Monday, May 30, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
YEA! It’s Summer time!
(At least it is for our school!! You?)
Creating a whole Outdoor
Classroom Playroom is my favorite ways to spend some family fun during summer. I hope you picked up the items from the previous post! Let's prepare our Playroom and get started! First Things First:
- After a hearty, healthy breakfast, dress everyone in a swimsuit, t shirt and water safe shoes every day. APPLY SUNSCREEN before you go outside, after lunch and then later in the afternoon. Make this a daily routine and keep a bottle of sunscreen outside to help cut down on the inside/outside traffic.
- If you have a pool in your backyard, be sure to have it fenced off and be present to supervise play.
- Fill a cooler with ice water and have a labeled plastic cup for everyone.
- Bring out the tub suggested in the last blog post and LET THE FUN BEGIN!
These Five Simple Activities make for One Fun Day:
1. Paint the Fence: Give each child a bucket with water and a large paint brush and ask them to paint the fence, brick or patio.
The water will make the material appear darker when wet. (Magic?) The large arm motions of up and down and left to right will help develop the shoulder muscles, upper arms and wrists which are so needed for writing in later years. It will also encourage eye/ hand coordination.
2. Shaving Cream Play: Next, squirt a handful of shaving cream at a time and let the children paint it on the fence or house or walkway with paint brushes or fingers.
Be ready, they love to paint each other with shaving cream, as well. Mmmmmm… Mmmmmm smells great! Now, think about the senses being stimulated. Smell, touch, sight, even the sound of the squirting. I wouldn’t try to taste though. YUCK!
3. Shaving Cream Balloons: String a line of yarn at your child’s waist height. Then blow up about 5 to 6 balloons and tie them to the yarn so that they hang down next to each other. Let your child smear shaving cream all over the balloons and then give them the squirt bottle of water and have them wash the balloons clean.
They will enjoy this activity and will ask to repeat it over and over again!
4. Sidewalk Chalk: Sidewalk chalk has been around for many years. Hours of creative art on the fence or patio are great developers of fine and large motor skills. It is easily washed away for a new canvas on another day.
ENJOY! We all have budding artists in our home.
5. Rainbow paint: Hang a white sheet over the fence or between trees and give children spray bottles with washable liquid water colors. Let them spray the sheet with the water colors. (You can even take the inside of a washable marker and stick it into the water bottle.)
They will enjoy the activity and the outcome. This activity not only develops their fine motor skills with the squeezing of the squirt bottle but also their creativity. They will also be able to see the effects of blending colors and making others. The best part is that a little bleach in the washing machine will make the same sheet into a whole new, fresh canvas for the next day.
ENJOY and make memories! More Fun to follow…..
P.S. If you've tried out these activities or a variation, let us know, we love to link to you in this post!
If you have ANY outdoor fun activities...link up below!!
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
The summer months brings with them a carefree, more relaxed atmosphere to the day. Children may linger a little longer in their PJ’s or may stay up a little later with the late sunset. Whether you are home during the day or coming home after a day at work and child care for your children, there is still time for some fun outdoor play and learning.
The next few posts by me will have some simple ideas for fun outdoor activities and a chance to make some wonderful summertime memories with your family.
My first lesson is BE PREPARED!!!!
This week, before everyone is out of school for the summer, take a trip to your local Dollar Store.
Purchase one or two large plastic tubs or laundry baskets.
Fill the tub with:
- Spray bottles
- Large paint brushes
- Small paint brushes
- Buckets with handles
- Water color paints
- Sidewalk chalk
- Bubbles and bubble wands (fly swatter , plastic strawberry carton, pipe cleaners twisted in shapes) These all make fun wands for bubbles but you can purchase a large assortment of them at the dollar store.
- Shaving cream
- Shower curtain
- Play dough
- Soap and shampoo for outside bath time
- Small shovels
-If a Sand and Water Table is not available, use a large storage bin for water play and another one for sand or dirt play.
-Small plastic or rubber dog/cat squeak toys
Take your time browsing through the store and look for items that will use all of their senses;
Organize it in the bin or a couple of bins and hide everything until your summer officially begins.
When school is out pull out the baskets and LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!!!!!
Stay tuned for some ideas to use these items and let Summertime Backyard Fun Begin!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
I have all these ideas for it:
- I want to find large old wooden frames from garage sales and paint them and hang them on the wall. Then tack my kids artwork in them. Cute right? But that would involve having the time to go to thrift stores, and goodwill. (I am determined to still do this one day!)
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- Sometimes the nerdy teacher in me wants to go into the attic and dig out my old blue pocket charts and staple them up to the wall. I have visions of using sentence strips and putting little black dots under each syllable of every song I hang up. Then I daydream about getting out all my pointers for them to use. And then... I get a block thrown at my head and I realize we aren't there yet.
- However, today, Kimberly, from Custom Nursery Art posted a link to a free alphabet printable. FREE. CUTE. ALPHABET. I have picture hanging wire I could string across the wall, and tons of wooden cloths pins. I love it. I really do.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
SO.... You get TWO ideas for the price of one!
But, this is what our yard looks like:
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
About 2-3 table spoons of vinegar.
A couple of drops of food coloring.
SHAKE IT UP!
Let it sit for about 30-60 minutes.
Lay them out to dry.