Today we continued our trip around the world with a visit to Japan!
We found Japan on the globe, looked at photos, and read the book, 'A Day in Japan.' You can see there is a picture of Mt. Fuji and another of cherry blossoms. These subjects inspired two of our activities today.
Our snack was a bento style spread, including grapes, snap peas, and bread cut into shapes. For our art projects, we made koi carp fish. These fish are thought to symbolize luck, prosperity, and good fortune in Japanese culture. We also made trees with cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms, or sakura, are seen as symbols as the fleeting beauty of life. Because they are fragile and bloom only for a short time, they have captivated the imagination of people the world over.
Our science experiment was making a volcano! While not as big as Mt. Fuji, the volcano we made from cloud dough was so exciting for the children. We molded the cloud dough mountain around a water bottle, filled the bottle part of the way with baking soda, and poured in the vinegar. We had multiple 'explosions', much to the delight of the children!
We finished up the day with fun outside in the sprinklers! We're looking forward to tomorrow, when we visit Romania with our own Ms. Oana leading the expedition!
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