Category Archives: Summer

Giant Golf Ball Painting

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Submitted by: Jamie Toriello

Go BIG and take marble painting to a new level!

Goals:

  • To introduce and practice teamwork skills
  • To practice coordination

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: a plastic kiddie pool, used/old golf balls (check local golf shops) and a variety of paper and BioColor® paint colors.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place sheets of paper at the bottom of the pool, somewhat in the center.

Step 2.
Squirt multiple colors of BioColor® paint around the edges of the pool. Try to be aware of and use colors that will mix with each other to create new colors.

Step 3.
Place multiple golf balls in the pool.

Step 4.
Have the children line up around the pool and grab the side. Encourage them to work together to get the golf balls to run into the paint and over the paper.

Step 5.
When finished, display your beautiful masterpieces and use a hose to rinse the pool!

Furthermore:
Do this activity several days in a row to see how the children’s improves given more practice. Ask them what they’ve learned about mixing colors. What are some of their favorite colors to make?

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Crabby Art

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Submitted by: Jamie Robinson

Turn paper plates into crabs and allow children to create their own creature!

Goals:

  • Use project with story time or encourage children to create their own tale about their crabs
  • Utilize crabs for activities such as crab race, crab walk or just decorate the classroom!
  • Encourage children to experiment with colors and faces as they create their crab

Before You Start:
Cut crab claws and legs out of foam pieces, pipe cleaners or construction paper. Provide paper plates, red pom poms and wiggly eyes. Use Colorations® No-Drip Foam Paint in various colors.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Have children paint two paper plates with Colorations® Foam Paint.

Step 2.
Encourage the children to make designs on their crab.

Step 3.
Allow the paint to dry.

Step 4.
Glue the paper plates together.

Step 5.
Add pom poms and wiggly eyes.

Step 6.
Add construction paper, claws and legs.

Furthermore:
With Colorations® Foam Paint and prepped materials, the project is done in one sitting and ready for a crab walk display!

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Soda Clay Color Surprise

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Submitted by: Shannon Griffin

Introduce colors to children with a twist! This is also a great activity to do over summer break.

Goals:

  • To introduce primary and secondary colors and color mixing
  • To improve color recognition and fine motor skills
  • To provide a unique sensory experience

Before You Start:
Gather all the ingredients to prepare the dough ahead of time. You will need: 1 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup cornstarch, 3/4 cup cold water and BioColor® paint in a variety of colors. Add baking soda, cornstarch and water to a saucepan and mix well. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. Cook until the mixture becomes soft clay. Remove from burner and cool. Once the clay is cool, divide into several balls. Make and indent into each one, and add a squirt of BioColor® inside. Close the clay balls so the color does not show.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place clay balls on a flat space for children to play with. Allow the children to knead the balls and make the colors appear. (The BioColor® paint is easy to wash off of the children’s hands and will not make the soft clay sticky.)

Step 2.
The teacher may talk about and introduce primary colors to the children as they are playing with the dough. Show children how they can then blend two of the primary colors and make secondary colors. The BioColor® paint will make a pretty, marbled effect on the soft clay.

Step 3.
Let the children create their own unique shapes, designs, or whatever they wish – it’s open-ended! Set their creations out to dry in the open air.

Step 4.
Now everyone has their own clay creation to put on display and take home!

Furthermore:
The teacher can designate a “color of the week” and provide each child with a clay ball in that color to use in related activities. Give each child a container to keep their clay moist.

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“Summer At the Beach” Collage

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This simple beach-themed collage is a perfect way for children to display some of their favorite summer memories as back to school time rolls around!

Goals:

  • To develop fine motor skills and creativity in creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake
  • To create a memento of special summer activities
  • To kick off back to school with a fun group activity

Before You Start:
Collect pieces of heavy cardboard or poster board. (Recycled cereal boxes are a great eco-friendly alternative for this project also.) Cut the cardboard into large rectangles, one for each child, and prepare templates of starfish ahead of time to show children as examples or to trace if they wish. Encourage the children bring some recent photos of their summer vacation if available. Provide pieces of Colorations® construction paper, fine grain sandpaper, sea shells, Colorations® Markers and crayons, glue, scissors and other decorative materials.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Talk to the children about their summer vacations. Where did they go? What did they do? Did anyone go to the beach? Explain to the children that they will be creating a beach-themed collage with pictures of their summer vacation. (The teacher may also want to bring magazine pictures portraying beach activities to show the children.)

Step 2.
Have the children draw pictures of a few of their summer memories (anything from daily activities to special trips they may have taken) on the construction paper.

Step 3.
Help them cut the pictures they’ve drawn and photos they’ve brought into fun shapes before gluing onto the cardboard. There is no “correct” way to cut the pictures. Have children glue their pictures on the cardboard any way they like, encouraging them to put the pictures at different angles or draw “frames” around them.

Step 4.
Show the sandpaper starfish shapes you’ve created. Let the children make their own starfish on the pieces of sandpaper provided (tracing the templates if they wish). Help them cut the shapes and glue on the collages. The children can decorate the rest of the collage with the shells, beach-themed designs and decorative materials.

Step 5.
Once the glue has dried, everyone will each have their own unique collage to show off their summer memories!

Furthermore:
Use a one-hole punch to make a hole in the top of the collage and thread a piece of yarn or ribbon through for hanging. Teachers can also repurpose the remaining cardboard (or use other cardboard/cardstock materials) and have children create their own “book covers” about their summer! Have children give their “book” a title that relates to what they did, where they went or the people (or animals) they spent time with and then decorate. Gather everyone at circle time and take turns sharing the “books” and display around the classroom for Back to School night!

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Fun With DeltaSand

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Submitted by: Creedence Cathey

A great icebreaker for back to school. Students will engage in tactile exploration and share fun summer stories about the beach!

Goals:

  • To enhance students’ language and communication skills
  • To develop sensory skills
  • To encourage tactile exploration

Before You Start:
Set up both the DeltaSand Kit and a sweater box of regular play sand. Also, select a book about sand castles or the beach to read aloud.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Read the book aloud.

Step 2.
Then, have the children share what they like to do with sand when they play at the beach. Encourage them to tell stories about summer fun in the sun!

Step 3.
Then, give the students a few minutes to explore each sand box.

Step 4.
Ask them to describe the sand in each box, leading them to compare/contrast the two types.

Step 5.
Discuss what they like/dislike about each type of sand.

Furthermore:
The DeltaSand Kit is simply amazing! Students will be fascinated by the sand’s modality and teachers will love the quick cleanup and easy storage! An awesome product!

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Crazy Color Mix

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Submitted by: Dawn Garrigus

Summer fun in the sprinklers!

Goal:

  • To experiment with mixing colors together to create a new color on the color wheel

Before You Start:
You will need: several sprinklers and a few small tubs of fresh water, assorted brush sizes, an extra adult, old beach towels, Colorations® Simply Washable Tempera Paint and Colorations® Heavyweight Construction Paper cut into squares to make color charts. You will also need tables or TV tray type stands – enough for each color you are mixing.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Set up the color stations beforehand – the extra adult can distract with snacks!

Step 2.
Have the kids put on bathing suits and start the sprinklers.

Step 3.
The kids get to mix the colors on their arms, legs, bellies, etc.

Step 4.
After they get the desired color, they go back to the sprinkler and wash off to start another round.

Furthermore:
Not recommended for the smaller kids because of paint in the eyes. Groups of three work best if you only have one helper.

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