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Preschool Summer Camp

Ilana Burstein
Interim Early Childhood Education Director

FREE Virtual B'nai Torah Preschool Camp!

Click here to register for Virtual B'nai Torah Preschool Summer Camp!

Virtual B'nai Torah Preschool Camp is available, FREE OF CHARGE, for all families with children ages 5 and under via Zoom. Virtual Camp will include 3 days per week of themed programming running from June 1 - July 31. We will meet virtually on Tuesdays and Thursdays for themed camp activities, and we will continue with Shabbat Sing on Fridays. All sessions will begin at 10:00 AM and will last a maximum of 1 hour.

Click on each of the links below for more information about each week as the summer continues!

Weekly Themes:

  • Week 1 (June 1-5) – Back to the Beach
  • Week 2 (June 8-12) – Water, Water, Everywhere
  • Week 3 (June 15-19) – Recycle Trash to Treasure
  • Week 4 (June 22-26) – It’s a Small World
  • Week 5  (June 29 - July 3) – Red, White and Bubbles
  • Week 6 (July 6-10)  – How Does Your Garden Grow
  • Week 7 (July 13-17) – Creepy, Crawly Bugs
  • Week 8 (July 20-24) – Trees, Trees, Trees
  • Week 9  (July 27-31) – Rainforest

At-Home Summer Activity Ideas

Activities Related to Week 1 Theme:

Ocean Sensory Bag:

Supplies: 1 freezer Ziploc bag, plastic ocean animals (available at toy stores, dollar stores, etc), 1 cup of sand, blue hand soap or body wash (or water with blue food coloring), sea shells (available at dollar stores)


1. Add the sand into the freezer bag (pouring is a great skill for your children so let them try to pour the sand). To avoid mess, do this outside or on a tray.

2. Add the ocean animals and shells. Discuss with your children the different ocean animals; perhaps they have seen these in an aquarium or fish tank. Talk to them about the texture of the different sea shells. Are they smooth, rough, bumpy? For older children you can add literacy – what sound does octopus start with? How many syllables are there (OC–TO-PUS)? How many legs does an octopus have? Let’s count them.

3. Add the blue water to make the ocean. Talk to your child about what they like best about the ocean.

4. Zip the freezer bag closed, pushing out as much air as possible. Add tape to the zipper side so that it is less likely to pop open. You have an ocean sensory bag!

Under The Sea Graham Crackers Ocean Snack:

Supplies: graham crackers, graham cracker crumbs in a bowl, Cheddar Whale crackers, 1 stick of butter at room temperature, 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, 2 cups powdered sugar, teal or blue food coloring

Directions to make Blue Buttercream Frosting:

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the room temperature butter and shortening, and beat using an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.

2. Begin to add in the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Slowly beat the mixture until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Continue this process, adding enough powdered sugar to make sure the frosting isn’t too wet.

3. Add in your desired blue food coloring, mix by hand until the color is even.

Directions to assemble the Under The Sea Graham Crackers:

1. Take one graham cracker and using a spreader or butter knife, spread blue frosting on almost all of the cracker, but leave the very top of the graham cracker frosting free. 

2. Place the bottom of the frosted graham cracker into the bowl with graham cracker crumbs, covering just the bottom of the cracker with crumbs or "sand." You can sprinkle extra crumbs on if needed.

3. Add Cheddar Whale crackers.

Ocean Bingo

Let’s play Ocean Bingo. Bingo is a great way for children to learn new vocabulary without realizing they are learning. It is a great way to help your child improve their concentration and critical thinking. Click here to download the Bingo PDF.

Writing in the Sand

Supplies: sand, tray with slightly raised sides, stick or straw


1. Place sand in a small tray or small flat container that has slightly raised sides.

2. Using a stick or straw, have your child(ren) practice writing in the sand.

3. For younger children – have them practice shapes. If they are having a difficult time drawing the shape, draw it for them and have them trace it. From shapes, come letters and drawings. For older children – have them practice their letters (including their names, easy words) and numbers. If your child is having a difficult time with letters, words or numbers, you can either have them trace yours, or write it for them on a piece of paper and have them copy it.

Suggested Reading:

Feel free to read these books on your own, or click on the links below to hear Ms. Ilana Burstein read the books to you!

Activities Related to Week 2 Theme:

Ice Painting:

Supplies: ice tray, 1 tablespoon flour, food coloring, popsicle sticks (craft sticks), cardstock paper (project works better with thicker paper)


1. Fill up your ice tray with water and then empty it into a bowl (do not freeze). This way you have the exact amount of water that you need.

2. Pour the flour into the water and whisk it. 

3. The next step will depend on how many colors you want. I want four colors. So, I will pour the water mixture into 4 blocks of the ice tray to measure the amount of water needed for each ice cube. I will then pour that water into another bowl and add the food coloring. I will do this 4 times (because I want 4 colors) into 4 different bowls. I will then pour the colors into the blocks of the ice tray.

4. Put the ice trays into the freezer for just a little while so the water can firm up a little. Now put your popsicle sticks into the partially frozen colored ice cubes.

5. Place them back into the freezer until they have hardened. Take them out and enjoy painting!

Rain Cloud Gravity Painting:

Supplies: liquid water colors or food coloring, cotton balls, eye dropper, glue, water, tray, cardstock paper (need to use paper that is thicker than regular paper), easel/clipboard/binder (optional)


1. Have your child glue their cotton balls onto their paper to make clouds.

2. Mix water and liquid colors (or food coloring) to make paint.

3. Place the paper on the easel, clipboard or binder, or on a tray and tilt it so that the water will run down towards the bottom of the page.

4. Have your child use the eye dropper to squirt paint on their paper just below the cotton balls. Don’t squirt the paint on the cotton balls as the paint will just get absorbed (eye droppers are a great way to help your child work the fine motor muscles in their fingers.)

5. Watch it rain!

Cloud Writing or Drawing:

Supplies: shaving cream, tray

Directions: Spray shaving cream into the tray and begin! If you are following the Little Cloud book, you can have the children draw the designs that Little Cloud changed into. A good thing to practice in the shaving cream is making shapes such as circles, squares (all sides equal), rectangles (2 sides long and 2 lines short) and triangles (diagonal lines). You can also practice letters (upper and lower case) and numbers.

What Dissolves in Water

Supplies: Items that will dissolve in water (flour, sugar, brown sugar), items that will not dissolve in water (noodles, oatmeal, colorful sprinkles)


1. Place these items in little plastic containers or anything else you have handy.

2. Ask your child questions: What do you think will dissolve (disappear) when I add water? Why? What do you think will stay the same when I add water? Why? Your child will make predictions about what will happen. This is a critical thinking skill.

3. Let your child add water to the items in the plastic cups and see what happens. It is okay to make incorrect predictions. This is a wonderful learning process for your child.

Suggested Reading:

Feel free to read these books on your own, or stay tuned for links to hear Ms. Ilana Burstein read the books to you!

  • Little Cloud by Eric Carle
  • Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
  • Meet Einstein by Mariela Kleiner
  • Big Sarah's Little Boots by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Amy Loves the Rain by Julia Hoban

Week 1 - Schedule of activities, supplies and more!

Tuesday, June 2 at 10:00 AM

  • We will do an octopus art project (see below for supply list)
  • We will read Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
  • We will dance to one of our favorite preschool songs, "Let's Go Swimming" by Laurie Berkner

Thursday, June 4 at 10:00 AM

  • Under the Sea Kids Yoga - Come join me for a yoga adventure as we dive down deep into the ocean. We will discover many beautiful and amazing creatures and make new friends under the sea.

Friday, June 5 at 10:00 AM

  • Welcome Shabbat with song and dance!

Supplies: Below are the supplies needed for the octopus art project. You may already have some of these supplies at home, but we've included Amazon links in case you'd like to order any of the pieces before next week.

Week 2 - Schedule of activities, supplies and more!

Tuesday, June 9 at 10:00 AM

  • We are going to be our own magicians by doing science experiments (see supplies list below).
  • We will read Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty.

Thursday, June 11 at 10:00 AM

  • We will watch a real magician do a special magic show!

Friday, June 12 at 10:00 AM

  • Welcome Shabbat with song and dance!

Supplies: Below are the supplies needed for the science experiments. You may already have some of these supplies at home, but we've included shopping links in case you'd like to order any of the pieces before next week.

  • Science Experiment #1 - Cartesian Bottle Diver
    • Transparent plastic bottle (water bottle, soda bottle, etc)
    • Water
    • Drinking straws - cut them into pieces that are approx. 5 cm long
    • Paper clips
    • Scissors
  • Science Experiment #2 - Will oil and water mix?
  • Science Experiment #3 - Sink or Float
    • A container that you can hold water
    • Water
    • Items that will sink in water
    • Items that will float in water

Sat, May 30 2020 7 Sivan 5780