Summer Activities with Kacey: Week of June 22-26

Summer Activities with Kacey: Week of June 22-26

Kacey the Quality Koala and Maryland EXCELS have been sharing daily fun and educational activities and mealtime discussion questions for families and child care programs.

Each week, we’ll celebrate summer with a different theme. Last week’s theme was Bugs!

You’ll find past activities and questions below. To see the latest activities and questions, visit this page or social media each day!

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The Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood understands that activities described on this page and in website links are not suitable for all ages. Ultimately, all activities require adult supervision and are not endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education or Johns Hopkins University.

Monday

A blue and green bug made from painted fingerprintsFingerprint Bugs

Let your child create fingerprint bugs using washable paint, finger paints, or stamp pads! Once the fingerprints dry, your child can draw on legs, wings, antennae, and eyes. Your child can also draw grass, plants, flowers, clouds, the sun, or whatever else they would like to create a scene. Encourage them to use their imaginations!

Mealtime discussion question: If you could create your own bug as a pet, what would it look like? Would it fly, swim, dig, or do something else?

Tuesday

Glow in the Dark Lightning Bugs

Three colored lightning bug flashlights made from water bottles and glow sticksFind an empty plastic bottle. Your child can decorate their water bottle with eyes, wings, and legs using materials from around your home such as tissue paper, recycled paper, pipe cleaners, straws, or small sticks. Glue or tape the materials to the plastic bottle. Put a glow stick in the water bottle and securely glue the lid on the bottle. Once the glue is dry, your child can fly their lightning bug around a dimly lit room.

Mealtime discussion question: Where can you find lightning bugs? Why can you see them at night?

Wednesday

Bugs drawn on pavement with chalkChalk Shape Bugs

Using chalk, you and your child can draw “shape” bugs outdoors on a sidewalk, patio or driveway. Add wings, funny faces, legs, and/or antennae. Discuss the shapes and then play games. You can call out a shape and have your child stomp or jump on the bug, leap from bug to bug, or squirt the bugs with a spray bottle filled with water. 

Mealtime discussion question: What are the different shapes of real bugs?

Thursday

Icy Bug Eggs

A toy ant frozen in a block of iceFill several balloons with small plastic bugs and water. Securely knot the balloons. Put the balloons in a container in the freezer. Once the balloons freeze, cut the balloons to release the newly formed ice balls. Put the ice balls into a container. Let your child chip and melt the ice away with a plastic hammer and squirt bottle filled with warm water. Your child will be excited to find the bugs once the ice melts away.

Mealtime question: Do bugs really come from icy eggs? Where do you think bugs come from?

Friday

The letter "A" made from paper and decorated like a bug with legs and antennaeAlphabet Bugs 

Let your child use their imagination to turn their first initial into an insect. Will the imaginary bug have wings? What about lots of legs or antennae? The bug could be a solid color or have a pattern. To make the alphabet bug, cut the letter out of paper or cardstock. Then let your child decorate the letter with crayons, markers, paint, and/or pencils. Offer strips of paper, pieces of yarn, or other materials for your child to add dimension and features. You can tape or glue the alphabet bug to another piece of paper to create a background. 

Mealtime question:  If your alphabet bug made a sound, what would it be? 

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