Guest Author - Alissa Moy
With the summer season beckoning, now is the time to start planning for activities to keep your preschool child busy and entertained. Here is a list of all free ideas for you to employ to keep your preschool crew happy and excited throughout the summer months.
1. Print and play- Visit Nick Jr. online for wonderful games and a plethora of printables and craft ideas to make at home. Choose a different character every week and have a blast!
2. Remember to smile- Visit Colgate online for fun facts, mini movies, games and printables, all about teeth! Create a cool brushing chart to check off daily.
3. Reading is fun- The summer reading program at Barnes and Noble will work out for your older preschool child if he or she is reading already. Visit the site below to view the log for free books, online activities and see your local store for free summer storytimes.
4. Crafty Activities- Michael's Crafts Store offers routine events for the preschool and younger elementary crowd that are totally free. Sign up for The Knack kids club online and get a free craft apron and class pass via mail. Plus, you can check out an online calendar for your local store to see which upcoming summer craft events are free.
5. Bowling for fun- The two sites below are great for bowling fans, and there are often super lightweight balls for the younger crew. Check with your local bowling center as to their requirements for ages of participants. www.coupons.bowlbrunswick.com/ballpass/
6. Love your library- Be sure to inquire with your local area libraries to get their summer reading program details. Many states have mutiple activities weekly at their town library. Preschoolers will also enjoy the storytimes just for them as well.
7. Swim and surf- Do you live near a beach, lake or river? If so, now is the time to access these awesome natural areas. If you live near a national or state park with water activities ask them what free days they have during the summer months. If you have a pool, or a neighbor does, enjoy swimming safely with your pals.
8. Play with friends- Set up a playdate at your home, a friend's house or a local park. Summer is the perfect time to relax with friends and play fun games like hide and go seek and tag.
9. Enjoy a cultural outing- Check with your local area museums and science centers to inquire about their free days for the summer months. Many facilities offer free mornings or late afternoons, too.
10. Movie fun- While AMC Theaters has discontinued it's free movies for 2011, check with your local theater to inquire if they will offer free movies for kids this summer. They are often in the early morning, but they can be a super opportunity to see movies with your preschool pal.