Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Camp - Summer Fun

There are certain things as a homeschooler that are just more fun when you invite all your friends to join in.  Every Monday morning we're hosting a play date called Summer Camp!  I set up a bunch of activities and all the moms help facilitate them while kids have fun and learn, often times from watching a peer do something first.
 We started by making play dough watermelon.  I found this idea over at No Time For Flash Cards.
 With some home made, gluten free play dough we divided it up into 8 pieces and smashed those pieces galore.  Then we added some red food coloring.
 (After our play date was over I found the VitaMix still full of the rice flour that was supposed to be in the play dough, no wonder it was so sticky!)

 Using kid safe spoons and knives we divided and cut play dough to our hearts content.


 We added some black beans as watermelon seeds, and it made a great sensory exploration.

 Watermelon comes in a round or oval shape, so we made that and then need to put the green rind on the outside.


 After wrapping our watermelon in green it was time to cut them up and serve them!

 I love this series of pictures, above where he is just about to cut open his watermelon, and below where he is so thrilled to see what was inside!



 We worked on the letter L by painting them with lemon juice.  There were quite a few kids that decided that in fact the paintbrushes tasted great with lemon juice on them!
 And the letter F, which we made fancy with glitter fireworks.




 Fairy dust toes!
 We also played a lot in the kiddie pool, which must have a number of holes in it that I missed before the play date because it was looking very sad by the end :(
 And we played with ice, exploring how it melts, and the temperature of the ice compared to the warm air.
 Activities like these are so much fun!
Don't forget to download the printables we used for today here: http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/LittleAdventuresPreschool/summer-fun-preschool-pack
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