Thursday, July 31, 2014

Water Weeks - July 7-18

Now that things are settling back into more of a routine after vacations (both by staff and kids!), we can have another blog post!  For two weeks, we enjoyed lessons centered around water.  The first week was water week, where we learned about all kinds of water - oceans, lakes, rivers, pools - and we continued the next week with a pirate and mermaid theme, which is always a hit with the kids!  Here's a few pictures...

The one-year-olds painted and stamped whales, decorated mermaids, and colored pictures of Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

The two-year-olds painted pirate ships and fish, then created an "octopus" by tying eight bits of yarn around the edges of a cup.  They held onto the cup, dipped the strings in paint, then painted with the octopus!  We love their octopus paintings!

The three-year-olds drew "under the sea," played in water at the water table, and crafted octopuses from toilet paper rolls.  They also made fishing poles from a paper towel tube and a string, then dipped the string in paint and used it to paint a picture!  We also liked their fishing snack, where they dipped a pretzel in peanut butter, then stuck it to a goldfish, essentially fishing for goldfish!  And we can't forget the pirate treasure maps the kids made...aargh!

The four-year-old Pre-K class made watercolor pictures by drawing with markers, then squirting the paper, making the colors run like watercolors.  They created sharks and painted with their own octopuses.  Water play was fun as they explored with sponges and water toys, and decorating mermaids were a huge hit!

The five-year-old Pre-K class grew sea monkeys as a pretty clever science experiment.  They decorated bathing suits and strung them on a line across their ocean bulletin board, which was super cute!  They played fishing games, tie-dyed t-shirts, decorated pirates and mermaids as a take-home family activity, and drew their own pirate ships!

Yo-ho, what fun days we've had at The Pa-Paw Patch!

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