Blossom Summer Camp Week One - Beach Buddies
Beach Buddies- Down In The Deep Blue Sea
This week was the start of our Summer Camp at Blossom! We have been preparing resources and activities to keep our little ones busy this summer and kicked off our first week with the exciting theme; “Beach Buddies- Down In The Deep Blue Sea”.
This week we have been focusing on all activities related to the theme “Beach Buddies- Down In The Deep Blue Sea”. At Blossom we ensure that each activity follows our Sky Garden approach to learning by ensuring activities incorporate children learning through their senses by associating their learning through experience by touching, tasting, smelling, seeing and hearing.
Our little Blossomites have been discussing sea creatures and read the story of “The Rainbow Fish” and have been singing the “Slippery Fish’ song. Each day they created a new craft where they made a different sea creature from the story. They made starfish and decorated them using cereal and glitter- children got to feel and taste the cereal to create the texture of a real starfish. They made crabs and used fury pipe cleaners for the crab’s legs. They have also been learning about different shapes, colors and textures and they had a look at shells, felt their texture, sorted them according to their size, shape and texture and they got to listen to the sound of the sea by holding up a shell to their ears.
Math was a focus when learning about the octopus. Children counted the octopus’ legs and had to match the number quantity with the number numeral written on each of the octopus’ legs by placing the matching amount of beans on each of the legs which were labeled with a numeral 1-8. This is a great way to use one-to-one correspondence to match the number symbol with the quantity. We developed our fine motor skills by using play dough to form sea creatures and children got to dissolve salt into water and tasted the salty water. They also explored fresh and salt water and got to experiment with objects that sink and float in salty water and those that sink in fresh water.
They made a ‘sea globe’ by filling a bottle with colored water and oil and placed sea sand and shells in the bottle - how fascinating it is to see the bubbles through the bottle when you shake it! There were so many other fun activities like making fish out of paper plates, bubble art and building sand castles, but a highlight was when we ended off our week with a treasure hunt. Children searched for objects such as coins, jewelry and gems buried in a treasure chest filled with colored rice. They enjoyed this sensory experience and then sorted objects into their various categories.
We look forward to next week which will be “Open Ocean- Pirates”. For more pictures of our Summer Camp please visit Our Summer Camp Gallery and to watch our videos by clicking on Summer Camp videos. To register your child for Summer Camp please click on register now.
Lindy van Zyl
Deputy Manager, Blossom Early Learning Center