What is our theme? Beach
What is the lesson (overall purpose)?
We will be looking at the benefits of mark making using rocks and water.
LC48 The younger toddler makes purposeful marks on paper
CD46 The younger toddler repeats actions watching for results
CD47 The older toddler expects certain things to happen as a result of his actions
Sometimes it can be difficult to get children to start mark making and writing. Painting with water on rocks is a fun way to get children to want to draw and paint. Children enjoy seeing if they can make different patterns, shapes and even numbers and letters
Songs, Books & Videos (Motivational Techniques)
https://youtu.be/Ol6HkekpeXQ Story “Caillou at the Beach”
https://youtu.be/EcBhiDqyibo Music “Let’s go to the Beach”
Bucket ..to collect your beach rocks
Small container of water
tray or paper towel...to keep the table dry
We’ve done this activity in the classroom and I remember how much you enjoyed it!
With mom or dad walk along the beach and gather some rocks. Look for big ones, small ones, funny shaped ones. Put the rocks you choose in your bucket.
When you get home, set up your work area with a tray or paper towel, container of water, paint brush and your rocks.
Choose the rock you want to paint first and place it on the tray/paper towel. Now dip your paintbrush in the water and paint your rock!
Activity Wrap Up:
Allow your stones to dry and then they can be painted again.
How do I know what my child is learning? (Assessment)
Working with a brush or small tool helps develop fine motor skills (small muscle control
Painting helps children develop their decision-making skills.
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications)
If there isn’t a beach nearby, you can collect stones from the playground or even your neighborhood.
If a paint brush isn’t available, try painting with a Q-tip or even use your fingers!
Feeling especially brave? Try using paint instead of water on the rocks. This method takes longer to dry but is just as fun.
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions)
Using only a small amount of water in the container lessens the chance that the container may accidentally get tipped over.
If using paint, it’s best to let one color dry before adding another.