Summer

Summer by Alice Low. Illustrated by Roy Mckie.

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Summertime brings many memories including trips to the beach, eating watermelon, water play, and fishing. Summer by Alice Low is a cute poetic children’s book that reminds us all of the kind of fun only warm days can bring.

We selected a few activities to do with your young readers. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep your child engaged after the story.

Book and Activity Benefits 

  • Learning about the seasons – Summer
  • Rhyming Words/Poetry
  • Reading
  • Following Instructions
  • Gluing
  • Cutting with Scissors
  • Identifying Different Kinds of Bugs
  • Using a Hammer and a Nail or a Drill
  • Running and Playing in Water

Bookmark

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Idea Inspired by – Artsy Craftsy Mom

I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream! We can’t resist marking our pages with these delicious looking ice cream cone bookmarks.  Turn your cone crafting session into a party with some ice cream sundaes and some catchy summer tunes.

 Supplies needed

  • Print out of the ice cream pattern on page 5 in our printable instructions
  • Brown construction paper or scrapbook paper – 7” X 7” in size
  • Other colors of construction paper or scrapbook paper for the ice cream
  • Different colors of confetti (You can make confetti with colorful paper and a  hole punch) or markers
  • Brown and orange marker for the waffle cone
  • A red pom-pom
  • A hole punch
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Directions

Click here for instructions with pictures.

  1. Fold the 7” X 7” paper in half vertically (hot dog) and then fold that rectangle in half again horizontally.
  2. Open the folded paper and place glue on half of the paper, then fold the paper back shut.
  3. Take one side of the paper that has an open flap, bend it into a v-shape, and tuck it so that it forms a pocket. You will have a diamond shape with a pocket in it. The pocket is what fits over the corner of the page in the book.
  4. Take the bookmark and turn it over making sure the pocket is to the top of the back side.  Lift up the bottom edge and glue the loose paper down
  5. On the bottom half of the bookmark draw lines to look like a waffle cone with the brown and orange markers.
  6. Cut out one of the patterns on page 5 of the printable bookmark instructions with pictures. Trace the shape onto a colored/patterned piece of paper of your choice, and cut it out. Glue your fancy ice cream cone topping to the top part of the bookmark.
  7. Punch out confetti dots with a hole punch. If you do not have a hole punch, you can draw the confetti dots on the ice cream with markers.
  8. Decorate your ice cream cone with a pom-pom for the cherry and the confetti dots/or marker for sprinkles.
  9. Let the glue dry.

To mark a place in your book, put the pocket in the back over the top corner of your page.

Craft

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This Frog Bug catcher will surely bring back fond childhood memories. I remember the excitement when mom would say I could stay up late and chase fireflies in the dark. You can add a new twist to those memories with this fun firefly jar craft.

Parents, please make sure your children are catching bugs that are not harmful. Bugs such as bees, fire ants, or some spiders can be harmful.

Supplies needed

  • Parmesan cheese container
  • A nail (medium size)
  • A hammer (a drill can be used to make the holes if you have one)
  • Masking tape
  • Green pom poms (medium size)
  • Movable eyes
  • Glue – I used tacky glue, but school glue works just as well
  • Some grass, a stick, and a rock for the bugs’ habitat

Directions

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  1. Place masking tape over the top and the bottom of the large opening of the parmesan lid. You will do this so that when you nail holes in the lid, it won’t break. *I did not tape the lid when I first started, and the lid cracked and broke.
  2. Take your hammer and nail and punch several holes in the lid. This is necessary because any bugs that you catch will need to have air come in so they can breathe. You can also use a drill instead of a hammer and nails.
  3. Remove the masking tape.
  4. Glue the pom-poms on to the lid on the smaller opening.
  5. Glue the eyes on to the pom-poms.
  6. Place grass, sticks and a small rock inside the bug catcher for the bugs to rest on.

Now you can catch some fireflies, grasshoppers, or inchworms. Have fun!

Activity

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Idea created at and inspired from – Mom Spotted

These sponge water bombs are the perfect activity to cool off on a hot, summer day. They are easy to make, and they save you from having to pick up water balloon pieces on your lawn. Parents and Grandparents can join in on the fun too!  Have a blast and make sure you play safely!

Supplies Needed

  1. Kitchen Sponges with no scrub pads on them (we got seven packages) you may want more or less depending on how many people you have playing. * We bought sponges at Walmart in the kitchen scrubber area. Ocelo was our first pick because of their bright colors, but we cleared the shelf so bought some of the Lysol too.
  2. Small Rubber bands. Please do not use hair ties with metal on them. They hurt!
  3. Scissors
  4. A large tote or container to put water and the water bombs in. A kid’s swimming pool would work well for this too.

Directions

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  1. Take the sponges out of the packages and cut them in strips with the shorter side facing top as you cut. For the Ocelo brand, I cut the sponge in half and then each piece in half again. For the Lysol brand, I cut the sponge into three strips because the sponges were smaller.
  2. Put four pieces in a bundle and then secure a rubber band around those four pieces in the middle.
  3. Fill your container up with water and put the sponge water bombs in it. Make sure you get them super soaking wet.
  4. It’s time to have some water fun!

Rules for Playing

  • No water bomb throwing at any person’s face.
  • Only three water bombs can be in each player’s hands at one time. Players cannot grab all of the water bombs so no one else can have any.
  • A one-minute stop in play can be called at the water tub to put sponges back in and grab more.
  • Players are not allowed to stand around the water tub and block others from access to the water bombs.        

Food

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Cool, sweet Watermelon is the perfect choice for a summer snack. There is nothing as refreshing on a hot day! I remember sitting under a shade tree with my children, eating watermelon, and reading books. Make your day even more fun with a seeded watermelon. After you pick out all the seeds and eat to your heart’s content, have a seed spitting contest and declare the winner the “watermelon warrior.”

For a few hints on how to find the perfect watermelon, visit fifteen spatulas where Joanne can help you get the most delicious one in the store.