Quality Time with Kacey: Week of May 26 – 29

 

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Activities and Questions for the Week of May 26 – 29

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.

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.

Tuesday

IMPORTANT Note: All water activities require adult supervision at all times. 

A baby laying on a rug and splashing her feet in a shallow pink tubBabies, toddlers, and even older children love water play. They can use their sense of touch as they explore different forms of water.

For babies, fill a small shallow plastic tray with lukewarm water. Put the tray on a towel or rug and let your baby splash away with their feet. This water activity can also be done during bath time.

Two children paint ice cubes in a large plastic tub

For older children, this activity is adaptable as an art and sensory activity. Put ice cubes in a plastic bin and let them paint the ice. To engage them in questions, ask what will happen to the ice cubes as they paint them.

Mealtime discussion question: What would you do if your room was made of ice?

 

Wednesday

IMPORTANT Note: All water activities require adult supervision at all times. 

Soap bubbles in rainbow colorsExplore the colors of the rainbow with this fun bubble activity! Depending on your child’s age, have them tell you the colors or help them write or trace their color words.

Find a pan, container, bucket, or bin. Fill it with dish soap and water. Let the suds form and then pour out most of the water, leaving about an inch. Add a few drops of food coloring to the bubbles. Then let your children have fun with the rainbow colors as they mix the bubbles together!

To modify this activity for a toddler or a baby at least 6 months old, fill a gallon-sized plastic bag with 1 cup of water, a teaspoon of dish soap, and a few drops of food coloring. Remove as much air from the plastic bag as possible and seal the bag closed. Reinforce the bag with duct tape around the edges. Tape the bag with painters tape to the floor or a window. Let your toddler have fun mixing the bubbles and colors.

A child plays with a bag full of bubbles that is taped to a window. A clear plastic bag filled with pink-colored soap bubbles

Mealtime discussion question: If you could float inside a bubble, where would you want to float and why?

Thursday

IMPORTANT Note: All water activities require adult supervision at all times. 

A row of white bins on grass, each filled with different items such as blue-colored water and sandFind sturdy containers large enough for your child’s feet. Fill each container with different things such as warm or cold water with a drop of food coloring, bubble suds, bubble wrap, smooth rocks, grass, leaves, or sand. Let your children explore each container with their bare feet. Don’t forget to have a towel at the end to dry their feet! Be creative with whatever safe products you have around your house!

A baby moves around items that are sealed in a plastic bag filled with bubblesTo modify this for babies, make a sensory bag. Fill a gallon-sized storage bag with hair gel and small toys or objects that can easily move around the bag when touched by your baby’s little hands. Make sure to seal the bag closed and reinforce all sides of the bag with duct tape to prevent any leaks. Tape the bag to the floor with painters tape. Your baby can have tummy time or sit up and squish the items in the bag.

Mealtime discussion question: Do you like wearing shoes or do you prefer to be barefoot? Why?

Friday

Two toy animals placed on light blue paper snowflakesFill a tray with water and place it in the freezer. Ask your child what they think will happen to the water. Make predictions about how long it will take for the water to freeze. Once the water is frozen, have your child collect small toys such as plastic animals, dolls, or cars to slide across the ice. Ask your child what will happen to the ice as they play with it. To add more fun to this activity, you can place objects in the water before freezing. Your child can also make small snowflakes from coffee filters and place them in the water. Depending on the weather, this activity can be done outdoors or indoors.

Ice cubes dyed with food coloring beginning to melt in two plastic bagsTo modify this activity for toddlers, make colored ice cubes. Fill an ice cube tray with water and add a drop or two of food coloring to each cube. Put the colored ice cubes into a plastic container. Seal the bag with tape to prevent leaks. As the ice cubes melt, the colors will mix together. Talk about the colors of the ice cubes and ask them what happens when the colors mix together. To add more fun to this activity, put small plastic animals into the ice cube molds.

 

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