Expand Your Child’s Learning & Fun

small girl with chalk on painted asphalt background above top viewSummer is time to get outdoors. Enjoy the park. Catch fireflies. Splash in the water. Summertime is the right time to allow your young child to explore. Exploring the world around them helps your child learn. Here are some activities to keep your young child engaged and learning.

Take a sensory walk. Feel the grass beneath your toes. Touch the plants. Notice the texture of sand and mud.

Pick up a magnifying glass at a dollar store and become a scientist. Notice nature. Watch an ant or an inchworm on a leaf.

Visit a splash park. Get wet with your child. As always be sure to closely supervise your child around water to make your play safe.

Visit the farmers market. Build your child’s vocabulary by naming and talking about the fruits and vegetables. Talk about what dishes you might make.

Kick, throw and catch a ball.  laying with various sized balls can add another dimension to the fun.

Smiling little muddy girl looking at camera and showing palms to a photographer.Experiment with messy play. Use chalk or chalk paint to decorate the sidewalk. Make a mud pie. Build a sand castle.

Cook together. Your child can help you roast hot dogs, pop popcorn or make s’mores with close supervision.

Summer is also an excellent time for reading! Jump into Summer Reading and Events at your library. Kids earn prizes for reading and everyone who completes the challenge is entered in grand prize drawings.

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Sherry Hess

As the Early Childhood Learning Coordinator, Sherry is focused on engaging young children and their families in play-based early learning experiences. The Learn & Play Bus and its service are at the heart of her work. Sherry has a background in early childhood education.