6 Aug - Zebra Painting...
Hi there. It's Sumari from EasyHealthyKids.com, and this week is animal week. My kids (especially my daughter) love animals of all shapes and sizes, and the activities for this week include zebra q-tip painting, free the animals quiet time activity, feed the animals sensory bin and more.
The family: Fred is my headstrong pre-school boy, and Sarah is my sweet little toddler girl.
Art activity - Zebra painting
I like this Zebra Painting activity because you only need black paint and white paper (or thicker white cardboard) to do the zebra painting.
You cut out a zebra shape on the white paper, and then give your kids q-tips to paint the stripes. Great for fine motor skills and concentration.
Bonus: Here's a free zebra printable that you print out and have your kids color in, for even more zebra fun!
Quiet time activity - Animal rescue
Simple quiet time activities are my favorite ways to keep my kids busy (and quiet!).
For this Animal Rescue quiet time activity you only need tape, a cookie tray and some animal figurines.
I use my kids' Duplo zoo animals and their paw patrol figurines for this activity.
They get to pull off the tape and free the animals. Great for fine motor skills and problem solving.
Indoor activity - Move like an animal
This Move Like An Animal activity is a great indoor or outdoor gross motor activity for kids of all ages.
They get to throw the dice and then move according to the block the dice fell on.
Just grab an old tissue box, print the printable, stick it and you are ready to play.
Educational activity - Build a den for a polar bear
You just need white marshmallows, normal size and mini size, and kebab skewers to make a den for a polar bear.
If you want to, you can buy a polar bear figurine to make this more fun.
Sensory activity - Feed the animals sensory bin
This Feed The Animals sensory bin combines math with a sensory experience.
Older kids can count the scoops, and serve it to the specific animals on the feeding cards.
Younger kids can use your guidance or just explore on their own.
You can use any sensory item to feed to the imaginary animals, including popcorn kernels, rice, birdseed or even buttons for a non-food option.
- Paint (black)
- White paper or cardstock
- Animal figurines
- Tissue box
- Marshmallows, mini and regular
- Kebab sticks/skewers
- Popcorn kernels or other sensory material
Do you have any great recipes or fun activities that you want to share? Let me know by replying to this email.
Talk to you next week.
P.S. If you try any of these activities or recipes, let me know! I'd love to hear how you found them.