Activities for Summer
Early childhood activities for teaching preschool and kindergarten children pre math, science, and creative skills. Seasonal activity plans plus easy cooking ideas to use in the classroom. When you want to return to the first page of the Summer Theme, this arrow will take you there. The schoolhouse will take you to Activity Central.
Preschool Activities for SummerPicnics and Barbecue
Jasmine W. offers this preschool curriculum activity plan saying the objectives are, "To talk about the different types of food that are appropriate for a picnic. To learn about the different tools that adults use for a barbecue. To learn what foods can be put on a grill. To learn what items are needed for a picnic."
Game: Going On
Materials: 2 suitcases, 2 summer shirts, 2 summer shorts, 2 sunglasses, and 2 summer hats
Let the children know that you will be taking a pretend trip all week.
The first thing that you have to do when you go on a trip is to pack everything
you need. Let the children tell you what they would pack.
After you have discussed this, bring out your two pre packed suitcases.
Show the children what you have packed.
Board Idea: Seaweed
Materials: 2 or 3 inch wide green ribbon and a ribbon shredder.
Description: I used this idea in two ways. On my bulletin board I put blue paper. Then I run a strip of the ribbon from the top to the bottom for length. Before I attached it, I shredded sections of it leaving about a three inch gap between each section. Attach it to your bulletin board. As you do your art projects associated with the ocean you can mount them on this bulletin board with part of the fish, lobster, whale etc. nestled amongst the seaweed.
If you make aquariums, or fish pictures, you can cut two or three inch long pieces of the ribbon and shred it. Then divide into one inch sections and provide as a selection for the kids to use on their pictures.
The Ocean and Sea Theme is in the Rainbow Resource Room.
Lunch at the Beach
You will need: Props related to beach activities; beach towels, hats, sunglasses, picnic baskets, dishes, a beach ball and sand toys.
Ask children if they have ever been to the beach and what they did there. Show pictures or magazine photos of people at the beach and ask what do they think the people in the pictures are doing? Share the beach props and encourage children to talk about them by asking, "Who knows what this is? What could you do with it?" Allow children time to touch and explore each items.
In the dramatic play corner spread out the beach towels and props and silently observe how the preschool children use the materials. If the children need help getting started you might ask, "What things can we pack to go on our picnic? What foods would you want to prepare or take? The children may want to extend the activity into another area (block area etc.) to have their beach picnic. The children might want to move the sand table to their picnic site. This is a great indoor activity to try on a rainy summer's day. On a warm day this activity is terrific outdoors.
Colored Ice Cubes
Materials: 3 Ice trays, red,
yellow and blue food coloring,
Description: Tint the water with food coloring and freeze to make one tray of red ice cubes, one tray of yellow and one tray of blue. Place three clear plastic glasses on the science table and put a different colored ice cube into each glass. Periodically, have the children observe as the ice changes to colored water.
Then place a red ice cube and a yellow ice
cube together in another glass and have the children observe as the ice
melts and creates orange. Repeat the process using a blue and a
yellow ice cube to make green and a red and a blue ice cube
Materials: Dish soap (Dawn works best), water, straws, food coloring, plastic glasses and light colored paper.
Comments: Make sure to lay newspaper or plastic under where you will be blowing bubbles to help catch spills.
There's LOTS more Bubble Activities in the Rainbow Resource Room!
Materials: Sensory table or plastic tub, potting soil, plastic fishing worms, plastic bugs and large rocks.
Description: Teachers fill
the sensory table with potting soil and add the plastic worms, bugs, and
rocks. Have 2 children at the sensory table with digging tools to search
for bugs and worms. The kids will love playing in the dirt and seeing
what kinds of insects they can find.
If you're looking for rhymes and fingerplays about insects and bugs you'll find them at Preschool Nursery Rhymes about Insects and Bugs.
An entire theme about Creepy
Crawlers is in the Rainbow
Science: Ice Cream In A Bag
You probably noticed that ice cream from your bag freezer
Cinnamon sugar can be premixed by combining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
Cool Fruit Shakes
Fun Fruit Salad
Add marshmallows, raisins, nuts, or coconut (grated or shredded.
For more cool cooking ideas go the Food & Nutrition Theme in the Resource Room
You will need:
Teachers explain to the children that, "Today we are going outside to paint with water." Encourage them to gather the smocks, paint brushes and containers for carrying the water. Once outside the sidewalk, pavement or the side of a building can become the canvas for a class mural.
Give the pre-k children time to experiment with
painting on the different outdoor textures using brushes of various sizes.
Help children notice what happens to their pictures as the water evaporates,
"What's happening to your picture? Where did the water go?"
End of the Summer
Materials: Construction Paper, crayons, hole puncher, 3 4 inch strands of yarn, 1 marker (for the teacher).
Description: First, Write on a piece of construction paper, "What I Liked Best About My Summer". Then ask each child what was the best thing about their summer and have them draw a picture of this event. Gather all the drawings together and form a book out of them.
Comments: Be sure to ask the children this question individually. They tend to "copy" one another and then you get 10 children with the same answer all drawing the same thing,