Here's a fun rainy day activity we did yesterday: "Clouds In A Jar." A clear jar filled about 3/4 full of water, and topped with shaving cream. Then the kids dripped colored water into their "clouds" until they got full enough to let down some colorful "rain!" A fun science lesson, too. About half of the kids dripped "rain" until their little sky was nearly black, and then asked to do it again, so we dumped them out and started over! :)
Along with our usual Tissue Paper Easter Eggs, we also tried a new way to decorate this year: the shaving cream or Cool Whip method. We used shaving cream to line the bottom of a pan, then dripped food coloring into the shaving cream, swirled it around a bit, and rolled the eggs through it.
We let the eggs sit for a few minutes to let the dye set, and then wiped off the shaving cream. It was a fun sensory activity, and the eggs turned out beautifully marbled!
We are decorating some eggs for Easter again this year using one of our favorite methods. I figure most of the kids probably get to do the usual "dip & dye" method at home, so I like to do it a little differently here. The kids first "paint" their cooked egg with water, and then press on little squares of tissue paper and "paint" over them again with water until they are all sealed down. They then let the paper dry and can choose to leave it just like that, which is very bright and colorful, or they can peel the paper off and see the beautiful pastel patchwork that the wet tissue leaves behind. The kids always really have a lot of fun with it, and I love it because it is such a fun activity with very little mess! :) I am looking forward to also trying a new fun egg-dying method later this week. Happy Easter!
This week I brought in a big box of plastic Easter eggs,
...and the kids enjoyed exploring them and sorting them by colors.
Fun with mixing colors to create a rainbow of new ones using fine motor skills to pinch the pipettes and move the water from bowl to tray and back again!
...the beautiful end results of our fun!
We had some really fun, fluffy visitors this morning! They made it feel just a little more like spring! :)
Today we had fun with this science activity from Growing A Jeweled Rose. We started out with a tub of oil and first we added colored water. The kids loved how the colors made "bubbles" in the oil and they even discovered that they could mix colors within the color bubbles.
Next, we added colored vinegar to our oil tray and got pretty much the same results as with the water, which is what the kids had predicted. The excitement came with the next step, when we added baking soda to our tray and watched our colorful (or, mostly one shade of dark green by this point, after discovering they could mix the colors :) ) "bubbles" erupt and bubble even more!
Soapy water is my FAVORITE sensory tub filler! When they're done, everything is even cleaner than before they started! :) Today we played with a small amount of soapy water and big sponges, so they could push them and work up a really good lather!
We carried over our giant rainbow fun into another day by using stickers to match and add to it. Stickers are always a big hit and are a great fine-motor skill builder. Add in the color matching practice and this was a fun activity full of learning!
Our fun themed lunch and snack today: Shamrock chicken avocado nachos with green beans and green grapes, and rainbow fruit kabobs with green yogurt for dipping.
We also worked on coloring our big rainbow and had fun noticing some of those sneaky leprechaun's tricks, like the fact that they turned all of our milk green! :)