Parade season starts around here with our town's yearly festival, then there is Memorial Day and 4th of July. If you want a good spot you have to sit down early and keeping young kids entertained can be a big task. Here are some fun ideas to keep them having fun and even learning while you wait and watch summer parades.
Eye Spy You remember this game right? Use people in the crowd, store fronts and even road markings. Depending on how old your child is you can use letters ( on store signs), numbers ( on speed limit or parking signs) colors or even sight words too.
Tally Up Grab a small pad of paper and pencil and tally up all sorts of things. How many flags you see , how many girls with purple shirts, how many old couples holding hands. The more random or silly the better. They won't even know they are doing a math activity!
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt Can they find every letter from your spot on the route? Give them an alphabet check list and pencil and start looking around for letters. This is a great one during the parade too, beauty queen sashes, high school band uniforms and more all have a variety of letters.
Candy Sorting This is really for once they get home but if you tell them the candy will be for a game later, you can curb the munching on it during the parade. Sort by color or type of candy .