The first week of summer is over and the theme was At the Beach and I wanted to share with everyone what we did in the classroom! Check out all the fun!
First, I will start with the centers, the things that were out and set up for the whole week or most of the week. I put science center together with ocean animals and books about them- surprisingly it wasn’t easy to find these and since we ended up going to the aquarium for father’s day, I ended up picking them up there. Luckily they weren’t horribly priced!
I also put fine sand and sea shells in my sensory tub. The kids loved this!
One of my favorite finds was from Teachers Pay Teachers and it was a set of ocean animal shapes to be filled in with pattern blocks, there were even 4 levels of difficulty for each of the 10 animals, I chose the easiest for my 3 and 4 year olds. You can check that out HERE.
Another thing that was out most of the week was the blue glitter flubber with sea shells.
In addition to all the centers, we did under water paintings where the children drew pictures in crayon and painted over them in water color.
They made beach I Spy jars with beach sand and treasures.
This was big in my class because treasures are a huge deal to the kids.
For cooking with my stay and play kids we made edible beaches. I coloring yogurt blue and they put crushed graham cracker on the bottom and I gave them a few jelly beans to be fish.
For science we did the Ivory soap experiment because I thought when the soap exploded it looked kind of like waves crashing if that makes sense. All you do is put the soap on a plate in the microwave for a minute, take the excess off to cool and put it back in for 30 seconds and you repeat until the whole bar is exploded.
Lastly, the children enjoyed painting some baking soda dough sea stars- the trick is to give them the tiniest paint brushes you can find so that they give them as much detail as possible.
There you go! I hope you found some fun ideas!