Making sun-catchers was really fun. We used a handy kit that included the sun-catchers, paint, and suction cups. Ashi loves to paint and she had blast with this! Here is a link if you'd like to make your own out of contact paper and tissue paper. http://www.ehow.com/how_2103276_make-suncatcher.html
An ongoing project we are doing this summer is a Flat Traveler Project. Ashi's penpal in England graciously took in Ashi's flat traveler for the summer. In exchange, her penpal's flat traveler is here with us in America. We take the traveler around with us and photograph interesting things we do. We also keep a small journal about the traveler's adventures to help keep those writing skills up over the summer. Here's a website that explains it all http://www.squidoo.com/flattravelers.
|from Ashi: In a Class all by Myself|
For double the fun, add a trampoline with the above hose.
Here's something enjoyable for a toddler/preschooler/early elementary age who may have weak or poor hand coordination. Grab a bucket and fill with water. Add paint brushes of all sizes and sponges. Have him 'paint' your fence if you have a picket fence, or have him 'paint' the house. He can even paint the driveway or sidewalk if he wants. Using either the brushes or sponges will help exercise those hands and fingers and the water will help keep him cool. This was fun for my little girl who could not manage side-walk chalk during those early years.
FINGER PAINTING ( IN OR OUT)
Whatever you enjoy doing, indoors or out, I hope you got some fresh ideas that you can take, tweak, or toss! As for me, I'm heading to the pool.....SPLASH!
Annie has 2 published children's books about autism that also nurture the parent. Ashi's Gift and the sequel, Ashi: In a Class all by Myself, you can find more info about the books and her family at http://www.authorannie.com/
Annie Eskeldson's autist made sure their concrete was thoroughly watered each summer day for hours on end at ages 4 and 5. Annie did survive the stares from her neighbors...but just barely, and quietly paid the water bill.