Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Water Pipes

A week ago I shared this apparatus for the first time.
This week I took out the thistle seeds and added water.
Day one and it was filled with clear water.
Day 2 I decided to add colour to the water
and continued to change it to a new colour each day.
The colour made it quite visual for the children to see what was happening.
Which I found seemed to help the children use the basters easier.
Since they could see water being sucked in
and squirted out.
Also with coloured water they could see it in the tub
versus clear water offered just a view of the towels below.

A few other observations...
She is experimenting with the baster
and realized that she could make bubbles in it
if she put her finger as a plug in the opening.
Open then cover would make a little bubble move up inside.
These two realized they could use a baster as a plug
then fill the funnel before pulling the plug.
The boy was counting how many cups it took
to fill the funnel.
Finally this toddler is learning that he can move the whole
apparatus and get adults attention.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Muffin Man

Last week our Nursery Rhyme was
The Muffin Man.
First we played with muffins.
Counting, sorting, pretending to cook and eat.
Then we put our pretending to practice and made 
Banana, Carrot, Raisin Muffins.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Another Rooster Art Project

Our final art project for Chinese New Year involved
I cut a rooster shape from cardboard and decide to use both the 
positive and negative.
Outside and inside.
The outside took a bit of trial and error.
Some children painted the cardboard cut out
but their parent guided them to the edge and encouraged
them to paint around it.
They were surprised when they lifted the stencil.
Painting the inside of the stencil was easier.
After the first day I added q-tips to get in to the smaller areas.
They turned out very colourful.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Chinese New Year Play

The children entered the classroom this week with an invitation
around Chinese New Year.
In the house area they found chopsticks with 
a steamer full of dumplings.
A little decoration on our snack table.
But the most fun was at the play dough table.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Easy Fortune Cookies

 I found an easy recipe for fortune cookies to make with children
from here.
I made a photo recipe page for the families to follow.
The parents were asked to write a fortune for their child's cookie.
The children followed the photos and made their own cookie.
Pie dough makes this so easy and inexpensive.
With one crust we made 20 cookies.