Easy Scented Sidewalk Paint

Monday, April 29, 2013

Abby loves sidewalk chalk and I have to admit..I do too!  It's quick, fun and washes off easily.  I saw this fun idea for sidewalk paint (a liquid form of sidewalk chalk), but thought a scented version would be so much better.

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Scented Extracts
  • Container with dividers (muffin tin or something similar)
  • Paintbrushes or foam brushes

Mix 1 cup of cornstarch with 1 cup of water until combined.  Pour mixture into divided container and add food coloring until desired color is reached.  For added fun, add a few drops of flavoring extract (banana, orange, almond, rose, vanilla, etc).  I have also experimented with adding Kool-Aid for both color and scent.  The amount depends entirely on the color you are trying to achieve and it works just as well.  Now, just dip your brush in and be creative!

Abby had so much fun "decorating" and liked a more abstract approach by splattering the paint in the end.

K4- RRSK: Letter N, YCR: Unit 16 and Earth Day

Saturday, April 27, 2013

This week we celebrated Earth Day.  A few weeks ago, we received an assortment of baby trees.  My husband was kind enough to plant them (I don't have the best track record for establishing plant life) and Abby and I have been observing their progress. On a recent walk, we discovered three little trees were sprouting leaves. 
Abby learned many ways she can help take care of the planet and we read LOTS of books.  I found this wonderful Earth Day inspired book list that includes a wide variety of cute stories for children.  You can check out my Pinterest board for other great ideas we didn't get to this week.

She also worked on adding and subtracting using Royal Baloo's Earth Day Pack.

And, we practiced a bit with telling time.  It's not something we've spent too much time on yet, but she's pretty comfortable telling time by the hour.

RRRSK header copy

We are essentially picking up where Raising Rock Stars Preschool left off with Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten. We are reviewing the Bible verses she learned before, but using more challenging activities.

Letter: N
Bible Verse: No one can serve two masters.
Matthew 6:24

She liked having a short verse to trace this week. ;-)

You can learn more about the K4 Curriculum here, which we are currently using as our base.

Abby worked on cutting practice with her Kumon: Cutting workbook activity.

Even though we briefly cover a letter with RRSK, we also cover a weekly letter in her K4 materials.  They do not correspond and match each week, mainly because I didn't feel there was a need.  This week, we worked on Letter M.

We read the silly story together and she is in charge of locating all the Letter M's within the story.

She worked on adding and loved this game!  She rolled the die, counted the dots and wrote the number in each space on her sheet.  Then, she had to add the two together.

Summer turned 9 months old this week!  She continues to babble and has recently joined our conversations with what sounds like, "HUH?"  She is also taking 4 to 5 unaided steps now and thoroughly enjoys her achievement!

K4- RRSK: Letter M, YCR: Unit 16 and Weather Fun

Friday, April 19, 2013

Last week, we decided to take a break from our weekly Raising Rock Stars activities.  But this week, we are back on track.

RRRSK header copy
We are essentially picking up where Raising Rock Stars Preschool left off with Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten. We are reviewing the Bible verses she learned before, but using more challenging activities.
Letter: M
 Bible Verse: 
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 
1 John 3:18

Locating pictures with the letter "M" sound...

Tracing her verse...

You can learn more about the K4 Curriculum here, which we are currently using as our base.

She worked on tracing and writing.

One afternoon she decided she wanted to read rather than play. :-)

Unit: 16
there, say, of, now

We have taken an unintentional break from her sight words.  This unit has proved to be a bit challenging so we will continue into next week until I see her fully confident.

Abby has been curious about weather, especially rain, so we did an observation activity with a cotton ball.  She really liked this.  We used several of these printables.

First, she observed a dry cotton ball.  We talked about whether it was wet/dry, rough/soft, heavy/light.  Then, I asked her to guess what will happen (the same questions as above) if she dropped the cotton ball into some water. 

And, she guessed right!

We also did a little experiment to see how rain falls from clouds.  You can read a more detailed post about that here.

This week has been pretty windy and it was perfect weather to fly a kite!

Daddy helped her get the kite ready.


Summer liked watching.

Summer has been working on her 7th and 8th tooth the past two weeks!  She also loves initiating Peek-A-Boo and becomes quite animated. :-)

Our little explorer DOES NOT like to be contained and has made that VERY clear!  She enjoys cruising around and is beginning to let go and take one or two steps.  She finds joy dumping toys out and making messes, knocking over Abby's creations and searching for things to climb on.  However, there are times she is content to be confined.

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Make Your Own Rain Cloud

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

For the past few months, Abby has become increasingly curious about the weather.  She has many questions about thunder, lightning, tornadoes and other weather related topics.  To help her understand clouds and rain, we experimented with making our own rain cloud.

What You'll Need

Clear vase
Shaving Cream
Food Coloring

Start by filling a vase with water.  Then, add shaving cream to create a cloud.  At this point, we talked about how the sun heats water found in creeks, ponds, lakes, etc and the water evaporates, rising up into the sky as vapor.  Eventually, the water vapor condenses in the cool air to form a cloud.  We then talked about why clouds are white (light is reflected from the sun (rainbow of colors from the sun adds up to be white) and sometimes gray (too heavy or too high to allow light to reflect and pass through).

Next, we slowly began adding the color (water).  The basis of this was to explain that once a cloud is  heavy enough, it begins to rain.  Abby decided she couldn't just go a drop at a time...so she decided to squeeze much of the bottle of food coloring into the cloud, resulting in a torrential downpour. :-)

And..why not add a splash TON of color!

The next morning she asked to do it again...this time using diluted food coloring.  This project was a fun, yet simple way, to visually explain how rain falls from clouds.

Note: A wide rectangular vase/aquarium would have been perfect for this project to visually show a line of precipitation over a greater area, unfortunately we did not have one on hand.

K4- Home Art Studio: Lesson 1 and Outdoor Fun!

Friday, April 12, 2013

This past week has been hit and miss for several reasons, but we managed to get several things accomplished and enjoy some beautiful weather outdoors.  We took a break from our weekly Raising Rock Stars and You Can Read activities, but I plan to resume those next week.

 You can learn more about the K4 Curriculum here, which we are currently using as our base.
Abby got these word building cards as an Easter gift and really enjoyed building and sounding out words.

She loved using a tape measure to find the length and height of various items.  Plus, it's helpful with number identification practice.

She worked on several number of the week pages, like this tracing page.

Home Art Studio

Abby loved her first art project from Home Art Studio

 Playtime Fun!

Summer began climbing this week on everything from couches to ottomans!  While she has better luck using items as a step to get where she wants to be, she is very determined to achieve her goal without assistance.

We also took advantage of some beautiful Spring days and enjoyed some warm sunshine.


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