Kids’ Activities


sidewalk twister

SIDEWALK TWISTER GAME

(helps promote flexibility, and hand-eye coordination, listening, and social play!)

What you need:

6 colors of sidewalk chalk

1 dice

With Sidewalk chalk, you can make a grid or a ring of colored circles (smaller grid/ring for smaller kiddos). Randomly color in the circles with many different colors. Color the six sides of the dice with different colors of chalk. The person rolling the dice will call out a body part and then roll the dice and call out the color that comes up!

Kids will scramble to touch the color – but the name of the game is to keep your body parts on the colors wile reaching for the next, new color that is called – without falling over!

Idea inspired by: http://designeddecor.com/twister-game/


 

bedsheet parachute

BEACH BALL PARACHUTE

(Challenges kids to problem solve with family members – choices here can translate to choices made together on food preferences, sleeping schedules, homework, etc. – Work as a group to navigate objects and to negotiate around, under, or over obstacles on the ground!)

What you need:

1 bedsheet

1 large beachball

Use the sheet to carry the ball to a specific location outside. You can make a start and a finish line, with obstacles placed in the path along the way. If the group drops the ball, they start back at the beginning!

Idea inspired by: http://www.icanplaysport.co.uk/7-sporty-ideas-today/


 

yard tent

*Note: This project is more labor intensive than most of our activities – it is recommended as a weekend project!

PVC YARD TENT

(Let the imagination run wild with this project! Can be used inside or out, as a club-house or practice for camping… work together as a family to assemble, decorate, or play in the tent!)

What you need:

Ratcheting PVC cutter

8  (10-foot [3M] – Long, 1/2 – INCH [1.3 CM] – Diameter) PVC pipe

10 (1/2 inch [1.3 CM] – diameter) 90 degree elbow pieces

12 (1/2 inch [1.3CM] – diameter) T-shaped pieces

Permanent Marker

Bedsheets

Using the ratcheting PVC cutter, cut twelve 4-foot (122 cm) long sections of pipe. These pieces will create the tent base. The four roof segments need to create a right angle when placed together, so you will need to use the remaining long pieces to cut four segments that are 33 and 7/8  inches (86cm) long. Using a permanent marker, label these pieces with an “R” to remind you they are roof segments.

Using some of the leftover pieces cut a dozen 2-inch (5cm) long segments to use to create corners. Hang the bedsheets over the roof and wrap around the sides.

Idea inspired by: http://www.designdazzle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/playhouseb4.jpg


Everybody Needs A Rock
(Finding rocks with given textures is a sensory experience and this exercise needs no special equipment and can be expanded in complexity depending on the children’ age The discussion improves verbal communication)
What you need:

An outside area with rocks

Depending on the child’s age, ask them to find:
a rough rock, a smooth rock, a sharp rock, a heavy rock, a red rock, a tiny rock etc.
You can put them in a pillow case or a box and say, “shut your eyes and reach in and find a: sharp rock. Next a smooth rock etc.  Ask which is your favorite rock? Why do you like it.
For older children or a large group you can ask who do you think found the tiniest rock or other adjectives.  You can also ask them to give their rock a name and ask them how they could use the rock (in a fish bowl, as a paper weight, as a hammer, etc.)
A real plus would be if you could read the book Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor with pictures by Peter Parnell