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Quality Time with Kacey

Summer Activities with Kacey: Activities and Questions for Families and Providers

Kacey the Quality Koala and Maryland EXCELS will be 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. This week’s theme is “Reptiles.”

Be sure to visit this page or social media each day! Share your activities on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtags #MarylandEXCELS and #KaceyEXCELS.

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

An empty dishwaher pod container decorated to look like a crocodile and a red tray with ping-pong balls and tongsHungry Crocodile Fine Motor Game

Feed the hungry crocodile with this fun game! Find an empty container with a lid that opens and closes and decorate it to look like a crocodile. Using tongs, your child can feed the hungry crocodile cotton balls, ping-pong balls,  or other small items.

Mealtime discussion question: What other items could you feed your hungry crocodile?

 

Tuesday

Swamp Sensory Bin

NOTE: An adult should always be present around all water activities and water play.

A plastic bin with water, small rocks, plants, and plastic animals

Let your child create a swamp with snakes, alligators, turtles, and frogs in a homemade sensory bin.

Fill a small plastic bin with 1 inch of water. Create a swamp habitat sensory bin by adding toy animals such as insects, snakes, alligators, turtles, frogs, and/or fish. You can also include large leaves for lily pads and small pieces of wood or sticks. Your child can create a dry spot for the animals with sticks, rocks, or leaves.

Mealtime discussion question: What kinds of animals can you find in a swamp?

 

Wednesday

Inside pages of the book The Mixed-Up ChameleonStorytime! 

Listen and read the story of The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle.  After reading the story, add different colors of washable paint into a resealable plastic bag. Make sure that the bag is closed securely with tape. Your child can squish the paint around and observe how different colors mix together.

Mealtime discussion question: What happens when you mix different colors together?

 

Thursday

Lily Pad Leap!

Pieces of green paper cut into shapes like lily pads with numbers written on each piece.Create lily pads with chalk outside or draw on paper if you’re inside. Leap, jump, or skip from one lily pad to the next. You can play this song as your child jumps and dances on the lily pads. As a follow-up activity, have your child decorate a lily pad. Draw an outline on paper and let your child cut or rip small pieces of paper. Decorate the lily pad by gluing down the pieces of paper.

Mealtime discussion question: Do you think you could float on a lily pad like a frog? Why, or why not?

 

Friday

A snack made out of cucumbers and shaped like a snakeCreative Snacks!

Use your child’s favorite fruits and vegetables to make a snake-shaped snack for everyone to enjoy.

Mealtime discussion question: Snakes don’t have feet, arms, or legs. How do you think they move?

 

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