Now a full week into 2015, I have so enjoyed looking back on what an amazing year 2014 was! I was blessed enough to spend MANY special moments with some super special kids, and thankful that some of those moments were even preserved on camera. I have chosen my very favorite photos from the past year, and I hope you all will enjoy getting a glimpse of the joy, learning, friendships, and excitement that we have experienced together. As with all photos, what makes them great is the story behind them, so I've added descriptions to some that explain why they are my favorites. Just click the post link to see all the photos!
With another cloudy and rainy day came another request for "Clouds In a Jar" today. :) Definitely one of my group's favorites!
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!
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!
We had some really fun, fluffy visitors this morning! They made it feel just a little more like spring! :)
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! :)
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