Cooling Off With a Seashore Theme!
I do this theme every summer. It's just too much fun. Especially when I have a mix of adults and kids!Hanging Loose
I finally found someone small enough to fit into the grass skirt I purchased from the bargain bin! We got a little silly with Hawaiian tunes and lais. A few of us got into the Hawaiian spirit with our "hang loose" gesture. However we ended up with some confusion since we had some UT Longhorn and Houston Texans fans in the bunch.
Sometimes the kids have to help out... like when they're afraid Grandma might cheat with our shell game. Most of us were able to find our own shell with eyes closed.
We made a lot of music...and noise with the red steel drum...
In one of my groups the sight of a ukulele had us off on a very long tangent about Tiny Tim and his famous Tip Toe Through the Tulips uke song.
Shells and Starfish
We explored the textures and sounds of the giant conch and starfish.
What did I learn?
Every year I'm reminded that we all seem to crave some connection to the ocean. It's refreshing to just talk about the surf and warm breezes.
This year I took the old ukulele home and fooled around with it. I was inspired to purchase a real instrument a few days later. (The old tourist souvenir in the photo is pretty weary) I figured if we can this much fun just strumming unturned strings, then it will be a lot more fun next year when I've practiced and can play an actual tune! I can't wait for next year's seashore theme!
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.