Chalk is a fun outdoor tool, but it's not the only game in town. If you're looking for something to keep your kid busy on a warm day, and give him some writing practice in the process, look no further than that mound of dirt in your yard and the hose sitting nearby. Bring on the mud!
Mud is a cheap, tactile, and delightful way for kids to practice with all those new words they learned in kindergarten, as they get ready for first grade. With a paintbrush and a bucket of mud, your child can practice sight words, word families, or a whole slew of other concepts that might not seem that appealing in worksheet form, but are a blast to experiment with when mud's involved.