Magic School Bus Costume & MORE Fun

Magic School Bus Costume & more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do the kids love The Magic School Bus TV series??  Oh, my son does!!  So much so, we made a costume last year for “Favorite book Character Day” at his school.

With Halloween coming up (and this  Amazing, Hands-on, Year long,  Science Journey Deal!) I thought it would be a great time to share how we made my sons Magic School Bus costume.

For All the kids that love The Magic School Bus….and parents, too!

What you need…

  • Several pieces of white card stock
  • 2 Bounty card board boxes
  • 1 Milk cardboard box
  • 4 pizza box rounds
  • 2 blue pieces of construction paper
  • 1 red piece of construction paper
  • 2 yellow rectangular craft foam pieces with sticky back
  • Lots of yellow acrylic paint from Micheals- we used 2 16 oz bottles
  • A black marker
  • Black paint

 

ALMOST ALL OF THE SUPPLIES can be found  at home and at your local BI LO, Winn Dixie, or Harveys Grocery.   Just ask them for Bounty paper towel roll boxes and a milk box that would hold 4 gallons of milk.

To get started, I trimmed 1 Bounty box about 3/4 from the top.  Then, WE painted all 3 boxes yellow and let them dry over night.  Save the trimmed portion!!

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You don’t need to paint 1 side of the milk box (the side with the handle) because this side will be glued to the front of a Bounty box.

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We painted a tire on 4 pizza rounds.

Magic School Bus Costume & More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I turned the two Bounty boxes on their sides and glued them together (tucked one inside the other a tad bit.) Let them dry.  And cut a rectangular hole in the top and bottom where PJ would stand inside.

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I glued the smaller box to one end of the Magic School Bus body and PJ held it in place to dry.

We hand drew and cut out all the features like the mouth which was two white pieces of card stock and this one pattern drawn on both pieces.

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Eyes: larger circles on white card stock with the smaller circles on blue card stock

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Once the main design for the Magic School bus was together we glued on the cardboard pizza round wheels.  Two wheels went on both sides of the larger boxes and two on both sides of the smaller front box of the bus.

I used the remaining yellow painted larger box ( the saved portion that was trimmed from the top of one Bounty box) to cut and glue fenders half way around the front wheels.

PJ had a lot of fun gluing the rest of the features on the bus:  a blue school bus sign, a white poster board side door and front wind shield with yellow strip down the center, the mouth, and eyes.

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I used two white pieces of cardstock taped together and a ruler with black maker to make the grill. It was not a fancy design!  PJ helped me glue it to the front smaller box.

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We added windows and shaded them with black marker to the other side. Again, just white card stock glued to the bus.

PJ cut out and glued the stop sign to the same side.  He also painted the black bumper on the rear and attached sticky back yellow foam above the top front red lights.

Magic School Bus Costume &More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman riding the Magic School Bus!!

You and your kids can get creative with the features.  You also may want to hot glue two straps to the inside of the costume so they don’t need to carry it around.  Maybe criss cross the straps over you childs shoulders.  In hind sight, I was wishing I had thought to do that!

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The kits include experiments related to Volcanoes, Weather, Water, Fossils, Bacteria and Fungi, Star and Planets, and the weather, which, given recent events I want to brush up on, too.

One experiment I’ve been really excited to try is the Volcano Kit! The kit comes with a small volcanic rock, a pumice stone, sheets of paper, black paint, paint brush, a magnifying glass all to build a volcano.

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Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

 

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International Festival Crafts For Kids Part 2

Part 2

Folkmoot festival crafts for kids

I’m happy to be writing about one of the best days of summer around here!  We have attended the Folkmoot Festival for three years in a row.  If you missed my last posting about this cultural peace festival, you can read about it HERE or click the picture.

Folkmoot Passports and Cultural Peace Festival

 

 

 

 

Today I’m going to share with you more fun crafts from The Festival Day that you and your children can make at home.

Please join me under “The Childrens Tent” where my son PJ learned about countries from around the world by making simple yet beautiful arts and crafts at stations.

 

To get started you need:

Passports And Flag Stamps

Upon entering the tent PJ received a children’s passport  to stamp as he completed each countries craft.  This passport was made by Folkmoot.org s supporters and employees.  You can find similar products on Pinterest or at Living Montessori Now.  And you can also help your child create a book of their own with a little imagination! 

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The stamps can be wooden with ink or a sticker stamp set.  PJ used the wooden stampers.

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Printable Maps And Flags For Each Country

At each country station or center area there was a global map that marked the country on the map. A mini replica of its flag was placed on the map.

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First stop was the United States of America station of course.

Native American Dream Catcher

  • Paper plate
  • Hole punch
  • Rainbow yarn
  • 3 feathers
  • Scissors and pencil
  • Pony beads 
  • Tape

To make his dream catcher, PJ was given a paper plate with a hole cut out of its center.  The plate rim had already been punched and numbered.  So, you’ll want to do a little prep work to set up your stations or centers before hand.  Children can help with some prep work but we were at a festival; No scissors were given to children.

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PJ used the rainbow yarn to lace the plate rim in numerical order.  He secured the remaining end of the yarn with tape to the plate edge.

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He had help tying 3 feathers to the end 3 short pieces (about 3 to 4 inches long) of yarn. A few pony beads were added to the yarn strings. The opposite end of the yarn was secured by tape to the back of the plate rim as well.

So Beautiful we almost forgot to get his passport stamped!

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French Stained Glass

  • 4×6 Heavy Plastic Sheets 
  • Slightly Larger Piece of Cardstock
  • Markers
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Printer to print designs ex: birds, sunflowers,ect. OR permanent marker to draw your own design on the Heavy Plastic.

The station for France was a bit more involved but not an activity we wouldn’t do again at home.  PJ was handed a preprinted heavy plastic sheet with a design.  That maybe a bit difficult to make at home but you can always just draw a pretty design yourself on the sheeting with black permanent marker.

He colored his plastic sheet with marker.

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 Next, cut a 4×6 piece of aluminum foil.  CRUMPLE the foil ever so gently.  Then,  UNCRUMPLE  and FLATTEN it.  This took us both several attempts to achieve a piece of  foil that was NOT TORN.

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PJ put his foil over the card stock and taped the foil edges to the back of the cardstock. 

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With a little team work we added his colored plastic sheet over the foiled card stock and taped the edges together.  I gave him the scissors to trim the edges so that all the pieces would fit together neatly.  He repeated as needed.

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This turned out to be one of the most stunning art pieces PJ has ever done!  Plus, I loved the way he really concentrated on finishing it. A well earned stamp in his passport!

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Ghanaian Mask

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  • Black Construction Paper
  • A Toilet Paper Roll
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pastel Chalk

These masks were very simple to make.  Most of the supplies were precut.  Again you will want to do a few steps before your child can start at the point in which PJ started at the Ghana station.  They Are::

1) Cut a toilet paper roll in half width wise to form two tubes.  Then, cut one of the sides of a small tube in half length wise. Simply cut the corners of the tube at an angle to look like this.

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2) The black construction paper was already cut to fit the size of the TP tube as well.  So, measure and cut a piece of black construction paper by tracing the cut out tube pattern on black paper. Easy peasy!

PJ started with putting his precut mask together.  He tucked the over lapping black paper to match the shape of the TP tube. (As shown above.)  Flip the mask over so that the back paper side is showing.

Next, he used colored pastel chalk and a premodern example to draw his own Ghanaian mask.  It was his first ever try at this sort of craft, but he was VERY CREATIVE!  

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When he was finished, he just taped the open edges of the mask together and he got a stamp for his passport.

 

Mexican Maracas

  • Dried Beans
  • Plastic Eggs
  • Dollar Store Tape with bright colors or designs
  • 2 Plastic Spoons

If you are doing a study on Mexico you can’t go without making Maracas! The kids will love it!  Here is how PJ and I learned a new way to make them.

At the Mexican station, PJ was asked  (by two very nice adolescent twin girls) to fill a plastic egg with dried beans.  

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Then he used two spoon to steady the filled egg between  his spoons.  They gave him small strips of the tape to wrap around the spoons and egg.

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He continued to wrap (from top to bottom) the spoons and egg together until he reached the spoon handles.  

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At this point, he decided to use a different color of tape which turned out nicely against the color of the egg itself! Crafty!

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Japanese Lanterns

Four crafts later, my son was ready to call it quits.  The rest of the Folkmoot Festival Day was left to be seen and a nearby bubble machine had caught his eye.  We didn’t stop to make it long enough to make the Japanese Lantern but I found a really neat take on the Chinese Lantern at 

Relentlessly Fun Deceptively Educational

 

More ideas…

Syncopated Mama-  Passports To Fun Italy 

Creative Family Fun-  Mapping The Olympics

The Educators Spin On It-  Exploring Cultures With Kids

Living Montessori Now– has an abundance of ideas using Little Passports and activities from great bloggers such as herself!  Don’t forget to read the bottom of this post to find exciting links furthering studies of different countries!

PJ and I always look forward to this festival.  There’s so much to learn each new year it comes our way.  I  hope we’ve given you some good ideas to help your child have fun learning about cultures of the world!  Maybe you can have a festival day at your own house.

Special thanks to the staff at The Festival Day, from the Coordinator (for helping Pj in the childrens tent) and volunteers imageright up to the drivers (GREAT Uncle Tom) for making this happen in our part of the world!  We love it! We thank you.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

 

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Arbor Day Exploration: Musings of Autism

 

 

Arbor Day/ International Day of Forests/ Agricultural Week

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As we studied the rain forest trees this week, this cute craft from the past came to mind.   I thought it would be a good time to share it here with Arbor Day coming up this month.  This month is also Autism Awareness Month.  A month that will always be observed in my life and heart.  I love being able to use my blog as a sort of journal for all the things my son and I have done together!  For me, scrolling through this post will be a tearful reminder of how much he has overcome.

 

(Awaiting Feeding Therapy Team appointment with Occupation Therapist, Neurologist, SLP, and Nutritionist he no longer needs.)

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Plus, it is wonderful to have this time to write it all out and share with you.  We have been through so much together but I’ve never had the time to write extensively about it less note taking on his progression.

 

 

Though I’ve been writing for a few short months, I have been providing support curriculum for my son going on 4 years now.  During that time PJ was diagnosed with “severe to moderate” autism.  He was 3 years old at a developmental level of  a 3 mo. old infant.

 

 

We spent much of our days working on basic skills like learning to sit in a chair (without falling), using whole words to communicate, over coming fears (water, sun light, tastes, textures, sounds ect.), pointing at things when asked a question, and generally tolerating others.

 He and I attended many different types of therapy sessions. Our days of learning were intensive.

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Through it all I have tried to keep things as fun as possible.  This he knew as going to “listen”.  He had a blast during Integrated Listening Therapy!   

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 Pet therapy for “gentle touch”

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Reading dog therapy….
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Years of Speech…
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Phenomenal Speech therapy I might add…Oh how we miss Phenomemal SLP as I called her!

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There was no time left to do things like run a blog with a 40 plus hour 7 day a week learning program and several therapy sessions squeezed in between.  Let’s not over look the hours of meal planning for a special diet or home programs for building tolerance.  These programs are often not spoken about but the most difficult for individuals with autism.

 

“Going Shopping”    A program that started at 5 minutes of tolerance per trip.  The faithful backpack was a necessity that has since faded out of the trip. So has the shopping cart!

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“Hair Cutting”.   A program to build tolerance so that cutting his hair didn’t “hurt” his ears and head.  Our first cut with electric clippers and a salt tray graduated to a professional haircut.

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“Finger Nail Clipping”.   A program to build tolerance for clipping his nails which I previously could not even do successfully in his sleep.  Now he cuts his own nails!

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Now that PJ is catching up to his peers (in the case of science he is ahead) there are very few days of data trials with cards (an additional aide for memory retention), I have more time on my hands.

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Don’t get me wrong.  

Though he has lost a diagnosis of autism, we still have much learning to do.  There are social skills, speech, motor skills to strengthen, and academics in general to work on Afterschool.  But these days CAN be and are now be filled with much more musing over his beautiful personality than wondering what is wrong or what hurts when he isn’t “himself” because he can’t tell me.

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 Now there are more moments where he is leading me than in the past during our learning together.   The following activity was one such musing of his curious exploration that led our learning.

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Things you will need 

4 pieces of contact paper

tape

washable paint

paint brush

Bottle caps (one for each color of paint your child will         use)

 

 

Tape 4 pieces of cardstock paper together at the corners.  Turn the new whole piece of paper over and paint a trunk with sprawling branches.  I helped him do this part but you can let your child complete the task if they are ready.


Arbor Day tree craft

 

He used bottle caps top side down and dipped in paint to create leaves for his tree.  I remember how much he enjoyed blending the colors of the leaves on the paper.

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The finished master piece still hangs on our wall. This year we plan to make one for each season.  Next is summer!
Arbor Day Tree Craft

 

 

Exploration

Now for the fun part!  While the tree craft is drying go outdoors and explore.

 

 

PJ took lots samples of tree parts.  He even took samples of things that were growing around trees.

Tree exploration

 

 

We explored different types of bark and the insects that live under bark.  I explained vocabulary words, labeled parts, and introduced adjectives as he moved around from tree to tree.  We were at a huge mountain recreational park area.  Tons of variety there!

Tree exploration

 

He found sticky sap…

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and a sapling!  

Finding the sapling that was planted inside an old cut down tree was the best.  It took his exploration on a side trail of internet searches for ways to help the environment by planting trees.  Really, it was the core of what I hoped he would learn about Arbor Day.  We still check on the growing sapling to this day.Tree exploraion

 

 

 

After collecting “tree” items PJ took them how to sort them by leaves, branches, bark, ect.

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I left his art along with containers of tree materials out so that it would be accessible to him for a few weeks.  He talked about his tree exploration trips, labeled parts of trees, and matched parts to his craft.

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Both PJ and my daughter love reading “The Giving Tree” as much as I do.  This 20 year old copy was one of the first books I bought for his sister.  It is a great book to read for learning about why we need trees and all they give us.  PJ used his craft and tree findings to retell parts of the story several times.  

Tree book and craft extension

 

 

I enjoyed watching PJ learn using all his senses for Arbor Day! We smelled the scent of pine and felt various textures.  He was very engaged and remembered lots of new vocabulary.   It was the start of  a new type of learning..an independent style of learning ..his way.

 

How will your child explore Arbor Day this year?    Please comment below.  I’d love to hear about your plans and experiences!

 

Places I share…

Christian Montessori Network

“>Learn and Play Link Up

 

Hip Homeschool Moms

“>Hip Homeschool Moms

 

Teaching Mama

“>Everything Early Childhood Link Up

 

Preschool and Kindergarten Community Weekly Link Up

 

 

 

Thank you for reading!

 

Crystal 🙂

 

 

 

 

Make Your Own Shamrock Bubbles

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A St. Patrick’s Day Sensory Play Activity..

Never under estimate the power of a simple bubble activity!  Playing in bubbles was one of those activities I  decided to skip for St. Patricks Day.  Why?  My son loves bubbles but we had already done lots of activities with bubbles in the past.  Most of  them in prek and kindergarten….I thought we had done about all a family could do together with them.  Besides,  it’s more of a wee little kid thing right?? 

 

Shamrock bubbles for St. Patricks day

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, but part of being a grown up is learning to play like a kid.  Getting down on their level.  Where ever that maybe.  Plus, bubbles are a great way to reconnect with your child.  They cause everyone to smile, get moving, and enjoy a sweet time of unplanned togetherness.  

 

As a mom, it’s relaxing to watch your child explore bubbles falling to the ground, trying to catch a bubble, or discover how to make the biggest bubble.  AND trying to do that again and again and again.

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It’s simple to do and make which is pretty important when thinking of an easy Afterschool activity that you will enjoy doing as much as them:). 

Hmmm.  Now were talking.  Super fun.  Everyone (all ages) laugh will laugh.  Simple and Easy to do. Check.  How to add a St. Patrick’s Day kick?

 

Our Simple Supply list:

  • 4 and a half green pipe cleaners
  • 1 whole cup of Palmolive Dish Detergent (it works better than Dawn) 
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of warm water
  • wide container to hold bubble solution

 

Pour dish detergent and water in wide container.  Make sure to measure out water and not add from tap.  Your solution will have too many little bubbles.  He did this and discovered the solution didn’t allow him to blow big bubbles.  Good observation!  We made another solution with the above measurements.  Then, he  played in the first batch of solution while I figured out how to make a wand that would withstand lots of dipping.

St.Patricks Day bubbles

 

Make a Shamrock Bubble Wand!:

 

Make 3 heart shapes using three green pipe cleaners.

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I connected the three hearts by twisting together at their bottoms.  I used the whole pipe cleaner to make a stem and help tie the heart leaves together, too.  He was able to make his own with a little help towards connecting parts.  Every child is different. 

St. Patrick's Day bubble wand

 

There is a technique in this last part!  I twisted a half of a pipe cleaner around all the leaves and down the stem.  This reinforced the part he held while dipping.

St.Oatricks Day bubble wand

 

All finished and ready to blow bubbles!

St. Patrick's Day bubble wand

 

AND what BIG bubbles he made!  I think we were both surprised about the size bubble after bubble was.

 

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We had so much fun doing this simple activity.  Grant it there was a little getting wet but only with soap and water.  

 

This post is linked up with…

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Christian Montessori Network

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Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

 

 

 

Books About Cavities, Toothaches, and Dental Health Month

 

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My son lost another tooth today.  Or rather, he pulled his bloody tooth out and directly put it in my hand.  

Yuck!  

I was grossed out momentarily before getting excited all over again about him losing another tooth. …But not excited that he pulled it.

Dental health month books for children

 

Pj after he lost his tooth..Very excited
Pj after he lost his tooth..Very excited

In our house, the tooth fairy is highly decorated;) 

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He writes letters to him/ her, he makes crafts, and he really learns more about Dental Health each time he loses a Tooth. 

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And the timing of this pulled tooth was great!!…Except that we were writing spelling words and blood got on his fingers which got on the table… which got on his spelling work…Honestly, I didn’t remember the bloody part of teeth loss until that.  None the less,  I did get pretty excited because…..

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February is Dental Health Month.   Plus, I haven’t  taught him nearly enough about Cavities or Tooth Decay.   These are topics every kid absolutely needs to fully understand, right?!  They are also things WE can explore BEST by reading books.  His Favorite past time EVER!

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 Books are great!!  Reading books help my son wind down (self regulate) from a busy day at school.  He is still, quiet, and I can even see his breathing slow when he reads by himself!  I make them very accessible so he can pick one up when he feels like its time to clear his head.  There are 5 children’s books on my kitchen table, 2 on the living rm floor, 1 on an end table, 1 in the bathroom, a stack more in his book nook area, and a self full in his room right now.  Let’s not forget the wonderful connection we get from reading to him at bedtime or the creation of life long memories and the instillation of educational values.   What’s not to love when he picks up a book to read?!?!

Books help regulate kids

 

 

In honor of my son and all the little book worms out there, I’m posting this book list.  This list will be about Tooth Decay and Cavities for Dental Health Month and Toothache Day.  Each month I will post a new list of books relevant to that months calender observances.  I hope his list will help your family enjoy reading as much as we do!!

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Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

 

 

Snow Science With REAL Snow

 

REAL Snow Science Begins Here….

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This post was originally wrote 1-26-2016..

I was wondering if this year would be the year for a snow storm and then came news that our area was under an emergency alert for snow.   While others may worry with milk and bread on snow days I’m more concerned about having enough practice work to keep PJ on a schedule similar to that of his school day.  Going back to school from unexpected school closing s are much easier these days but only because I try to keep a school day schedule at home when his school is closed due to bad weather.  For example:

 

Roll A Sentence – This Reading Mama

8:00-9:00am Book reading and topic discovery 9:00-9:30 Topic related sensory break 10:00- 11:00 Sentence Practice with games to warmup for writing about topic of the day 11:00 Lunch!!! And so forth...
8:00-9:00am Book reading and topic discovery
9:00-9:30 Topic related sensory break
10:00-10:30 Sentence practice with games to warmup for writing   about topic of the day
10:30- 11:00 Writing activity (story map, compare/contrast, fact finding, retell, ect…..Then LUNCH!!

 

 

 

When I need a good incentive for homework or my son needs a sensorial break, I fill in with STEM.  PJ loves science because its hands on, visual, and sensory evoking:). I love it because we can add Language Arts by writing to the mix!

Snow Science With REAL Snow

Our science project with real snow…

We did a similar activity last year but our ingredients were not the right measurements.  The mixture fizzled out the top of the bottle instead of blasting up.  The mistake was a learning experience for us both.  I knew we could make it work if we kept trying!

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What you will need:

3 teaspoons baking soda

3 teaspoons dish detergent

blue food coloring

3 small empty bottles

3 cups or more depending on the size of bottle of tomato juice, vinegar, and pickle juice

 

I wanted this project to have a writing component so we added 2 more variables (pickle juice and tomato juice)….. Having 3 variables allowed PJ to compare 3 different experiment reactions.

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Procedure

He measured out Baking soda, dish soap, and green food coloring.  Then, he added everything but the pickle juice to 1 empty bottle.

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I helped him bury the first bottle in a mound of snow so that only the top of the bottled showed.  — This is what is left of our attempt to make an igloo:)  We made 3 mounds for each test.

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Snow Science with Real Snow

I asked him what he thought would happen or to make a prediction.  He said “It will explode up into a rainbow!”

Snow Science with REAL Snow

His first test substance was Pickle juice.  Using pickle juice was his idea!:) Smart cookie!

Test 1

Snow Science With REAL Snow

The pickle juice had less vinegar than pure vinegar but more vinegar than the tomato juice.  We talked about what he observed which was a little green bubbling inside the bottle.  He said “it didn’t work” but enjoyed the bubbles.

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For the WRITING, PJ wrote down his SUPPLY LIST, PREDICTION, PROCEDURE, and TEST OUTCOME.image image

 The next day we completed the other 2 tests with the vinegar and tomato juice/ dressing.  The vinegar was pored into the bottle with the blue food coloring in order to see the process better.

Test 2

Snow Science With REAL Snow

Test 3 

Snow Science. with REAL Snow

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..saved the best reaction for last
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He finished up on day 2 by repeating the written PREDICTION, STEPS TO THE TESTS, and WHAT HAPPENED in our snow experiment.

Is it snowing at your house??  What kind of fantastic exploring will your kids have in the snow?  Comment below.  We’d love to know! 

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For more snow themed sensorial activities visit Montessori Living.com

 

 Thank you for reading!!

Crystal 🙂

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Make A Penguin Labeling Activity

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Informational Text Features: Make A Penguin Labeling Activity…..

I’ve extended our informational text feature study with maps (or should I say penguins) another week.  My little guy is intrigued with the maps we are using for locating penguins on a world map.

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We’ve read a number of books with maps now.  Here is his ultimate favorite…

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We’ve read it a dozen times or more.

 

 

 

 

 

This book has a few maps in it.  It has visuals in the GLOSSARY that include additional maps.   

The best text feature was this 4 page CHART of all 17 types of penguins from smallest to largest.  PJ  looked at the pictures of penguins for a good hour in total.

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I knew we had to go over each type of penguin rather than penguins as a group of Antarctic animals.  

I started by trying out a few homemade black Playdough recipes because black is a hard color to find if not ordered on line.  

Here are a few dependable sites if you would like to try your hand at it:

My dough turned out more a brownish color but I’m not one to waste. The cans I FINALLY found at Walmart were less than 1.00 dollar a piece.  I kept my brown dough for PJ to use in a tropical penguin habitat.

What you need:

  • 5 cans of black playdough
  • 14 plastic eggs (we didn’t use eggs for the 3 smallest species of penguins just dough)
  • 2 cans of white playdough
  • Small amount of orange and yellow playdough

 

Using the book for reference he formed black dough completely around an egg.  The Emperor Penguin is the tallest and should have more dough than any other egg.  

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He labeled body parts of  this penguin without my asking…

 

webbed feet and flippersimage head and bill
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He chose to use googley eyes instead of dough.

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He righty put the emperor in an ocean of tissue paper and used the left over Christmas snow I had to decorate the surrounding area!  How creative!!

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He made 7 species of  Penguins naming and labeling each according to the text in the book. 

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It was a wonderful way to support finding information within his reading and using key text features….Not to mention stir his imagination! 

For more great hands on penguin activities visit Embark On The Journey.

Frog Snails and Puppy Dog Tails– Penguin Snow Globe

Gift of Curiosity– Penguin Printable Pack ages 2-7

Thanks for reading,

Crystal

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