Sunday, June 2, 2013

What We're Up to in June

Summer Camp is here which means we clear the classroom of an overabundance of activities and keep things simple with one or two themes for the whole month.  This month, one of our themes is Pirate Adventures!!  This is my first year doing a pirate theme and I'm super-excited.

I started off with a sensory bin:

Starting with a cloud dough base (8c. flour to 1c. oil), I added necklaces and coins (Dollar Tree) as well as some other things I had around the house: shells, cork boats, beach-themed play dough tools and a treasure chest from our Cariboo Island game.
I'd like to point out that about three seconds after this bin entered the classroom, my son dug his hands in and it will probably never look like this again - so feast your eyes! 

Keeping with the pirate theme, our writing salt this month is actually fine craft sand and I've made it kind of a treasure map invitation by adding gems and tongs for 'digging' treasures.  This is such an open-ended invitation, I can't wait to see what the children create!

I've set up another writing invitation with a white board, markers, felt for erasing and handy pirate-related word cards that I found at Homeschool Creations.  She has some seriously awesome free printables, so if you haven't been there, you should now.....I'll wait.

Last up and not very pirate-related at all, our opening and closing activity inspired by the Dollar Tree that you can read all about here.


  1. We love pirates and I am going to be putting together a pirate themed play box for my son soon!

    1. The sensory bin was a hit today! I even had one of my kiddos refer to the coins as doubloons! How awesome is that?? :)

  2. I am not surprised your son wanted to dig his hands in right away. That looks like so much fun to explore. Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday. I pinned it to our Artsy Play Wednesday board: {}.
    : 0 ) Theresa (Capri + 3)

    1. Thanks for pinning! This was by far one of the most popular sensory bins I've ever made - I had no idea pirates were all the rage these days!


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