Sidewalk chalk or even regular chalk is inexpensive and kids will love being able to draw
on the road or on another piece of concrete. The beauty of sidewalk chalk is the no
clean-up required rule. The next time it rains it will all be washed away. If the children
use a back patio as their canvas you may want to hose it down with water so chalk isn’t
tracked inside the house.
Hopscotch is a fun activity that will help children learn their numbers while hopping. It
is great exercise and energy burner. Play with the traditional rules of using a marker (a
small rock is perfect) and numbering the squares of the hopscotch pattern with the
numbers one through eight. Each child must toss their rock onto a numbered square
starting with one and hop through the pattern without touching the square the marker is
on. Then they turn around and come back picking up their marker on the way. This
continues with the marker being tossed on each subsequent number. If a child misses the
correct number they are out of the game.
At the end of the hopscotch squares, the children can draw a half-circle for a resting place
(this is optional). They can take a second to regain their balance before hopping back to
pick-up their marker. The only other time the children should place two feet down is
when there are two squares placed side-by-side in the pattern.
The marker and number part of the game can be skipped and the kids can just have fun
hopping through the squares. Let them make the pattern as big and elaborate as they like.
Another variation is to use the alphabet instead of numbers or have the child spell out
their name in the hopscotch squares.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.