Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fun at Laurie's Little Sprouts

Pirate Week and Beach Bash

Fish in the Sea

Beach Bash Snack

Fish in the Sea

4 - 3 oz boxes of Berry Blue Jell-O
Swedish Fish (or gummy sharks/fish/etc)
Clear cups
  • Mix 2 boxes of Jell-O with 1 1/2 cup of boiling water, stir to dissolve.
  • While water is boiling, add ice to 1cup of water to make 2 cups. (I found it easier to fill my two-cup measuring cup with ice and then adding water)
  • After jello is dissolved, add the ice water. Stir until ice cubes are melted...or if there is a couple unmelted floaters, spoon them out.
  • Fill cups to create first layer of the sea.
  • Allow jello to set (otherwise the fish will sink) for about 30 minutes. The jello doesn't have to be completely set but just enough to support the weight of the fish.
  • While the jello is setting, mix the last 2 boxes of jello in the same way as the first.
  • Add this to the cup for the top layer of the "sea".
  • Put in frig for 1 hours or until jello has set.
I was able to fill 13 cups with this recipe however next time I may not fill the cups as full as the portion was just a little too big for my littlest sprouts.

 Captain Black Beard reading "How I Became a Pirate"
My friend, Marcia, who is a preschool teacher, came to visit one afternoon. She came in full pirate uniform (including a mascara beard!) and used her best pirate voice......the kids were mesmerized! After reading to the children, "Black Beard" sang some songs, taught us some fun parachute games and even provided us with a treasure hunt.  ((THANK YOU, MARCIA! YOU ROCK!))
Beach Bash Sun Visor Craft
During beach week we drew pictures in our homemade sand, had water play and made foam sun visors.

Homemade Sand used during pirate week to bury our treasure and used as a "drawing" surface during our beach bash.
4 cups dried/used coffee grounds (not just good for compost piles!)
1/2 c. salt
1 c. cornmeal
1 c. flour

I was amazed at how much the kids loved this very simple project. 

"Treasure Map"
I ordered bandannas and fabric markers from Oriental Trading Company. EASY craft that the kids loved. A couple of kids wore their bandannas all week! We completed the look with eye patches and golden hoop earrings....oh, and pirate tattoos.

Pin the Treasure on the Treasure Map
 I found this at the local "party store" for a couple of bucks. Not only did this provide a fun game to finish our pirate week, but it also was used all week for decoration.


Polly Want a Crafter

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