Volume 31

August 16, 2021

Message from Teacher Jessica:

I hope this newsletter finds you well, and that you are staying cool and enjoying your summer! Neighborhood House will continue to send this newsletter during the break to give you ideas for activities and gear up for when we return in person.

Mark your calendars!: On Friday, August 27th from 4-6 pm, there will be an event called the Yes Fest put on by Neighborhood House, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and other community partners. Bring your kids to make art, eat free food, reconnect with your neighbors, explore diverse cultures & languages, find jobs and reesources for you and your family, and more!

The family event will be held at:

Yesler Park, 903 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Park and adjacent soccer field next to basketball court.

Below are some Learning Activities for the week:

Movement / Play

Balloon Tennis:

This is a fun activity that combines a craft with a gross motor game!

What you will need:

  • Balloons
  • Markers
  • Jumbo popsicle sticks
  • Paper plates
  • Sticky tape

Make tennis rackets by taping paper plates onto jumbo popsicle sticks (You could also use a wooden ruler). You can color the paper plate. Blow up the balloons, and then you’ll be ready to play.

Maker Monday: Balloon Tennis | Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh

Different games you can play:

Keepy Uppy: Try to keep the balloon up for as long as you can. Count the hits up in the air, and try to get more hits every time you play!

Monkey in the Middle: (When you have 3 or more plays) One person is the monkey in the middle of two or more players; they try to catch the balloon while the other two pass it back and forth between them.

Target Balloon Tennis: Try to hit certain targets—like the refrigerator handle, a pillow, or a toy.


Math / Science

Summer Scavenger Hunt:

Go on a walk together, and see how many of these you see!

Summer Outdoor Scavenger Hunt Printable - Views From a Step Stool

Problem Solving

I Spy Classification:

First model for your child by saying “ I spy something that is shaped like a rectangle and see-through” (window) or “I spy something that has 4 legs that is smaller than a car” (dog). This activity helps your child figure out how to recognize an object’s attributes and sort objects into groups with similar attributes. Being able to group by number, shape, or measurement helps develop your child’s mathematical thinking. Grouping by color, texture, or hardness will introduce your child to scientific classification.

Art / Writing

Handprint Fish Puppets:

What you will need:
Construction paper

Pen or Pencil


Popsicle Stick (jumbo or regular)

Markers and/or googly eyes

School glue

Handprint Fish Puppets - Kid Craft Idea For Summer

Trace your child’s hand. Cut or supervise them cutting the hand shape. Draw eyes and place mouth on the fish, and then decorate the fish however you’d like! Glue the popsicle stick to the fish. You can use these fish to play pretend in an underwater scene together!