Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kids at work

Since our unit this week was about our senses, we brought out the sound shakers this week. 
They still LOVE the magnet work.  (I need to figure out how to take a picture when the kids are moving.)  They play with this every day.  I like to listen to the conversations the kids have when they are using this. 
Even our younger children are working on our letter of the week!  (:  We had this little boy glue on Cheerios (for C) on the letter C.  He also got to eat a couple.  While he was working on this we kept asking him what the letter was and if he forgot we would remind him. 
Here is one of the kids working on spooning!
We use every opportunity to integrate our letter of the week.  Here is a child using our dots to make the letter C and make a Caterpillar.  This takes good hand eye coordination and concentration!
Thanks to our great parents we have green peppermint playdough this month!
Here's the playdough recipe we use!  It is a great one!!
Homemade Playdough Recipe
1 c. flour
1/2 cup salt
1 T. cooking oil
1 T. cream of tartar
1 c. water
Food coloring of your choice
Add-ins of your choice (i.e. spices, extracts, glitter, etc.)

Stir ingredients together well. Just measure them into the saucepan you will be using to cook the dough, but mix them well before heating up the pan. Over medium heat cook the dough, stirring constantly until it forms a ball. (NOTE: When it starts to pull away from the sides somewhat and clump together and most of the "wet-looking" parts look dry, it's ready to remove from the pan.) Turn dough onto a board (or the countertop) and knead until very smooth. (NOTE: It will be pretty warm to the touch, but try to knead it until it becomes a nice, smooth ball. If it feels sticky, you can work a little more flour into it and it will be fine.) Cool. Store in a covered plastic container OR in a sealed ziploc bag. KNEADING is very important, it will make it nice and smooth.

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