60 Days of Summer
(11 through 20)

11.  Singing Tree
Collect wind chimes and bells.  Tie them to the branches of a tree and listen to the tree “sing” when the wind blows.

12.  Sit Upon
Cut paper grocery sacks into 12” squares.  Each child will need two.  Punch holes around the edges and then sew three sides together with yarn.  (Wrap a piece of tape around the end of the yarn to make a needle.)  Stuff with newspaper strips and then sew up the fourth side.  Sit “upon” it for a story, sing along, or picnic.
*Let children decorate the squares before sewing them together.

13. Paddle Ball
To make paddles, place two paper plates together and staple ¾ of the way around.  Insert the hand and use like a paddle.  Roll up a scrap piece of paper to make a ball.


14.  Ants on a Log
You will need celery, peanut butter, and raisins for this project.  Cut celery into 4” sections to make your “logs.”  Let children spread peanut butter “mud” in the logs.  Place raisin “ants” on the peanut butter.
*For children with nut allergies substitute cream cheese “snow” and use ladybug “craisins.”

15.  Bubble Cups
Liquid dish detergent
Fill the cup half way with water.  Squirt in some dish detergent.  Give children a straw and tell them to BLOW!  (If you'll put a pin prick at the top of the straw, it's less likely that they'll suck up soapy water.  I also have children practice blowing on their hand with the straw before we begin so they'll get the idea.)  The bubbles will spill over the cup and are fun to pat on arms, legs, etc.  It's great to run through the sprinkler after you "paint" your body with bubbles.
Adaptations:  Add a drop of food coloring to the solution to make colored bubbles.
Give children a pan of water and an egg  beater.  (Most children have never seen one of these before except in books!)  Add a squirt of detergent to the water and let them "beat" up some bubbles.

16.  Dot to Dot
Take chalk and write numerals 0-20 randomly on a hard play surface.  Children start with zero and run, hop, march, or skip to each numeral in order.
*Adapt the amount to the ability of your students.

17.  Tent Architects
Provide children with old blankets, table clothes, sheets, or bedspreads and let them use their imaginations.
*Drape a blanket over a card table or picnic table for a simple tent for younger children.
*Pin one end of a blanket to the railing of a deck or porch.  Pull out the opposite end and secure at an angle with bricks or rocks.  This is a "cool" place for a game or nap from the summer sun.

18.  Board Games
Why not play tic-tac-toe, checkers, Candy Land or other games outside under a tent or a shady tree?

19.  Nature Rubbings
Let children collect objects with different textures on the playground.  Remove the paper from several crayons.  Place paper over the objects and then rub gently with the side of the crayon.

20.  Discovery Walks
Go on a walk and have children touch various objects.  “How does it feel?”
Have them close their eyes and try to identify objects by their sense of touch.

*Take a listening walk where children close their eyes and try to identify different sounds in the environment.



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