Looking for Activities for my 5 year old son this summer! Any Suggestions????

Jennifer - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have worked up til this month! I have a 5 year old son, and a 6 month old son.



My 5 year old will be home with me this summer, so I am racking my brian for some fun, yet educational games/activities we can do before he starts kindergarden in Aug.



Another problem I have....I'm not the worlds most organized person. I would love to get both of my kids on some sort of schedule?



Any moms in the same boat? Any moms with some advice?

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Crystal - posted on 06/26/2009

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In addition to what the other moms have said...I have an activity book that has over 100 things to do. My almost 5 yr. old and I said down the other day and flagged all the fun stuff he'd like to try. Then after he and his 1 yr. old brother wake from their naps, we do the activity. Some that we did were finger paint (alphabet letters, numbers etc.), made mosiac cards (cut/tear & paste), clay molds (squish various objects in the clay to make a print, then have him guess the item. sort & classify).

other educational stuff:

*bake something together (measure, numbers, team work)

*scavenger hunt (then group items, alike, different, counting)

*write out alphabet on driveway/sidewalk and make up games (beginning sounds, phonics, identify letters, ending sounds)

*practice writing name (or other words) using various elements (sand, shaving cream, pudding, pretzel sticks, macaroni)

*play dress up

*number or letter hunt around the house/neighborhood

*hopscotch

*bean bag toss into a bucket or waste basket

*dot to dot books

*computer games: pbskids, noggin, starfall, funschool, nationalgeographic, funbrain



Hope this helps some...have a great summer!

Ruth - posted on 06/26/2009

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Nature hikes are fun and free. Not sure where you are - but trips to the beach or late are also big hit. Reading with him - will be great to get him ready for school. Sidewalk chalk is always a hit. You can work on teaching him numbers or letters.

Have fun being at home.

Ruth at Such A Smart Mom

Katy - posted on 06/25/2009

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Check with your local library and parks and recreation there are usually free or low cost activities geared towards ages or interests that you can do all together



A good way to start a schedule is first see what the kids natural schedules are like when do they get tired and need nap time or bed time...

Katherine - posted on 06/25/2009

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Some activities: fingerpainting; playdough; puzzles of any kind; reading; colouring/drawing to develop fine motor skills; age appropriate science experiments; grow a plant together.



Check out your local library or book store for the science experiments and any other preK activity books.



Schedules: Your 6 month-old will be dictating the schedule to a certain degree. When he/she normally wakes, naps, and eats will give you a framework to work from for your 5 year-old. The best time to do activities with your oldest is when the little one is sleeping so that you can give your undivided attention. A daily walk in good weather is also great. It gets you out of the house and everyone gets some fresh air. Morning is a good time for this before it gets too hot. Try to fit house chores in between and involve your oldest in helping you out here. It's never too early to start instilling responsibility.



Hope that this is helpful. Enjoy the summer!

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