Saturday, June 1, 2013

An Enchanted Childhood Playschool ~ May 29th-31st ~ The Beach

It only natural, for us to do a little beach theme at playschool, following a visit to our favorite place!

Wednesday, we tried out our new Outside Project Time plan!
I simply set out the supplies for that day's project and the children are free to participate... or not. 
It is up to them!

I set out trays, little balls of clay, a bowl of water for wetting the clay, and a variety of shells to use to make impressions in the clay.

The following day, I set out the makings for sea shell and wooden beaded necklaces!

Friday, we read outside, under the pear trees!
We read the book, What Lives in a Shell?, while we examined a large variety of shells we have collected.

Ut Oh! Baby on the loose!

We then headed over to arrange the shells on dark construction paper.
The children were very curious as to why we just left them sitting out for the afternoon.

We also painted wooden seahorses and added a magnet to the backs.

After Outside Project Time, we take either take a hike, or just head straight to the Big Creek!
While there the children are offered to come help feed and water the chickens and ducks,
as well as check for eggs!

Along the creek bank, the children spied this creature peering out.
"SNAKE!" they all screamed.
I had to take several pictures to convince them it was a frog.
"Well then, it is a frog with BIG sharp teeth!" exclaimed the oldest!

Each week I join several linky parties!  What a fun way to share and learn! 
Natural Living Monday,  The Children's Bookshelf,  Monday's Kid Corner, Hey Mom, Look What I Did!, Montessori Monday, Made by Little Hands, Homemade Mondays, Mama Moments Monday {Link Up}The Gathering Spot,  Little Wonders' Days,  Mom's Monday Mingle, Mommy Moments, Frugal, Crafty Home,  Hip Homeschool Hop, Mom's Library,  Tuesday Tots, (tot school tuesday), The Tuesday Baby Link-Up, Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}, Tuned in Tuesday, Teach Me Tuesday, TOO Cute Tuesday, Open Call Tuesday, Backyard Farming Connection HopTuned in Tuesday, Kids in the Kitchen,  Waldorf WednesdayIt's PlaytimeWe Made That Linky, What I Learned Wednesday, Super Link PartyKids Co-Op,  Artsy Play Wednesday, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Adorned From Above, Frugal Days, Sustainable WaysKids CraftsLink and LearnThrifty Thursday,  Hearts for Home,  needle and thREAD, Made U LookTender Moments with Toddlers and Preschoolers,  Natural Living Link-Up, Small Footprint Friday,  Our Days Homeschool Link-Up,  For the Kids FridayFarmGirl Friday Blog Hop,  Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday, Read. Explore. Learn.Creative Learning on Friday,  Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Friday's Nature TableThe Friday Baby Shower,  TGIF Linky PartyFamily Fun Friday,  Creative Friday, Friday Flair Link Party, Shine on Fridays, Friday FavsOutdoor Play Party,  Do Something CraftyWeekend Whatever,  Saturday Show and Tell,  Tot School Gathering Place,  Sharing Saturday, Share It Saturday, Country Kids, Link and Learn, sharing creative, ideas {all weekend}, Show and Share SaturdayStress Free Sunday,  The Sunday Showcase, The Preschool Prekinder Nook, Fun Sparks, The Sunday Parenting Party, Making Boys MenSpring CarnivalMade with Love, Raising Memories, Discover & Explore: Sea Life

And each week I co-host Eco-Kids Tuesday Link-Up!


  1. This is fantastic, I wish I could come over and play!
    Thanks for sharing this week!
    ~ joey ~

  2. What a lovely adventure you gave the children, I love the follow through on the shells from the prints in clay to the story and beads. Those are some teeth on the frog! Thank you for joining me on Country Kids.

  3. That all looks like great fun #CountryKids

  4. My kids would love anything involving shells, great ideas! I agree that the frog does look a little scary :)

  5. Oh, how absolutely lovely!

    Some wonderful planned activities you've arranged there!

  6. How much fun all of you had!! The reading session under the tree looks so romantic...
    Have a wonderful week!

  7. These are great crafts and I love that you did them outside.

  8. Hi from HHH!
    We study the beach as well! One of our very favorite places is the beach. And one of our favorite pastimes is hunting for shells.

    What a wonderful day of fun and learning you all shared!

  9. Love the clay play outside, I am going to have to do that. :)

  10. Your weeks always look like such fun. I'm sure the kids love it! :-)

  11. What a fun afternoon of learning. The frog story is great!

  12. Your Play School looks like so much fun. I love the seashell prints and necklaces. I can see why they thought the frog was a snake! Thanks for linking to Artsy Play Wednesday. (

  13. Looks like great fun! Thank you for sharing. This post gave me ideas for my boys. We have tons of shells they collected last time we went to the beach and I have been looking around for activities that they could use them for.

  14. I love the impressions in the clay. I just so happen to have some homemade modeling clay leftover from another project and a bunch of shells we've collected from our trips to the beach...might have to steal this idea :)

  15. Love seeing what a great time you have had with shells, and beads. And is that a sand dollar I spy?

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  17. Your clay project is really wonderful. What a great way to explore. Your photos are beautiful. Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  18. That is so awesome. I would of loved to have been there with you all. Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot this week.

  19. Love all the shell projects! We may have to try some this summer! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  20. Wow, youve been busy, and so brilliant that you did it all outdoors. We've never done sun outlines, but I think the boys would love it. Thanks for sharing with the Outdoor Play Party

  21. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Blog Hop. We are so happy that you joined us last week. We can't wait to see what you have for us at this week's party.
    Debi and Charly

  22. Love all the activities. Thanks for sharing at Moms' Library. Featuring on iGameMom

  23. It is SUCH a great idea to put on the supplies and then just let the kids come to them on their own. Takes the pressure away!

  24. LOVE those seashell imprints. Seeing the different designs is always so neat!

  25. I love the beach theme ideas!! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!!

  26. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing in the Discover & Explore linky. I'm featuring your shell impressions today.