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.”
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.
Hungry 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?
Swamp Sensory Bin
NOTE: An adult should always be present around all water activities and water play.
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?
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?
Lily Pad Leap!
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?
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?
See activities from past weeks:
- Week of April 21-24
- Week of April 27-May 1
- Week of May 4-8: Child Care Provider Appreciation Week
- Week of May 11-15
- Week of May 18-22
- Week of May 26-29
- Week of June 1-5
- Week of June 8-12
- Week of June 15 – 19
- Week of June 22-26
- Week of June 29-July 3
- Week of July 6-10
- Week of July 13-17
- Week of July 20-24
- Week of July 27-31
- Week of Aug. 3-7