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*Backwards Day




Wear clothes backwards
When children arrive say "Goodbye" and when the children
leave say "Hello".
Children are called by their last names instead of their first names.

Sit on the chairs backwards.
When walking in the halls walk backwards.

Do your daily routine in reverse order.


Tape paper to the underside of the tables. Children lay under the tables and draw
on the paper taped to the underside of the tables.


Read "Green Eggs and Ham" from back to front.

Read the poem "Backwards Bill" by Shel Silverstein
in his book and on the cd A Light in the Attic

Palindromes are words or phrases that read the same in both directions (ex. mom, dad, eye, pop, straw, racecar {Pull up if I pull up}).
Learn about Palindromes-lists of examples that include words, sentences and names.
Play an online palindrome game.


Count backwards.


Have soup for AM snack.
Have cereal for lunch or PM snack.

*Beach Day


Perfect For A Picnic©
By Kimberly M. Hutmacher

A baby blue sky
A bright golden sun
The perfect blanket
For afternoon fun!

Print the poem "Perfect For A Picnic" by Kimberly M. Hutmacher. After reading the poem have the children complete the illustration for the poem.

Click here for a printer friendly version of the poem "Perfect For A Picnic." A new window will open.




Beach Balls
Need: circle from construction paper, tissue paper, markers, crayons

Cut a circle shape from construction paper. Decorate the beach ball
shape with tissue paper, sharp art materials... When finished hang
in the room as a decoration.

Jar Sand Painting
Need: small baby food jars, sand or salt, powdered tempera paint, plastic spoons,
popsicle sticks

Color the sand or salt by place it in a cup with powdered tempera paint added.
Glitter can be added to the colored sand to make it sparkly.

Children can spoon the colored salt or sand into their baby food jar.
Have children use sticks to push the sand against the sides of the jar
to create designs. Cap tightly. Can tie yarn around the outside edge
of the lid or glue feathers on the lid top.

Sand Painting (age 6+)
Use colored sand or salt to create a picture.

Clay Sand Castles (age 6+)
Use molding clay to create a clay sandcastle.

*Learning Areas

Dramatic Play Area

Create a beach area. Set up lawn chairs, beach towels, sunglasses, radio etc. Add the sand table. Include in the sand table: buckets and shovels.


See A to Z Kids Stuff Water Fun page.

Have a Limbo contest.


Beach in a Bag Snack

Provide each child with a ziploc baggie. Set out bowls & spoons on a table with the following items in them: Dry Chow Mein noodles (seaweed), Pretzel sticks(driftwood), Goldfish Crackers(fish), Granola-(sand), Cheerios(life preservers), Dried Apricots(beach towels), Raisins(beach pebbles). Let the children create their own "Beach In A Bag Snack" by adding spoonful of each food item to their baggie. Serve with water.

Goldfish crackers and lemonade.

Bears at the Beach
Use blue jello, vanilla pudding, gummi bears, and a paper umbrella to create a fun snack.





*Other Sites

Beach Bag
Make a beach bag from a hand towel and washcloth.

*Bubble Day

Blowing Bubbles

Mix together 1/4 cup liquid dishwashing detergent, 1/2 cup water, a few drops of food coloring and 1 teaspoon sugar. Pour into a shallow container and use with bubble blowers.

Let the bubble solution age for a few days to make bubble blowing easier.

Bubble Prints
Need: food coloring, white paper, liquid dish washing detergent, straws, tubs (app. 1 tub for every 3 children).

Place water in a tub(about 1/4 full). Add liquid dish soap. Have children take a straw and blow into the water to make bubbles. When the bubbles have formed add drops of food coloring to the top of the bubbles. Take a piece of white paper and lay on top of the bubbles to pop them.

Watch and do not let the paper get in the water. Makes colorful bubble prints.


Bubbly Punch

In a large pitcher mix together one 12-ounce can unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate, 2 cans (24 ounces) cold water and one 32-ounce bottle club soda. Stir well and pour into plastic glasses. Makes 17 small servings.

*Camping Day


Transform your room into a camp. Hang a camp sign on the door
with directions to "read and follow directions for your own safety".

Arrange the desk in groups in a circle with a play campfire in the
center. Drap each set of desks with a sheet or a blanket
(drap around 3 sides of the desks). Tape the edges down.

Rename the bathroom the latrine and take a "latrine" break.


Brainstorm and list camping words.

Talk about equipment you need for camping. Children could
imagine they have tents and sleeping bags, or you could
make tents with tables and blankets if your programme
space allows. Contributed by: eheaney

Sit around the campfire and have children make up a story.

Gather around the campfire for stories, songs and jokes:
In A Dark, Dark Wood: An Old Tale with a New Twist
The Ghostly Hitchhiker (Corona poetry series)
(go to your library or check on-line for these and
other classic slightly scary stories)
Contributed by: eheaney

The Magnetic Fishing Game -CVC & Magic E Rule together
A fun phonics game to print and play. For younger children
instead of placing words on the back of each fish place alphabet
letters or numbers.


Need: toilet tissue rolls, yarn, markers, glue or tape

Have children decorate the toilet tissue rolls with markers and scrapes of
paper. Tape the toilet tissue rolls together. Bunch a hole on the outside of each roll and tie the yarn through the holes and hang the binoculars around your neck.

Pinecone Bird Feeders
Need: pincones, bird food, Karo clear syrup or peanut butter

Brush the pincones with slightly watered down Karo syrup , then roll in
bird seed. Loop the string or yarn around the pinecone and hang in the tree.

Bear Puppet
Color the bear, cut out and glue on a paper sack to create a puppet.

Need: black construction paper, paint

Give each child a piece of black construction paper. Have the
children create fireflies all over the construction paper by dipping
their finger into yellow paint and making prints on the paper.
Use glow in the dark paint if you have any available.

Need: paper towel tubes, brown paint, tape, red, yellow, and orange tissue paper or construction paper.

Have children paint the paper towel tubes brown. When dry place 4 of the tubes into a square and tape together. Place the other towel tubes in the square upwards like a pyramid and tape. Have the children glue on pieces of red, yellow, and orage tissue paper to represent fire.

Place flashlights in the fake campfire and turn off the lights. Sit around the fire and tell stories and sing songs. Consider placing a large number of rocks or stones in a circle to create a fire pit for your campfire.

Have participants help make the pretend fire - a good opportunity
to talk about how to do this safely. Contributed by: eheaney
Smokey The Bear's website.

Need: large paper and markers

Have children draw a mural of their camp.

Create a mat from newspaper to sit on around the campfire.

*Color Pages

Firefly color page

Camping in Connecticut color page


Bark Rubbing
Need: White paper for each child, Pealed brown crayons

Have the children pick a tree and observe it. What does the bark feel like? What does it smell like? What color is it?

Give each child a piece of white paper and a crayon.
Have children make a bark rubbing by placing the paper on the tree and rub the crayon over all of the paper.
Make a Bark Bulletin Board of all the bark rubbings.


Swimming, swimming, in the swimming hole.
When days are short, when days are long,
In the swimming hole.
Sidestroke, breaststroke, fancy diving too.
Don't you wish you never had anything else to do?
(Repeat verse, with each repetition leaving out a line and
adding actions to suit) Contributed by: eheaney

I Wish I Were a Little Bar of Soap (lyrics)
This is the song that never ends (lyrics)
Contributed by: eheaney

Becky's Campfire Songs
A wonderful Guiding website with all the
campfire songs you could possibly use!
Contributed by: eheaney


Trail Mix

On a square graham cracker place a marshmallow, on top of the marshmallow place a square of chocolate. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes at 250 degrees (low heat). Remove and place a square graham cracker on top. Serve warm.

Milk and graham crackers

*Hat Day





Give each child the outline of a hat shape. Using scrapes from the art center (buttons, ribbon, feathers, googly eyes, etc.) and pictures from magazines, they decorate the hats. They make a colorful display in the classroom.


The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess.

Count and list objects that the cat can balance. Have a relay race balancing an eraser on the children's heads.

Print The Hat coloring pages on Jan Bretts' page.

Print masks from The Hat by Jan Brett and put on a play.

Design your own Hat color page by Jan Brett

Curriculum enrichment activities for "The Hat" by Jan Brett.

*Ice Cream Day

Ice Cream in a Bag

2 zip lock bags for every child - 1 pt size and 1 gal. size

Mixture for ice cream:
These ingredients go into the 1 pt size zip lock bag.
1/2 c. milk
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Fill 1 gal. size zip lock bag with ice (1/2 full) and rock salt ( or table salt). Put the 1 pt size bag into the gal size bag. Be sure the bags are sealed!! Then shake the bags for approximately 5 minutes (this is great exercise for the kiddos--it will wear them out!)

When finished with the shaking, the mixture will be somewhat hard (if the shaking was completed). Take the pt size bag out of gal size bag, wipe the bag off, grab a spoon and eat out of the bag! It was worth the shaking!!

Can add sprinkles or chocolate syrup!

*Other Sites

Ice Cream Patterns
Printable activity sheet from Bry-Back Manor.

At the Ice Cream Shop word search (pdf)

Ice Cream Flavors word search

Quick, Easy Ice Cream Recipes

Ice cream and cone color page

Ice cream soda color page

Ice cream cart color page

I is for Ice Cream color page


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