- "Goop" ingredients: cornstarch, water; basin or large "messy tray"
- Play dough and play dough tools
- Liquid dish soap and food color to make colored bubbles
- Materials for outdoor games and races including balls, large parachute, or hula-hoops
- Large colored "sidewalk" chalk
- Yogurt sundae ingredients: vanilla yogurt, granola, fruit salad, chocolate chips, or rainbow sprinkles
- language and literacy
- fine motor
- creative thinking
- gross motor
Plan a special Family Day celebration with favorite activities that children and their families can do together.
Let's Say Hello. Start the morning with a special group time led by children. Invite them to teach their families one or two favorite songs, including a favorite "hello song" as a way to introduce everyone.
Hands-on Fun. Set up a few centers with activities to encourage exploration. For example, set up an area with "goop" for a small group to explore. Place homemade play dough and play dough tools in another area. Fill the water table with colored bubbles and add containers and toys for practicing measuring and pouring.
Family Games. Assist children in planning and facilitating a few outdoor activities to do with their families. Ideas can include parachute or ball games, relay races, or group games.
Family Chalk Mural. Invite everyone outdoors to create an outdoor mural on a wall or on the ground. Distribute large, colored chalk and designate a section for each family to create a drawing together.
Special Performance. Dramatize a favorite story to perform for families. Begin a few weeks before the event and bring children together to choose a favorite story. Photocopy the characters from the book and make stick puppets for children to use for their performance.
Goodbye Sundaes. Prepare a sundae bar with the suggested items. Invite everyone to create sundaes and end the day with sweet memories.
Remember: During the classroom celebration, be prepared to help those families with children who need special assistance, particularly children who may become overwhelmed in large-group situations.
Summer Learning Activities: Send home a list of learning activities families can do over the summer. Ideas can include children using simple cameras to photograph different types of flowers, animals, or sea life that they see.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: ART
Invitations: Provide children with collage materials to make invitations for their parents for the special Family Day. Fold the invitation in half and insert written information about the event.
Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells
Summer's Vacation by Lynn Plourde
Watch Me Dance: Family Celebration Board Book by Andrea Davis Pinkney