Pies (Not edible, but definitely great fun!)
the dirt and flour with water until it molds and sticks together.
Shape into cookies, pies, birds nests, and other shapes. Dry in
small cups half way with Plaster of Paris. Add a heaping spoonful
of dry tempera and stir to distribute color.
in a small amount of water and stir quickly. (Add enough water
so it looks like thick gravy.) Set until dry. Peel away the cup
and you'll have great sidewalk chalk.
Children can write, draw pictures, or make hopscotch with the
chalk. They can also design roads on which to ride bikes and tricycles.
Challenge them to use their imaginations and create stores, traffic
signs, and other symbols on the cement.
the cup half way with water. Squirt in some dish detergent. Give
children a straw and tell them to BLOW! (If you'll put a pin prick
at the top of the straw, it's less likely that they'll suck up
soapy water. I also have children practice blowing on their hand
with the straw before we begin so they'll get the idea.) The bubbles
will spill over the cup and are fun to pat on arms, legs, etc.
It's great to run through the sprinkler after you "paint" your
body with bubbles.
Add a drop of food coloring to the solution to make colored bubbles.
Give children a pan of water and an egg beater. (Most children
have never seen one of these before except in books!) Add a squirt
of detergent to the water and let them "beat" up some bubbles.
spray bottles from cleaning products (make sure you rinse them
out well first!). Fill them with water and let the children squirt
each other, water plants, clean lawn furniture, etc.
A sponge or paintbrush and a bucket of water will also entertain
children for hours. They can sponge off a tree, their riding toys,
or themselves. They can paint the house or playground equipment.
A Dub Dub
children bring their washable dolls to school. Fill tubs with
water and soap, then have a bathing party. Add sponges, wash clothes,
and squirt bottles.
Let children wash doll clothes and hang them on a clothes
line with spring clothes pins.