- Cristi Wuenschel
Island Fun Crafts & Activities for Preschoolers
Updated: Jul 2, 2020
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This week in Experience Early Learning we have been learning about parts of life in the islands. We are quite landlocked where we live in Pennsylvania so this was a lot of fun to do with the children.
The Island Fun topics were great! Luau, Island Dancing, Surfing, Island Music and Sunset. And of course they prompted so many wonderful discussions.
The kiddos had a blast making surfboard art and creating sunsets using oil pastels. Even the school age children are enjoying this month's theme.
Of course the fun didn't stop there. We decorated our classroom as a luau with banners and beach balls and of course everyone got brightly-colored leis and grass skirts!
All week long we’ve been listening to Island music; so on Friday, we pulled out our leis and grass skirts and danced.
Using the “Bump Over the Lump” song on the CD, as well as videos on the internet, the children had a great time dancing to the island music.
The instruments were used, and who doesn’t like to use box drums! Island music has such a great beat to it that it was a lot of fun to dance and drum to the music and learning what a “beat” is.
Beating fast and slow was a great opportunity to try and listen to the teacher. As with most children, "try" is the operative word—but it was lots of fun!
The postcards were a hit also. Most of the children decided that they wanted to send their post cards to their grandmas and lucky grandmas they are!
I love that postcards are used in the Experience Early Learning curriculum as letters are just not used very often anymore and I believe that it’s a great skill to have.
When I was a child, I loved to write to my grandmothers and we grew quite close because of it.
We have many lucky grandmas who are getting some wonderful postcards.
In using Experience Early Learning, we have found that they are enjoying professionally designed activities that we would not have thought about doing on our own and it’s all delivered in a handy, easy to use packet.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to with our brand new theme! July is definitely going to a great month full of wonderful crafts & activities. You're not going to want to miss it!