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July 3, 2014
by countryfun
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School-age Changes Up Summer Activities

Providing summer care means more time with my school-age children which means I get to stretch my creative side a bit more. Whether it’s pulling together supplies for designing outside obstacle courses or hunting down stored craft project supplies for a surprise project request, I’m never quite sure what each day will bring.

When the weather is sunny and pleasant we spend our days outside.  Six hrs. of sandbox or bike play days on end doesn’t work however, so it’s important to have water play time as well as focused active play.

This week saw carnival games……

carnival games

The first water play of the summer is always fun and the slip and slide is a yearly hit, even in a fairly flat yard space.

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Then the heat/humidity and rain hits which means inside play. If you follow on Facebook you saw the marble raceway I brought out yesterday in action.

Here’s what it looked like during afternoon play and the children having control of the photos. (I always like seeing events from their viewpoint. It’s informative.)


As I mentioned at the beginning, summer is also about creative arts & craft projects. Watercolors have been used a lot this past year by the younger group, so I wasn’t surprised when some school-age asked for them. What I loved is that they painted pictures not only for themselves, but for the younger children as gifts.

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