I complained about this on my facebook page, but I was quite ready to give my kids away to the first bidder that day. I’d carefully laid out the materials, and we discovered we needed particular water. So, we left it sitting there to go get the water. We got back and Superman spilled liquids all over the food, and in the midst of cleaning it lost the food.
And then I discovered someone had cut the pipette in half. At that point I sent them all away so I could regroup and not consider putting them up for adoption……….. I exaggerate slightly, but I was frustrated.
Why do I tell you all of this, especially since I do have another science activity to share?
Because I want you to know it doesn’t always go right here. There are some days where I’m ready to throw in the towel and ship them off to public school. But then I see things like this:
That’s all three of my kids happily playing together with play food and some plastic dishes. Batman is in a cloak and from there they went on to fight bad guys and rescue people.
John Deere tractors (which looks to be missing from this page)- if you go to the post there are several suggestions for great books.
Champy- Vermont’s very own version of the Loch Ness Monster, Christy, who is now blogging over at Snacks and Stories, turned me on to the idea of Champy. We used Mysterious Tadpole, which is really about the Loch Ness Monster, but it worked just fine. I also have to add, I LOVE stories like this.
Nora’s Ark– super cute true story, and it gave my kids a lot to think about for what they would save if they had to leave their house.
Tricking the Tally Man– mwa ha ha, bring in math and history all in one well written and illustrated book, SCORE!
I took some of those fun games they have in the All About Reading workbook and made them into an envelope game. For the feed the monster, I glued him on, and cut a slit in the envelope so we can feed him.
Afterwards the pieces just store right in the envelope we fed them into.
I did the same thing for the monkey game, and plan to do the same for all upcoming games. Now it’s easy to play it over and over again. Update: 1. Sorry for the bad photo, I took a quick picture with my phone in a rather dark room. 2. Since first creating this “game” we have done the monster game almost every day, I’m taking it super slow with Princess and taking about a week a lesson for now.
“Luck With Potatoes” is a fun book about a farmer in Tennessee who has the worst luck until one day it turns around. You’ll have to read the book to find out how.
Well, after reading the book there was nothing to do, but to draw what was going to be found in our potatoes. Apparently there were a lot of animals found in our potatoes. Not to mention entire worlds. If we were potato farmers we would have been able to make a mint off the things found in there.
I had originally planned on having the kiddos make something out of potatoes, but it didn’t come to pass, much sadness. Maybe I’ll save that for the 20th rereading of the book.
Afterwards we compared the book and the movie. In this instance we did a simple same and different T-chart, but this is a favorite activity of mine with books that have been made into movies. What was changed?
In case you can’t read what that says, in both he crashed, but he did not paddle through water in the book.
There were a few significant differences between the book and the movie, and if you’re interested I’d highly recommend the wikipedia article about Casey Jones, it gives some interesting facts there.
What is your favorite book to movie transition? Do you like any picture books that have been made into movies. I have very mixed feelings on those movies.