July 6, 2020
Summer Activities with Kacey: Week of June 29-July 3
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 Stars and Stripes!
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.
Music and movement dance with ribbon wands
Make ribbon wands with red, white, and/or blue streamers or ribbons and an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll. Decorate the cardboard roll with crayons or paint. Tie the ribbons to the decorated roll. Move those wands and march along to your favorite song!
Mealtime discussion question: What songs do you and your family like dancing to?
Read a book together!
Read or listen to the story Apple Pie 4th of July with your child. You can follow along with this video.
Mealtime Question: What foods do you like making with your family?
Cupcake Liner Fireworks
Using solid-color cupcake liners, have your child draw red and blue lines, stars, and stripes. Cut the edge of the liners into strips. Glue the liners onto a piece of black or blue construction paper. Glitter can be added to make the fireworks sparkle. Display the fireworks!
Mealtime discussion question: Do you like to watch real fireworks? Why or why not?
For outdoor paths, create stars with washable paints or chalk. For indoor paths, paint or draw your stars on pieces of paper that you tape to the floor (with painter’s tape if you have it).
Mealtime discussion question: There are stars on the American flag. What other flags have stars?
Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottles
Celebrate the 4th of July in a fun and safe way for all ages with glow in the dark sensory bottles. Find empty plastic bottles. Fill the bottles with water, a few drops of red or blue food coloring, glitter, and an activated glow stick. Tightly secure and tape the lid on the water bottle. The sensory bottles can be played with during the day or at night on the 4th of July! Babies, toddlers, and children will have fun looking at and playing with the sensory bottles.
Mealtime discussion question: What will you and your family do to celebrate the 4th of July?
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