Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

It was a beautiful morning and we spent the entire time at the pond.  
Here are the activities we did.

Sit, Look and Draw
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We took some time to sit by the pond and look around.  Then drew something that we saw.

Pond Skimmers
Pond skimmers made from old embroidery hoops and panty hose.  We think that is pollen from the trees.

Building Boats
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This is a favourite activity, first to use the hammers and second to set sail.

Sit and Listen
Take some time just to sit and listen.  What can you hear?  They heard lots of birds.
They also heard the Snowbirds as they trained overhead.

Earth Art

By using natural and man-made materials the families created works of art on the ground.

Chalk Stenciling
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This was the top favourite activity of the morning.  I created stencils using a die cut machine, laminated them and then cut out the center.  The children picked one, placed in on the ground then sprayed water on them.  Next they used a grater and sidewalk chalk to leave the shape behind.

Sun Prints
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Thanks to Colleen, a fellow facilitator, for this idea.  The children placed various objects on dark paper when they arrived in the morning then before leaving they removed them to see if anything happened to the paper.

Play dough
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The children used materials they found around the mat to create.

With pretend fire and s’mores.

Chairs with Dolls and Fairies
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A quiet spot to make believe with a friend.

It was a fantastic day to be outside.  Hope you enjoyed Earth Day too.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Peeling Eggs

I hard boiled eggs for snack this week. 
I placed them in a bowl on the table for the children to peel.
They loved the job.  Some have cooked at StrongStart before and had the opportunity to crack a fresh egg.  That was their approach with the hard boiled egg too – smack it on the table.  But when nothing happened we showed them how to pick off the shell to see that the egg was different inside.
After peeling the egg they placed it in a bowl of water, to rinse, to be sure
all the little pieces of shell were off.
Then we used an egg slicer which was a new tool for many of the children.
Slicing it made it easier to share the egg with the group.

As we were peeling the egg one child asked if we could colour the shells. 
We used our clear coffee mugs so we could observe how the water
changed when we dropped in a dye tablet.
One egg I took and broke the shell, making cracks around the egg. 
Then placed it in the the yellow dye.
It was interesting to discover, when we peeled the yellow egg that a little of the dye coloured the egg white but mostly the colour was on the inside of the shell.