Speech and Language — Water and Summer Themes

Posted by admin on August 1

Ice boatsConcepts … wet/dry, hot/col

Sounds … W, Long I (dry, sky)


  • Talk about staying cool in the heat while going to the swimming pool or beach, taking a bath, washing the car, or drinking cold water.
  • Read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Finding Nemo or The Rainbow Fish. Talk about the animals and fish that live in the water.
  • Sing “Slippery Fish,” “Five Green and Speckled Frogs,” or Row, Row, Row Your Boat.”
  • Give dolls or favorite animals a bubble bath, and talk about washing them and taking them in and out of the bath, and making them wet and dry.
  • Drive toy cars and trucks through a “car wash,” by spaying them with spray bottles, washing them with sponges, and talking about making them wet and dry.
  • Label the things you see while at the beach (e.g., crabs, shells, fish, water, sand, waves) and talk about whether the water is hot or cold.

Water Play Ideas:

Set a big plastic container filled with water outside and place with any of the following:

  • Small plastic fish, ducks or other animals.
  • Dolls for bathing.
  • Sponges and wash cloths.
  • Paint brushes for “painting” the sidewalk.
  • Cars for washing.
  • Boats or make your own Ice Cube Boats. Make ice in a plastic cup set with drinking straw  and a flag for a sail.  Perfect for hot days.
  • Plastic cups, funnels, and strainers for pouring and filling.
  • A watering can for watering plants.

Summer Book Ideas:

All You Need for a Beach by Alice Schertle                               Sea, Sand, Me! By Patricia Hubble

It’s Summer by Linda Glaser                                                        Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andrae

Beach Day by Karen Roosa                                                           Over in the Ocean by Marianne Berkes