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Water Fun Week 5 of #SmartSummer

Kismet. Sometimes it seems like things are just meant to happen.  My husband booked us a whale watching trip for the Sunday before the Water Fun week of the Smart Summer Challenge begins!  I can’t wait to share what we learned with you.

We have a membership at the aquarium and it is a great way to beat the summer heat AND the summer slide at the same time. And since we live on an island, there is always the beach!

Here are our planned activities…subject (as always) to change based on the weather, sudden brainstorms, children’s moods, or just random whims:

  • Whale Watch!
  • Water Table Science
  • Seashell Crafts and/or Sand Art
  • Sea Creature Craft (possibly a hermit crab
  • Books about the Sea and Sea Creatures
  • Aquarium Visit

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few of my past posts you might like:

Tickly Octopus (Craft & Book Selection)

Fishy Food Chain Craft
(& Book Recommendations)

Penguin Craft (and book recommendations)

Jelly Fish Craft

* What is the Smart Summer Challenge? Amy of, MaryLea of Pink and Green Mama, and I are challenging our community to beat the “summer slide” (the learning loss that can happen over the summer).

We’ll be posting our activities daily, loosely following this calendar of educational summer ideas, and hosting a weekly linky (with PRIZES) for others to share their ideas and activities.

The Week 4 linky, sponsored by LeapFrog, is up and will remain open through Thursday, July 28. Week 5 Linky, sponsored by Guidecraft, will go up FRIDAY, July 29!

You are invited to find an opportunity for learning with your children every day–it can be as simple as reading a book or playing a game or as involved as a themed craft and activity. You don’t have to follow our themes or suggestions–just commit to making time to learn together!

There’s also a Smart Summer Challenge facebook page so we can all add our own tips, links, and photos!

Hope you will join us and add your ideas to the linkies each week!

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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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