Today at camp, we visited the farm. We started the day reading and singing about farm animals. Then we played a game where we 'herded' a bunch of balloons down the hall, around the corner, and into the room.
For our art project, we made 'stained glass' pigs using paper, tissue paper, and vinegar. We also made some fuzzy sheep using cotton balls.
Our science experiment today was really cool. It's called 'galaxy slime' and the children were fascinated by the way the ingredients came together.
We mixed liquid starch, clear glue, glitter, food coloring, and water to make the slime. Here is link to the instructions and video: https://www.facebook.com/FreeFlys/videos/1297567230270982/ A word of warning: this made a huge, sticky mess. I think it's best suited as an outdoor activity followed by a dip in the wading pool :)
We also tried some sponge grow animals. We put them in warm water and waited for the capsule to dissolve. It was a great surprise to see the animals 'open up' and guess what they were supposed to be.
We ended our day with water play in the garden, including scrubbing off some chairs that had been slimed! One of the things the children really seemed to enjoy most was simply having some basins, shaving cream, cornstarch, and water. They loved mixing items together in the basins and came up with many creative ideas!
A fabulous time was had by all this week! We hope you have a fun, relaxing, and safe summer, and we'll see you in August!
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.
Today at camp our theme was 'Forest Animals of North America.' We read a few books about animals one might find in a forest. After that we played charades and acted out some of the animals we had read about. Can you guess what these children are pretending to be? (Mommy and baby possum, foxes, and a frog)
For our art project, we started making bird feeders from these old picture frames. We'll be adding a back and ribbon so they hang like a tray for the birds to feed from. For full instructions, click here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/408279522450832597/
We did a really cool science experiment today. This would be a really easy one to try at home. The kids were literally screaming in delight when they saw the reaction between the materials used.
The smaller cup has vinegar, yellow food coloring, and a squirt of dish soap. The larger cup has baking soda. The children spooned the baking soda into the cup, and much to their delight it foamed up everywhere. The soap slows down the baking soda and vinegar reaction a little. For full details on Babble Dabble Do, click here: https://babbledabbledo.com/20-science-projects-for-preschoolers/ (it's number 3 on the list)
We finished off the morning with some water play, shaving cream, paint and cornstarch in the garden. A big mess but luckily it's easily washed away. We can't wait for tomorrow when we talk about the animals we have as our pets!
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