I think it will be a work in progress for most of the summer so feel free to send along any fun plastic bottles as you empty them!
We started working on our Water Wall today! If you remember, we did a water wall last summer too and had a lot of fun with it. With as much rain as we have had around our area lately, rarely has learning about water flow been a more relevant activity! Since the kids were familiar with the concept from last time and since we have a couple of older kids with us now, this time I just set out the materials and let the kids work on building it.
A little later than we'd hoped, and our rows may not be perfectly straight, but we got our daycare vegetable garden planted today! We had a fantastic time getting it planted and are excited to see our seeds start to grow!
This year we put it spinach, lettuce, green beans, two rows of (our favorite!) snap peas, carrots, and sunflowers. We also have mini pumpkins planted in our wire tunnel and are looking forward to having a beautiful green living tunnel to play in this summer!
I love gardening with the kids so much because it is such a fun lesson that covers so many areas of learning. Each year that they participate in the growing process, they are learning science, math concepts (counting out the seeds and rows, and spacing), health and nutrition (as we harvest what we've planted), and so much more!
This morning we got out and enjoyed the sunshine with a fun sensory activity. I love when the weather is so cooperative! :) And I really love when we can do these messy activities outside so I don't have to clean it up! ;)
I set out a tub, a bag of flour, and a bottle of dishsoap and let the kids take care of the rest! They mixed it together to form a super soft dough. They loved the softness of the flour and ended up using the whole bag, along with the whole bottle of soap (of course!). They had so much fun being in complete control of their project and learned through their experimenting about how the ratio of ingredients changes the texture.
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