This Summer I had the opportunity to work with my dear friend and preschool mentor! She has an in home preschool and I got to be her co-teacher for 2 weeks of summer camp FUN for her kiddos. She is so developmentally based and I was inspired everyday! I wanted to share some very fun activities we did! I don't have pictures from the second week of camp but I will write in as much detail as possible!

Week one was 'under the sea' theme
Along with lots of water play here are a few of the wonderful activities we did!

Playdough with seashell

Seashell prints

Sensory Table: rice and shells
spray bottles with liquid water color in them

exploring with sidewalk chalk in water

water and chalk exploration

Big Bubble fun

Sensory table: AQUA BEADS!!! These are AMAZING!!! you can buy them at any craft store these are so fun and such a developmental sensory must have!!!

Water table with blue liquid water color mixed in

Sidewalk paint! You can find this awesome recipe on my blog!

shaving cream and with liquid water color to mix

great sensory activity!

color mixing!

Sand sculptures: take a small container and fill it up with sand...
scoop out a section of sand and add objects, we used colored sea shells

Pour in your plaster of paris (follow instructions on package)
Let dry and pull out of mold....ta da!!! a awesome sand sculpture!!! SO FUN!

Week two was camping week and I am soooo bummed that I didn't take pictures and the ones I did take with my phone I am having trouble uploading but here are a few of the fun things we did!

We did this amazing activity will LARGE earth worms.
We took a large 'pretzel' jug/container and layered dirt and soil then put the earth worms in and you cover it over night with a dark blanket and in the morning you can see how the earth worms have burrowed!!!

We froze lots of different molds with colored water (food coloring and water), a few we added objects and then we put them out so the kids could explore, build and paint with the colored ice. We put the molded ice with objects in them in a sensory table with Epson salt, the salt creates a crackle noise and starts to melt the ice!

We also froze colored ice in small Dixie cups and put a popscicle stick in the center to create paint cubes.

We had a 'mud day' we put mud in sensory bins, paint brushes and spray bottles out. The kids LOVED this. We had a huge piece of butcher paper out and the kids painted on the paper, we had a big mirror set up on the table and the kids painted their bodies with mud and they brought out toy animals and were pretending that the animals were stuck in the mud! It was a great developmental activity to watch as they explored and created!

We also had a crazy paint day! We put out an easel and fly swatters and the kids dipped the fly swatters in the paint and 'smacked' it against the easel and paint would splatter all over them and everywhere! It was AMAZING!!!! We also had a station set up with the mirrors again and the kids got a kick out of painting their bodies. When can a child just paint their bodies and run around...they loved it!!!

For those of you thinking....that sounds so messy.....it was!!!! That's the amazing thing about it!!! Who cares, we were outside and all the kiddos had baiting suits on and just jumped in the kiddy pools after a little warm water and a wash cloth, it all came off! These kids had such an amazing time, they were so engaged in the activities and having conversations about what they were doing with their peers! I was so inspired and reminded just how important these hands on activities are for the social and emotional development of our children!!!

If you have any questions about any of these activities please feel free to leave a comment and check back to see the reply!!!!


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