Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Summer Fun

It’s my turn in a couple of weeks to plan a read-aloud at the homeless shelter.  As I was reading my friend Gary’s post yesterday about his kindergarten class’s top 10 picks for this school year, I suddenly decided to make “summer fun” the theme.
There are so many things these kids have never experienced.  Most of them have probably never been to the beach or seen the ocean.  They probably don’t get a lot of chances to just play in water of any kind.
So my plan is to ask the powers that be at the shelter if we can meet in the back yard and have the children wear either bathing suits or shorts and shirts that can get wet.  
We can read books like the #1 pick of Gary’s class, Otto Goes to the Beach by Todd Parr.  If you go to Gary’s post, you will notice that two of his authors left comments.  How cool is that?!
For activities, I thought we would play with water balloons, tossing them back and forth until someone fails to catch the balloon.  I also have 30 pounds of very white sand left over from making yoga sand bags.  I’m hoping we can add water and let them make sand castles on paper plates.  Do  you think this will work?
As a snack, we could have grilled hotdogs with lots of ketchup and lemonade.  What could be more summertime than that?  Maybe some slices of watermelon as well.
Each child will take home a book of his/her choice (as they do each week) and a jumbo piece of sidewalk chalk.
The way I see it is if you can’t go to the beach, you can at least bring the beach to you!


Blogger Gary said...

Barbara! This is wonderful. When are you scheduled to do this? If it is in August I would love to try to come out and join in this activity.

It sounds like great fun. When I taught preschool we had a sand table and it is sometimes a challenge to make sandcastles but water, sand, sun and Otto?! Sounds like a plan.

btw, I send Todd Parr a link to your post.

8:32 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Gary -- The read-aloud is on July 15. I would really love to have you participate as a "guest volunteer" at some point. I'm sure you would have an instantly magical relationship with the kids.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

What a great idea! The kids are going to love it.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

Man, I want you to help plan MY summer! What a great ides - take pictures!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

a great IDEA too - it's late at night and my fingers are ready for sleep ;)

9:33 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Kristin -- You are always welcome to join us if you are not halfway around the world or running a marathon!

Pauline -- Spelling is always optional for understanding. But I know that feeling of hitting ENTER and seeing a glaring problem! :)

9:35 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

July 15 - Linda Ronstadt's Birthday! - I will be in Italy toasting her. One of these days I'll make it there. I will think of more summer themed books for you to consider. xo

9:36 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

That sounds like a terrific activity! I predict those water balloons will break pretty quickly. :)

11:20 AM  
Blogger Merle Sneed said...

What an imaginative project. Kids love getting wet.

1:52 PM  

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