Paco was very happy to get out and play basketball this week! He learned some rules in the game and had fun with new friends. He also found out that when you score in basketball you get one, two, or three points depending on the type of basket you make. One point for a free throw, two points for a regular basket, and three points if your shot is from behind the 3 point line. Paco didn't score any points while playing this week but he did create a fun game to count by tens using a basketball theme!!
Check out the instructions below and print out a score card to get counting.
Paco had a great picnic this week. He just packed up some fresh fruit in a basket, grabbed a blanket, and headed outside to enjoy the sunshine with a snack! Such a wonderful and simple summertime treat. You just can't forget the watermelon!!
Getting outdoors is part of what makes summer so much fun, even if it's just your own backyard. Print out Paco's latest Read & Find to discover some fun picnic items that could make your own picnic extra special!
Want to know one of Paco's favorite things to do with a fresh slice of watermelon? PIZZA. Watermelon Fruit Pizza, you just can't go wrong. Check out the recipe below and watch the video to see how it's done. YUM, YUM.
Paco is enjoying the fruits, er, vegetables of his labor! Specifically cucumbers. Paco loves a refreshing cucumber snack anytime but they are especially tasty when they are freshest. Papa Paco is a big fan too. He makes a special Cucumber Salad side dish for many family meals. Have you ever had cucumber salad?
Grab yourself a couple fresh cucumbers and give this family favorite a try. It's a recipe Paco's family uses all summer long. Enjoy!
It's been a long time since Paco was able to eat out at a restaurant. This week he was able to visit one of his old favorites with his family. The warm weather and the patio set the perfect scene. Everyone was able to order exactly what they wanted and no one had to do the dishes! It was a great outing for Paco.
You know what is almost as fun as ordering from a menu? Getting the whole table involved in some games. Whether you are dining at home or at a restaurant all you need is Paco's Restaurant Fun worksheet to play! Print out the activity and keep it handy so you can raise the fun meter wherever you dine.
Stay safe and healthy friends.
Paco had a great week exploring the stars in the night sky! On a nice clear night he can see a lot of stars by just looking up. He also has a telescope that he uses to see so much more of what is in the sky. Planets, constellations, shooting stars, and closer views of the moon. Have you ever looked through a telescope?
You can use Paco's Lost In Space Galaxy Bottle activity to create your own universe in a bottle! Just grab a few supplies and follow the directions on the worksheet. Have fun and be creative!
Paco made a special video to show you how he finds Polaris, also called the North Star. When you are in the Northern Hemisphere the North Star can be very helpful because when you find that star you will always know you are facing north. Explorers have been using The North Star to help with navigation for centuries! If it's cloudy or if you're in a big city with a lot of light it can be more difficult to find. Pick a nice clear night with a dark sky and follow Paco's tips. Imagine using the stars to guide you on an exploration. Where can the stars take you?
Paco had a great time playing hopscotch on the course he drew this week! It's always fun to make it to the end of the game, even when it's challenging. In fact, Paco LOVES a good challenge. That's why he made a Sidewalk Chalk Fitness Challenge for YOU to create your own obstacle course.
Print the activity below to get started. How quickly can you complete the course you created? Challenge a friend or family member to see who can complete in the least amount of time. Have fun and be safe!
Paco had a nice time camping out under the stars with his dad this week! Do you like to camp? Sleeping outside when the sky is clear and the weather is warm can be a lot of fun. To share some of the best parts of camping Paco has created a new Read & Find with lots of camping items. How many of the little treasures can you find on this Camping Edition worksheet?
Paco learned a little bit about the planet Venus on his campout. Did you know that Venus is the third brightest object in the sky? The moon and sun are the only objects brighter! Sometimes you can even see Venus during the day.
If you want to learn more about the planet Venus check out the Kids Learning Tube Venus Facts Video. What do you think Paco's favorite fact about Venus might be? Let him know in the comments below.
Paco wrote a special poem for all his pals this week. Did you get his postcard? He used poetry to share his feelings about the special holiday coming up this weekend. Memorial Day is a holiday to honor Military Service Members who lost their lives serving our country.
To help you show your support of our Military Heroes Paco created a fun activity! Just print out the worksheet below and gather some supplies to get started. When you're done with your Windsock be sure to hang it somewhere for all to see.
Happy Memorial Day!
Memorial Day is the holiday that traditionally kicks off summer! The long weekend is usually filled with fun summer get aways and family visits. Check out the Singing Walrus' Summer song to uncover some of Paco's favorite summertime activities.
Paco learned a very simple lesson this week, simple but valuable! He learned that running is not only great exercise, but that running can also be a lot of fun. The best part about running is that it does not require much more than running shoes and some water! Paco went on a 1-mile family run this week. He had a great time and was able to run half of it without stopping. Paco has set a goal to run a full mile by summertime! Do you think he can do it? Can you do it?
After the run they did a Scavenger Hunt. Paco's little sister won because she found the most items on the list. But it was a fun time for everyone exploring the neighborhood. If you want to give it a try just print out the activity below, put on some running shoes, and get moving!
This week Paco connected with some friends virtually by video! It was fun for him to see his friends together in one call. They had fun catching up, telling jokes and even singing! Rhi the Rabbit had them all singing along to some of her favorite Sesame Street songs. Rhi told Paco and the others about a series of musical concerts called Tiny Desk, where musical acts perform at a tiny desk in an office. The whole gang from Sesame Street did a concert there last year and it was really fun.
Click the video below to join the cast and sing along too!
If you find yourself missing friends, family members or your teachers, Paco has an idea for you! Just print out the stationary below, color the pictures and write a note. Paco knows that getting things in the mail is a great pick me up for anyone!
Who will you send a note to?