Play Restaurant - Make a simple paper menu with prices. Give children an amount of play money. Allow them to order from the menu, keeping in mind the amount of money they have. Encourage them to try different combinations. For a sample breakfast menu (child has $5 to spend):
Signals Game - Have child stand 20-30 feet away facing you. Explain that when you turn the flash light on, the child is to start walking toward you; when you turn it off they stop. Discuss signals and different ways of communicating. Try the game in a darkened room and talk about lighthouses, how light helps us see and how the room is the same when the flashlight is off as when it's on.
eye droppers (old medicine droppers, well rinsed)
plastic film canisters
small plastic cups & bowls
measuring spoons & cups
lots of towels
Provide assortment of above items or anything similar for child to play in water. We use the bathroom sink, but the bathtub or kitchen sink would both work well, too. Afterward, have the child help to wipe down area and put the towels in the proper place.
Children use the birthday blowers as frogs' tongues and try to "catch" (pop) the "flies" (bubbles). It's lots of fun and is good when a high energy activity is needed.
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