Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to summer vacations! Although, summer is in full swing that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep learning all summer long. Summer Learning with Water Balloons is a great way to review word families, practice math problems, or to help your preschooler get a head start in writing their name!
One of the things I’ve learned as a former teacher and homeschooling mom is that although lessons are over that doesn’t mean that the learning part has to end. In fact, learning never stops for our kids. They are constantly absorbing everything they see, hear, and come across every day. Summer is a great time to keep up with important skills they have learned throughout the year.
Believe me, your child’s teacher will appreciate it when the new year begins!
- Water balloons
- Permanent marker
This game can be played using sight-words, letter matching, mathematical problems, spelling, or helping your preschooler review the spelling of their name.
How to play:
Simply fill up your balloons with water! Careful this part is kinda wet and water balloons might start flying out of your hands before you even get a chance to start 🙂
Once your water balloons are filled with water dry them with a towel. Using your permanent marker you will write on the water balloon the math problem, letter, or sight-word.
Find a flat surface or wall where you can hang or write the math equation or letter your child is to match.
In this picture above my daughter Kaelyn who just entered First Grade is solving addition problems. The water balloon had her math sentence and the wall held her answers. Once she figured out the answer she would throw the water balloon to hit her target.
This picture above shows my youngest daughter who is entering preschool practicing her name recognition. As you can see she is throwing her letter “i” water balloon to hit her target on the wall, which is the letter “i”.
If you really want to challenge your child add some upper case and lower case letters in the bucket. Just make sure you’re paying attention, because although it’s great fun you are also doing a “lesson” so you want to make sure that you correct your child if necessary. Please, remember to make it fun!
I actually had my own little bucket of water balloons and when they hit the wrong target I would throw a balloon at their feet 🙂 They wouldn’t know it was coming because I was sitting behind them. See even mom can have fun too!
What other fun activities can you think of to do with your child this summer?