August 24, 2020
Summer Activities with Kacey: Week of Aug. 17-21
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 “You Are Special.”
You’ll find past activities and questions below. To see the latest activities and questions, visit this page or social media each day!
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.
You are special!
Create a collage all about you! Draw a body outline on a piece of paper. Draw a face or find a photo of your child. If using a photo, cut out the face and glue it on the body. Help your child find pictures and words in magazines, catalogs, or newspapers that describe your child’s favorite books, toys, games, foods, and activities. Share the collages with other family members and friends.
Mealtime discussion question: What are three of your favorite books and things you like to do?
Listen to the story Hair Love about a girl named Zuri and how her hair makes her feel special.
Mealtime discussion question: What do you like about yourself that makes you feel special?
Music and Movement
Sing and dance to Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes as you pretend to put on sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. As a follow-up activity, find toys, books, and pictures around the house and identify different body parts you need to protect from the sun.
Mealtime discussion question: When do you put on sunscreen?
Music and Movement
Sing and listen to the song Everyone is Special as you complete this activity with your child. Discuss with your child how we are alike and how we are different, and what makes your child special.
Mealtime discussion question: What do you think makes you unique and special?
“Special Me” Snack
Make a “special me” snack with your child using their favorite fruits and vegetables, or other foods. Let them choose! Brainstorm with them ways to use the foods to create a face or body. For example, use banana slices for the body, carrots for the arms and legs, and blueberries for a mouth, nose, and eyes, and something fun for hair. Be creative and share your ideas with us through social media.
Mealtime discussion question: What are your favorite summer snacks?
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
- Week of Aug. 10-14