Lazy days of summer spent outdoors …..
‘Camping’ with a blanket thrown over a branch …..
Beach games and water fights …..
Footprints in the sand, castles in the sand …..
Summer isn’t complete without forts, water and sand. Most of us have great memories of long summer days, playing with our friends, and only coming in when our mom’s called us for lunch.
Hot summer days are just right for playing in the water. Even if you don’t live by a lake or beach, you can let children explore some of the traditional beach activities. For fun, set up your back yard to look like a beach. Just use your sand box, water table and sprinklers to add the ‘sand and sea’! Add beach balls, beach towels, sand chairs and an umbrella and you are set to have a ‘beach’ party.
Children of today may not spend as many hours freely exploring outside as we did. There are so many reasons for this – parents away at work all day, the lure of computer and video games, and society’s need for children to be closely supervised by a trusting adult.
Early childhood education and care programs can still provide hours of ‘fun in the sun’ activities to bring those lazy days of summer back into the lives of children. This Resource, with 16 complete activities will help make this happen