t is for table-with-an-edge

table play

this is one of the best things i’ve done this year.  so often i’ve wished for a really shallow sensory table type tub that can’t be slid off the table, etc.  one day i realized that one of our hula hoops would fit perfectly on top of one of our small tables.

table play

so, hula hoop + duct tape = table with an edge!

table play

we change it out every week and have had great success with it being a standing work space. (and this table full of goodness is a combination of my personal dice collection and a huge bag of thrifted game pieces. score!)

table play

table play

this week we also had ribbon hanging down over the table for snipping practice.

table play

table play

our tiny fingers really get a work out (i think i worked for almost 10 seconds to pick up a teeny googly eye one day).

table play

we had a sinking/floating experiment on here one day (no photo!), so i taped on towels for hand drying.

table play

talk about an opportunity for cooperative play…there are six children around this tiny table!

b is for box {a.k.a. why do we have any other toys in our classroom?}

some church friends (one of whom is also a preschool dad) put in a new hot water heater for our church/preschool.  the sturdy box was left for us.  we bring all the blankets and pillows from the whole classroom in it.  we reinforce it with colored tape.  we cover the opening with fabric.  we pound on the top and make it sound like thunder.  we hide in there and are really quiet so that a teacher has to look to find us. and one day, a couple of friends got the box to roll!

enjoy the movie:

p is for pumpkin planting experiment

with halloween over, we thought we’d try something a friend posted on line: growing pumpkins directly from the pumpkin.  let me know if you try it, michigan friends!

pumpkin planting

we cut a hole in the top, just like one would to carve a pumpkin, and added dirt:

pumpkin planting

(ooooh, and the DANGER of this experiment.  i had to experiment with which knife worked best, which meant bringing the whole knife tub out!)  we also planted some of the seeds in dirt in a bowl to see what differences there might be.

pumpkin planting

all was well for five days and on the sixth day, no one was at preschool.  on the seventh day, i unlocked the door and by the time i got to the top of our stairs, the smell was HORRIBLE.  so horrible, it was an opportunity that had to be taken.

pumpkin planting

the pumpkin had rotted, split open on the bottom and leaked the horrible smelling juice all over the table.

pumpkin planting

a class list was made:

pumpkin planting

i agree that it smelled like poop, pee and throw up all together.  after letting both classes experience the bad smell, we cleaned it up.  however, we have discovered a crevice in the table that still has the bad smell if you put your nose right near it.  we’ve left it and marked it with an arrow.

pumpkin planting

we took the rotten pumpkin to the garden and posed with our best sad faces.

pumpkin planting

it was amazing to me that not even one of the seeds had started to sprout, but the seeds in the bowl (from the same pumpkin) were already inches tall.  as of this week, the seeds in the bowl are still growing!

pumpkin planting

now the question is:  since it is too cold to transplant the pumpkin seedlings outside, how long will they be able to stay alive in the bowl?  ooooh, the anticipation!  go science.