Ahhh, Summer…

Swimming, surfing, water-balloon fights, sprinklers on the trampoline, ice-cream, barbecues, watermelon dripping down your chin, juicy mangoes, more swimming to wash all the sticky fruit off! How wonderful is Summer?

Water balloons

Image by Eflon

Summer is my absolute favouite time of year because there are so many fun things to do outside in the beautiful sunshine. Living in Western Australia though, it can sometimes be T HT to go outside ~ so on those 40plus days, how about some awesome stories and craft to keep the little ones occupied?
I have selected 3 books from our Summer Storytime kit that I think are pretty cool (LOL).

A simply spectacular hat by Libby Gleeson
This is a fun, colourful, humorous and educational book about getting ready to play outside. The illustrations are fantastically bright and kids will love reading this story over and over.

Grandpa and Thomas
by Pamela Allen
Thomas and Grandpa go to the beach. It is an Australian summer. The sun is shining, the gulls are screeching and the see is singing.
In this lovely picture book for the very young, Pamela Allen gently unfolds the special relationship between grandchild and grandfather.

An Island in the Sun
by Stella Blackstone
This is a lovely tale written in a flowing rhyming style. It could also be used as a memory tool similar to the the memory game: “I went to the shops and I bought a…”

Craft idea – Cool Sun visor

You will need:

  • Card paper
  • Plain paper
  • textas/crayons
  • scissors
  • glue
  • sticky tape


  • Draw a visor shape and two long thin rectangles for the head strap onto your card.
  • Draw or colour some cool shapes onto your paper, or use stickers or whatever you like to decorate your visor
  • Cut out the visor and glue the shapes to the top.
  • Tape the head straps to the visor and fit it to your head (get a friend to help tape it at the back)
  • Wear your visor out in style!

Summer songs

Slip Slop Slap
The sun’s shining down
So desperate to brown
But skin cancer isn’t so hot, no it’s not
So if you take a run or work in the sun
Should you sizzle like a sausage?
Most certainly not!

Be especially careful about small kiddies
And just say these simple words:
Slip, slop, slap
It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that
In the sun this summer say
Slip, slop, slap
Slip, slop, slap
Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat
Slip, slop, slap

Slip, slop, slap
Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat
Slip, slop, slap
(1980 Anti-cancer Council Victoria)

We’re All Going…
We’re all going to the beach tomorrow, beach tomorrow, beach tomorrow.
I hope we find some shells.

We’re all going… (Repeat)
I hope we catch some waves.
We’re all going… (Repeat)
I hope we dig some sand.