Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 9 - Water Play

Who needs a water table? Certainly not us! We got this idea from Granny, as she said that Daddy used to spend all of his time at the kitchen sink. (so that's why her house is always spotless! ;P )

We filled up one side of the sink with Yellow food colouring and the other with Red. I made sure that K had plenty of Bubbles.

The great thing about water play is that they are learning without you really having to explain much. Buoyancy, absorption. what happens when something gets too full (it lands on mommy's floor), using funnels. K spent a good hour playing with the water.

While K preferred to use cups and cup measures to play with the water in the sink.............

R was much more interested in using the modern conveniences of life.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Day 8 - Playdough!

There is no other activity that can keep kids entertained than playdough...well maybe fingerpainting. I bought this great playdough kit from Mellissa and Doug and K and R can both spend hours reshaping and molding the dough to their liking.

The great thing about play dough is that the possiblities are endless. You can choose a theme, like animals and both try to make as many animals that you can think of, or plants, or cars! You can also make different make-believe animals and mix the play dough *gasp ;P

Another way to play with the play dough is to use different utensils to see how each item interacts with the playdough. A spoon, a fork, or even a meat tenderizer are all great around the house items to explore.

And because you can never get enough play dough, here is an easy non-toxic recipe to make your own. You can also use different things such as scents, colours and textures to make it that much more fun!

Recipe for Play Dough.

* 1 cup of flour * 1/2 cup of salt
* 1 cup of water * 1 tsp. oil
* 2 tsp cream of tartar
* food colouring

Mix together all ingredients and cook for 3 mins over low heat.
Stir Well, and store in a plastic container once cooled.

Get Creative!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Day 7 - Dirty Monster

K came up with this idea all by himself. It's called the "Dirty Monster".
Basically we took recyclable garbage and created a body, arms, legs, eyes, and hair.
It's fun to let the kids have a go with scissors. (as long as there is adult supervision)
K loved to cut all of the shapes and unstick the stickers.
We used foamies for eyes, a Playdoh container for the body, and corrugated cardboard for the hair.