Let’s face it — kids are good at making messes. It’s part of the fun of being a kid! For those of you that shudder at the thought of messes, summer can be a good time to cut loose and let the kids be kids — outside where clean up isn’t so much of an issue. I’ve been scouring Pinterest and my bag of tricks homeschool plans to find new preschool ideas. If the kids start to get bored of the same old activities this summer, try this list to spice up their playtime (and sneak in some learning and sensory play).
What preschooler doesn’t like bubbles? I found this cheap and easy recipe for homemade bubbles, complete with a cute container. Need a bubble wand? Take several drinking straws and rubber band or tape them all together to make a big bubble pipe. Dip one end of the straws in the fluid and blow through the other end to get multiple bubbles at once.
My preschool girls love sidewalk chalk, but how about taking it up a notch? I found these awesome ideas for making your own frozen sidewalk chalk with cornstarch and food coloring. Simple, fun, and a great sensory experience.
Speaking of sensory ideas, summer is a fun time to try making your own sensory bins. I blogged about an ocean-themed sensory bin I made that was very budget-friendly and easy to do. If you take the bins outside, it allows more room for experimenting with messiness. Use sand, rice, Cheerios, and even water as the medium for the bins. You can create your own I Spy game by hiding things in the bins for your kids to discover. Preschool themes can include colors, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, or any other subject your kids might love.
Call me crazy (or Messy Mama), but we’ve even made our own homemade moon sand. You can take this outside and use a small sand and water table (you can usually find a small one for about $20 at a discount store) or any other container you choose. Mix some baby oil with either white flour or cornstarch and experiment with the consistency. My girls loved this, and believe me, it was plenty of messy fun.
These are just a few of the fun and messy things you can do with your preschoolers outside this summer. The time flies by so quickly, so let them enjoy being messy once in a while. Remember, play equals learning for little ones!
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