Summer time fun!

Summer is here!  We have been hard at work making lots of fun crafts to decorate our room and hallway.

Sing With Me

Summer’s Here

(to the tune: “Frere Jacques”)

Days are longer, sunshine’s stronger.

Summer’s here!  Summer’s here!

Let’s jump through the sprinkler,

Let’s make lemonade,

Summer’s here, summer’s here!

 

Poetry

Summer Sun

The summer sun in the sky
Shining, shining up so high
Makes it warm for outside fun
To play at the park and run
To swim hike and fish
And go on a picnic, if you wish!

Story Time

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We read “I See Summer” by Charles Ghigna, “The Seasons: Summer” by Nuria Roca and “The Night Before Summer Camp” by Natasha Wing.

Arts and Crafts

Bouncy Beach Balls

summer crafts

We made fun and colorful beach balls out of paper plates that I divided into sections.  The children picked their favorite colors and painted each section to make their own ball.

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Lemonade

summer craft

The children loved making paper cups of lemonade with straws and umbrellas made out of cupcake liners and tooth picks.

summer craft

summer craft

Father’s Day

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We made popsicles for our Father’s Day crafts to show our dads how much we love them!

fathers day craft

fathers day craft

fathers day craft

Silly Seagulls

summer craft

I loved these seagulls!  They are made out of paper plates too.  It was a little tricky to cut them.  Once the wings were folded we painted them grey and added legs, eyes and a beak.

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summer craft

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Our fun summer bulletin board!

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Dinosaur Week…

We had a great week exploring  dinosaurs during our second week of summer camp!  We learned all about these ancient creatures by reading stories, singing songs, making a craft and going on an awesome field trip to Dinosaur World.

Sing With Me

(to the tune of :  “The Ants Go Marching”)

Dinos stomping [one by one]

Let’s stomp, let’s stomp!

Dinos stomping [one by one]

Let’s stomp, let’s stomp!

Dinos stomping [one by one]

The little one stomped [to have some fun].

And they all went stomping down

On the ground

To hear how it sounds!

Boom!  Boom!  Boom!

Add additional verses, with the following:

Two by two; and hollered “Boo!”

Three by three; and ate a tree!

Four by four; and gave a roar!

Five by five; and danced a jive!

Story Time

dinosaur books

We read “Dinosaurs Galore” by Giles Andreae and “Stomp” by Ruth Paul.

Arts and Crafts

dinosaur craft

Dinos came to life as we made fun paper dinosaurs with hand print spikes.

dinosaur craft

dinosaur craft

Field Trip

Dinosaur World

dinosaur worldWe went back in time to visit the dinosaurs when we took a trip to Dinosaur World.  We went on a dinosaur trail trek and saw many different types of dinosaurs, pretended we were paleontologists and went on a fossil dig where the children got to keep the fossils that they dug for and got to climb a dinosaur’s tail on the amazing playground!

dinosaur world

dinosaur world

Plan your trip to Dinosaur World by clicking here.  It was a fun adventure for all ages!

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Arrrrrgh, lots of Pirate fun!!

Ahoy, matey!  We had an awesome first week of summer camp!  It was pirate week and we read books, sang songs and talked just like pirates.  We even had The Purple Pirate come and visit and perform amazing pirate magic tricks for us!

Sing With Me

Pirate Play

(to the tune: “Five Little Ducks”)

One little pirate went out to play

On a pirate ship one day

He had such enormous fun.

He called on another friend to come.

Arrr! Arrr!

(keep singing and adding pirates as you go, until you get to 5)

Five little pirates went out to play

On a pirate ship one day.

They had such enormous fun,

They played and played till the day was done!

Pirates

by Milkshake

Click here to hear and see them perform!

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I am the master of my fate, The captain of my ship
I choose to sail the seven seas and make the most if it.

   Adventure waits for all who come so climb aboard m’ mate

      We’ll head due west when the winds are best Oh, I can h-argh-dly wait.
Heigh ho (Heigh ho)

 Hoist the anchor friends

Heigh ho (heigh ho)

   Come sail the seas again.
We plot our course, feeling bold And head for Starry Isle Where sand is colored pink and gold and unicorns run wild.

The trees are full of talking birds, the flowers bloom all year I know there’s buried treasure there I have the map right here.

And just like Grace O’Malley, Bonny Anne or Mary Reade

     I‘ll be the bravest pirate that the world has ever seen.

      And Old Pegleg, or Black Bart or even Rackham Jack

Have nothing on you or this very fine crew so raise the good blackjack.
Heigh ho (Heigh ho)
Hoist the anchor friends
Heigh ho (heigh ho)
Come sail the seas again.
Heigh Ho (Heigh Ho)
Out in the ocean blue
Heigh Ho (Heigh Ho)
Pirates me and you.

A Pirate Says Arrr!

By the Backyardigans

Click here to hear and see the song!

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If you want to be a pirate,
Get up on your feet.
You can’t be a pirate,
If you’re sitting in your seat.
Swing your arms tough,
And stand kind of low,
And make this noise wherever you go.

Arrr! Arrr! Arrr!
A pirate, a pirate, a pirate says “Arrr!”
It might seem strange, just a bit bizarre,
But they know you’re a pirate,
When they hear you say “Arrr!”

Arrr! Arrr! Arrr!
A pirate, a pirate, a pirate says “Arrr!”
You wear a spare part, a bandana and a scar,
and they know you’re a pirate,
When they hear you say “Arrr!”

The Jolly Roger is the pirate flag,
A skull and some bones on a big black rag.
We’ll fly it on our ship, up above the sails,
And we’ll search for treasure,
And be tough as nails!

Arrr! Arrr! Arrr!
A pirate, a pirate, a pirate says “Arrr!”
If you think we’re noisy, you’re right, we are,
’cause they know you’re a pirate,
When they hear you say “Arrr!”

Story Time

preschool pirate books

We read “Do Pirates Take Baths?” by Kathy Tucker,  “Pajama Pirates” by Andrew Kramer and  “Pirate Pete” by Kim Kennedy.

Game Time

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Arrrr!  Arrrr!  Look what we found:

A treasure chest buried in the ground!

Pirate [Child’s name] came along one day.

[She] took [number] gold coins and ran away!

We used a treasure chest filled with pirates booty to play this game and each child got a turn to find the number of coins or necklaces that was said in the poem.

Arts and Crafts

preschool pirate craft

We made pirates out of paper plates and skin tone paint.  We then added a bandana, google eye, and an eye patch to complete our pirate face.

preschool pirate craft

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