We asked Nicole, our children's teacher, what her top 5 summertime activities for kids. What's even better is that these activities can be done with supplies that are free or you already have on hand!
1. Water Play
Get out those sponges, cups, and funnels! Kids love to pour, scoop, and dump water! Add in some old tea kettles, spoons, and bowls or even some flowers and see what magic happens!
2. Painting Rocks
Paint characters from a favorite story, paint your favorite foods to add to outside play, practice your letters, numbers, or shapes by painting them into rocks, or simply paint your own rock buddy for the garden!
3. Recycled Materials
Turn those old water bottles into bowling pins, use paper tubes as tunnels for your cars, egg cartons can make for great paining accessories. Or just save up those boxes of all sizes and shapes and see what they build!
Bubbles are fun for any age! Add in a few extras like food coloring or straws and it can become a painting activity, or sponges and cars and it becomes a toy car wash, or see if you can make your own bubble wands with different materials such as cotton rope, straws, or half a water bottle!
Chalk is such a versatile activity. You can draw, scribble, create. Make a sidewalk hopscotch. Draw roads/signs/buildings for a village to ride your bike or scooter through. Trace your child or they trace you and decorate! Have a bunch of left over pieces too small to use? Crush it up and add it to water play or make some sidewalk chalk paint and use brushes!
Do you have a favorite no to low-cost activity your kids love to do at home? If you do, share in the comments below! We'd love to get more ideas.