First 5 Friday - Summer Fun with “Zoomer”

Happy First 5 Friday! Here is a great way to start off your weekend as you READ, TALK and PLAY with your little one!


READ: Enjoy spending time with your little one as you READ "Zoomer" by Ned Young. Zoomer didn’t have to go to school because it was Saturday, but our older siblings and neighborhood friends don’t have to because it’s summer!

TALK: Take this opportunity to TALK to your child about the many things they want to do this summer and how they plan to use their imagination.


Suggested questions to get the conversation started for all ages:

  • What do you want to pretend to be today?

  • What is your favorite food to eat for breakfast and lunch?

  • What is on your busy schedule today?

Suggested conversation questions about “Zoomer” by Ned Young for children ages 0-3:

  • What is your favorite animal in the book?

  • What is the coolest/funniest thing Zoomer did?

Suggested conversation questions about “Zoomer” by Ned Young for children ages 4-5:

  • How do you use your imagination?

  • What is your favorite instrument?

PLAY: Did you love some of the activities Zoomer participated in on his adventure? Take this opportunity to PLAY with your little one by helping them create a camera to take pictures of their own summer adventures and try to recreate some of Zoomer’s adventures.


Make Your Own Cardboard Camera!


Materials:

  • Paper towel or toilet paper cardboard tube

  • Small cardboard box (Something similar to a mini cereal box)

  • Glue

  • Scissors

  • Ribbon or String (Optional)

  • Crayons, markers, colored pencils or washable paint (Whichever your child prefers to use)

How to make your own cardboard camera:

  1. Help your little one cut a small section of the cardboard tube, about 2 inches, to use for the camera.

  2. Help your little one cut a circle, about the size of the cardboard tube, in the side of the small cardboard box.

  3. Glue the small section of the cardboard tube to the circle on the cardboard box.

  4. Cut a small rectangle above the “lens” on the front of the cardboard box.

  5. Cut a small rectangle in the same spot as the one on the front of the box on the back of the cardboard box. This will create a look out for your little one.

  6. Let your little one decorate the camera however they want! (It could be easier for younger children to decorate the cardboard tube and box first, before assembling the camera.)

  7. Glue or tape a long strand of string or ribbon to create a camera strap.

  8. PLAY with your little one as they pretend to take pictures of their awesome summer day!

Please share pictures of the special memories you make with your child on Facebook and Instagram at @First5Lex!

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