Thursday, May 29, 2008
Well...since we already had the water out...
On a whim, I grabbed the baster that was sitting in the same drawer as the hand mixer from the other post today. I just bought the silicon muffin pan at the thrift store yesterday. So Joshy got 2 for the price of 1.
He had a great time transferring soapy water from the big bowl to the small muffin cups. He did a really great job with this activity. I was pretty impressed with the lack of spillage!
That is, until he chose to spill, squirt and pour. Which was fine because he HAD finished his work and we were outside!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
We also made domino snacks, sorry no photo. All we did was break a graham cracker sheet into its 4 parts. Spread with frosting and add dots with raisins. Easy and delicious!
When you present it, make sure that you talk about holding the tee with 2 fingers while hammering with the other hand. Josh was tempted to push it through a bit so he did not have to hold it but after a few gentle reminders he got the hang of it!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Anyone ever had a swollen capaciter??????
Have a ton to tell you including pictures of fun activities...so hopefully...be back soon!
Friday, May 16, 2008
There is actually a male and female (hidden by male) Duck in the picture and a little bird in the feeder. As a matter of fact, you can not see it but a squirrel was hiding behind the tall grass on the right. I think we may need to start making some more bird feeders!
We are going to have a great summer!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I found this Easy Corking book and the kit it used to come with, in brand new condition for $.75. And several great books including 2 Magic Tree House Books , The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth , and Origami in the Classroom II . The books are always 20 cents!
I also did great at Garage sales this weekend but won't bore you with the details. Best buy of the day though was a hopping ball like this! New in the box for $4.00. We have wanted to get one for Josh for a while but had not wanted to waste money on another toy! (Ya know what I mean?)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The Little Hands Nature Book by Nancy Fusco Castaldo (If you can only get one get this one!)
Nature in Your Backyard by Susan Lang
My Big World of Wonder by Sherri Griffin
These are all great for a preschool nature study!
But...my favorite by far is Windowsill Science Centers by Lynne Kepler a book I bought at a discount bookstore for $1.99. (LOVE a bargain!)
This is a great resource and requires very little prep or materials and could carry you through the whole year because is based around your classroom window and what you can observe.
I am really anxious to get started, I have some great stuff planned.
We are definitely going to try our hands at keeping a nature journal. However, I want to "design" some pages with activities to include so that he does not just burn out right away...feeling overwhelmed. I will have him find do some sort of activity in the journal one day and do more of a journal activity another.
I also am planning a ton of experiment type activities, like a worm jar, painting a tree with sugar water to attract moths, and making bird feeders.
We will probably get started sometime in June. So what are you planning for this summer? Schooling? Or perhaps a break?
Several Milk Carton ideas!
Ball catcher 2nd from the bottom!
Luminaries Could design them for everyday use too!
Plastic Grocery Bags
Friday, May 09, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Back to my normal thrift store this week! Yippppeeeeee! I did great too!
I found a wooden tray, great for Montessori tray work ($1), 2 weaving looms for potholders ($.25 total), 2 Pfaltzgraff bowls and 1 plate -new fancy dishes for our cats, desperately needed! ($.25 each), and the following books...
Franklin and the Tooth Fairy by Paulette Bourgeois ($.20) this one!
My First Litle House Books: Dance at Grandpa's by Laura Ingalls Wilder ($.20) linky
Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne ($.20) Lazy link here!
and for me...
The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks ($1.) here It was very good, it is a continuation of The Notebook!
I have been wanting to pick up the weaving looms for a while now but feared that it would be a waste of money from a store since I was unsure if he was ready yet but for $.25 I am thrilled. I searched online and there are tons of things you can do with the looms besides make potholders!
Well, hope you got a good deal this week too! Now if only I could find a good deal on ANOTHER bookshelf...
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
So, here is the thing...
I hate those crafty projects where you print something off, cut it out, and glue it on a TP tube or other assorted craziness. You know, why bother! Where is the child being creative with these types of crafts?
However, I do like the idea of reusing all of those recycled items to do crafty projects. I just want the projects to be real and not busy work. So I am compiling a list of ideas using the different types of items I have collected in a big box in our learning room.
Hope you find an idea here you can use too! (I only linked to the ones with pictures, I am very visual especially with making things!)
- Bird feeder
- Fish mobile for much older kids!
- Bug Catcher more a holder after caught but you get the idea!
- Piggy Bank
- Earth Bottles
- Many bottle Biology ideas
- Discovery Bottles
- More Discovery Bottles
- Several different animals
- insects or maybe more accurately bugs!
- Dump Truck So cute!
- Glider and better picture!
- Bird Feeders
TP roll or Paper towel roll
- Sit Upons! This could be made with tons of different materials and stuffed with anything including plastic grocery bags. I also saw one that was duct taped instead of "sewn."
- Weaving a basket with yarn and a yogurt container!
My eyes are crossing, there is just soo much out there...so much good but so much junk too.
Friday, May 02, 2008
I actually went to 2 thrift stores this week but bought NOTHING! This NEVER happens. I did not get to my normal store and that is the main reason for a lack of purchase. I never realized how great "my thrift store" is, especially with prices! (local friends who are interested in where I go, leave a comment!)
But all is not lost...I got a great deal to share with you anyway! At the Target Dollar Spot I found FABULOUS Dinosaur cards for $1. I plan to do a basket friday in the beginning of June on Dinos and these cards will be perfect. It is intended to be used as a memory game. There are 16 different dinosaurs pairs and I just love the realistic drawings. I can not wait to come up with activities to use with the cards. Don't you just love a good deal!
Oh, and I did not donate this week because today was our garage sale. We did okay despite the rainy/stormy weather. We will see how tomorrow goes!