paintbrush_400by Amy Chouinard CCC-SLP

Summer is a wonderful time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air with your children. Making “sidewalk paint” is a fun activity to do together that encourages using language and creativity. To make the paint, you will need: ¼ cup corn starch, ¼ cup water and add 6-8 drops of food coloring. Mix the corn starch and water. Add the food coloring. Repeat to make different colors. “Paint” the sidewalk. Get creative! Encourage your child to talk about what they are painting.

Another fun activity is making ice sculptures. To make the ice blocks, you will need: containers of various sizes (i.e. ice cube trays, popsicle trays, plastic container etc.), water and food coloring. Put water in containers. Add food coloring to obtain desired colors. Freeze. Once frozen, bring the blocks outside and start building! You can build structures such as forts, castles, houses, bridges, igloos etc. Talk about what you are building, opposites (cold vs hot) and cause/effect (What happens to the ice when the sun makes it hot?) The most important thing-have fun with your child! Happy Summer!