Autograph Beach Ball

Apr 28, 2017 | End of the Year, June/July, May, Parents, Spring, Summer | 2 comments

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

An autograph beach ball is one of my favorite end of year activities to do with my students.   I’ve been doing it for years and still love it!  And so we wanted to share with you how we do it and give you a free flyer to get your class to donate beach balls.

We start by sending home a free flyer to collect beach balls.  You can order them online if you want, but we usually just ask the students to send one in and have never had a problem with it.  (Keep reading for the free flyer).

I have learned over the years that the best way to do make autograph beach balls is to have everyone sit in a circle on the carpet.  So we come to the carpet and sit to listen to directions.

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

Next, we hand out the markers.  We do have a class set of Sharpies that we use year after year.  We only bring these out for special occasions and projects like his.  I explain to the kids that these are special markers and to be very careful not to get the marker on their clothes or fingers as best they can.

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

Next, I hand out the balls.  Each child gets one ball.  In my class we never worry about getting the ball they brought it.  Everyone brought a ball, and everyone leaves with a ball.

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

I show the students the direction we will be passing the ball and tell them not to pass the ball until I say.  We sign our name and then lightly blow on it.  When everyone is ready I say pass.  We all pass in a circle to the next student.  Sign and pass.  Sign and pass. This process repeats itself until we have made it all the way around the circle.  (I will always put a small star or dot on the white part of the ball for one student so we know where the stopping point is).

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

After doing this for years here are my pro tips:

-Blow up the balls ahead of time.  Use an air compressor and just bring them in in bags.  (Hubs does this for me).

-We don’t worry about getting the ball they brought in.  Everyone leaves with a ball.

-Write “I had a ball in _____!” on the ball ahead of time for the kids.

– You may have to have your kiddos blow on their name each time just for a few seconds.  This will help with smearing.

-Some students will need help passing the ball to their neighbor.  Such is kindergarten.  LOL

– If you want to make extra balls for students who are absent, just rotate some extra balls in and have a dependable student rotate the ball next to them on the ground each time.

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

And there you have it.  A fun autograph beach ball your students can enjoy all summer!

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

And we tried to make it super easy for you with this free flyer you can send home to get your beach balls donated.

 

Use this Autograph Beach Ball to make a great keepsake for your students. Download the free flyer to get your class to bring in beach balls.

 

2 Comments

  1. KARLA

    I will be using this idea. I am teaching K after 4 years.

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  2. Sue MacAvoy Sweet

    I have been doing this for quite a few years too! They love it! I do a few different things that I thought I would share… I buy the balls from the Dollar Tree as soon as I see them in the spring, so when we pull this out on the last day, they are totally surprised! I write across the top of the white section “I had a BALL in Kindergarten” and then under it, I write their name in large letters, so they know which one is theirs. Our last three days this year are early dismissal days, so we will blow them up after the children leave, and hide them behind a shelf until we are ready to start the project. We did the circle one year, but then another year we did just walking around and asking each other “May I have your autograph?”, and they love this! I tell them that movie stars and famous people are asked for their autographs so we are getting their autographs now, before they are famous! Also, I give each child a white kitchen size garbage bag (the ones with drawstrings) with their name on the outside to carry them home, and that way they only have to hold on to the drawstring = no balls rolling or blowing away!

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