It’s that time of year when we seek out fun summer activities. We also look for literacy activities to keep all those newly acquired skills sharp. Today, I have a super fun summer cookout themed bath that will help kids practice beginning and ending sounds in words!
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Summer Fun Cookout Bath
In this bathtime activity, the kids grill their “hot dogs” and place them in “buns”. Then, the literacy fun begins.
Materials needed: one yellow and one red pool noodle, 1 sheet of brown foam sheet, permanent marker, scissors, plastic basket, wire cooling rack, tongs, empty plastic ketchup bottle, empty plastic mustard bottle, baby wash, cornstarch, red and yellow food coloring.
1. Make the hotdogs by cutting ovals out of a brown foam sheet. On each hotdog draw a picture of an object. We made 10 hotdogs.
2. Cut the pool noodle into 10 equal pieces to create buns. Cut a small opening in each bun.
3. Make red and yellow bathtub paint. We used equal parts of cornstarch and baby body wash. Stir together and add food coloring. Place each color in the appropriate squeeze container.
4. Cut the red pool noodle into 10 1-2 inch pieces. This will be the fire. We also used the little pieces leftover from the bun as sticks in our fire. Or, you can use them as “fries” which my son did too!
You are now ready to take all of the prepared supplies, plastic basket, wire cooking rack, tongs, and fire pieces to the tub!
Build your “fire” and grill your hotdogs. Since everything we were using was in sets of 10, it also provided some good counting practice. Using the tongs, place a hotdog in each bun.
Have the child identify the beginning sound of the picture on the hot dog, they get to put ketchup paint on their hotdog. If they identify the ending sound of the picture, they get to put mustard paint on too!
The paint makes your bath full of bubbles too which adds to the fun.
Let the fun summer activities begin!
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