July 12, 2020
Summer Activities with Kacey: Week of July 6-10
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 Transportation and Things that Go!
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.
Build a racetrack!
Create indoor city streets or a racetrack by using painter’s tape on the floor. If you want to keep the track for future playtimes, use masking tape or duct tape on a large piece of cardboard that you can store.
Mealtime discussion question: If you could make your own vehicle, what color and shape would it be? What would it look like and what special features would it have?
Construction Play Area
Create an indoor or outdoor construction zone for your child using sand, dirt, and small rocks (if appropriate for the age of your child). Put the materials into a plastic container. Your child can use toy trucks, bulldozers, or tractors to drive around their homemade construction zone.
Mealtime discussion question: How many different kinds of trucks can you name? What are they used for?
Let’s Go for a Drive!
Listen to the story Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems. After you listen to the story, make fruit and vegetable vehicle-shaped snacks with your child. Some ideas are to use apples or celery for the vehicle body, grapes or crackers for the tires, and carrots or pretzels for the steering wheel. Enjoy your transportation snacks!
Mealtime discussion question: Where is your favorite place to drive with your family? What type of transportation do you use to get there?
Mealtime with Kacey: Have you ever ridden on a bus, train, boat, or airplane? If you haven’t, which would you choose, and why?
Create your own boat after reading the story Bean Floats a Boat. Help your child create their own boat using items from around your home. Suggested items include lids, small plastic containers, sponges, twigs, empty juice box containers, plastic bottles, pool noodles, egg cartons, or any other items you can find that float. Add a sail using construction paper or card stock attached to a straw, popsicle stick, or twig. Let your child play with their boat during water play or bath time. Share your creations on our social media pages.
Mealtime discussion question: What kind of things can float in the water?
See more 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