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									                                     Parent Tips:
           Ready for School Center with SpongeBob SquarePants

Here are some engaging activities to help reinforce your child’s learning in each of the
activity centers that involve SpongeBob SquarePants. You can further extend your
child’s learning opportunities by printing out the activities for each of the different

                                      Art Center:
     Stimulate children’s self-expression with the following hands-on art activities:

                          READY FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Art activities encourage children’s self-expression and stimulate the imagination. Have
your child create a picture using the SpongeBob stampers and backgrounds in the Ready
for School Art Center.
      1. Have your child make a picture depicting a SpongeBob adventure from one of
          the learning centers (e.g., jelly fishing at Jellyfish Fields or catching money at
          the Krusty Krab).
      2. Use the SpongeBob backgrounds and the stampers to help create a picture.
      3. Ask open-ended questions about your child’s picture, such as “Tell me about
          your picture.” Encourage your child to talk about the colors used, stampers
          and backgrounds chosen, or art tools used.

                               LEARNING EXPERIENCES

To stimulate your child’s creativity and to experiment with new ways of using materials,
paint bubble prints.
       1. Pour a small amount of bubble solution into 3 small containers. Add 4 or 5
          drops of food coloring to each container so that one container is yellow,
          another is red, and the last one is blue.
       2. Dip a bubble wand into one of the colored bubble containers. Blow the bubbles
          onto a piece of white paper. Allow the bubbles to land and burst on the paper
          (when the bubble pops, it will appear on the paper as the color of the solution).

      3. Experiment with the different bubble colors and with a variety of bubble
      4. Let the paper dry.

To help your child develop an appreciation for art, read stories about SpongeBob
together. Go to the library, bookstore, or check on-line resources for SpongeBob
stories. As you read a SpongeBob book, try the following:
      1. Ask your child what he or she sees in each of the illustrations (details).
      2. Talk about the colors and shapes used in the illustrations. Are certain colors
         or shapes repeated throughout the book (e.g., colors of the different
      3. Discuss illustrations that contain events, objects or colors that remind your
         child of something in his or her own life.
      4. Ask your child to find his or her favorite illustration. Why is it your child’s
         favorite illustration? What is your child’s least favorite illustration? Why is
         it your child’s least favorite illustration?

                                 CREATIVE PROJECTS

To promote your child’s creativity, to experiment with materials and colors, and to
review basic shapes, use shape sponges to create a picture.
      1. Have an adult cut sponges into a variety of basic shapes (e.g., square, triangle,
         circle, oval, rectangle) and sizes.
      2. Partially-fill flat containers or trays with different colors of tempera paint.
      3. Have your child dip one of the shape sponges into a container of paint and then
         press the sponge onto a piece of heavy white paper or cardboard. When the
         sponge is lifted off of the paper, it will leave an imprint of the shape.
      4. Let your child create many different shapes on one piece of paper.
      5. Discuss with your child the names of each shape.


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