Prepare a series of wooden clothespins on which you have written or painted numbers 1-9. Children fill a sponge with water and run to their bucket to press the water out. This activity is perfect for a hot summer day. Special activities: Plan a variety of water-themed workshops. Use coffee sticks to build small rafts. Throughout the theme, children can add items to your “dangerous” and “safe” posters. Fill several containers with water. During circle time, ask children if they have ever been to the beach. Splash around with this theme’s printable picture game, word flashcards, activity sheets, puppets, coloring pages and other adorable documents. If they catch their apple, let them eat it. Leave everything on a table for children to explore. Let them choose...If you could be an ocean animal, would you rather be a crab or a jellyfish? At the end of each day, simply wipe their work away so each page can be used repeatedly. Every time you go outside to play, let children pick a pair of sunglasses to wear. Before dropping each one in a tub of water, ask children if they think they will float or sink. (Open word flashcards-Swimming) (Open giant word flashcards-Swimming) Print two copies of several word flashcards. Prepare Jell-O with your group. Have children swim on their back, on their stomach, dive into the water, jump in the water, float on their back, kick their feet, swim using only their arms, etc. Have fun imitating different types of swimming techniques. Let children swim in your hot tub throughout the day. Cut them out and place them in an empty shoebox or small container. Use large cardboard boxes to represent rowboats. What do you like to do most at the beach? Divide your group into two teams. Set an empty bin on the finish line and draw a line to indicate the water level children must reach. They may also be used to identify your thematic bins. (Open word flashcards-Swimming) (Open giant word flashcards-Swimming) Print several word flashcards. Each week we highlight and GIVE AWAY great children’s literature for parents, teachers and homeschool. Children will be happy to repeat this activity many times. Inflate blue balloons and use invisible thread to hang them throughout your daycare. Have children stand on a chair and pretend to dive into the “water”. Let children take turns picking a word and finding the matching word on the clothesline. Fill a container with water and let children play freely. Have children cut them out and decorate them. (Open educa-chatterbox-Swimming) Print and laminate the cards. Be sure to have items that float and others that will sink. (Open puppets-Summer safety) Print the models on heavy cardboard. Present the model to your group and ask them to color their picture to make it look exactly like yours. Sort the balls by color. Children trace the lines with waxed string pieces (Wikki Stix). This tool was created in response to a special request received. Variation: Instead of using water, you could hang the apples from the ceiling or a tree branch using string. Make your own tiny boats. Set the swimming pools on a table, in front of your group. (Open poster-Change of clothes-Swimming) Print and display to inform parents about what their child needs for swimming. Invite children to arrange the illustrations in the correct order. Variation: You don’t have Magic Nuudles? Cut puddle shapes out of blue construction paper and secure them on the floor throughout your daycare using adhesive paper. If you wish, leave room under each word so children can try to write the words without tracing the letters. Encourage children to hold their hands behind their back. You may also fill small buckets with water and let children use small cloths to wash items in your daycare or yard. (Open educ-trace-Swimming) Print for each child. When they are done, they can hang the items on a small clothesline hung at their level. The perfect STEM activity for kids to use a controlled variable and works great as a science fair project! Children stand around the pool and try to catch the balls using a small net. (Open word flashcards-Swimming) (Open giant word flashcards-Swimming) Print and laminate the word flashcards. (Open Poni presents-Water safety) Print the cards. ALL THEMES Grab a few paper bags and turn them into a fun jellyfish craft. Wikki Stix are sold on the educatall online store. The flashcards may be used during circle time to spark a conversation with the group or in your reading and writing area. Hang colorful beach towels on a clothesline to decorate your daycare. (Open picture game-Swimming) Print and laminate the pictures in the format you prefer. Set a hula hoop on the floor for each child. Personal information policy and operating limits, We and our partners use different technologies, such as cookies, to personalize content and ads, offer innovative functions on social media, and analyse web traffic. (Open educa-decorate-Swimming) Print, laminate, and cut out the illustrations. (Open coloring pages theme-Swimming) Print for each child. This iMovie is for Elementary Education students who want to learn more about the three zones of the ocean. Globule has prepared a simple science experiment for your group. When all the children have arrived and your theme has been introduced, invite them to race to fill a larger bucket with water as quickly as possible. Bring a large bin filled with dolls outside. Set several towels under and around the pool to avoid water damage and slippery floors. Divide your group into teams for a relay race. (Open educa-theme-Swimming) Print and laminate the different elements representing the theme. Stack the pictures and insert a ring through each set of holes. Children take turns naming an object they bring to the pool. Jell-O requires water too. Cut the second copy of each word flashcard so you have the word on one side and the illustration on the other side. When they find a match, they can place the flashcard on top of the one that was already hanging on the clothesline. Eventually, they will learn to recognize the words. May 26, 2012 - Swimmy by Leo Lionni is our Book of the Week GIVEAWAY. Things you may not know about language development, Communicating with parents when something is wrong, (Open writing activities-S like swimming), (Open word flashcards-Swimming) (Open giant word flashcards-Swimming). Have children sit in the rowboats and use swimming pool noodles as paddles. Set aluminum pie plates filled with water between the two lines. Hang one copy of each word on an indoor clothesline with colourful clothespins. The pictures may be used as a memory game or to spark a conversation with the group. More stories will be added very soon! Prepare several objects. Fill a Ziploc bag with blue hair gel. Help them understand how the bigger the holes are, the heavier the “rain” will be.