Ashlyn has been sick for a couple of days now and I am going stir crazy having to stay in the house. So last night after the girls went to bed I decided to plan another themed day. They loved the camping day I did last summer so today is Ocean Day at our house. It doesn’t compare to the camping unit because I am 9 months pregnant and only thought of this at 9:00 at night. But I think it will be fun. Here is what they are doing:
- We started outside to beat the heat with a sink or float center. I gave them some items in a beach bucket to test. They had to predict before what it would do before putting it in. Then they had to record what happened by drawing a picture under sink or float.
- Next we headed back inside to do a little reading on the “beach”. I put a beach towel down with some chairs. I put a bucket of beach and ocean themed books in a bucket for them to choose from. Then I added sunglasses, pool toys, and hats to pretend with.
- After reading, the girls went to a pocket chart/word making center. I found a cute pocket chart rhyme and then put two white boards out and some letter tiles. They could read the rhyme and change what animal swam by them. Then the other person could either write it on the board (which they love to do) or spell the animal with the tiles. They took turns and stayed at this center longer than I thought they would.
- Movie Center– Ashlyn’s fever started to go up again so I let them watch Finding Nemo. As the movie went on her fever continued to climb so we will have to finish the rest of the activities another day. Here is what else I had planned.
- Discovery Table– I had a water table set up with lots of mermaids in it. They love playing with these in the bathtub.
- Math- Shell Sorting– I had tons of shells set up for them to sort through. They love looking at all the different shells and telling me how they are the same.
- Reading/Art-Then I was going to read them Mister Seahorse and have them paint a seahorse with sponges. Once they dried we were going to use q-tips to paint dots on him.
Hopefully my girl will feel better soon!
Check out some of the Ocean Themed posts at Along the Way, including 3 Ocean-themed weeks. There are lots of great pictures and lessons on the alphabet, shapes, counting, and art.
Go to Homeschool Creations to see more Preschool activities.
I continued the transportation theme in my class today by talking about boats and airplanes. We started off by doing a little science experiment. I am trying do more of these in my class because the kids love them. I got some fun items and the kids had to predict what would sink and what would float. We set up a chart and recorded our findings. The kids figured out (I have very smart 3 and 4 year olds) that if something was light it floated and if it was heavy it sank.
During our centers time the kids had lots to choose from. We made airplanes out of toilet paper rolls. They water colored them and decorated them with stickers.
In the Discovery table I put lots of cotton balls with airplanes to pretend with.
We also had a stamp center where they had to use crayons first to draw a background then they could use the stamps to add to it. They also had to use transportation sorters to put either on the sky, land, or water mats. They loved this! Sorry I don’t have pictures of the last two. It’s hard to teach 10 3-4 years olds and take pictures.
I also wanted to show a couple of the trains my kids made on train day. It was a free art center where I put out different colored shapes and dot markers. I had them draw train tracks first and then create their trains.
Check out more fun craft ideas here.
We live in Florida so our kids don’t get to play in the snow and I am fine with that. I’m not a big fan of the cold weather. This week it has been freezing, literally. Ashlyn wanted to put some water outside and see if it would freeze overnight. I decided to surprise her and hide some of her small toys in the ice. The next morning I had “tools” (spoon, fork, screwdriver, warm water with eye droppers, and salt) laid out for her to undercover her buried frozen treasure. I had her predict which tool she thought would work best. She guessed the warm water.
She got right to work using all her tools except for the ice. I convinced her to try it and the ice started cracking and melting away. It was a great little science experiment and she loved rescuing all her toys.
Once her toys her safe, I had her put drops of food coloring on the ice. It was awesome to watch the colors go down into the cracks she had made. Here is a picture of her colorful ice mound.
The BBC has put together a collection of 13 videos depicting things that happen in nature in one minute. If your children are interested in science, this is a fun educational resource.