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Summer Experience: Home

August 2, 2023, By in Summer Experience.

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Household chores have never been so much fun! Remember, cleaning up requires first making a mess!

Early Learners

Books Read:

book cover for "Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess" by Ana Dewdney book cover of "The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark" by Ken Geist book cover of "Too Much Stuff!" by Emily Gravett

Llama Llama Mess, Mess, Mess
by Anna Dewdney, ISBN: 9780670016440

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark
by Ken Geist, ISBN: 9780439719629

Too Much Stuff!
by Emily Gravett, ISBN: 9781534496170

Other Options:

A House
by Kevin Henkes, ISBN: 9780063092600

House Mouse
by Michael Hall, ISBN: 9780062866196

by Carson Ellis, ISBN: 9780763665296

Red House, Tree House
by Jane Godwin, ISBN: 9780525553816

Huff and Puff
by Claudia Rueda, ISBN: 9781419701702

by Britta Teckentrup, ISBN: 9780593379295

by Tonya Lippert, ISBN: 9781433836862

Songs & Interactives:

This is the Way We… (tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”)

The House Song by Peter Weatherall

Here is the Beehive

Here is a House

“Clean Up” from Barney & Friends

Flannelboard activity: Mouse in a House


A group of toddlers gathered around a low basin table filled with soapy water and plastic dishes. The children are cleaning the dishes with sponges. Four children kneel gathered around an upright sheet of plexiglass. Some are spraying colored waters from misting bottles onto the plexiglass, some are squeegeeing the water off into a tray on the floor. A young girl sweeps multi-colored and -sized pom poms with a child-sized broom and dustpan. Aerial photo of a man and boy sorting various small items (buttons, marbles, acorns, magnets, etc.) into a divided container.

Pom Pom Sweeping
various sized pom poms, kid-sized brooms and dustpans, masking tape shapes on the floor

Window Washing
plexiglass “window”, spray bottles with colored water, squeegees

Dish Washing Station
plastic toy dishes, tubs of soapy water, towels and drying rack

cardboard washer & dryer, laundry baskets, socks, clothesline and pins

Junk Drawer Sort
small item miscellany, sorting bin

Three children pin socks to a clothesline.


Activity: LEGO House Challenge

The participants are given 15 minutes to construct a home (whatever that means to them) for a LEGO figure or mini creature. With remaining time, kids can play with their inhabitants or continue building.

Two children build LEGO structures on a table, a shallow bin of LEGO pieces in the foreground. Close-up on a child's hands building a small LEGO structure. Photo of an aerial view of a couple dozen LEGO figures and mini creature figurines laid out on a plastic tray.

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