Summer Ideas

For my summer program I did a bulletin board with Fishes and had the kids names on each fish and wrote “Splash into Summer” It is a great welcome sign for Summer Campers!

A great summer bulletin board I’ve used in the past is a picnic theme. We make a check board tablecloth, paint a large basket, and we put paper plate collages of the kids’ favorite foods around it. It was a hit!

Set up a large tent within the preschool nap area. Children bring sleeping bags. Teacher hides (plastic) bugs within tent for children to find. They loved napping in the large in-house tent, finding the bugs (alphabet and insect lesson can be incorporated here). Children brought flashlights, teddy bears. Told camp or playfully-spooky story. Great fun nap area. (Love your website! Thanks!)

I taught my girls about recycling with this project. It is also a good one for Summertime. This will be a photo frame.
Take two pieces of card board and cut them to be the size of 8×10.
Then on only one piece, cut the center out to be 5×7. The next step would be decorating. Because I live in Florida I made it into a Florida Fun Frame. Set aside the frame that does not have the center cut out. Take the frame that has the 5×7 center and paint glue around the border. I added beach sand and sea shells to give it the “Florida” look. Glue the photo in place and then attach the back. To hang it, we used a pop top from a soda can. Hot glue that on and “voila” you just made a great keepsake. Then you can talk about how all the materials were recycled.

For water play day we use a soaker hose for very young children and older children alike. Some children like the gentle spray better than the sprinkler like toys. Although we offer both. Plus we put a hose on the monkey bars with a nozzle on very fine spray, like a shower. Also colored ice cubes in the water table, and shells give children a chance to experience cold and nature. We also let the children write on the sidewalk with chalk and then paint over it with water for a different experience.

On a piece of white paper covering the whole door, have the children help draw waves and a sun. Then cut out a tracing of a boat on different colored construction paper. Tape or glue the boats all around the door and the theme on it can be “Sailing Into Summer”.



Share an idea you have used in your classroom or at home that pertains to this theme.