Stage a concert using household items as instruments. Spoons make great microphones, pots and pans can double as drums, and rubber bands wrapped around an open shoebox can be plucked like guitar strings!
Tip of the Day July 10
Make a picture book! Collect greeting cards, magazine images, or postcards with odd and interesting scenes. Glue one on each page of a special notebook, and challenge your kids to write a story about what’s happening in the picture.
Tip of the Day July 9
Before you walk into a museum or art exhibit, hand your kid sketchbook and pencils with these instructions: “Write down, sketch, or draw anything you see that makes you feel something.” This gives kids a sense of purpose and encourages them to notice how specific details evoke different emotions.
Thought for the Day: → “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin
Tip of the Day July 6
Write a neighborhood newsletter! Curious kids will love reporting news from your neighborhood or apartment building, whether there’s a lost cat, a new baby, or someone who has an interesting job. Let your kids interview neighbors you know, write stories, add pictures, and distribute copies to mailboxes.
Tip of the Day July 5
Cover the front of your refrigerator with alphabet or word magnets. At the end of each day, let your child spell out the best parts of the day: WENT TO PARK. PLAYEDWITHPAUL. GOT A LETTERFROMGRANDMA.
Tip of the Day July 4
Have a 10-minute conversation about freedom. As a family, talk about why Independence Day is so important beyond grilling out and summer fun.
Fact: Kids who write well tend to read well and vice versa—a powerful combo that gives your children a big advantage at school and in life. Encourage your child to keep a diary or to write stories, plays, and poems from her own imagination.