We set up a pouring station today and had so much fun with it. Great practice for an important life skill and a fun way to exercise critical thinking skills, eye-hand coordination, self-regulation, and spacial awareness too!
The kids really loved this sensory exploration this morning. SO simple to set up, too! Just a tub of water, and some trays of colored water with cotton balls in them. I added tweezers at the last minute as an after thought, and it was a definite hit! Whether using the tweezers or their fingers, it was a great fine motor activity, with scientific aspects (absorption, displacement - when they made big splashes, which brought big giggles, too!), and a great opportunity for expanding vocabulary (I heard words like darker, lighter, full, empty, splash, and lots of color words, too).
I'm excited for our combination art and science absorption activity today! We have wax coated paper plates, coffee filters, parchment paper, cotton balls, tissue paper, felt, paper towels, tissues, and various types of art papers, and liquid water colors, paintbrushes, and droppers to experiment and create with!
One of our friends came in this morning asking if we could please do some science today! :) So, we had a really fun discussion about what we would need to "do science" and then got out an assortment of our favorite materials and got to work. We filled some ice cube trays with plain water, colored water, and colored vinegar. We also had flour, epsom salt, baking soda, and of course some tongs, droppers, and safety goggles. :) We had a great time being scientists and making discoveries!
Hmmm, what to put in the sensory tub for the first day back from a week of winter sickness....OH, soapy water!!! :) We've been splashing, and making lots of bubbles, (and washing our hands without even realizing it!) all day!! :)
This group is ALL about tractors these days! So this morning, we did some painting with them. Tractor track painting was a hit! They rolled and rolled and rolled their tractors, and then when they were all done with that, we had a "tractor wash!" :)
Today is APRIL 18th. And this is what it looks like outside our windows.
Yes, snow is wonderful. Yes, we love to play in it. But, yes, we have had enough. The kids are so ready for warmer weather that we have had the vast majority of our imaginative free play consumed by thoughts of swimming! So, today we had a "Pool Party" day inside. I turned up the heat a couple of degrees and the kids all spent the morning in their swimsuits! We pretend- sunbathed (don't worry, we even got out some sunscreen first ;) )...
...pretended to swim a little...
...had lots of beach ball fun...
...and even planned, predicted, and observed sinking vs. floating while we played in the water!
We also read a book that was perfect for the occasion!
It has been a day full of fun and imagination! :)
After seeing how much fun the kids had digging their very own sandbox river this summer, I thought we might try out another kind of river. So today we got out some heavy duty aluminum foil and stretched it out to see if we could make a river out of it. The kids all helped to roll it out and curl up the sides so that it would hold water.
Once we had it all ready to go, we turned on the water and added a few bottle-cap boats to float.
We floated boats, we splashed our toes in the cool water,
...and we even jumped OVER the river! :)
After three days of hard-working play, the kids have completed their goal of digging a river ALL the way around the sandbox! They are pretty proud and have had a lot of fun with it. Over the past few days, they have used their cooperation and teamwork skills, have done some great planning and predicting, and have learned a lot about water flow, too.
It all started when they asked if we could get out our rain gutters and the hose on a hot morning. They began by digging a "lake" right under where the water poured into the sand, and just kept expanding their own goals from there!
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