note: this activity was done during a week long camp
called “way back when…” for 4 & 5 year olds at our local museum.
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i know i’ve seen this recipe for a long time…just never made it.
but i am teaching a week long camp at the museum based on pioneer days and i wanted a “baking” looking color to go with our enamel dishes. usually i do a plain play doh with a bit of cinnamon.
this year i also made a batch of chocolate play dough…the first batch not working (way too crumbly…not sure what happened). very quickly the chocolate and cinnamon/vanilla batches are blended.
chocolate play dough:
combine (i do all the mixing in my kitchen aid):
1.5 cups flour
.5 cup cocoa
3 tsp cream of tartar
2 cups water
1 cup salt
2 tbs oil
mix it all together (at this point i had to add quite a bit of extra flour…not sure how much)
this was a last day of school activity for our school kids, but can you imagine the JOY a class of preschoolers would have with this?
this may have to be our new end-of-the-year activity.
hee hee hee
we have a wonderful tradition of an end-of-the-year-graduation-and-celebration.
now comes the cleaning and the sorting, we’re moving our preschool back to it’s original location…
there are oodles of projects not shared here….more to come.
what a week! in the midst of the last days of school and mother’s day prep, we turned our classroom into a zoo (quite fitting, actually!).
children were invited to bring pretend animals from home. this was a favorite of the day. we did show and tell at the first circle time (instead of at the end of the day). we graphed each one on an all-school graph and made a masking tape cage for each type on the floor of the classroom.
this graph is incomplete…we had to move on to another piece of paper and the fish column went off the top!
we had blue water, blocks, and a few big rocks in the tub table. plastic animals were allowed to come swim all week.
i found cheap plastic animals that worked well for making cages so friends could take home their own part of the zoo.
there were some zoos without walls…
some with open gates…
and some had animals that were so wild, the cage bars couldn’t stay up.
there were a few children who smiled a little bigger, walked a little taller, seemed to grow a little more as we honored mexico. one little friend said, “hey! i know that place! i know it!” i know she does. : )
there was a simple three column worksheet to color like the mexican flag’s colors.
someone donated a set of 1964 (!!!!!) junior encyclopedias that came in useful for flag comparing.
we have a little song we sing too:
cinco de mayo is a special day (clap-clap)
it makes me think of mexico in a special way (clap-clap)
cinco de mayo is a special day (clap-clap)
we love mexico is fun to say!
SPOILER ALERT: if you are a mama from preschool and you have not opened your green tissue paper or white lunch bag present, stop reading (and check your child’s backpack…)!
but may you all know the joy children take in making something for someone special. this year they were “found items necklaces” (or “things to hang on a nail if the mom doesn’t wear necklaces” as one friend said) with 1 inch photos of each.
yes, my mom would want this.
oh, my mom loves this color.
my mom needs a lot of these.
my mom wants one of everything.
totally worth the mess.
we were out of yellow and orange paper (such is the end of the school year) and instead of buying more, we made some.
we painted big sheets of yellow paper,
let them dry for two days,
then used them to make suns.
we cut some of the paper into roundish shapes and some of the paper into rectangles.
some of the round shapes had the word “yellow” written on them. you had to put one of those on the top.
some of the rectangle rays had names on them.
the trick was making sure to leave a space for the ray with your name on it!
the collage effect was stunning.
and again, they were proud to have “made” the yellow paper.
someone down the hall donated a stack of yellow notebooks. perfect for yellow week!
the kind of writing that happened was unique and so fun to see.
the “office” expanded quickly from one table to two.
there was only one child who said what i was thinking…
this doesn’t look like water…
we change our water daily and add different things:
yellow food coloring
yellow paint (this makes an opaque yellow
apple scented bubbles
and my favorite of the week: banana extract
we also move the mirrors to different spots. over the water table, next to it, one on each end, etc.