Provide children with old blankets, table clothes, sheets, or bedspreads and let them use their imaginations.
*Drape a blanket over a card table or picnic table for a simple tent for younger children.
*Pin one end of a blanket to the railing of a deck or porch. Pull out the opposite end and secure at an angle with bricks or rocks. This is a "cool" place for a game or nap from the summer sun.
Why not play tic-tac-toe, checkers, Candy Land or other games outside under a tent or a shady tree?
Let children collect objects with different textures on the playground. Remove the paper from several crayons. Place paper over the objects and then rub gently with the side of the crayon.