Friday, April 23, 2010

Earth Day Goop Bag

Well this was supposed to be posted last night, but the OKC Thunder game was just too exciting! I had made these bags before when I was introduced to them while working on my teaching degree as well as in my years in the classroom. We would use them as a fun way to practice writing letters and words. A non-cooking method for the classrooms that I often used involves putting hairgel in a ziplock bag before adding glitter. I was reminded of the fun when reading this blog. Since we were at home, I opted for the true goop. Tuck kept saying "Tis is so cool!"

Supplies needed: cornstarch, water, sugar, and plastic bag with a large circle drawn on it.

In a large pot, mix 1 cup of cornstarch with 4 cups of water and 1/3 cup sugar. Stir over low/medium heat until the mixture thickens into goop. I then added it to two bowls before adding a few drops of blue and green food coloring.

Tuck and daddy mixed the goop with the food coloring. We then added the goop to the bag and squished away!

Note: In the classroom, I always taped the seal of the bag with clear packing tape so little fingers couldn't open the bag spilling the contents.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! I meant to post this yesterday, but we had a busy day/evening hanging out as a family enjoying the beautiful weather and working in the yard.

Supplies needed: paper towel, blue and green food coloring, eye dropper, 2 cups of water, and scissors.

I had originally planned for us to dye a coffee filter, but the colors didn't show up very well so we scratched that plan.

Tuck dropped drops of blue and green water onto Viva paper towels before we cut it out to symbolize the earth.

We are doing another Earch Day activity with daddy tonight, so check back later for more fun!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I Spy Something Yellow

Today we focused on the color yellow. During our library time, I spotted the book In My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli that's all about the color yellow. We read the book before going on a hunt throughout our house for yellow objects. Tuck found lots of blocks, a ball, a hard hat, and a stuffed chick. Tuck loved searching throughout the house, but I had to remind him a few times that we were looking only for yellow things. He really wanted to just collect balls in his tub!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

F is for Face

Today we made a face for the letter F. This project took a little more prep work for mommy as I had to cut out all of the pieces, but Tuck loved gluing the pieces onto the face.

Supplies needed: construction paper, scissors, and a glue stick

Begin by cutting out the parts needed: an F, an oval, a mouth, eyes, a nose, and a heart cut in half for the ears.

I then let Tuck glue the different pieces on the face, and we were finished. I loved how it turned out! This may be my favorite letter we've done so far!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bunny Ears

Sunday is Easter, so here's another Easter craft that Mr. T and I made.

Supplies needed: construction paper, scissors, pink marker (he loves markers right now), and glue]

I began by cutting 2 strips of off-white paper as well as two ears from 1 sheet of construction paper.

Mr. T then colored the ears pink with a marker before we attached them to one of the strips of paper. I then glued the strips of paper together so that headband would fit him. He's a huge fan of wearing his ears around the house!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

E is for Egg

Pardon our little break from creating...we've been loving on Mr. T's new baby sister, Miss A.

Easter is this weekend, and we just happened to be on the letter E. So E is for Egg!

Supplies needed: construction paper, markers, scissors, and glue

Before starting, I cut out a large E and an egg from construction paper. Then I allowed Mr. T to decorate the egg with markers. We reviewed color names while doing this.

After he had finished decorating the egg, he glued the E to the Egg and we were finished.