As spring turns into summer, our thoughts turn toward activities to fill the extra hours of daylight. It is important to have the children (and the entire family) spend time outdoors. Here are some ideas for fun in the sun with your whole gang:
**Children of all ages enjoy collecting seashells, so turn a day at the beach into an activity for everyone. After you have collected the shells, take them home and wash them. Then soak the shells in clear glass jars with the water and add a few drops of food coloring to each jar. The shells look pretty in the jar and can be used in every room of the house as a reminder of a family fun day at the beach. While you are at the beach, you can also collect some sand to funnel into small jars. Sand can be colored with food coloring or colored chalk. The different layers of colored sand make interesting patterns.
**If you have a small wading pool, the children can use water guns to squirt a ping-pong ball across the pool. This activity is great for eye/hand coordination.
**A family garden is a great way to spend time together. There is something for almost every age group to do and the results are satisfying (and delicious!) for everyone.
**The evening is a wonderful time to take a listening walk with your family. It is a great way to share your thoughts and get some exercise. Have the children listen carefully to different sounds they hear at night. Identify the noises for them and see how many they remember the next time you take a walk.
The summer months always seem to fly by so fast, so please make the most out of the days and the nights too. Wishing you a wonderful summer filled with lots of sunshine and smiles.
Debbie Neuschatz, Director