Summer Activities

Things to do during the Summer with 1-'2'-5 year-olds

Throughout 2017, our 125th anniversary year, we asked Norlanders, Norland students and staff to suggest activities for 1-'2'-5 year-olds. Here are their suggestions for things to do during the Summer months. 

Activity Suggested by
#53 Go on a bug hunt, take a magnifying glass, turn over a log and see what you discover. This will encourage children to explore and investigate their world and a conversation about the needs of living creatures will further enhance their learning. Elizabeth Harvey
#54 Take a trip to the seaside and explore the smells, sounds and sights. Collect pebbles along the way. Children learn by using their senses and the seaside is a wonderful place to stimulate that learning - especially when you add in ice cream! Sarah Wilder, Set 25
#55 Practice pouring skills with sand, jugs and cups. Discuss full and empty. A simple fun activity which is easy to sweep up and good for fine and gross motor skills. Maria Higgins, Set 22
#56 Number one... JUMP... Number seven... JUMP! Use coloured chalks to draw numbers onto a patio space. The caregiver shouts out a number and the child has to jump to that number as quickly as possible. Great for number recognition and physical development. Bliss Leijten, Set 32
#57 Make a miniature fairy garden in a container using a mixture of items found out and about, such as tiny pebbles, fir cones, homemade clay, toadstools, miniature fairy tepees and washing lines. Great to stimulate a discussion about environments and to encourage role play and imagination. Louisa Hinxman (nee Moore), Set 24
#58 Make a lavender bag in the summer. Use the bag to prompt recall and discuss the scent. Lucy Draper, Set 35
#59 Prepare homemade lemonade on a warm summer's day. Helps children to understand the provenance of everyday drinks. Lucy Draper, Set 35
#60 Design butterflies from different materials. Creativity and imagination will be prompted. Lucy Draper, Set 35
#61 Design a stage with a shoebox and narrate a story with toys. Perfect activity for storytelling and imagination. Helen Gray, Set 30
#62 'Magic Painting': all you need is an old paint brush and water. Let the children paint outside on the patio and watch the paintings disappear. It's great for reinforcing letter and number formation with the older children and early discussions about evaporation. Quick hint - if a child has spent a while painting a picture make sure you take a photo so they can show the family later! Steph Yates, Set 35 and Mel Knight, Set 25
#63 Assemble an aeroplane using cardboard boxes and some imagination. Then fly to your favourite destination around the house. The activity will prompt recall and imagination. Jemima Townley-Diligent, Set 13
#64 Take a couple of pieces of chalk outside on a sunny day and draw each other's shadows. Great to prompt a discussion about the sun and why some shadows look bigger than others. Becky Williamson, Set 32 and Mel Knight, Set 25
#65 Pick your favourite doll, fill a washing bowl with bubble bath and water and wash with soap. After the doll is clean, dry the doll with a flannel. This activity can help with naming body parts and discussing water safety. Kathryn Danks (nee Legge), Set 11
#66 Combine corn flour and conditioner to make homemade playdough. Kathryn Danks (nee Legge), Set 11
#67 Mark out a maze with decorative tape. This activity helps with problem solving and concentration.  Dorcas Yabbacome, Set 29
#68 Revisit holiday photos and draw what you see in the pictures. This activity is great for discussion and concentration skills. Dorcas Yabbacome, Set 29
#69 Practice the alphabet by drawing letters in sand trays. This supports children's fine motor skills as well as their letter recognition.  Michelle Wilson, Set 26
#70 Make a tie-dye top. A good activity for creativity and understanding the different effects that can be created. Francesca Thorn
#71 Take pictures of butterflies on a walk and identify the different species online or in a book when you get home.  Lisa Philpott
#72 Plant flower seeds, wait patiently and measure as they grow. Helps children to understand the needs of living things and how to care for them. Susie Somerville
#73 Create tissue paper flowers. Take two circular pieces of tissue paper, place one on top of the other using different colours. Screw them into a rose or flower shape. Attach a pipe cleaner to the base (doubled over for strength if needed). You can put them in a vase or tie them like a bouquet. Great alternative to real flowers and last forever! Kate Morgan
#74 Practice washing up at the kitchen sink with a tea set. This activity is good for role play and fine and gross motor control.  Anonymous
#75 Re-create a drum kit out of metal mixing bowls and wooden spoons. Then drum along to your favourite song. This helps children develop an appreciation for rhythm, as well as the development of gross motor skills. Anonymous
#76 Practice finger painting. Anonymous