Preschool Summer Fun Ideas

Ideas for Preschool Summer Fun

Ocean and Beach Crafts

Jellyfish
Children glue streamers to the edge of a paper plate. Attach a second plate on top of it with glue or staples. Children decorate the plates as the Jelly fish body.

Sand Art
Have children use glue to draw a picture on construction paper. Top with colored sand of their choice and shake excess sand off.

Wave Bottles
Fill a plastic soda bottle half way with water that has been tinted with blue food coloring. Then add vegetable oil. Secure the bottle’s cap tightly. Just tip the bottle to make waves!

Sun Fun

Sun Painting
Place various shaped flat objects on a dark piece of construction paper. You can cut out shapes and designs or use common objects like a ruler or key. Place paper in direct sunlight for a few hours. Show children how the sunlight faded the paper, leaving dark silhouettes.

Oh Mr. Sun
Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me
Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Hiding behind a tree…
These little children
Are asking you
To please come out
So we can play with you
Oh Mister Sun, Sun,
Mister Golden Sun,
Please shine down on..
Please shine down on…
Please shine down on me!

Camping Science

  • Gather leaves and have pictures of trees – have the children match the leaf to the correct tree.
  • Set up an aquarium and learn about fish.
  • Animal Tracks – Set up animal tracks on the table and have children match plastic animals or pictures to the correct tracks.

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Block Play for All Ages

As educators, we know the importance of learning through play. Block play is an excellent “teacher” for children of all ages, from infancy through Pre-K.

What are some concepts that blocks can teach us? For infants and toddlers, blocks help with motor development as they try to stack them or reach out to knock over towers. Blocks offer the chance for problem solving as children try to figure out how to balance sides of the construction to ensure success. They are wonderful for mathematics as we help children count them out, and when given other items to use with blocks (ex. cars to drive under block arches), imagination becomes ignited! Working together is practiced when there is block play. Infants come together, with an adult’s guidance, to learn the concepts of “taking turns” and “waiting,” (two things that can be difficult for young toddlers), and to share in the ultimate joy when the tower comes tumbling down! Blocks can be used to also teach shapes, colors and to discern sounds made by different materials. At all ages, block play is a powerful teaching tool.

When shopping for an educational toy, consider building your “block library”! Your child’s brain will thank you!

 

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Child Care and Development News

A review of child care and development news 2018

How Real-World Learning Experiences Can Help Kids Retain Knowledge

Infants Sensitive to Fearful Faces Tend to Become Altruistic Toddlers

Childhood Aggression Linked to Deficits in Executive Function

How music lessons can improve language skills

Self-Regulation May Be Critical to Early Language & Literacy

Curiosity is key to early childhood success in math and reading

Modeling prosocial behavior increases helping in 16-month-olds

Washington Among Top 10 States With Least Affordable Child Care  

Problems within child care licensing persist in Minnesota, North Dakota

Initiative to pay for preschool, full-day kindergarten qualifies for Colorado ballot

States to line up for federal preschool grants

Arizona lawmakers letting $56 million in child-care funds sit unused

Study suggets ADHD is genetic, may help lead to new treatments

CBT Can Help Autistic Kids Regulate Emotions

Study Probes How ADHD Meds Improve Cognition & Behavior in Kids

Autistic Kids Twice as Likely to Suffer from Food Allergies

Why Are Kids with Autism Less Social Than Peers?

The benefits of early childhood education 

Suspending Youngest Students May Harm More Than Help

Connections between early childhood program and teenage outcomes

Preschool program preps kids for academic success through elementary school

Study finds language, achievement benefits of universal early childhood education

Research finds early childhood program linked to degree completion at age 35

 For Working Parents, Flexible Childcare Options Can Mean Staying In The Workforce

Study Links More Sugar Consumption to Poorer Cognition in Kids

Two thirds of young children do not do enough physical activity

Being raised in greener neighborhoods may have beneficial effects on brain development

Schools alone cannot help to prevent childhood obesity, study finds

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