Fun Summer Activities To Do With Your Child

Bubble Wands & Solution

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These homemade bubble wands are perfect for fun in the sun!

This activity is appropriate for:
pre-k – 1st grade / 4 – 6 years

You will need:

(for the wands)

  • Plastic drinking straw
  • Plastic six-pack holder
  • Wooden stick (about 10 inches long)
  • Lightweight rope
  • Tape

(for the bubble solution)

  • ½ cup dishwashing soap
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • Large bowl or pan

Directions

Six-At-Once Bubble Wand

  1. Use tape to attach a plastic six-pack holder to the end of a drinking straw. (You can also cut the six-pack holder into a few smaller pieces to create 4- or 2-ring wands.)
  2. Have students dip the rings into the bubble solution, then pull them out and wave the wand around to create lots of bubbles!

Rope Wand

  1. Use tape to attach a short length of lightweight rope to the wooden stick. Attach the rope so that it forms a loop at the end of the stick.
  2. Have students dip the rope into the bubble solution.
  3. Students run to open up the loop…and create giant-size bubbles!

Bubble Solution

  1. Pour the dish soap into a large bowl or pan.
  2. Add the water and sugar to the bowl. Gently stir the mixture.
  3. Once the ingredients are mixed, the solution is ready to use!

10 multi-sensory alphabet activities. How many have you tried?

1. Letter Smoosh -Form letters with coils of playdough. Say the sound of the letter as you smoosh fingerprints into the coil.

2. Salt Tray & Air Letters – Say the name and sound of a letter as you write it with your finger in a salt tray. Say the name and sound as you use your finger to form the letter in the air.

3Songs with Actions – Sing songs that combine letters, sounds, and movement. Singable Songs for Letters and Sounds by Heidi Songs is a great one to check out.

4Tactile Letters – Glue items on a letter. Use your finger to trace the letter and say the sound.

5. Letter Parade – Create a large letter on the floor with masking tape. Pretend to play a musical instrument as you march around the letter. Don’t forget to pretend that your instrument makes the same sound as the letter.

6. Letter Racetrack – Create a large letter on the floor with masking tape. Trace the letter by driving toy cars over the lines. Don’t forget to pretend that your car makes the letter sound.

7. Animal Parade – Walk or swim a toy animal over a letter. Pretend that the animals say the name of the letter as they walk.

8. Pick Up and Place – Use tweezers, tongs, or clothespin clips to pick up pom-poms, mini-erasers, or rocks. Place the objects on a letter as you say the sound of the letter.

9. Fuzzy Letters – Create letters with chenille stems.Trace the fuzzy letter with your finger as you say the sound of the letter

10. Drive Around Letters – lace letter signs on the floor. Drive toy cars around the signs. Say the letter sound as you drive around it.