We had the best day today!
I've been asked to provide a reward each month for our elementary school's Clean Classroom Award. This was my first award day, and it was excellent. I asked my friends on Slowtrav for ideas and one of the members gave me the Beach in a Bag idea. A winner, for sure!
This month, Mrs. Hailes' Grade 2 classroom won the Clean Classroom Award. I made arrangements with her to arrive after recess with the makings for their Beach in a Bag.
I took large bowls of the following food snacks:
Organic granola - sand
Raisins - rocks on the beach
Round tortilla chips - beach blankets
Pretzel sticks - driftwood
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers - fish in the ocean
Cheerios - lifesavers
Mini-Christmas oranges - beach balls
Then, because you cannot go to the beach without a picnic, I took the following items for snacks:
Graham Teddies in small-person packages
teeny-tiny nickel-sized S'Mores from Ritz Crackers
Miniature wholewheat crackers from Ritz Crackers
2 Litres of fresh-pressed apple juice
2 Litres of 2% milk
I gave each child a huge paper napkin to use for a canvas to create their own private beach, and to provide a quick clean-up for them, after they'd eaten their beach!
These kids jumped in with both feet, filling their little ziplock bags with everything they chose to use, then spreading out their huge paper napkins over their desktops and going to work to build their own personal beaches.
I walked up and down the aisles looking in amazement at their beaches...some had used the driftwood pretzel sticks to divide their napkin into a water area and a beach area. Then, they placed the fish in the water area, arranged some Graham Teddies relaxing on their Taco chip beach blankets on the granola sand, surrounded by the raisin rocks and orange beach balls. Wonderful imagination, wonderful kids!
As they ate their beaches, floated their goldfish in their apple juice and stuffed themselves with the granola, raisins and other goodies, I read a funny beach story to them. They must have had a great time, because they swarmed me with a lovely group hug after the story was finished!
Wish I'd taken a camera, because photos of the beaches they made would have been cool.
Still, the kids had a very cool experience, I had a superb group hug and everyone went away happy.
So, no photos?
No big deal!
What a stellar day.
"maggie and millie and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)
and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember her troubles,and
millie befriended a stranded star
who's rays five languid fingers were;
and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and
may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.
for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it's always ourselves we find in the sea.” e.e. cummings