Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Make-a-Snack

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Today we made ‘Warm Rolled Up Bananas’ for snack.  You can find this simple 
                               recipe at Super Healthy Kids.
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Measure cream cheese, honey and cinnamon in a bowl, then mix really well.
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                 Spread it on a tortilla right out to the edges.
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         Peel the bananas and roll them up in the cream cheese tortilla.
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Cook them in a frying pan, turning every couple of minutes so all sides are
                             browned and the insides are soft.
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                   We sliced it so everyone could share.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Magnets on Metal Exploration

For the past few months I’ve asked families to collect their tin cans and bring them to school.  Last week I finally felt we had enough to set up an activity with magnets.  This activity was inspired by a post over at Teach Preschool.
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Bowls were set up with ‘extras’, which included…            
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Magnet-backed foam letters, great for identifying and matching our ABCs.
Plus they added some colour to the table.

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Magnet wands helped us learn how magnets can move items around.
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And how they are tools to help us stack cans to make a tower.

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Various small magnets were used to stick cans and metal pieces together.  Sometimes they look like a face.

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Frozen juice can lids were great for picking up and building sculptures.

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Metal nuts were fun to pick up with the magnet wand because they became magnetized as they were lifted and all stuck together.  They were heavy to lift.

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And the super-magnets were very strong.  They stick through our hand and the table.

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I'm wondering what else I can add to extend this activity?  Any ideas?


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Modifying Another Table

I wanted a table that has a sunken part so I can set up a play scene with land and water.  I took an old end table home to ask my husband to cut it but then remembered I had this table at school in my storage room.
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A hole is already in it that holds a net so you can store toys in it.  A quick trip to the dollar store and I found a cake pan to fit.
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Since it is an arctic scene I wanted to set up I bought some white felt and cut it to fit the top of the table. Then cut slits in so I could press the pan into the hole and hold the felt in place.

Now to add the props.
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Some big and little ice cubes, shades of blue and clear gems for water and polar bears on the look out.
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          As well as a seal family trying to avoid the polar bears and
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                       whales in the water with Inuit ready to hunt.
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Ready to play.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It’s about Stones and Outdoors

Our local StrongStart centres are attempting to take our families outside more.  We have decided to close our centres one day a month and hold our programs outside.  Today was the day.
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I decided that my centre would go to the beach.  There isn’t much at the beach, this time of year, except stones so I planned around them.
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The first activity was to build a rock tower.  How many rocks are in your tower?
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            Finding the right rocks and balancing them took a lot of effort. 
               Our towers weren’t too high but we made a lot of attempts.

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A second activity was to create a picture using stones, driftwood, seaweed
                                             and sand.
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      A couple of families worked a long time with their pieces of art.
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Making their own frame with stones then standing the driftwood upright
                          with decorations hanging off.

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                 A third activity was a stone scavenger hunt. 
The idea is to search the beach for rocks that are similar to the pictures.
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This was a great activity searching and finding unique rocks.  The children love collecting rocks and it helped them look a little closer.  I wish I would have
                       brought some magnifying glasses.
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They found stones to match all of the pictures except a stone shaped like
                                    a letter of the alphabet.

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       Another activity, a favourite and easy to set up, was painting stones.

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Using paint chip cards to find stones that are the same colour was our
                              final stone-focused activity.

A few non-stone activities.
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Using tools from the classroom, kitchen and homemade we experimented
                        to see what marks they would create.
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The cookie cutters worked really well.  I’ll have to remember to bring
                        more for our next visit to the beach.

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              Painting on logs with water was another favourite.
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Also going to get more water and taking some time to explore was just as
                                            much fun.

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I brought a tent to play in as well as a spot to warm up if the wind picked up. 
                 It turned out to be a spot to listen to stories.
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         And of course we had snack with hot chocolate and apple cider.
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One comment I heard several parents say was that they don’t usually think about coming to the beach in the winter time.  Today’s outing may change their minds.