Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Avoiding Alligators

Here is the idea. Spread the cork circles (really trivets) across the floor, to represent stones. We managed to go from the dining room to the rug in the living room. Step or hop carefully, to avoid the ferocious alligators waiting for tasty little ankles and toes. (In case you haven't caught on the floor is really a "river"). Sigh with relief. Spread out and repeat. Ahhh, the things we do to use up our energy in the winter. 

Monday, March 17, 2008

Love Bunnies

These are such cute bunnies (if I do say so myself), despite my extremely poor sewing skills, that I have made for Easter baskets. So cute and quick from the book Sock and Glove. 

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mixing Colors

Here is one of the color mixing activities we did this week. I got the idea at a fabulous blog: . It went so well for us and was a great time. 

Simply mix 1 c cornstarch, 1/3 c sugar, & 4 c cold water in large pot. Heat and stir constantly. Once it begins to thicken, remove from heat but stir one more minute. Divide mixture into bowls and add food coloring: we did read, yellow and blue so we could make orange, green and purple. Once it cools, put two colors in each ziploc sandwich bag. Close and let the little ones squoosh and mix the colors. Then hang in the window to let the sun shine through!
And I can't wait to do some more projects I have spotted at her blog. . . 

Rainbow Day

I know I haven't posted in FOREVER and I have so many fun things that we've been doing. . . but I wanted to share about our morning this St. Patrick's Day. We had a rainbow day, in honor of pots of gold and all that, however we also read about Noah and the first rainbow. We've been doing some color mixing lately and here are some of the activities that built on that. 

We read What Makes A Rainbow and then we followed the colors in order and added food coloring, mixing colors when necessary to six glasses of water that I had filled to various heights. Then we "played" the rims with a spoon and listened to the different tones. We then compared it to our rainbow colored xylophone and the tones it produced. Caedmon used his translucent color paddles that I got from Oriental Trading to decide how to mix the colors. 

We also tried to create a rainbow using the sunlight shining through a glass of water, but alas it was too cloudy. So, I used a prism in front of the window, directly over white paper and we also experimented with light and CD's. We all drew rainbows. 

Our final fun thing this morning was to brainstorm colored veggies that we could make a rainbow salad with. Caedmon wrote the list and I ran to the store for the ingredients. Both boys ate everything except the red (purple) cabbage:)