What has room 3 been up to?
The children in room 2 have really taken an interest in manipulating, creating and talking about play dough. We cannot wait to see where this will lead the children to explore and learn. So far we have created silky and bubble dough.
Children have also decided to create slime. When making the two different recipes we discussed how they are the same and different.
What will happen next?
We have decided to take a field trip to Walmart to buy all the ingredients we need to create and experiment with making a new playdough. Children first voted on 5 different recipes. When looking at our chart we counted 8 votes for the “Marshmallow Playdough.” This was the group with the most votes.
When looking at the recipes and planning our shopping trip we found that a lot of play dough recipes have similar ingredients. With this said we can probably use multiple recipes with just a handful of the same ingredients.
(The pictures attached show the children creating tally marks when placing their vote on the play dough recipe to make. Other pictures show them playing and manipulating the slime we created. )
The children in room 3 have really enjoyed shaping and manipulating play dough. They have really taken an interest in talking about how to make it and decided to make slime. We compared how slime is the same and different.
Statements made by some of the children:
“It looks like playdough, but when you touch it, it is sticky” –Mark
“It would be different to make playdough, like different ingredients.” –Raegan
"It jiggles!" -Larissa
Children have been continuing creating art collaboratively. Recently we used salt, liquid water colors and pipettes to produce some amazing art. The salt and liquid water color created a variety of vibrant colors. The results of our salt art were incredible!
Over the past weeks children have thoroughly enjoyed creating beautiful art together.
Collaborative and collage art with found materials collected near the duck pond.
Using beads and wire on a wreath.
Sharpie markers were used to make a puzzle.
Children have begun to explore light and shadows. We experimented with putting flashlights together. When put together and turned on children discovered they could see shadows. We found that when we use flashlights with mirrors we create reflections of the light.
Building towers has been a strong interest in our classroom. We are reviewing architecture books to get additional ideas as we build our towers.
The children have been exploring with Magna Tiles. They've taken pictures of them as well as built with them.
Lately, we have been doing several activities in the classroom. We have had some fun with different building materials and creating some interesting structures. We have been painting with cookie cutters and evergreen branches from the bushes outside. It was an interesting experience to watch them paint with the branches instead of paint brushes. Some of the kids have also been making some interesting racetracks using blocks and other materials.
The kids have also been working on photo books. They are writing descriptions of the pictures they took that will be put into our books. We have worked on the construction part of our photo book and used glue to attach the outside and inside cover papers to the boards. We will continue to work on the books.
We did some more work with light and shadows and created a shadow box using a flashlight. The children got to experiment with my own digital camera and take pictures of the different shadows they created in the box. We also took some great pictures of the sunflowers outside on the playground! The pictures above are all child taken photographs.