tape, toy, glove etc)
- Ask your child what they think will happen when you put these items on paper and then put them in the sun?
- Pick a sunny spot and let your child place the items on the paper.
- Go back and check in 20 minutes, did anything happen to the paper?
- Check again in ½ hour.
- Talk about how the sun fades the paper.
- When finished you can make it into a matching game, put the items in a bag and have your child feel for each item (careful with scissors!) and put them back on the faded paper.
Tasty Treat: Ice Cream Sandwiches
Need: Chocolate graham crackers, Cool Whip
- Let your child spread Cool Whip onto a graham cracker and then another on top.
- Wrap in Saran wrap and place in the freezer for ½ hour.
- Enjoy a healthy version of an Ice Cream Sandwich
Corrie Binette is the owner of The Learning Stop. It is located in the Londonderry Commons on 44 Nashua Road. The Learning Stop is a Preschool-Kindergarten and also provides after Moose Hill care and drop-off hours. For more information please visit their website or call 434-0082.