School might’ve started for most elementary students, but the 2021 summer season doesn’t officially end until September 22. Your child’s schedule isn’t as flexible as it was in the midst of summer, but their spare time can be filled with fun summer activities. Take inspiration from Montessori elementary school students, who spend their days completing hands-on activities in and out of the classroom.
This takes a traditional, old school game and adds a mathematical spin per the Montessori method. Fill each square with a different single-digit number, either in chronological order or scrambled. Call out a number they’ll add up to by hopping on each square. They can’t set down their bent leg until they’ve added to the correct number. The rules can be tweaked to make it easier or harder, such as requiring that players start from the bottom of the hopscotch grid or allowing them to begin at any point. You could also draw out a larger, more complicated grid with negative numbers for advanced hands-on learning.
Lawn Matching Game
Gather 25 square cork tiles and spray paint them white on both sides. Pair them up, with one set off to the side, then use stencils to spray each pair with their own symbol. The 25th square can have “One More Time” stenciled on it. Scramble the cards on the lawn out of order, then have your child flip them over in groups of two, trying to pair them up. “One More Time” means they can flip an extra card over, giving a second chance before flipping everything over. For a bigger challenge, you can add more tiles.
Grab spray bottles of red, yellow, blue, and green, and make a Twister mat on the lawn. The dots can be stenciled out with 10 inch holes cut through a pizza box. For larger games, you could spray longer lines to fit more children. To play, simply call out a hand or foot, and a specific color. Or, make a spinner to randomize the colors and body parts.
Supersize the popular balancing game of Jenga by purchasing four pieces of 2x3x8 lumber and sawing them down to 7.5” blocks. Each piece of lumber can make 12 Jenga blocks. Once you’ve made 48 blocks, you can sand them down and give them to your elementary student to play with in the backyard or a spacious area indoors. This game exercises spatial awareness and strategy development, with the added fun of large blocks. Don’t forget to supervise your child, as a tall tower can be dangerous when it collapses.
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