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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Glow Water and glow Volcano

We made glow water and glow vinegar by taking apart non-toxic hilighters and putting the inky wick into water and vinegar The picture is awful sorry but this was actually pretty awesome the kids put baking soda into our glow vinegar solution for a glowing eruption adding more glow solution We had a blast the kids said they want to do this everyday!

Moon Sand

Moon Sand is super easy to make Ingredients: 9 cups Flour 1 1/4 cup baby oil Variation: To make colored Moon Sand We added 1/8 of a cup of Powdered Tempera Paint to the above recipe split into three so per 3 cups flour add 1/8 cup powdered tempera mix well and then add baby oil. Directions:Mix and enjoy! Below is another recipe for Moonsand although it will have a different consistency then the store bought. It is a lot of fun let me know if you give it a try 4 cups sand 2 cups cornstarch 1 cup of water Mix and Enjoy

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Playdough Fun

Scented Play Dough (This quantity makes a batch of three different colors/scents) Ingredients: 3 cups water 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 1.5 cups of salt 3 tablespoons cream of tartar Food coloring Food extracts 3 cups plain flour, more set aside to make desired consistency Directions: 1. Combine the water, oil, salt, cream of tartar in a saucepan and heat until warm, stirring constantly, until the salt has all dissolved. 2. Remove from heat, cool a little, and divide the liquid equally into three bowls. 3. To each bowl of liquid, add a drop of food coloring and two drops of essence/essential oil For example: * Red Playdough we used Cinnamon extract * Orange we used orange extract * yellow we used lemon extract * Green we used mint extract * Blue we used vanilla * Purple we used Anise (it smells like licorice) grape would have been perfect though * Pink we used strawberry extract I also use Wilton gel food coloring it gives the playdough a brighter richer color 4. Then add a cup of sifted flour to each bowl. Stir quickly to combine. 5. Knead until smooth. Add more flour as needed. I would just add a handful at a time until I got the consistency I liked. 6. Store the play dough in an airtight container or a resealable bag. 7. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Archaeology Preschool Style

We did some dino excavating it was a lot of fun. We had the kids dig chocolate chips out of chocolate chip cookies with toothpick "picks"
Once out the chocolate chips were gobbled up
Digging dino's out of ice. the kids used hammers and popsicle sticks they were allowed to get the dino's out however they wanted adding new tools if they wanted etc.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Candle Making

Its still raining so we made candles
Breaking up a big block of wax
The kids decided what colors and smells they wanted for the candles
Ready to melt the wax
This is where I took over melting the wax in a pot with boiling water
Putting wicks in the glasses for the candles
Waiting for the candles to cool
All done our beautiful candles and my beautiful Kaia.

Marshmallow Building

It's a rainy day so I had to come up with some fun rainy day activities. Whenever its raining the kids ask for hot cocoa. This time we used the marshmallows for more than little floatation devices in their drinks. We used them to build. It was super simple all you need is marshmallows and toothpicks.

Contact Paper Collage

The kids love doing collages so I thought it would be fun to do one that was a little different. So I set out a tray of light weight "Pretty" items
Used painters tape to attach a large piece of contact paper to our sliding glass door in the kitchen
And I let the kids decorate
What I thought was so great about it is that this is a collage they can do over and over again. Nothing is set in stone (or glue) you can just pull off one thing or everything and start over.
The kids kept rearranging and redesigning their masterpiece
We eventually moved their collage to their room on their closet door so they can continue to work on their grand piece of art. It may never be complete and thats okay with us they are having fun continually finding new items to add and changing around old ones.