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!
Orange Slice Boats
Help children cut oranges into wedges.
Sit orange, peel side on the table.
Insert a toothpick into the meat of the orange.
Stick a piece of a healthy breakfast bar onto the top of the toothpick for a sail!
Boat Load of Salad!
You will need a large watermelon and a variety of other fruit (oranges, pineapple, strawberry, etc.) and plastic knives.
In advance, cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.
Scoop out the center.
Place different fruits in different bowls.
Let children choose fruits to help cut into smaller chunks.
Assist them in cutting the fruit.
They place the cut fruit into the scooped out watermelon.
You now have a boat load of fruit salad for snack!
Add a large craft stick with a piece of paper on the top with the name of your school!
Add a large box (refrigerator box or other appliance box) to your dramatic play area. Add a skull and crossbones picture to it. Encourage the kids to decorate the hide out so that others "can't find it"! They can add large leaves that they have cut out or color it to match the walls!
Provide magnifying glasses, eye patches, hats, binoculars and, of course, a treasure chest with treasure in it!
to help the children build their muscles while they have fun together!
Walk the Plank
Create an obstacle course for you kids to follow to find a treasure chest! Use your balance beam to "walk the plank"; provide a thin strip of blue fabric for the children to "jump over the water", include areas for them to hop (perhaps they can hop from one paper to the next and each paper has a large letter "X" on it to mark the spot!)--have fun!
You will need: Thin dowel posts (for fishing poles), yarn, magnets to tie onto the end of the yard (thick magnets with holes in the middle), paper clips.
In advance, tie yarn to each dowel post and tie the magnets on the other ends of the yarn. These are great to have for MANY themes so it is well worth taking the time to make and keep all year!
What will the children fish for? Well, that's up to you! Are you working on letters? Numbers? Colors? Plain, old visual discrimination?
Make pictures in fish shapes for what you are working on (print numbers or letters on fish; cut out different colored fish; cut out different themed items--such as a ship, skull and cross bone, pirate hat, parrot, fish, ocean, etc.).
Laminate your pictures. Attach a metal paper clip to each one.
Place pictures on the floor for the children to fish for them (or place them in a wading pool with no water in it!).
Add treasure to your sand table! Add play necklaces, seashells, gold coins, rings, etc. Keep the sand a bit moist and add shovels and spoons and a box or two that are decorated like treasure chests to collect the booty in!
High Sea Adventure
Add blue food coloring to the water and small plastic boats, corks, little people and gold coins...you will NOT need to give any instruction!
EXTENSION: On some days, add ice cubes to the water...be careful not to hit the icebergs!
In advance, paint paper towel tubes (of course, you could have this as an art project! However, make some on your own as well, the children tend to make the tubes pretty soggy when they paint!).
In advance, cut out the bottoms of large, paper (colored) cups so that the paper towel tubes fit in.
Provide markers and crayons for the children to decorate one of each (a tube and a cup).
They insert the tube into the bottom of the cup and, voila! Telescopes for ya, matey! (Go to the Pirates Theme on my Pinterest account to see one example of this! Click on the Pinterest link at the bottom of this page).
Provide small, brown lunch bags. (In advance, cut them open so they are larger).
The children draw their own maps, complete with drawing "X" whereever they want.
They print their name on their map.
Show them how to crumple up and then open up the map to make it look old!
Show them how to roll up their maps as well.
Your children will have too much fun pretending they are following a map around the classroom to find a treasure!
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