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It may feel like summer is already coming to a close, but there is still time before classes start up again and that means plenty of time for summer activities! Here are three fun and educational things to do with your children before it’s time to go back to school.
You can create your own musical instruments from simple materials around the house. A box guitar is easy and fun to make, and your children will love strumming away. The first step to starting your family band is to find an old shoebox or tissue box, and cut an oval-shaped hole in the top. Then stretch a few rubber bands around the box and over the hole. Finally, put a pencil under the rubber bands on one side and tape on a cardboard paper-towel tube, and voila! Now you have a guitar. You can even have your little one decorate their box guitar if they’d like.
Even the tiniest tots can play puppet theater. Older kids can help with its creation, while the littlest ones can chime in with story ideas. Begin by cutting off the fingertips of an old pair of gloves. Draw faces on the fingers with felt tip markers and glue on yarn for hair – or you can get even more creative by gluing on felt strips and creating animals faces like cats or dogs. Then, let your child come up with a story that the fingers puppets can act out.
Planting a garden is a great way to learn the basics of science. You don’t need a huge plot of land; container gardens are ideal for those with a small space and can even be planted on an apartment patio or balcony. Start with small plants and talk about what it needs to grow: air, water, sunlight and nutrients. Planting vegetables is a great way to teach where food comes from, and encourage healthier eating habits.
At our Manhattan nursery school, kids also get to learn by having fun. Recently, when a local farmer brought in a mother hen, father rooster, and baby chick eggs, the children got to experience the baby chicks hatching, learning a lot through the fascinating process