Summer Boredom Busters – the Letter “D”
Looking for summer boredom buster fun that is also slightly educational? Read on!
For today’s summer activity, we learned more about the letter “D,” but in a fun way that worked for my school age kid and my little ones. Read about more preschool aged activities or crafty summer boredom busters here.
I started by drawing the letter “D” on paper for them. They traced beans on the letters while we talked about words that started with the sound of D. (They thought the pinto beans were cool, while I just wanted them to have a tactile sensation to accompany their learning.) Next, the kids ran around the house and found items that start with the letter D. Obviously this was easier for our 1st grader than out 2yr old, but they had fun and helped each other. They found a dinosaur, a dragon, a diver, ducks, a dog, and a doll.
Then, they traced the D with markers. Then they glued bits of tissue paper to their Ds. Again, they are learning the letter with tactile sensations by using markers and paper and glue. For additional auditory learning, we watched a short YouTube video about words that begin with D while they glued. Fancy terms, but a simple process – the more ways they form connections in their brains, the better they remember the knowledge. Plus, kids LOVE glue!
Finally we were ready for the most fun part of the activity – the acting! The kids lined up near the fireplace and were ready to act out words that start with D. As I said “D” words, they acted like dinosaurs, dogs, divers. They dropped to the floor and danced. Being silly and acting were definitely their favorite part of the day, and watching the video afterwards made everyone giggle. Kids love to learn, especially when learning is fun.
My entire activity was made up on the spot, and probably took 15 minutes, but the kids loved it! If your family is feeling the summer boredom blues, then keep following along for more summer boredom busters. Some days we’re silly; some days we learn; some days we’ll craft; but we will hopefully, always have fun!
What are your favorite summer family activities?
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