Today at camp we had a great time talking about our very own animals - our pets! We talked about our own pets and the funny things they do. We also read one of my favorite books - Jules the Lighthouse Dog. It's a true story about a dog that lives at a lighthouse and warns ships using his funny bark that sounds like a 'moo'. Then we had a very special visitor.
'Worth' (like Fort Worth) is a Golden Retriever/Golden Doodle Mix. He is 13 weeks old and in training to become a service dog with Canine Assistants. Canine Assistants is located in Milton, GA. They are a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs to enhance and improve the lives of children and adults who have physical disabilities, seizure conditions or other special needs. Since 1991, they have placed over 1500 dogs! The dogs allow the recipient to achieve greater independence, confidence, and over all happiness.
The children loved getting to pet and interact with this adorable puppy!
For our art project, we made 'tie-dye' t-shirts using sharpies. The idea came from Babble Dabble Do, and you can click the link to see a video about the process.
First, each child drew a design or just colored on his or her t-shirt. We used an embroidery hoop to help keep the fabric taut.
Then we used an eyedropper to drip rubbing alcohol onto the design. Wow!
Here are some of the finished designs - we love the way they turned out!
Our science experiment today was water beads. These come as small, hard, plastic pellets. You soak them in water and they absorb the water and expand. The blue bead had absorbed a lot more water than the yellow bead and you can see the difference in size.
We set up several containers of water beads. The children loved feeling their squishy coolness!
This is a homemade light table. It is a large plastic box with a strand of white christmas lights inside. The cord is small enough that the box can be closed with the cord just coming out between the lid and the box. The light shines through the beads, illuminating the colors and providing a rich sensory experience.
The children came up with the idea to fill various container with the beads - they kept getting even larger as they absorbed more water. We even mixed some with shaving cream - so cool! We left out some of the beads in a dish with no water. It will be interesting to see how different they look in the morning - do you think they will be shrink?
We finished up our day with some water play in the garden. What a fun morning! Join us tomorrow when we 'visit' the farm.
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