- Make letters or lines using a stick in sand, dirt or mud.
- Look for letter shapes in natural objects like plants, flowers, vines, branches, seeds.
- Explore letter sounds by playing the letter game outside. Ask your child to find things that start with the “g” sound, etc.
- Draw with colored chalk or “paint” with water and brushes on sidewalks and patios.
- Gaze up at the clouds and talk about what you think the clouds look like.
Bring a book outside and read under the shade of a tree. Don’t forget about some of the “oldie but goodie” picture books like It Looked Like Spilt Milk (for cloud gazers), Old Turtle (a religious tie-in to nature), Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (a West African pourquoi tale), A Tree is Nice (1957 Caldecott winner), or From the Bellybutton of the Moon (poems about summer in English & Spanish).