Summer Challenge #5: Explore your own backyard

It’s the heart of summer and the 4th of July is fast approaching. There are generally a lot of neighborhood and family get togethers planned this week, so the challenge is to find new ways to explore your own backyard. Below I have listed 10 ways to get you started.

  1. Whip up some sidewalk paint from the Happy Hooligans and get to work painting away in the backyard. Label the paint colors and discuss what your child is painting.
  2. Run through the sprinkler. Have some fun with “ready, set … go.” Discuss the concept wet/dry.
  3. Make some Mud. Discuss how mixing dirt and water create mud.
  4. Search for rocks and paint them for The Kindness Rocks Project. Point out rocks, label paint colors and talk about what message could be added to the rocks.
  5. Find 5 different types of bugs and label them.
  6. Set up a bird feeder and see how many different kinds of birds you can attract. Label the birds as the come and talk about what the birds are doing (eating/flying)
  7. Bring pool noodles into the yard and see how many different ways you can incorporate them into your play.
  8. Set up a picnic in your own backyard. Label foods, talk about eat/drink.
  9. Dig for worms. Use the action word “dig” and then label the worm once one is found.
  10. Water all the plants. Label the plants and talk about putting the water “on” the plants to give them a drink.

My hope is that each and every adventure will be different and exciting. Please connect and share your experiences using #saynplaythesummeraway.


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