Activities with Kacey: Celebrate Maryland

Summer Activities with Kacey

Activities with Kacey: Celebrate Maryland

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

The theme of the activities below is “Celebrate Maryland.”

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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.


Beach Ball Craft

Draw a small circle on the back of a paper plate. Then draw lines to create six sections on the plate. Your child can either paint the plate or tear pieces of colored construction paper and glue it onto each section. Let your child use their imagination to create their colorful beach ball!

A multicolored beach ball craft made from a paper plate and tissue paper Two young children playing with a beach ball at the beach

Mealtime discussion question: What activities and games would you like to play in the sand or at the beach?


Music and Movement Activity

Sing and dance to a song about the Chesapeake Bay watershed called Back to the Sea.

A family with two children dances together in their living room

Mealtime discussion question: What are some ways you and your family can help keep the area where you live clean?


A cardboard box filled with toysA Baltimore Story

Listen to and read the story, Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard. As a follow-up activity, make a 2020 memory box with your child. Let your child decorate an empty box (like a shoebox) and find crafts, notes, pictures, or other special keepsakes for your child to put in their memory box. Store the box in a safe place. As your child grows older, they will enjoy going through their memory box to recall stories about their special items.

Mealtime discussion question: What is your favorite item that will fit in your memory box? Why is it special to you?


Story and Activity

Listen to Meet Chadwick and His Chesapeake Bay Friends by Priscilla Cummings, and create a Maryland masterpiece with your hands and paint.

A child's painting of fish and other creatures under the seaAs a follow-up activity to the story, your child can create a colorful masterpiece to pay tribute to Maryland. Paint your child’s hands with washable paint. Your child’s handprint will create the body of one or more of the characters from the story. Have your child create a beach scene with a Maryland crab, goose, egret, clam, or jellyfish. Let your child add eyes, nose or beak, a mouth, and other features. Share your child’s work of art with Maryland EXCELS on social media!


Mealtime discussion question:  What animals have you seen that live in or near the Chesapeake Bay?


A piece of toast decorated to resemble a bear's face using bananas, blueberries, and nut spreadMake a tasty and healthy bear snack!

Note: If your child has food allergies, adjust this activity as needed, and create a bear face on a plate.

Maryland has beaches, farms, rivers, lakes, and mountains. Different animals such as muskrats, raccoons, Canada geese, white-tailed deer, coyotes, red foxes, and American black bears live in different regions of the state. Black bears can be found in the mountains in Western Maryland. Make a bear snack with your child using bread or a rice cake, butter, nut butter or other spreadable food, bananas or apples, and blueberries or raisins. Spread the butter, peanut butter, or other spreadable food on a piece of toasted bread or a rice cake. Arrange sliced bananas or apples and blueberries or raisins to make ears, eyes, and a nose. Enjoy your tasty snack with your child.

Mealtime discussion question: What is your favorite Maryland summer activity?


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