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Sidewalk chalk obstacle courseDIY Obstacle Course 

Using sidewalk chalk, draw a challenging obstacle course for your family or friend-bubble to complete on foot or on a bicycle. Time your competitors to see who can complete it the fastest. Make sure to share you obstacle course on social media - don't forget to tag us on FacebookInstagram or Twitter and use #PPLSummer2020


Games

water bottle sprinklerBeat the heat this summer with this easy DIY Water Bottle Sprinkler!

You will need:

  • Sturdy Plastic Bottle from the recycling bin
  • Water proof Tape – duct tape
  • Drill
  • Garden Hose that you can tape to. 

What you do:

  1. Attach the garden hose to the bottle with tape.
  2. Drill a number of holes in the top and sides of the bottle.  Depending on how you want your sprinkler to shoot, will depend on where you place the holes. 
  3. Put your hose in the neck of the bottle and turn it on for some splish-splashy fun!    

Looking for some more activities for the kids? Checkout these fun backyard activities or these 10 kid friendly card games when you need to beat the heat and head indoors.


Crafts and Activities

recycled craft ideasDive into your recycle bin this week to find some supplies to re-imagine and remake into some really cool crafts. Challenge your family members to make something cool with only recycled materials and award prizes for most imaginative, biggest, most useful etc.

Here are some other fun crafts and activities:


LEGO Challenge

LEGO/Duplo ring toss is a great activity to help with your child's hand to eye coordination, but it;s also a lot of fun! You can choose to keep score or just play for fun.

Duplo Ring TossHow to Prepare and Play:

  1. To make the rings to toss, twist three pipe cleaners together and form a circle.
  2. Create eight or more towers by stacking six or seven 2×2 Duplo bricks into a tower and attaching them to a Duplo plate for stability.
  3. Set the ring toss stand on the floor or low table and have the children take turns tossing the rings onto the Duplo towers.

Songs and Rhymes

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Take me out to the ballgame. Action: Pretend to be swinging a baseball bat
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Action: hand to motion like popping a piece of popcorn into your mouth
I don’t care if I never get back. Action: Shake your head no
Oh it’s root, root, root for the home team. Action: Pump your fist three times like you are cheering
If they don’t win it’s a shame. Action: Hold both hands out with the palms facing up
For it’s 1, 2, 3 strikes - you’re out Action: Count to three on your fingers and point out to the side like a baseball umpire
At the old, ball game!

Here’s a Little Ball

Here’s a little ball. Action: Make a small with your thumb and index finger
And here’s a ball. Action: Make a bigger ball using both thumbs and both index fingers
And then a great big ball, I see.  Action: Make a ball by holding your arms up over your head and touching your fingers together
Shall we count them?
Are you ready?
One, two, three! Action: Count to three with your fingers

Swimming, Swimming, In a Swimming Pool

Swimming, swimming  Action: make a swimming motion
In a swimming pool Action: trace a square with your fingers
When days are hot  Action: put your hand to your head
When days are cold  Action: hug yourself and shiver
In a swimming pool Action: trace a square with your fingers
Front stroke Action: swim forwards
Side stroke Action: swim to the side
Fancy diving too  Action: pretend to dive
Now don’t you wish you never had anything else to do Action: shake pointer finger


Sporty Resources    

Sports Fiction Book titles Sports Non Fiction Book titles

Check out our collection of sports fiction books and sports non fiction books

Mom and daughter yoga

You can borrow Yoga resources on Hoopla Digital with your library card or check out the Cosmic Kids youtube channel - it's yoga designed especially for kids. Each video is an interactive adventures which build strength, balance and confidence while introducing yoga and mindfulness early! 


Family Literacy Tips and Tricks

mom and daughter looking at ipadTry not to not compare your child's reading journey to someone else's. Kids develop in stages and they reach those stages at different rates, and spend varying amounts of time at each.   Dedicating a minimum of 15- 20 minutes per day to reading will give your child the best advantage.  

On days that you can't read with them, let them listen to Audiobooks or use a program like TumbleBook Library which allows you to stream unlimited talking picture books through your computer or the TumbleBook Library app.