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Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR: Yellow Ball

Yellow Ball

Yellow Ball is one of the books from the excellent Before Five in a Row curriculum. This book screamed out to be used to learn more about the beach So I collected any other FIAR books that were vaguely beach themed along side a nice collection of specifically themed beach books:

Yellow Ball

Yellow Ball: Special 1-2-1 Activities

Making Sand Dough

Each morning I put out some play dough at their table.  They both really enjoy play dough and having different themed cutters and molds each week keeps it fresh and exciting.  This week we made sand dough (4 cups play sand 3 cup flour 1 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup oil- mix together thoroughly), to go along with our beach theme and I let the little ones have some of our beach toys:

The ingredients for our dough sand
The ingredients for our dough sand
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Mixing with a spoon, before kneading it
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One batch I made up with beach themed plastic shape makers
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The other batch I placed in a tray with a collection of beach finds
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Making impressions
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‘fossils!’

Painting Pebbles and Egg Casts

A4 and I decided to paint a few of the pebbles we picked up at the beach and later on in the year we will turn them into Christmas presents:

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Large pebbles painted and a few egg casts (A4’s idea)

Making Shell Shaped Soap

I picked up this soap making kit from the local charity shop to go along with Yellow Ball:

Soap making kit £1 at a charity shop, never been used!
Soap making kit
£1 at a charity shop, never been use

I created an activity tray for them to surprise Abigail with. I wanted to help her to make some soap to give as presents:

Cut up soap bits to melt in hot water, a basket of dyes and scents and shell and star shaped molds
Cut up soap bits to melt in hot water, a basket of dyes and scents and shell and star shaped molds
Having melted the soap bits, A4 added some red dye and some vanilla scent to the pot
Having melted the soap bits, A4 added some red dye and some vanilla scent to the pot, then gave it a good stir
Poured it into the shell molds
Poured it into the shell molds and left to set
emptied out...
emptied out…

Making a Sandy Desert

Becca and I had lots of fun making this sandy dessert. First Becs made some simple yellow angel delight:

First B2 poured the Angel Delight into the milk
First B2 poured the Angel Delight into the milk
mixed it
mixed it and set it aside

She then chopped up Oreo biscuits and plain vanilla biscuits to make the sand:

He, he, she loved this!!
Chopped up the oreo and vanilla biscuits (I used one Oreo to every 10 vanilla)  He, he, she loved this!!
She then spooned layers into our little 'buckets'
She then spooned layers into our little ‘buckets’
Loved it!
Loved it!
The finished product
The finished product

After we had finished those she kept saying ‘more, mummy, more!’ so I quickly gathered the supplies together to make some edible sand for a snack I had planned later in the week…

Making Edible Sand

Becca divided some Fruit Loops into their different colours:

We used Fruit Loops and divided them into their three colours
We used Fruit Loops and divided them into their three colours

And then used the grinder to finely chop them into coloured sand:

Which she then whizzed up finely
Which she then whizzed up finely
Three colours for our edible sand art
Three colours for our edible sand art

These were then set aside for a snack activity I had planned for later in the week.

Yellow Ball: Tray Activities Together

Making a Bouncy Yellow Ball

Our main tray activity to go along with Yellow Ball was making bouncy balls.  We had attempted some home made ones in our science on Monday using borax and glue (posting about that tomorrow).  These bouncy balls were made using a kit we had purchased from Amazon, and it used some sort of powder,  water and the molds provided.  The result was a very bouncy ball:

The girls waiting patiently!
The girls waiting patiently!
First they needed to pour the powder into the mold provided.  I gave them the funnel from our science kit.  I'm not sure how they would have managed without!
First they needed to pour the powder into the mold provided. I gave them the funnel from our science kit. I’m not sure how they would have managed without!
Then using some tongs (again from our science box) they had so suspend the mold in water for a count of 60
Then using some tongs (again from our science box) they had to suspend the mold in water for a count of 60
After leaving it to dry off for 3 minutes they were able to peal off the molds...
After leaving it to dry off for 3 minutes they were able to peal off the molds…
...producing a very hard bouncy ball.
…producing a very hard bouncy ball.
We even had enough to do a yellow (ish) ball to go with our B4FIAR book
We even had enough to do a yellow (ish) ball to go with our B4FIAR book

Whilst this activity was quick, easy and fun which is perfect for a tray activity, the polymer bouncy balls they made from scratch at the beginning of the week were a much bigger hit.  B2 even hid hers under her top and went for a nap with it and it half melted and stuck fast.  She lost some clothes to the bin that day!! 

Coloured Sand Play

Another activity I had planned was for some sand play.  I thought it would be fun to colour some sand but the play sand we bought was too dark in colour to be dyed successfully.  So we opted for some fake sand in the form of salt, which we first dyed in zip lock bags using food dye:

Bags of salt with food dye to add and make coloured 'sand' for another tray activity later on
Bags of salt with food dye to add and make coloured ‘sand’ for another tray activity later on
Adding food dye
Adding food dye
Giving it a good mix
Giving it a good mix
A4 with all her coloured 'sand'
A4 with all her coloured ‘sand’

The twins wanted in on this one, so I cut out loads of black ocean themed shaped and let them at it:

All our budding sand artists
Such excitement
Glueing
Pasting the glue

Adding the sand:

And if you are A4 putting almost ALL of the sand on

And the final products:

All our sand art

Ocean Themed Magnetic Puzzle

This pretty much speaks for itself!

Which she did in a flash!
Last but not least the fishing puzzle which she did in a flash!

Yellow Ball: Games or group activities

Playing with a Yellow Ball

We played with the yellow ball just like in the book:

A4 showed me low...
A4 showed me low…
...and high
…and high
And had jolly good fun playing with her sister
And had jolly good fun playing with her sister

Yellow Balls: Fun Snacks

Crab Croissants

We made crabs from croissants, strawberries, chocolate spread and mini marshmallows:

Our crabby snack
Our crabby snack

Sand Puddings

The finished product
Sand castle pudding

A Fishing Snack Tray

Pretzal fishing rods, peanut butter hooks, melon fish, jelly star fish, green sugar plankton and grape sea weed
Pretzal fishing rods, peanut butter hooks, melon fish, jelly star fish, green sugar plankton and grape sea weed

Edible Sand Art

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Tortilla cut into beach related shapes, with peanut butter for ‘glue’ and coloured sand made by B2 earlier on in the week
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B2 making up her tortillas

Beach Themed Muffin Tin Meal (including a Yellow Ball!)

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Lower row: half egg boats with pepper sails and tortilla and soft cheese yellow ball
Upper row: mini ice cream cone, mini blue choc chip sea bed with a melon jelly fish and blue jelly and an orange boat with tortilla sail. Muffin decorated with tiny star fish and cut out melon fish.

Yellow Ball: Young People at Play

In our one hour activity slot in the morning we made:

  • An ocean in a bottle
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  • A bouncy yellow ball
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  • We investigated beach finds
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  • We explored an ocean sensory box
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You can read about these activities here.

Further Study

All Before Five in a Row Posts

22 comments on “Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR: Yellow Ball

  1. This looks fantastic. We hope to read “Night of the Moonjellies” very soon so there are some useful ideas for us here-thank you.

    • It’s my pleasure! A beach theme is so full of potential, I had so many activities planned, I ran out of time and had to forego a whole heap!! I get a little over zealous!

  2. Wow I am amazed! Where do you get time for all these activities? I only have 2 tots and struggle to do so much especially in one day! You are a supermom!

    • I’m really not! All those activities were spread over 4 days (mon-thurs) and most of the activities only took a short time. As they get older, I’m hoping their concentration span will increase so the sheer number of activities will decrease!! Thanks so much for popping by and commenting!

  3. Looks like you guys have had a great week. You have done some really cool projects and B2 did a great job in the kitchen.

  4. LOVE the muffin meals and the crab 🙂 I’ll be borrowing that, I hope you don’t mind:)

  5. What fun! I’m so impressed with all the stuff you do with your little girls!

  6. My word! Unless I knew better, I would never guess you had three older children who you were also educating to a very high standard! The time and thought you put into all of these activities blows me away. Well done!
    C(9) bought one of those bouncy ball kits the other day out of her pocket money. She had great fun with it.

    • Thank you, you’re very sweet! (and thanks so much for your other comment today, it was much appreciated).
      The ocean is such a great theme, there are so many activities to choose from- so much to do…not enough time to do it!!

  7. This is a fanastic unit! I love your food creations. They really are wonderful. Your play dough activities are fun too. I will be sharing this post on Facebook and Pinterest.

  8. Dang, you know how to have a good time! So many fun activities!
    Thanks for linking up your fun lunch with Muffin Tin Monday! 🙂

  9. What a tremendous collection of terrific ideas and activities! I am amazed…and so impressed!

  10. You did so many great activities. I really like the fossil idea and the beach sand snack. We are going to study earth science next year and I pinned this onto my earth science board. – http://pinterest.com/jmommymom/science-earth-science/

  11. I linked to this on my blog and we’ve been painting pebbles this week.

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