SUMMER PROGRAM - WEEK ONE: Explore YOUR World

July 6, 2020

 

Large Motor Activity

Create an Obstacle course in your home, backyard, or at the park. Hop from pillow to pillow, climb stairs, go under tables or chairs, balance on logs or stones, or use whatever you find around you. Pretend you are Rosie going for a walk and your grown up “Fox” can try to keep up!

 

Arts and Crafts

Take a dark sheet of construction paper and place it in a sunny, dry spot. Arrange objects on the paper and leave it in the sun for a few hours. Come back to it later and see your shadows!

 

STEM

This is a great game to play anywhere!  It’s called 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Have your child tell you 5 things they can see, 4 things they can hear, 3 things they feel, 2 things they smell, and 1 thing they taste. You do it too! This is also a great way to calm down or practice patience. 

 

Social/Emotional

Work together with your child on creating a fun outdoor scavenger hunt (2 leaves, 1 flower, 2 stones, 1 stick etc). Or walk around your neighborhood and talk about it. What is the name of your town? What street do you live on? Who are some of the people we see in our neighborhood? What do we like about where we live?

 

Children need to play alone sometimes, too- in order to make discoveries and learn about themselves. Try to encourage some supervised alone play and don’t worry too much about filling up your day. Children are naturally curious and the world is full of new and beautiful experiences.

SUMMER PROGRAM - WEEK TWO: Everything is Growing!

July 13, 2020

 

Story

The Carrot Seed

By Ruth Krauss

Pictures by Crockett Johnson

 

Song

I Wonder if I’m Growing

By Raffi

 

Large Motor Activity

Movement Poem.  Move your body and pretend to be a growing seed!

 

I am an acorn.  A tiny tree seed.  I grow.  I drink water from my roots.  I reach for the sun. I move in the wind.  I am a beautiful oak tree. 

 

Arts and Crafts

Veggie Art: Use any left over celery tops as a paintbrush.  Use a lettuce leaf to make prints.

Make garden markers:  Find a few smooth, wide, round stones.  Have your child decorate the stones with acrylic paint.  Then help your child name the plants in your garden and write those names with permanent marker on the stones (Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Peas, Pumpkins). Place the decorated garden markers around your garden!

 

STEM

Do you have a measuring chart at home?  Watch your child grow.  Compare your child’s height to a tree or a flower.   Which is taller?    

 

Place some beans in a bag with a moist paper towel and tape to a window.  Watch the seeds sprout roots!

 

Social/Emotional

Make lunch together.  Talk about the food we eat and where it comes from, why it’s important and how it helps us grow.  Share how meal times can be a special time to be together. 

SUMMER PROGRAM - WEEK THREE: Bugs and Butterflies!

July 20, 2020

 

Story and Song

Senorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-s4plLc1OM

Large Motor Activity

 

Be a BEE and visit every flower in a field or garden

Crawl like a caterpillar, curl up like a chrysalis, and fly like a butterfly.

 

Arts and Crafts

Egg Carton Caterpillars!  Get out the paint and decorate your very own caterpillar.  Grown ups- help add eyes and legs with buttons and pipe cleaners.   

Coffee Filter Butterflys!  Decorate a circular coffee filter with markers.  Spray gently with water to make the colors run and let it dry.  Use a clothespin to pinch the center and spread the wings.  Grown ups- help add pipe cleaner antennae.  

 

STEM

Lay a hula hoop or make a circle with a rope on the grass.   See what creatures you can find- just in that one little circle.    Lift up a rock or use a net and use it to scoop the long grass and see what you’ve caught!  Remember to always let your catch go gently and do your best not to harm the creatures you find. 

 

Social/Emotional

Form a caterpillar line.  Stand in line (even if its just the two of you) and hold the waist of the person in front of you.  Move through the house or garden like this, pretending that together you are a caterpillar! Munch on some lettuce, spinach, or mint leaves just like a real caterpillar!

EFC Summer Program

Week Four

July 28, 2020

 

Farm Animals

 

Story

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown. Pictures by Felicia Bond

 

Song

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

 

Large Motor Activity

Play Duck-Duck-GOOSE!  Sit in a circle. Make it BIG.  Add stuffed animal friends to make your circle bigger.   

Do wheelbarrow walks.  Hold your child’s feet and see if they can scoot forward on their hands.   Go Slow!  This is a tricky one.

 

Arts and Crafts

Make a Barn! Find a cardboard box.  Grown-ups: cut a barn door that can open and close.  Paint the box red.  You can use small sponge rectangles and stamp the box with paint to create texture and patterns.  Use popsicle sticks to make animal pens and fences.

 

Make a paper bag piggy!  Have your child crumple and stuff a lunch-sized paper bag with paper.  Grown-ups: Fold over the top and staple shut  Paint or color it pink.  Cut out ears, eyes, and a nose for your piggy and have your child glue or tape them on.  Add a twisted pipe cleaner for curly tail.

 

STEM

Make MUD!  Get some dirt and some water.  Have messy fun!  Make it soupy, or sticky, or shape it.  Experiment with how much water you add.

 

Social/Emotional

Try to visit a farm with your child.  Play a guessing game where you have the child guess the animal by what sound it makes or what it eats.  Keep giving clues until they guess it! 

EFC Summer Program

Week Five

August 2, 2020

 

All About Me

 

Story

I Like Myself By Karen Beaumont, Illustrated by David Catrow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VjArGrLyQw

My Many Colored Days By Dr. Seuss, Paintings by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR0-5f-L_LQ

 

Song

It’s You I Like by Mister Rogers

 

Large Motor Activity

How big can you make yourself?  How small?  How low can you go?  How high can you jump?

Play the mirror game.  Stand and face your child and do what they do.  Try to have them mirror you as well! 

 

 

Arts and Crafts

Name Puzzle-  Write out your child’s name in big bold letters.  Using scissors, cut between each letter.  Have fun mixing them up and putting them right again.

 

Print out some pictures of family and friends.  You and your child can create a collage of all the people in their life that love and care for them and are there to support them. 

 

 

STEM

Trace your child's hand on card stock paper and cut out. Write their name on the back of the hand cut-out. Provide an ink pad and let children make fingerprints on their hand cut-out. Use a magnifying glass to observe their fingerprints.

 

Social/Emotional

Play dress up! Have fun trying on mom’s dress or dad’s shoes.  Put on jewelry, scarfs, hats, or whatever you have around the house.  Explore self expression with face paint or body paint.  Have fun!

 

Talk about feelings with your child in the moment so that your child can begin to learn the language of emotion and recognize emotions within themselves.  Encourage children to see each feeling as temporary, specifically the “negative” emotions.  For example: “I am feeling sad now.  But I won’t always feel sad.”

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