As summer approaches and you study the letter "S" in your preschool class, you can catch students' interest, and a wave of phonic learning, by creating surfboard crafts. Turn your preschoolers into builders by erecting a stand for their surfboard creations or into geologists by collecting rocks for a surfboard paperweight.
Surfboard and Stand
Bright and colourful surfboard crafts can brighten a classroom. Cut 6-inch long surfboards from recycled file folders or poster board. Encourage preschoolers to decorate the surfboards with geometric designs, flowers or other patterns. Kids can make stands for the surfboards with craft sticks. After colouring the craft sticks, lay three sticks flat. Glue three more sticks to them, so it looks like a tic-tac-toe board. Make another similar grid, and let the glue dry. Attach the two grids together at the top, using glue, to form a tent-like structure. After the glue dries, you're ready to rack up the boards.
"S" is for Surfboard
As you begin your study of the letter "S," read the book "S Went Surfing" by Ruth Moen Cabanting to the class. Supply your class with surfboard shapes that you have drawn on cardboard or a piece of paper as well as paint, markers and stickers. Urge the students to be creative in decorating their surfboards. Add the letter "S" in the centre of the board to complete the craft.
Surfer Paper Weight
On a nature walk, have each preschooler select a rock that is 2 to 4 inches long. This rock will become the base for a personalised surfer paper weight. After cleaning the rocks, have the kids paint the flat side of the rock light blue to represent the ocean. Dark blue paint can be used to paint waves. Help each child to cut her head out of a photo and reinforce it by gluing a piece of cardboard that matches the shape to the back of the photo. Make a surfboard from a piece of yellow felt or paper. Once the paint is dry, ask the children to glue the surfboard to the top of the "waves." Cut a small swimming costume out of fabric, make pipe-cleaner arms and legs and glue the pieces in place above the surfboard. Preschoolers are likely to need your help in assembling the stick person. Finally, have each child glue his photo to the top of the stick person.
Preschoolers love to stick their feet in paint and create footprints on large sheets of paper. As part of your study of the letter "S," have students place their footprints on large surfboards. After the footprints have dried, let the kids decorate their footprint surfboards using markers, stickers and glitter.
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