Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sidewalk Fun

For some fun in the driveway, we decided to try out the Fizzing Sidewalk Paint I learned about in another blog... Mama Smiles. You can find the recipe there.
It's a Birthday Party day here at daycare and Hot (again) and before Hurricane Isaac brings us long awaited relief from our horrible drought, we intend to fix up the driveway for a huge welcome!!!
By the way, Lou turned 4 today :)
Just for keeping parents' sanity, aprons were required.
We split up the paint in these recycled lids from laundry detergent containers.
Special thanks to my in-laws for this recycleable we found a special use for in this project.

These bottles were filled with vinegar. Disregard the writing on the bottle that says Bleach H20.
The fun is about to begin.
One shot of vinegar causes the fizzing.

What did we learn in this process????

  • Color recognition
  • Sensory experience through the scent of vinegar
  • Sensory experience through feeling textures in painting different surfaces such as sidewalk, leaves, rocks, fingers :)
  • Don't paint our friends, they may express their opinion
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Fine motor practice in stirring paint to keep it from setting up
  • Sharing space and cooperation
Happy Birthday Miss Lou!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Our Bean Bag Olympic Training

Our Olympian podiums.

Last week we practiced some bean bag fun. Here is a list of some of the 'challenges' we handed out:
  • Toss your bean bag up & catch it
  • Toss the beanbag and clap 1 time and catch it
  • Toss it, clap 2 times and catch & 3 times, etc How high can you go?
  • Throw the bean bag under 1 leg and catch with the other hand
  • Now switch legs
  • Throw the bean bag up, jump 1 time and catch it.
  • Now jump 2 times, etc. How high can you go?
  • Try to catch with just your right hand.
  • Now just your left hand
  • Balance it on a foot, toss it up and catch it
  • Now switch to the other foot.
  • Put a beanbag on your shoulder and run without letting it fall. (This became a relay game.)
  • Can you throw it up and catch it behind your back?
  • Can you run with it on your head?
What we learned:
  1. Fine motor skills
  2. Social skills
  3. Spacial awareness
  4. Counting
  5. Color recognition
  6. Physical development
More beanbag fun coming up this summer.........