First, I'd like to thank Mandee, a visitor of this website, for submitting this picnic theme idea AND for taking the time to provide 9 of the activities for this page!
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Picnic Theme Art
Thank you Mandee for the next 3 art activity ideas!
Materials Needed: 2 different colors in strips of paper (at least 20); 2 pipe cleaners; One large sheet of paper pre-cut with slits for the kids to weave the strips through.
The children use the strips and weave them through the large sheet.
They roll it into a circle and use pipe cleaners at the top of the circle to make sturdy around the basket.
Great for small muscle development!
Materials needed: 1/2 paper plate; red, green and black tissue paper.
The children use the tissue paper to create the rind, insides and seeds of a watermelon and glue them onto the paper plate.
Be sure to talk about the parts of the watermelon and where they come from. I read the book The The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.
Create a Picnic Theme Paper Blanket
Materials needed: Large white paper; paint; paint brushes (or rollers!)
The children paint their own designs on a large sheet of paper. We used paint rollers with designs on them to make it extra special!
When dry, have the children help me draw the black lines to make the "checkered" look the the blanket!
They loved having lunch outside on the blanket they made!
Miss Cheryl's note: In addition, you could bring a white bed sheet outside and provide spray bottle with colored water. Allow the children to spray paint the sheet. When dry, use it as a picnic blanket or a parachute!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Materials needed: Potatoes, mayonnaise, mustard, plastic knife, bowl of ice water, bowl to mix
Boil the potatoes.
Bring them to a table with a large bowl of ice water.
Place the potatoes in a bowl of ice water (cold water with ice in it!)
Let sit for 5 minutes.
Remove potatoes and the skins will peel right off!
Have the children help you cut the potatoes, add the mayo and mustard (I always put a spoonful of mustard for zest!) or whichever ingredients are in your favorite recipe. Enjoy!
Picnic Theme Large Group Games To Help Preschoolers Build Their Muscles While Having Fun Together!
Bike MazeThank you Mandee for this activity idea!
Materials needed: ride-on bikes; colored tape
Create a maze using the tape for the children to follow!
Bike riding, colored tape maze (put different colored pieces of tape around to make a maze for the children to follow the lines.
Alphabet BallThank you Mandee for this activity idea!
Practice tossing the ball to each other. While playing ball, the child with the ball calls our a letter and then tosses the ball.
The child who catches the ball says a word that begins with that letter.
Miss Cheryl's note: Depending on the developmental levels of your children, not all of your children will be able to recall a word based on letter sounds.
Consider making it a group activity. Example, the child who catches the ball can name a word or can "Ask a Friend" for help! Another example: "Julie said the letter /d/ as in "dog". What other words begin with the /d/ sound?" And all the children may call out words. The child who has the ball then calls out a new letter and tosses it to a friend.
Parachute games are great for teaching children to work as a group, follow directions, learn about spatial relationships such as up, down, and more!
There are great choices and prices at S&S Worldwide under their Sports, P.E. and Recreation section!
EXTENSION: In advance, create a page for each of these activities. Have the children record their individual answers on each page. Take pictures of each child during each activity to add to their journal!
EXTENSION: Use your recorded answers and pictures to also create a class book for the library!
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