Did you know that it is International Mud Day?
I hope you are out playing in the mud!!!!
We are on vacation. So, I have scheduled this post for you.
As far as I am concerned, MUD DAY needs to be every day!
Here are a few of our previous posts that have to do with mud:
We play in the mud pretty much any chance we get!
How are you celebrating today?
Being that our childcare is closed and we are on vacation, I am hoping to celebrate MUD DAY either on the shore of Lake Ontario or Lake Erie (depending on where we are on our road trip!).
Thank you to Jaime over at Hands On As We Grow for setting up this wonderful blog hop!
If you have been playing in the mud, join in:
Last week, I gave you a sneak peek into the ins and outs of making your own light table.
(Well, at least our versions of them!) There are oodles of different things you can do with a light table, but one of our favorites is to draw on it!
Sometimes we use sand and sometimes we use salt. Today, we covered our table with a layer of salt and then added a package of dry Kool-Aid to give the salt a slight tint and a wonderful smell!
I love how the light adds optical aesthetics to this tactile activity.
Even some of our younger friends found this activity to be intriguing.
Have you tried sand or salt on your light table?
We've been getting quite a bit of rain - so we have been spending a lot of time building forts. I have a couple of posts scheduled and ready, but we are going on vacation in a few days an I won't be back to work until July 11th. If all goes well with scheduled posts, you will still have a bit to read while we are on the road. Just know that I won't be responding to comments or doing much reading for awhile :).
Steve Spangler Science. The scientific name for this color separating is chromatography, and can easily be performed.
Can you see how the water pulled the colors out of the black pigment?
Different types of markers made different color patterns.
Our other colors ran or bled, but they did not produce a rainbow of colors like the black did.
As more time passed, the color traveled further and further from the center.
Have you tried any chromatography science or art investigations? We'd love to hear about them!
What critters have you seen lately?
Oh, and don't forget.... You have a chance to win a package from Upper Michigan to share with your children in our Pay It Forward Giveaway! Visit this post to learn more.
This first table is one that we put together with some scrap wood pieces, an old plexi-glass door from an entertainment center, and a couple of aquarium lights. Total Cost = $0. (We had everything on hand.) The table needs a little bit of tweaking. (It is on my to do list). Basically, we made a frame of wood around the plexi-glass and placed the lights under it. Our DIY skills in putting this together were far from expert, so the frame has a couple of gaps (and the reused wood is warped). We plan to try a new frame and use some caulk to seal any gaps. We also plan to attach the lights to the side of the frame instead of just placing them on the floor under it. The plexi-glass could use some frosting, either with a coat of frosting spray or with a layer of frosted contact paper. Even though it could still use quite a bit of work, the children love it!
I think they like the gaps when playing with the sand too.... because they find small mountains of sand on the floor when we move the table ;).
The second table we made is much smaller. It is nice to have 2 different sized tables. The smaller one promotes more individual or pair play, while the larger can accommodate more children. This smaller version was inspired by Jeff A Johnson and Tasha A Johnson in their book:
You learn more about Jeff and Tasha over at Explorations Early Learning, LLC. AND if you are local- Mark your calendar for April 13 -14, 2012 as Jeff is going to be one the Keynote Speakers at the UP Early Childhood Conference!
Okay, back to our table. You will need a plastic tote, an under the counter light, white spray paint, silver spray paint, painters tape, newspaper(or paper of some sort to cover the bottom of the tote), a sander or sandpaper, and a coping saw. (We used a dremel sander and a mouse sander, but you could easily use sandpaper). You will also need duct tape or another adhesive material to attach your light with.
Attach your light diagonally to the bottom of the cover of your tote. We used white duct tape to attach ours. Make sure to attach it securely to the lid.
For your tote, you will need to use the paper and painters tape to cover the bottom of the tote on the inside. This will prevent that area from being covered with paint. Then, spray the inside of your tote with a couple of coats of white paint. (I think I applied 2 coats, drying well between each coat). After the white paint has dried, apply a coat of metallic silver paint. When everything has dried, remove the paper and tape.
Then, with a coping saw, cut a notch in the side of the tote where the cord will pass through. (Put the top on the tote to make sure that the cord fits through and you can still securely attach the cover.) You may need to sand this cut. We used a sander on our Dremel to do this.
Place the lid on the tote, and then flip the tote upside down. You will use the bottom of the tote as the top of your table. If your tote is not frosted or if it has writing on the bottom, use a sander to frost it up and remove the writing. Plug the table in and you are ready to play! The tote still works great to store all of your light table accessories when the table is not in use. If you have the right kind of tote, there will be a small border all the way around the edge that works great to hold on the sand or salt!
1/2 c light corn syrup
1/2 c dish soap
2 1/2 c water
Heat your water and corn syrup (either in the microwave or on the stove top). Corn syrup is very thick and takes time to dissolve in room temperature water. Using hot water or heating it will allow for better mixing. Then add your dish soap, mix well and enjoy!
Then, having a wide selection of bubble blowers is ideal. Here are a few of our favorites:
click here. (We made some new ones this week and instead of using a rubber band, we used our hot glue guns to attach the fabric to the bottles).
Our kitchen mashers are fantastic for making bubbles too!
Cookie Cutters, Hula Hoops, Giant Bubble Blowers, Straws, Berry Baskets, Hat Driers, Pipe Cleaners, basically anything with a hole in it works!
What is your favorite things to use to blow bubbles?
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