Fun activities for you and your elementary school child:

1. Make today Kids Day!

2. Help your child plan an activity to celebrate it with the entire family

3. Make tonight a 'No TV' night with your family. Ask your child to help select games or stories, and spend some quality time with them.

4. Help boost your child's self-esteem. Take pride in his or her achievements and accomplishments today and every day.

5. Put on a history play with your child today. Help him or her learn about important events in world history or even your own family history.

6. Make learning to write letters and numbers fun for your child. Roll playdough or clay into long thin worms and ask them to create letters and numbers.

7. Ask your child to help make lunch today. He or she can pick a spot in the park so that you can share lunch together.

8. Take the family out to a water park today. Help your child put on sunscreen and explain the importance of protecting her skin.

9. Go to the park and take a nature hike with your child today. Ask them to point out different animals and what they need to survive (i.e. food, shelter etc.)

10. School's on the way! Help your child make a 'countdown to school' calendar. Ask her to cross off each day at bedtime.

11. Encourage your child to make a 'to do' list today. Help them make a list of things that he would like to accomplish tomorrow, then check the items once completed.

12. Visit a community pool with your child today. Go for a dip to cool off on a hot day.

13. Take your child shopping for school supplies. Ask him or her to brainstorm a list of things that he or she will need for school.

14. Help your child make a kite today. They can decorate it and fly it at the park.

15. Teach your child about recycling. Show them how to recycle items such as paper, glass and aluminum.

16. Take your child to a petting zoo today. Ask them to draw pictures of the animals that he saw today.

17. Visit the library with your child today. Encourage them to borrow books about a different country, and learn about the people, cultures, and customs of the that country.

18. On a rainy day, set up a tent with your child in the living room. You can all have an indoor camping trip.

19. Help your child practice their math skills. Ask them to add up all the change in your pocket or purse today.

20. Teach your child about the importance of preserving nature. Help them plant a tree in the yard and explain how littering harms the environment.

21. On a large piece of construction paper, help your child write her name vertically. Using each letter, help them write words that describe his or her personality.

22. Make car trips fun for your child. Play a game and ask them to point out license plates billboards and interesting road signs.

23. Tell your child that you love them today and every day.

24. Help your child create and design his own phone book . Make a list of his or her friend's names and phone numbers.

25. How much does your child know about his or her family history? On a map trace where your family is from and help them create a family tree.

26. Help your child write a letter to a grandparent or friend today. Explain the importance of keeping in touch with loved ones.

27. Get your child back in 'school mode'. Ask him or her to research a famous painter on the Internet. Get out the paint and let them express themselves through art.

28. Teach your child about textures today. Ask them to find objects outdoors that are smooth, shiny, slimy or round.

29. Suggest that your child write a poem for a friend today. He or she can mail it to their friend as a back to school present.

30. Encourage your child to make journal entries and keep track of their experiences in a new grade this coming school season.

31. Have a back to school party for some of your child's friends.

32. Help your child prepare for school. Talk to him or her about setting personal goals this year.


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