w is for washing

note: this activity was done during a week long camp
called “way back when…” for 4 & 5 year olds at our local museum.

washing time

oh, joy of joys.  a praire delight.  on the day we learned about clothing way back when, we washed our picnic cloths (so they would be clean for dress up as kerchiefs, bonnets, or superhero capes).
washing time

washing time

mr. vic came and told us about how water was hauled from a well into the house.  this is a real and functioning windmill.  he helped the preschoolers use the hand pump to fill our washtubs.

washing time

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washing time

then since we couldn’t take them to the dryer, we hung them in the kansas sun.

washing time

washing time

dreamy.

washing time

w is for writing

someone down the hall donated a stack of yellow notebooks.  perfect for yellow week!

yellow days

the kind of writing that happened was unique and so fun to see.

yellow days

the “office” expanded quickly from one table to two.

y is for yellow water

there was only one child who said what i was thinking…

yellow water

this doesn’t look like water…

yellow water

we change our water daily and add different things:

yellow food coloring

yellow paint (this makes an opaque yellow

apple scented bubbles

baby shampoo

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.

yellow water

e is for earth day

earth day

when i say EARTH DAY, you say EVERY DAY!

earth day

we were graced with beautiful weather and moved as many of our preschool activities outside as we could.

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earlier in the week we did a two-part project of painting earths.

earth day

first the children painted green land masses (VERY tricky to not paint the whole plate green!).

earth day

later in the day we added in blue water AROUND the green land.

earth day

and since it is X week and we are looking for treasure all week, some glitter was added.

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this planet really is a treasure.

happy earth day 2009.

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earth day 2010 here.

c is for cleaning

i am a firm believer in having purposeful work available to children.  if i pull out the spatula-turned-dried-glue-cleaner-upper and water, at least one child comes over.  then two.

cleaning

then a table full.  then they decide they need aprons and paper towels.

cleaning

then it is discovered that the spatula actually works as a flipper.

cleaning

then the table is clean.

cleaning

thank you, friends.