This ball painting activity is super easy to do, and will delight your child!
- Gather your Materials. For this art activity you will need a ball, I am using a golf ball but if my son was older I’d use a marble or 2! Also a few colors of paint, some paper and a shoe box or shoe box lid.
- Place a piece of paper into the box, along with a small amount of paint, then carefully place the ball on the paint.
- Tip the box this way and that way and watch the ball “paint” the paper. Younger children will want to catch the ball, so just make sure you are using non toxic paint and a ball big enough not to fit in their mouth.
- Repeat with more paint colors!
Today’s song is the French version of “If you are happy and you know it”. But the literal translation is “If you love the Sun”. I don’t expect you to sing this exact song with your kids unless you speak French (in which case ignore my horrible accent). But I urge you to sing songs in other languages if you know them even if your accent is horrible!
Si tu aimes le soleil!
Si tu aimes le soleil… frappe des mains!
Si tu aimes le soleil ….frappe des mains!
Si tu aimes le soleil, le printemps qui se reveille
Si tu aimes le soleil… frappe des main!
Tape des peids
Cliques des doights.
I decided for this “mixed bag” I would focus on one author I love, so today I am showcasing David Shannon! His books make me laugh and every student I have ever read these to has enjoyed his humor and characters too!
“A Bad Case of the Stripes” is about a little girl so worried about impressing others that she keeps changing and loses who she really is. This story is a cautionary tale about being yourself, and NOT being yourself. A great book for older preschoolers and young elementary aged children.
“Duck on a Bike” is a more than just a story about a duck riding a bike. It’s about trying new things and how if one person dares to do something different they can urge a whole group to change too! However, this book can be the start of a great dialog between you and your child about trying things that seem impossible!
“No, David!” is probably David Shannon’s most known book. We follow the misadventures of little David and his eventual disciplining and hug from his mom! While this book is a wonderful gateway into talking about rules with a class, I have successfully used it as a reminder about rules and why we have them. Kids love watching other kids do naughty things. So this book is always a hit with toddlers on up!
What objects do you and your children use, like this ball painting activity? Comment below or share on my Facebook page!
For more quick tips on helping your child learn to read check out my book; Raising A Rock-Star Reader. It is packed with fun ideas for families, book lists, and advice for parents.