note: this activity was done during a week long camp
called “way back when…” for 4 & 5 year olds at our local museum.
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).
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.
then since we couldn’t take them to the dryer, we hung them in the kansas sun.
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.
when i say EARTH DAY, you say EVERY DAY!
we were graced with beautiful weather and moved as many of our preschool activities outside as we could.
earlier in the week we did a two-part project of painting earths.
first the children painted green land masses (VERY tricky to not paint the whole plate green!).
later in the day we added in blue water AROUND the green land.
and since it is X week and we are looking for treasure all week, some glitter was added.
this planet really is a treasure.
happy earth day 2009.
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earth day 2010 here.
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.
then a table full. then they decide they need aprons and paper towels.
then it is discovered that the spatula actually works as a flipper.
then the table is clean.
thank you, friends.