Today we have read The Foot Book, I Wish that I Had Duck Feet, and Fox in Socks and carried the theme into our play with our Silly Sock Day, and then painting with our feet! It really was a lot of fun, a great sensory experience, and great large motor workout too, since walking on a paper that gets more and more saturated with paint can get very slippery!
Some of the littlest ones got in on the fun, too! Even though we waited to do the majority of our feet painting until they were napping, they each got to have a turn exploring the paint on their own. Such a new, fun texture, and repeating the cause and effect relationship of dipping and then smearing was definitely a highlight!
It is day 3 of celebrating Read Across America and Dr. Seuss's birthday. This morning we read Bartholomew and the Oobleck, and then of course we had to follow that up by making some Oobleck! If you've never made Oobleck (cornstarch & water) before, there is a great explanation and demonstration of it by Scientific American here. Oobleck is so much fun because it has properties of both a solid and a liquid at the same time. When you apply pressure, it gets firm and when you relax, it runs through your fingers. I can't keep my own fingers out of it, and the kids love it, too! :)
Today was also our "Green Eggs & Ham Day!" This year the kids ALL ate their Green Eggs & Ham (at least most of it!) and they enjoyed hearing the story as they ate! After trying their meal, they were quick to offer advice to the book's character...."He should just try it!" "They are good, he will like them!" They are so wise. ;)
It's Read Across America Week and we are having a blast celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday! Today we read the Lorax and then "drip-dyed" some Truffula tree-tops! The pipettes we used are one of my favorite fine-motor tools, great for exercising those little hands, and great for hand-eye coordination, too. You should have seen their little faces concentrating! The kids also enjoyed mixing lots of new colors for their beautiful creations. They may take all week to dry, but we sure had fun!!
We carried that fun into snack time by making our own edible Truffula Trees (pretzel sticks and mini colored marshmallows) and having some Brown Barbaloot Bears, too!
This week marks the annual celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Week! It is a time I always look forward to, since it is filled with so many fun activities and so much fun reading! So far, we have enjoyed a Cat In The Hat beanbag toss game, lots of red and white patterning, some Red Fish Blue Fish decorating, and a fun lunch of "Lorax pasta" complete with a blue Humming Fish "river" alfredo sauce, broccoli and asparagus "trees," and mini Lorax (pineapple) "mustaches." A fun start to a great week!
Today we had fun with some water and marker "painting." The kids each made marks or pictures on a paper towel with washable markers. Then, they dabbed the marks with a cotton swab dipped in water.
They were excited to watch the colors run and creep across the towel, and loved seeing how some colors changed as they traveled!
Then, one of the kids had a great idea to try putting the marked towel INTO the water (we have done a "walking water" experiment before, so maybe they remembered? Or maybe not, either way, it was a great addition!) :)
We pulled out an old favorite today and we now have a pretty cool painter's tape farm being constructed. Lots of planning, spacial awareness, shapes, and fine motor practice (ripping tape is HARD work for little fingers!).
We are getting VERY excited for Halloween to get here! Today I set out some paper, black jack-o-lantern face cut-outs, wiggle eyes, and paint. The kids really got creative and made some awesome creatures, monsters, and jack-o-lanterns!
We had such a great time harvesting in our little garden this morning....and then ate almost every bit of it for lunch! Mmmm, everything tastes better when you grow it yourself! :)
Facebook has made it way too easy for me to NOT post here! If you are on FB and haven't found us there yet, be sure to check out Hilary's Home Daycare there, too! It is so much easier for me to add a quick photo there so I do it a bit more often.
Anyway, today is our very last day before school starts here and we lose our school-aged friends! We are going to miss them SO MUCH!!! But, for today, we are just focusing on having one more fun day together!
We got out some paint and various painting tools: stamps, rollers, brushes, etc. and made a big group painting. I also had some sheets of paper available for those who wanted to make something to take home. They painted, and painted, and painted some more so I think it was a successful morning! :)