We played outside (of course) and walked around the block and picked daffodils. We made a delicious Hummus recipe and served it with carrot sticks and bell pepper slices and cauliflower florets. We (secretly) wrapped one of Natalie's birthday presents. We listened to a story. We knitted. And of course we had lots of Art exploration time!
Our story this week was The Horrendous Hullabaloo by Margaret Mahy.
I love this book and recommend it for teaching the letter P on my Capital Letters main lesson block page! X is for Xylophone / P is for Parrot
It is a noisy story with wonderful illustrations and lots of alliteration for P.
The art activities yesterday were all from MaryAnn Koh's excellent book Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children.
- "Salty Watercolor" page 65
"Goop" (which we call Oobleck) page 118
"Basic Bread Clay" page 119
Notes for the "Salty Watercolor" Activity
have plenty of bottles of glue -- it works best if you have a bottle of Elmer's glue per child -- and make sure they squeeze well
do the art on something really sturdy like an inexpensive canvas
the colors lighten when they dry
you don't need one bin of salt per child... just set up one really big bin for them to share
I bought three boxes of kosher salt and didn't need it all -- one box was fine -- so Zac got a new sensory bin full of all the leftover salt
Some Photos and Quotes from Oobleck Play
This is Science instead of Art... but it's fun.
Why is this Oobleck so weird?
It's like wax.
It's like kinetic sand.
I wonder who found this out?
It's gooey but it's hard.
I just going to cover my entire hand in this.
We're just trying a random ratio.
This is like the funnest thing ever.
Ok, a little more water. Then don't mix it.
Put your hands in. Add some more cornstarch.
It's like green alien slime.
[after the food coloring went in]
It's alien snot.
[her partner corrects her]
I JUST PUT MY HANDS IN THAT!!!
[grossed out response]
Let's put a tiny bit of salt in it. Let's see what that does.
This is like the best day ever.
[this is from my almost-15 year old]
I want to see their snot so I'll be back.
[she says, casually walking past me into the living room]
Oh, Mom, it freezes, unfreezes, freezes, unfreezes when it falls.
[if you drop it from your hand and let it fall on someone else's hand, then fall down into the bin]
"Does it react to temperature?" I ask. "It reacts to pressure," Leah explains.
[pushing down hard to make it a solid, then lifting your hands and having the whole container rise into the air with you]
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