And the ice could not hold out against the sun. The first link melted.
We have a mold for making ice shot glasses. I knew it would be perfect for water play in the summer. And I was right. So here is our fun water beads and ice shot fine motor tray. Liam played with this for over 20 minutes.
He worked hard at using the tongs to pinch and pick up the waterbeads and then place them into the colored ice cups.
I used what I had on hand and that was black water beads. When we do this again I think I will use a multi color pack and try and have the kids match the waterbead color to the ice glass color.
First check out my post on Bubble Recipes I have five fantastic recipes there. All of them can be adapted to add scent. Making your own bubble wands out of pipe cleaners is just extra credit.
So here it is super simple. I added a few drops between 5-10 of essential oil or extract add more or less depending on the strength of the scent you want. That’s it. I added food coloring to just to make them look a little different liquid watercolors would have worked as well. You can also scent your bubbles by adding a packet of Kool-Aid to your bubble solution.
Looking to make it even more simple. Buy your bubbles and just add some essential oil, extract or Kool-Aid to your store bought bubbles.
Another easy way to add scent if you don’t want to go the essential oil/ extract route is to buy scented dish soap when making your bubbles.
While searching for something to do on a boring morning at home. I came up with a simple project that was fun and completely free.
Here is what you will need:
something to pour- we used birdseed, rice would work, beans, waterbeads etc.
A container to keep your pouring material in
empty clean jars/ containers in different sizes, shapes and so on
a measuring cup or spoon
funnel to make pouring easier on small containers
a bin to contain it all or a table cloth/ mat something to make clean up easier for you
Use a marker, rubber band, or washi tape to make a mark on the jar. Ask how many scoops to make it to that point? Then how many more to make it to the top?
We did this project outside. Just because I like doing projects like this outside it could easily be done inside. I had the kids predict how many scoops it would take to reach the top of each jar. These were all jars I had saved from around the house. Some were the same volume containers just in different shapes to fool the kids. We used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to measure and pour. The kids got better about predicting as we went on.
There is real learning going on in this simple, and fun activity. We talked about which bottle they thought would hold the most birdseed and which they thought would hold the least.
So what did they learn? They learned how to measure, how to make comparisons. How to make judgements based on prior knowledge and based on assumptions. They were also developing hand eye coordination all the while.
Have you ever done a similar project with your kids? What did you do and how did it go? Leave a comment I would love to hear about it.
Mikey’s preschool had a bunch of pool noodles and did not know what to do with them so of course I immediately thought Pool Noodle Forest!
So I made the school their very own pool noodle forest. It was incredibly easy to do and the kids absolutely love it.
What you will need: Pool noodles lots of them in even numbers, rope (not string) scissors, a pen or Phillips screwdriver, and a weight I used a heavy plastic toy whale, and a tree or area to hang your noodles.
1. Poke a hole in your noodle straight through using the pen or screwdriver (I used a ball point pen and it worked great). I made mine about two to three inches down so it gave room for the kids to pull on it without ripping right through.
2. Take your rope and use the pen to push it through the hole you just made. Tie a knot at the top of the noodle.
3. Take your heavy object tie the other end of the rope around the object. Now throw your heavy object over a branch or whatever you are hanging your noodles on. (Make sure everyone is clear when your doing this)
4. The weight should make the rope fall easily down. now untie your heavy object and take the rope tie a knot twice. Make it as high as you can get it so when the kids run through and pull on the noodles they don’t pull it off the branch. Once that is done follow directions 1 and 2 on another noodle then cut your rope and start again. So each piece of rope has two noodles on it.