SUMMER CLOUD STORIES
- Summer is a great time to have your children lie on the ground and describe cloud characters.
- Have your children make up a short simple story about their cloud character.
SEQUENCE CARD STORIES
- Make up some summer sequence cards, such as; four cards that tell the story of the life cycle of a frog, flower, or bird.
- Give your child a set of sequence cards and have them place the cards in the proper order and then have him tell you the story.
CLOTHES LINE STORIES
- Set up a simple clothes line by stringing close line between two outdoor chairs.
- Set out some papers with pictures of characters, or objects.
- Let your children hang the papers on the clothes line using snap clothes pins.
- Then go down the line of the pictures and make up a short story incorporating all of the objects and characters.
- When children get familiar with the process, let them take turns tell the story.
- Set out a basket of postcards from different vacation places.
- Have children take turns drawing out a postcard and then making up a short story about a pretend or real visit to the location.
FINGER PUPPET STORIES
- Wrap each child’s pointer fingers with paper and draw faces on each finger puppet.
- Ask each child who their finger puppet characters are.
- Have them try to tell you a simple story about their two finger puppet characters.
- Give your children some simple props to use in the sandbox.
- As they are playing, ask them to tell you what is happening. What is going to happen next?
- Draw a large red barn on a large piece of butcher paper.
- Set out some crayons and have your children draw farm animals around the barn.
- Read your children a story about a farm.
- Later, ask children to tell you what is happening in the farm mural.
- After reading a story about a summer flower or vegetable garden, help your children plant seeds for their own garden.
- Encourage each child to take care of their garden.