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! :)
What a mess! Our play yard is a wet, muddy mess right now, but we are so thankful to be able to get out and get some fresh air! And, mud CAN be lots of fun, right!? Thanks, parents, for sending lots of extra clothes so we can run and dig and play without stopping to worry about wet clothes! :)
For our last official day of Dr. Seuss week, we read Yertle the Turtle and used a fun idea from Strong Start when we played with these egg carton stacking turtles.
We also had fun painting some of our own turtles!
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!
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