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Summer Fun

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SONGS, POEMS AND FINGERPLAYS

  1. Bed in Summer
    In winter I get up at night
    And dress by yellow candle-light
    In summer, quite the other way,
    I have to go to bed by day.

    I have to go to bed and see
    The birds still hopping on the tree,
    Or hear the grown-up people's feet
    Still going past me on the street.

    And does it not seem hard to you,
    When all the sky is clear and blue,
    And I should like so much to play,
    To have to go to bed by day?

    ~Robert Louis Stevenson~

  2. Barefoot Days
    In the morning, very early,
    That's the time I love to go
    Barefoot where the fern grows curly
    And grass is cool between each toe,
    On a summer morning--O!
    On a summer morning!

    That is when the birds go by
    Up the sunny slopes of air,
    And each rose has a butterfly
    Or a golden bee to wear;
    And I am glad in every toe--
    Such a summer morning--O!
    Such a summer morning!

    ~Rachel Field~

  3. Summer Clothing
    (Sung to tune of "The Farmer in the Dell")
    Oh, if you are wearing shorts,
    If you are wearing shorts,
    You may walk right to the door,
    If you are wearing shorts.

    (Also include sandals, tennis shoes, flowers, sundress, blue jeans, barrettes, etc.)

  4. Green Leaf
    Here's a green leaf (show hand)
    And here's a green leaf. (show other hand)
    That you see, makes two.

    Here's a bud. (cup hands together)
    That makes a flower;
    Watch it bloom for you! (open cupped hands gradually)

  5. Summer Activities
    (Sung to tune of "Skip to My Lou")
    Swim, swim, swim in a circle.
    Swim, swim, swim in a circle.
    Swim, swim, swim in a circle.
    Swim in a circle now.

    (Also include: jump, hop, skip, run, walk, etc.)

  6. The Sun
    In the morning the sun is low;
    At noon he's high overhead.
    In the evening he dips again
    Before he goes to bed.

    This is a good stretching exercise. Have children bend low to left, stretch arms up high and stand on tiptoes, then bend low to the right.

  7. The Rain Cloud
    One sunny, summer morning
    (Make big circle overhead for sun)
    A fluffy cloud sailed by.
    (Make waving motions with hands)
    When all at once he saw a field
    (Shade eyes, look down)
    That really did look dry.
    (Nod)
    "All out!" he cried, "There's work to do."
    (Cup hand to mouth)
    And stopped right in the sky.
    (Stand still)
    A million raindrop passengers
    (Make rain motion with fingers)
    Jumped out and called, "Good-bye!" (Cup hand to mouth, call upward)

  8. The Seagulls Song
    (This is a different version of " oh i do like to be beside the seaside")
    Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
    I do like to be beside the sea
    I do like to to soar above the seaside town
    See the boats in the harbour bobbin up and down
    Oh I do like to be beside the seaside
    There is nowhere that i would rather be
    I can perch on sailing ships
    Grab a meal of fish and chips beside the seaside beside the sea.
    ~Submitted by Jenny~


ARTS AND CRAFTS

  1. Sailboats

    Color styrofoam trays with markers. Stick a pipe cleaner in the center of the tray and secure by bending the end underneath the carton. Prepare a sail from construction paper and glue to the pipe cleaner.

  2. Watermelon Wedge

    To make a watermelon wedge, start with a paper plate half. Paint the rim green and the remainder pink. Use black paint and a small brush to add a few seeds on the pink portion.

  3. Sunflower

    Paint the center of a small paper plate black and allow to dry. Then flip the plate over and glue overlapping green tissue paper squares around outer edge of plate. Turn the plate over when dry and glue small, yellow, crumpled tissue-paper squares around the black center, covering all areas of white plate. Then glue sunflower seeds to black area of plate.

  4. Handprint Sunflowers

    Mix together yellow tempera paint and a few drops of liquid soap in a shallow pan. To make a sunflower, paint a brown circle near the top of a large sheet of construction paper. Next repeatedly press one hand into the yellow paint, then onto the paper around the brown circle. When the paint dries, glue sunflower seeds to the center of the flower. Draw a stem and leaves on green construction paper, cut them out and glue on the paper under the handprints.

  5. Underwater World

    To make a fishbowl and underwater scene, draw a fishbowl pattern on a sheet of construction paper and cut it out. Use permanent markers and crayons to draw underwater pictures such as fish, seaweed, coral, and aquarium rocks. Mix a few drops of water and blue food coloring with some white glue. Then brush over the entire fishbowl with the blue mixture. Allow to dry.

  6. Flower Pictures

    Collect a supply of shape stamps. To make the flower pictures, use crayons or markers to draw several flower stems and leaves on a sheet of construction paper. Press an inked shape stamp repeatedly onto a flower stem to resemble the petals of a flower. Continue in this manner, using different shape stamps for each flower. Use markers or crayons to add finishing touches to your picture.


RECIPES

  1. Popsicles

    pineapple juice
    grape juice
    cranapple juice
    popsicle sticks
    small paper cups

    If frozen juice is used, mix according to directions on can. Fill paper cups 3/4 full of juice. Place cups in the freezer. When the juice begins to freeze, insert a popsicle stick in the middle of each one. When frozen, peel the cup away and serve.

  2. Watermelon Popsicles

    Remove seeds and rind from watermelon and puree in a blender. Follow the above recipe for popsicles.

  3. Zippy Drink

    2 ripe bananas
    2 cups orange juice
    2 cups orange sherbet
    ice cubes
    orange slices

    Peel bananas, place in a bowl and mash with fork. Add orange juice and sherbet and beat with mixer until smooth. Pour into pitcher. Add ice cubes and orange slices.

  4. Ice Cream Cone Cakes

    Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour scant 1/4 cup batter into each of 30 flat-bottomed waffle ice cream cones, filling scant 1/2 full. Set in baking pan. Bake as directed for cupcakes. Cool. Frost with canned frosting or made-from-scratch frosting. Decorate with candies, sprinkles, etc.

  5. Baseball Cupcakes

    Mix and bake cupcakes in paper-lined muffin cups as directed on package. Cool. Make a frosting using recipe below or canned frosting. (vanilla) Frost cupcakes and use red sprinkle or jimmies for stitching effect. (see picture below)

    Frosting:
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1/4 cup water
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 1/2 tablespoons non-dairy creamer
    6 tablespoons Crisco shortening
    2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

    Put ingredients into a small bowl and beat 3 minutes at medium speed, then 5 minutes at high speed. Add more sugar to thicken or more water to thin frosting as needed for desired spreading consistency.



  6. Baggie Ice Cream (serves 8)

    4 quart-size Ziploc bags
    1 cup rock salt
    8 cups half & half 3/4 cup canned pie filling, any fruit flavor
    4 gallon-size Ziploc bags
    12 trays ice: 16 cubes/tray
    2 Tbs. granulated sugar

    Fill each 1 quart bag with 1 cup cream, 3 Tbs. pie filling and 2 Tbs. sugar and seal the bag -tape also! Place the filled and sealed bag inside a 1 gallon Ziploc bag and add 50-60 ice cubes, add 1/4 cup rock salt and seal. Flip and shake the bag for 5-20 minutes or until the ice cream thickens. Remove the quart bag containing the ice cream from the salt water. Rinse off bag before opening. Divide the ice cream into 2 portions and enjoy!

    Ice Cream Chant:
    Shake your bag up high,
    Shake your bag down low.
    Shake it left and right.
    Now go, go, go!

    Shake your bag so fast,
    Shake your bag so slow.
    Shake it in the middle.
    Now go, go, go!

  7. Sailboat Cake

    Bake cake mix in oblong pan, 13 x 9, as directed on package. Remove from pan and cool. Cut cake diagonally in half, forming two triangles, as illustrated in diagram below. From one of the triangles, cut a 2-inch strip parallet to first cut, for boat. Prepare frosting or use canned frosting. Frost top and sides of cake. Use peppermint sticks for the mast and sprinkle boat with colored decorators' sugar.





  8. Ladybug Cookies

    Spread red icing on chocolate wafers to resemble red on ladybug's body. Arrange chocolate chips for spots on ladybug. Put 2 M&M's for eyes.

  9. Trail Mix

    In a large bowl, add any type of cereals (Cheerios, Kix, Rice Krispies, etc.) Mix in pretzel sticks, fish crackers, small snack crackers, raisins, oyster crackers, etc. Mix well, and place in individual sandwich bags or cups for each child.

  10. Banana Pops

    5 peeled bananas cut in half
    5 T. brown sugar
    1 1/4 t. cinnamon

    Roll each banana half in brown sugar and cinnamon mixture. Wrap each half in foil and freeze. Serves 10.

  11. Easy S'Mores

    Make one of these for each child: Place one graham cracker sheet in a foil pie plate, sprinkle with chocolate chips, and miniature marshmallows. Cover the pie plate with tin foil, and label. Place outside in a sunny hot place, check after 10 minutes. They are done when the sun has melted the chocolate and marshmallow.

  12. Goldfish Fishing

    On a small paper plate provide each child with a Tbsp. of peanut butter, several pretzel sticks and goldfish crackers. Let them start fishing--dip one end of the pretzel in peanut butter and then "catch" a goldfish with the peanut butter end.

  13. Make blue jell-o and put into clear cups to set. When partially set, add gummy worms to the cup.


OTHER ACTIVITIES

  1. A melon-tasting feast: Have watermelon, honeydew melon and cantaloupe. Cut each melon and compare color, odor, taste and texture. Compare seeds.

  2. A berry tasting party: Have bowls of whole, washed blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. Compare size, color, shape, odor and taste.

  3. Ocean Waves

    In a clear plastic bottle, pour 1/3 of a bottle of rubbing alchohol. Fill the rest of way with two parts water to one part mineral oil and add several drops of blue food coloring. Show how waves roll in and out by gently tilting the bottle back and forth. Seal on the lid of bottle with duct tape to allow children to explore this. Small plastic fish may be added to bottle before sealing.

  4. Muddy Playdough

    Any playdough recipe or:
    4 cups flour
    4 cups water
    1/2 cup salt
    4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    4 tablespoons cream of tartar
    electric frying pan
    dry, brown tempera

    Mix flour, cream of tartar and salt. Add water and stir until dry ingredients have dissolved. Add oil and heat until mixture thickens. Add brown tempera to play dough and knead to mix.

  5. Bubble Fun

    Pour a small amount of bubble solution into bowls and add a generous amount of food coloring, making each bowl a different color. Have child choose a color and blow bubbles with straw until they reach its brim. "Catch" the bubbles by placing a piece of paper on top of bowl.


SUMMER BOOKS

  1. Summer Fun!: 60 Activities for a Kid-Perfect Summer by Susan Williamson
  2. A Kid's Summer EcoJournal: With Nature Activities for Exploring the Season by Toni Albert
  3. Kids Camp!: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness by Laurie Carlson
  4. The Kids' Nature Book: 365 Indoor/Outdoor Activities and Experiences by Susan Milord
  5. Camping and Backpacking With Children by Steven Boga
  6. The Kids Campfire Book by Jane Drake
  7. Curious George Goes to an Ice Cream Shop by Margret Rey
  8. From Cow to Ice Cream by Bertram T. Knight
  9. Isaac the Ice-Cream Truck by Scott Santoro
  10. From Milk to Ice Cream by Stacy Taus-Bolstad
  11. I Like Ice Cream by Robin Pickering
  12. Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper
  13. Simply Delicious by Margaret Mahy


SUMMER COLORING PAGES

  1. Seashells
  2. Sun 1
  3. Sun 2
  4. Beach


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