Here we are in June, and, summer holidays are just around the corner! Teachers are often asked about things their children can do over the long, two-month break. Here are a few activities that will continue to support curiosity, discussion, reading, writing, math, thinking, playing, and learning!
1. Get a large cardboard box and reinvent its purpose so perhaps it becomes a fort, a spaceship, or even a castle. Sears in Okotoks often has large boxes to give away!
2. Help your child make some greeting cards or postcards and then mail them to a loved one. Recycling old cards with bits of ribbon and dried flowers or other garden delights turn these cards
3. Make a musical instrument out of recycled materials.
4. Invent a new game – what can you do with an old ball, racquet, and some rope?
5. Set up a pail of water and some paint brushes. Then, let your child “paint” the deck, fence or outside furniture
6. Take a trip to the local farmer’s market and try a new fruit or vegetable.
7. Organize an outside party – make lists, write invitations, bake treats, and play with your friends.
8. Write a story together, taking turns to see where the plot goes.
9. Invent a new kind of pizza. Write out the recipe and share it!
10. Make a music video highlighting the new song you’ve created.
11. Play with water balloons.
12. Have a watermelon seed-spitting contest. See who spits the farthest.
13. Read a book that your parents read when they were your age.
14. Recommend a book to your parents!
15. Join the Summer Reading program at your community library!