It is sooo Hot here... I know it is hot many places right now, but we are sweating here!! I have tried to come up with a lot of creative ways to keep us moving and cool this past week. We have gotten the water slide out, we have had water balloon tournaments, spray bottles, water guns, sponges, sprinklers... anything that will keep the kids cool.
I have found that the early morning is the best time to go out... so out we go. The big kids have been playing wiffle ball in the backyard, with a twist... we use the water sponge balls with a the "fat" bat. This was a big hit!!! They have been creating a lot of "Tournament" type games. I am not a huge fan of competitive games, but they spend a lot of time coming up with the game, spelling out the rules, and then completing the game. It has been working out pretty good.
When it starts getting really hot out, we either go to the area movie theater (which had morning movies real cheap) or watch a movie. We have done a Card Tournament, a Wii Sports Tournament, and board games. I try to have them do most of their strenuous activities in the morning, and cool, wet activities in the afternoon. Then in the middle there is our more inactive games. It has been a pretty good routine to beat the heat :)
I have noticed that boys are not into arts & crafts as much as girls. I have tried putting out open ended activities and more teacher directed ones... and maybe my son will pick it up and do something, but there don't seem real interested. I think there favorite activity was painting some wooden cars and trinket boxes... but the kite activity was a bust. The volcano experiments were fun, but they didn't really care to take time with the play dough and make the actual volcano... they just wanted to create the lava. It was a fun time though.
I am sorry I don't have photos of a lot of our time this summer... it just hasn't been handy. Which is odd of me. I am getting in gear for the start of daycare again in August. After vacation I only have a couple weeks to get the room back to normal, my curriculum set, and things set... I am getting excited!! I am really looking forward to welcoming some beautiful new children and beginning some great relationships with new families... Although, I will miss my graduates very much!!