Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rainbow Squish and Smooth

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This is an activity that we’ve done before where we put paint between two pieces of plastic.  This time we started with a rainbow and I added hair gel with the paint.
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The families were tentative at touching it.  It looks wet because of the shiny plastic (I used a clear shower curtain cut down to fit the size of the table).
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Then they realized that they could manipulate the paint without getting messy.  By adding the hair gel under the paint it made it slippery and the paint moved easily under the fingers.
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As each day passed the colours blended, changed and covered the whole table.
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There was also an air bubble under the plastic and it allowed us to push the paint around and into piles.
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            We pushed it as far as we could and then a bit more.
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               Under the pressure it did drip through the tape a bit.
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Several parents used it as an opportunity to make marks and show letter formation.
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                      This is what it looked like by the end of the week.
 Clean up was easy, I just pulled off the tape, lifted both pieces of plastic and
                                      threw it in the garbage.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dental Visit

We had a dental hygienist visit scheduled for last week so we did a bit of playing with teeth before she arrived.
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I found this toy (I think it is for PlayDoh) of a mouth with holes for teeth.  It came with a few dental tools too.
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The children really enjoyed filling the holes and closing the mouth to make teeth.
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Some of the children have already visited a dentist which was evident when watching them use the tools.
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When the hygienist arrived there were lots of families waiting to chat with her.
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She set up her equipment at a table right beside where we had our dental play situated.  She easily introduced herself to each child and had them feeling comfortable before asking them to move to her table.
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She used a stuffed toy with big teeth and encouraged the children to look in it’s mouth and then brush their teeth.  Then she asked to do the same in the child’s mouth.  It was a smooth transition from the toy to the child.  Also letting the child hold something in their hand I believe offered them some security.
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The hygienist spent part of her time with the parent.  Answering their questions, giving advice and helping them feel comfortable.  She worked a long morning and saw everyone that wanted a visit.
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She made quite the impact on at least one child.  That night a parent sent me the above photo explaining that her child was busy all afternoon checking the mouths of every doll and stuffed animal in their home. Maybe he has a future in dentistry.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Building Boats at the Creek

Today all our district’s StrongStart centres spent the morning outside. 
Our centre went to a creek to build boats.
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We started by sharing a book showing a variety of boats. 
Giving them ideas and names for the many different kinds they could make.
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We collected sticks and bark along the path but I also brought supplies from school.
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After spending more than hour building and launching the boats we headed to the beach for a picnic.
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We enjoyed another book about boats then explored the beach.
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We have many beautiful classrooms for us to play and learn right in our backyard.