Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fingerprint Sunflowers

I got this idea from Preschool Daze. Unfortunately, I can not free hand draw anything! Like a sunflower. So I printed out a template he traced around it and then took brown paint and dipped his finger in and made the sunflower seeds in the middle. So cute!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Weekly Unplugged Project- Science

Both of the "experiments" we did today today for The Weekly Unplugged Project came from this book: Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials

For the first one we took 1 tsp of baking soda and 1oz of water and dissolved it in the bottom of an empty water bottle. Then he poured in the 2 oz of vinegar and I QUICKLY slipped the balloon over the top of the bottle. And...tada the balloon inflated. (because of carbon dioxide you create)

The next project was called Magic Colors. This took some time. He painted the front of two circles blue and the back of one yellow and the back of the other red. (I held them when he painted the backs.) Then we hung them up to dry and then we waited and waited and waited...When they were mostly dry I poked holes (two on each side) and threaded some string through them. Then you are supposed to twirl it a around and then release it and your eyes are supposed to see the color purple for the red/blue one and green for the yellow/blue one. At first it didn't work because our circles were too big. So we cut down the circles and tada! It worked! Make sure to look right at the circle.

Muffin Tin Monday-Theme: MTM Goes Awol

Boring I know, but we ate our MT in bed today!

Puffcorn, Bananas, Cheese
Ketchup, Veggie Dogs, Corn

It was an unoffical yellow day as well. :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Weekly Unplugged Project- Transportation

This weeks Unplugged Project Theme was easy. Transportation. Someone has been OBSESSED with The Titanic lately and this was a perfect opportunity to do a project I had been planning anyways. We made a book featuring The Titanic with the story and pictures by the little guy. He knows way more about the Titanic than the book says. :) All he draws is the Titanic so he's had a lot of practice. He really liked making his own book and said today was the best day of his life. Haha.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Muffin Tin Tuesday- No Theme

I got a bit more creative today with our Muffin Tin. Yes, I need a life. Anyways, I made bologna flowers with black olives in the middle. (olives are a favorite around here) The cheese in the lower corner is supposed to be a sun ;). Strawberries and a leftover Easter Bunny cookie finish it off.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Last Of The Easter Projects

I just realized we didn't get around to making the hand print bunnies! :(

We blew out eggs a couple days ago and then washed them. The next day we decorated them with markers. One suffered a terrible accident as you can see. He really liked making the holes in the ends of the eggs.

Then we played a Egg Match Memory game. I took two of some random items and put them into different eggs and mixed them up. Then we found the matches. Those little egg holder are from the Thrift Store (99 cents for 3) and they were originally from Pier One! :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Carrot Collage

This turned out so cute! And it as beyond easy! The inspiration for this project came from No Time For Flashcards!

At first I picked out a small piece of cardboard to use, then he said "I want a HUGE carrot!" So, we cut some poster board in half and used that.

I had him cut up pieces of Green and Orange construction paper and Green and Orange Tissue Paper into baskets. He loves using scissors! Kids could also tear up the pieces with their hands. Then he applied glue ALL OVER the a carrot shape I drew on the paper. I helped a bit because it was a HUGE CARROT and I added more glue as needed. We let dry and then I cut it out. So cute!

Foil Easter Eggs

This was another project I have seen on numerous blogs.

I cut egg shapes out of cardboard (empty cereal box) and covered them in foil.
I had him paint the whole egg and then use a Q-Tip to draw designs or whatever he wanted in the wet paint! Easy! Then we strung them together and hung them next to the Easter Egg Collage in the window.

Easter Egg Collage

I've seen this done on a bunch of different blogs so we decided to try it yesterday! It worked out great. I took a piece of contact paper, cut out a egg shape and taped it down (face up) on the work space. I set out different materials. Pom Poms, Feathers, Tissue paper, Sequins, Felt, Etc. I told him to stick on whatever he felt like sticking on and that's it. I then sandwiched all the stuff in with another square of contact paper, then trimmed around it. We hung it up in the window when we were done.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Weekly Unplugged Project- Words

This weeks Unplugged Project theme was Words.

We did Unscramble The Sentence. I wrote down short sentences out of a well loved book and cut apart the words mixed them up and had him put the sentence back in order.

We also played with the Alphabet/Word Chart.

Muffin Tin Monday-Theme: Spring!

It's Monday again! That means Muffin Tin Monday! This weeks theme was Spring...

Pink Go-Gurt (Pink is THE color of Spring right), Strawberries, Goldfish (with basketballs, which is a Spring Sport, right?)
Scrambled Eggs (leftover from some an easter egg project), Same, Carrots (Easter Bunny loves carrots!)

Hey, I tried!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Embroidery Thread Eggs

I have been seeing these eggs EVERYWHERE lately so we decided to try it.

Yeah, not so good. He liked the balloons he LOVED the popping of the balloons when they dried but it was a little too hard for us to do. Oh well. They still turned out pretty cute.

We took some water balloons (just the right size!) and blew them up. I hung them up and we dipped the thread in a half glue half water mixture and stuck it around the balloons. He waited very patiently while they dried but couldn't wait to pop them!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Simple Ship Craft

How many 4 year olds are obsessed with the Titanic? I only know of one. This kid over here. I am in desperate NEED OF Titanic/Ship related activities. Here's an easy project I found over at Enchanted Learning. He wasn't too impressed with it because it didn't have any smoke stacks.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Muffin Tin Wednesday-Theme: No Theme

We are a bit late on Muffin Tin Monday!

Oranges, Oranges and Go-Gurt
Spaghetti, Spaghetti and Pickles!

Flour and Peas and Sieves oh my!

"Indy" ALWAYS asks to play with the flour when we cook anything involving it. I let him every now and then. When I saw this idea at The Wonder Years I knew I had to try it. I used flour and black eyed peas that we usually use for counting activities. He put the black eyed peas into the flour and stirred it up. Then he used the sieve to fish the peas out. It worked really well. Our sieve wasn't as small or cute as The Wonder Years one but it was small enough for him to handle. He learned to tap the sieve against his other palm to shake the flour out. Of course all the tools were soon abandoned for his hands!