Shhhhh...don't tell, but we worked hard today on some resist-paintings for our Moms! Using an idea from The Educators' Spin On It, we started off with the book "Mouse Paint," and then worked on painting softly, like little mouse feet, on our papers so we could reveal a fun surprise at the end! The story, "Mouse Paint" is about three little mice who discover some color mixing fun, so we too started out with only the three primary colors and had fun mixing!
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.
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! :)
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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