Friday, July 15, 2011

Baby it's HOT outside!

It's the middle of July, it is of course a beach day. What great fun, but don't forget some basic summer safety.
  • Don't swim right after you've eaten (wait that half hour, it's worth it not to get cramps and be unable to swim while actually in the water.)
  • Keep covered by a floppy hat or scarf for your head, and sunscreen for your face and body.
  • Don't swim without a lifeguard or parent close by.
  • Bring you bucket and shovel and be prepared to have lots of fun!

Then when you get home, have your first-grader work on an art project depicting his or her day in the sun. Sand or Manilla paper works best for this project.

Materials Needed:
  • Crayons
  • colored pencils
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paper beach art printouts / magazines with beach scenes in them
  • Large sheet of paper – a natural or sand color will make the project easier

So what to do now?

Have your little one decorate a sheet of paper to look like sand (might not be necessary if sand-colored paper is used). If you wish, attach two sheets of paper together for a larger scene. Then take those printouts or magazine cutouts and let your child glue them as they see fit. Odds are you will find it's a nice scene as opposed to something from Picasso...

These can also be used to make a beach mobile and hey – when your house gets too cluttered with artwork like this, have them give the artwork to Grandma as a present. She'll love it – I guarantee it.

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