June

JUNE is one of the most thrilling months as it bubbles forth with no demands or worries and the focus is on having fun. School’s out, the playground is ready and waiting, and it is time to play! It’s the month of endless sun, and we begin to see the bounties of the garden – Beautiful Greens and of course Big Red Ripe Strawberries. The month of June celebrates National Barefoot Day and National Children’s Day. Flags are waving high on the 14th in the U.S. and on Midsummer’s Day in Finland. So kick off those shoes, take a walk in the grass, and be ready to enjoy what this month has to offer! Here are a few of our favorite activities this month.

  • Primary Concepts – Count a LadyBug Counting Kit is a blast! Learn about counting using a 1:1 correspondence with ladybugs – then explore outside to see how many you can find.
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood and Audrey Wood. A Simply Delightful Book!
  • Our friends at https://www.terrapinlogo.com have the most wonderful little Bee-Bots. They are little bees that are hands on programmable to move left/right and forward/backward. This helps not only with learning to sequence but also reinforces a sense of directionality and body awareness. There are literally tons of materials that you can use with the Bee-Bots or Blu-Bots that just make learning fun!
  • Grandma Loves Bugs by Fairlady Media is a romp through introducing preschoolers through the discovery of insect friends. Fairlady Media knows how to use of multimedia in an educational app. It is just the right mix of fun and realism. 
  •  Great puzzles for both the preschool set can be found at the Melissa and Doug website: http://www.melissaanddoug.com/insects-chunky-puzzle—7-pieces/3729.html and http://www.melissaanddoug.com/bug-catching-magnetic-puzzle-game/3779.html that will be sure to please any therapist or parent. Magnetic puzzles introduce bi-lateral coordination and the ability to use both hands in a conjunctive manner.
  • Scavenger Hunts or Hunting for Pirates Treasure using either a visual representation or introducing deductive reasoning using indirect clues are always a fun activity to get the kids focused when out of doors. Find tree stumps, dig in some dirt, match leaves or flowers to a picture – the possibilities are endless.
  • Sago Mini Bug Builder by  Sago Mini is a fun filled cause an effect game that extends the ability to anticipate outcomes. This is beginning of exploratory play by actively experimenting with variables.
  • June isn’t all about bugs – favorite cooking activities include making jams from ripe berries. Give older children a masher to prepare fruits for Jam or place fruits in a blender or food processor and then have them pour the mixture into a pan from a safe measuring cup. There are many recipes for “freezer jams” where kids can help. Making shortcakes is an easy process with just a few ingredients. Mixing is great fun and a way to build upper body muscles.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar – in all its shapes and forms is perfect for June! The book is a children’s classic, and you will not see any one medium packed with as many learning and creative opportunities than this little volume. Some of my favorite apps from StoryToys are about The Very Hungry Caterpillar are:

         The Very Hungry Caterpillar Shapes and My Very Hungry Caterpillar 

  • Touch Press  Games has an incredible array of apps in their subscription series for older elementary students to adults. Any of the games in the series can be bought separately, but the subscription fee is a bargain. These beautifully thought out and engaging apps will assure there is no summer slide and will keep adults hopping. They are intended for those who love to learn and readily accept challenges.  

 

Sources:

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

Photos: https://unsplash.com

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