Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hot Rock Art

Just a few days of school left and I'm trying to use materials
that are already in the classroom.
So I pulled out our warming tray, rocks and crayons.
The children put mittens on to prevent any surprises with the warmth off the tray.
Since the rocks are already warm the crayon begins to melt right away.
Is this art or is this science?
A bit of both and a whole lot of fun.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Soothing Jars

I had an excess amount of baby food jars so we created soothing jars.
The order of putting the ingredients in the jar
varied from child to child.
The ingredients were sparkles,
corn syrup,
and tinted water.
Once they had all three ingredients in we made sure the lid was put
on tight.
To help prevent and leakage the children sealed it with tape.
Finally the fun part - shake and watch.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Snail Garden 2017

For the past several years we have created a garden,
in our classroom,
just to observe snails.
We start with soil in a plastic container with a lid.
The children spend a morning spraying water on the soil 
to make it damp.
Next we sprinkle wheat grass seeds all over,
and spray more water on it.
We put the lid on the container (to act like an incubator) and within 
two days the seeds
begin to sprout.
After 4 or 5 days the grass has grown 
and we spend some time cutting it with scissors.
Finally the garden is ready to welcome some snails.
I found three on my front door step.
It doesn't take the snails long to begin to investigate their new home.
When we are not observing the snails we cover the container
with window screening and use yarn to tie it down.
Even then it's great to watch how they move
across the screen and leave their slime trail behind.
As the snails settle in I move the container to another location
so I could post information about the snails.
We feed them fruits and vegetables to see what they like the most.
They didn't really like apples or watermelon
but really like cucumbers.
Everyday we spray the garden with water to keep it moist.
We keep a close eye on them because they like to escape.
Tomorrow is our last day of StrongStart so we will take the garden outside 
and re-locate the snails.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Painting at the Gardens

Last week at our Picnic in the Gardens
a hedge worked as our easel for painting.
I strung a piece of rope across the front of the hedge
and attached sheets of paper
with clothespegs.
 Pails of water, brushes and cakes of water paint were left on the ground.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Spuds in Tubs Harvest 2017

It's that time of year when we can be in the garden 
and harvest our spuds in tubs.
We had 5 tubs this year to empty and dig in the soil.
As we dug we found the seed potatoes and noticed how 'yucky' 
they are now.
We had a good crop this year.
After digging and laying them all out, we counted everyone.
We have 318 potatoes from the five pots.
Time to take them inside and wash them.
A favourite activity with toothbrushes.
Several parents commented that they will do this at home
as it is a great way to keep their child busy.
The children also had a chance to sort them by size.
Everyday this week we cooked potatoes
and the children were surveyed if they liked it cooked that way or not.
We had boiled, mashed and fried.
Then we made cheddar potato pancakes
and finished with potato candy.
Love harvest time!