Many kids find birds super interesting, especially since kids can observe them almost everywhere they go outside. The Audubon Society has a page with tons of activities for kids!
Sweetgrass Hill Farm is a fun place for your family to visit! Here is a link to their facebook page so you can see the animals they have and how to schedule a visit. Yay for alpacas!
Our class has so many awesome rituals. The kids shared family traditions during the school year when we made our family traditions class book and the kids brought in an object or picture to share with the class.
Here is a blog post from A Cup of Jo about family rituals– the comment section is full of great ideas if your family would like to start a new ritual.
Kids are the snackiest snackers around! Here are a couple fun ideas.
- Kids love to organize by color! Let them try these monochrome fruit cups from Handmade Charlotte!
- Play with your food by using cookie cutters to upgrade cheese and crackers. Also try the simple fruit topping if you are a fan of fruit and cheese. Here is the recipe from Taste of Home.
- Mini baking project- Here is a recipe from Dessert for Two for 2 mini chocolate cakes perfect for a special one on one activity with your child, or double/triple the recipe to make just enough for one family treat.
Did you know you can regrow many veggies in water? What a fun mini project for families! I have tried this with green onions and I would love to try something new! Here is the how-to from Domino.
I am looking forward to watching this video from Nickelodeon hosted by Alicia Keys. It is for kids 6+ so I would recommend previewing if possible so you can see if there is anything you want to talk about with your child ahead of time, or anything you want to make sure to process with them at the end. I would recommend watching with your child and having an open ended discussion afterward. Many kids may need to watch the video in shorter chunks, and many will need time to think about what they learned before they talk about it.
Here is a collection of space themed activities from The Mama Notes for the young space lovers out there! There are arts and crafts, snacks, and at the bottom are links to space learning resources. Have fun!
Here is an easy chalk paint recipe from Amy Latta Creations. Bring the supplies outside to mix up on a cool morning. Kids can measure with guidance, mix,and then paint!
Some kids will enjoy this activity as an art project and just free paint. Other kids might enjoy painting roads to drive cars on, habitats for toy animals to live in, a pirate map or an exercise path/ obstacle course! Some might even want to paint letters, words or math problems! Another fun idea is to visit a family members house and paint a special message for them to enjoy!
Image Credit: National Juneteenth Observance Foundation.
Juneteenth is celebrated in many states on June 19th each year. The first Juneteenth was on June 19th, 1865. Juneteenth is primarily celebrated in African American communities and commemorates the oldest known celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation which signified the beginning of the process of slavery becoming illegal in the United States which culminated with the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution. The fight for full freedom and equality continues to this day. Here is a video for kids from PBS that gives an overview of the history of Juneteenth. This video lacks nuance but is a good place to start.
A lot of us, myself included, do not know a lot about the history of the enslavement of Africans. I would recommend this article from Teaching Tolerance to get a general overview. I would recommend reading Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi for a more thorough education. I am in the middle of listening to it on the library’s Hoopla app and it is compelling!
Juneteenth is now a day to celebrate African American culture and heritage as well as acknowledge and reflect on the history of slavery, racism, and the resilience of African Americans in the past and today. Here is a video from PBS of a Juneteenth celebration in Colorado.
Here is a great article from Indy’s Child with ideas for families or teachers to get started learning about and celebrating Juneteenth. There are easy activity ideas, suggested children’s books and links to virtual Juneteenth celebrations. I love their ideas for making a Juneteenth flag, enjoying music, and having red foods as simple ways to celebrate!
Here is the official Juneteenth website as well.
Some things to consider when talking to your child about slavery and racism. A lot of this information I learned from The Conscious Kid.
- DO- Use the terms “enslaved Africans” and “en-slavers”.
- DON’T- Use the terms “slaves”, “slave owners”, “slave masters”, or vague terms like “people who were slaves”, or “people who had slaves”.
- DO- Tell kids that many enslaved Africans freed themselves by escaping and running away from their enslavers. They became “self-emancipated” or “self-liberated”. Enslaved Africans also found ways to resist enslavement like breaking tools or pretending to be sick. Make sure to emphasize the humanity and bravery of enslaved Africans.
- DON’T- Tell your children untrue facts like “Abe Lincoln freed all the slaves”, or “everyone celebrated the end of slavery.” Avoid making a happy ending or making enslavement and enslavers sound better than they were. It is hard to tell kids painful and ugly truths but perpetuating myths is very harmful.
- DO- Brush up on your own knowledge of history so you can be accurate with your children and say you don’t know when you don’t know. This is a slow process of learning and unlearning. Start where you are and feel good about moving forward.
- DON’T- Avoid talking about the subjects of slavery and racism with your children because it is hard, or because they are too young. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to share all the gruesome details. You can be factual and empowering!
I hope everyone has a great Juneteenth!