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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Beach balls Everywhere...

The dollar stores have out all of their summer fun treats; like, BEACH BALLS! Here are a few ideas of ways to use those beach balls.

1.) Write out the numbers on the top and bottom sections. Throw the ball gently to a child and they have to add the numbers where there thumbs are.

2.) Another game is to sit in a circle and count to a specific number. Whoever says that number has to go to the center of the circle. Keep going till there are two left. Everyone yells showdown and they play till we we have a winner . I have done this with counting by 2's, 5's, 10's, days of the week, months, etc. Easy and quick and they really like it a lot!

3.) Today my son and I tried to see how many times we could throw it to each other without dropping it. We set a timer for one minute to see how many times we could throw it to each other.

4.) Like musical chairs, but with a beach ball. Pass the ball around the circle, when the music stops the person holding the ball is out!

5.) Write your child's site words on the ball. Through the ball to your child, whatever their right hand is on is the word they need to read.

6.) Beach Ball Coloring!! After coloring the picture my son dictated a story about the picture and I wrote it out. Then he reread the story he dictated.

7.) Scholastic shares ideas to use with your baby.

8.) Masking tape one Princess Polly Pocket for each child all around a beach ball. Turn on your child's favorite music and pass the beach ball around. When the music turns off, whoever has the ball gets to rip off a Princess and keep it! Then that child can sit down and the rest can continue playing until all the Princesses are gone. Great for parties -- or for anytime special occasions.
9.) Read a Beach Ball Book to your kiddos

10.) Have fun in the sun with a Beach Ball sprinkler
11.) Teaching Heart's End of the Year Packet has Beach Ball Printables. Go look!!!

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Blogger Pearlann66 said...

Years ago, when I still had $ to spend on my class LOL, I bought each of my 1st graders a beach ball and each kid signed thier names on them with permanent marker ( before they were inflated) and then we blew them up and they had a beach ball "yearbook" to take home at the end of the year!

May 3, 2009 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger jewelryandgiftsbyrebecca said...

Cool, what fun ideas. These would be good for outside fun or rainy day distractions.

May 3, 2009 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger jenjen said...

What great ideas! When one of my daughters was having a hard time learning her times tables, we would throw a beach ball back and forth. I would say "4 x 4" and she would have to say the answer. It worked very well.

Have a super weekend!


May 3, 2009 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Preschool Playbook said...

Beach Balls!! So much fun. I have to get some of these.

May 4, 2009 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger BranFlakes said...

Great ideas!! I WISH I would have know about your fill the bucket contest! It was such a good idea!!

May 4, 2009 at 9:44 PM  
Blogger Brimful Curiosities said...

Thanks for all the great beach ball ideas. My penpal from Australia sent us an Australia beach ball in the mail. The kids love playing with it. I think of her every time I see it.

May 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger jennwa said...

Fun ideas wth a beach ball. Kids would love that.

Thanks for sharing with Friday Showcase!

May 10, 2009 at 5:34 AM  

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