July

July is a month of pure sensory bliss. There is so much to explore, see, and do. The month comes in with a bang as both Canada Day and the Fourth of July set the mood for celebration in the North American Hemisphere. It is a time for family get-togethers and vacations. Just soaking in the sun by the water or sitting by a campfire cooking up hot dogs or s’mores at night are some of the joys of July. Take advantage of the opportunity to be outdoors and explore all nature has to offer. Here are a few of our favorite toys, games, and apps to use in July:

Activities and Apps for July

Sensory bins and water play equipment such as measuring cups, spoons, and turkey basters as well as toys that float AND that sink. Use a play pool or a simple under-bed box if you haven’t a water or sand table.

Take the family to a local Farm to pick fruit and vegetables. Peaches, cherries, and local herbs are available. Pick, then bring some home for cooking activities. Make Grandma a meal and a pie!

FRESH PESTO

This is a favorite recipe from my lifelong friend Susie who is not only an extraordinary nurse practitioner but an experienced and excellent cook. It is a tasty favorite all year long, and fun to make with children.

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender

  • 1/2 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic depending on taste

Fresh basil til the whole thing is an appealing color of green. To me, mid-mid-dark green is best.

Cook Pasta and place 2-3 Tablespoons of the Pesto on top. We also place Pesto atop sandwiches, chicken or vegetables.

Sprinkler or Spray Hoses can create rainbows and are loads of fun to run through in the yard. Try spraying and having the kids targeting the hose at certain points in the yard or let the kids chase after you! If you live in a place without a yard, try super soakers or bottle sprays.

Roxs by A-Champs is a new kind of gaming system – one that gets kids up and moving and can be played both indoors or outdoors. It teaches kids to visually scan and locate “Roxs” by coordinating the triad of vestibular, visual, and auditory stimuli. This genius project was conceived by a family that has kid’s well being placed foremost in mind.

What would summer be without the backyard games of “Kick the Can”  or “Flashlight Tag”

Visit a stream or woody environment and take pictures of a tiny world. Teach the kids to take pictures, and then, make a book! We will update you on preferred lenses for iOS iPhones/iPad as we test them.

Fireworks Tap by Jesse Potter is a fun app for cause and effect play.

A sure-fire winner for little creators is Fireworks Lab by Cowly Owl. Gameplay is straightforward and easy to use. and kids 3-5 can create and design their own fireworks.

Real Fireworks Artwork 4-in-1 HD 2012 – Play Awesome Light Show, Enjoy Fun Visualizer… by INNOVATTY is an older app, but one that is a standard in many therapist’s tool boxes.

Have fun in making ice pops and learn about shapes, colors, and the creative process. Cubic Frogs’ iMake Ice Pops.

Camping with Grandpa by Fairlady Media is a perfectly timed app for the season. It will get kids excited about getting outdoors and learning about the natural world by giving kids a taste in planning and participating in a camping trip.

 

Sources:

Anderson, Marlo August 04,2017  https://nationaldaycalendar.com

Photos: https://unsplash.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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