Friday, May 24, 2013

Project For End of May

After our last "Project Post", we hit up the dollar store and purchased hair gel and a pool noodle (along with a new pink hair brush, headbands, painting project book, 2 outdoor storage containers and sunflower seeds for daddy). Yep, luckily everything is a dollar. We still needed a magnetic alphabet set and cereal (waiting for grocery day). Or I guess I could hit up Walmart for both of these, but i'm sure I'll find 6 other things I need there as well. I just cannot win.

Projects we have completed from the Project List v.1.....
Princess Marble Races

Interest: Well, as with most activities, I tried to do this one outside. My "slide" was a bit crooked and Isabelle's marble kept flying off. After about 5 runs, the girls looked at me like, "is this it?". Agreed. We could not get our marbles going at the same time, nor could we understand what the point of the exercise was. Isabelle enjoyed taking it apart - ie removing all of the toothpicks, but it lasted us about 15 minutes.

Result: Fail. Maybe inside would have been a better idea, being outside can make my children less focused.

Sensory Bags
One for everyone. I also added clear tape at the top for fear of someone trying to open it up....

Interest: As with the directions, I allowed Isabelle to help put these together. With these, I may suggest buying to hair gels if you'd like to make two small bags. Once we got down to the last 1/4 of the bottle, I had to use my finger to get the remainder out. I wouldn't want to do that again. It got a bit messy at that point. I had to rinse off both bags, my child, myself and my table. I'd go with tossing the remainder next time. Putting it all together was very fun for Isabelle - she loves glitter which we already had on hand. What did she do with the bags? Well, making shapes or lines on the bags may be for children in between mine who have enough focus to try to draw line, but are not too advanced that their letters continue disappearing as they write them. Or maybe my bags have too much air or are too small. They were good fun for Isabelle alone for 10 minutes, but then we began wading them up and throwing them around. I am not very interested in hair gel with food coloring getting anywhere in my, mean mom has put them away until we can act more focused.

Success:Ultimately, I'd call these a success. We don't have a long attention span at this house especially alone and these bags held our interested for an extended period of time. I'll be getting them out again.

Cereal Spelling
Is Isabelle skilled enough to do her own tracing at gluing - probably not. So I tried a few first then I let her have a chance to try.
Interest: Good. Best if done at the table under your supervision. Allowing the kids to eat while playing is also the easy way to go. A two and one snack time success. I also found after my two attempts that it was best to put on the glue myself then remove it.
Success: We did make two attempts at this project, but after learning my lesson to observe it was a big success with the best buddy Alex and an eating success for Isabelle. Everyone was happy and busy.

Add On Projects:

Ice Cube Painting (this one is for Adelaide):
Just like it sounds, I'll freeze ice cubes with food coloring in them and put the kids out with paper to paint with their ice cubes. This will be a "panties only" activity to save clothing. Food coloring is not my favorite, however now that I look through the pinterest search I realize people use Kool-Aid as well. Not sure which I disapprove of more, but food coloring was on hand.

Shopping List:
Food Coloring
Ice Cube Trays*

Interest: Good. I did have to watch over this one. I don't trust food coloring and I love the new white paint on my home. After the girls were done with painting, they attempted to put the ice cubes back into the ice cube tray. This also made a great time for Adelaide to play in the dog bowls.
Success: Absolutely. I'll be going it again. Easy Peasy.

Bird Feeders
We collected pine cones in the fall and I've been moving them around the house since then. I finally purchased bird food & cheap peanut butter to get the project going, but it still took a couple weeks to get to. Thank you to Isabelle's buddy Alex for inspiring project play dates. He has told me that he enjoys taking things he's done home with him....

Shopping List:
Pine Cones
String (whoops)
Peanut butter
Bird Feed

Interest: Very fun. Everyone ate peanut butter and bird seed. Very entertaining.
Success: Absolutely. But I think Copper ate them all that afternoon...then woke in the middle of the night to "use the restroom", so i'm not sure we should try that one again.

Projects Next up:
Shaving Cream Slip and Slide
Shopping List:
Cheap Table Cloth*
Shaving Cream (lots o colors) *

Spring Flowers

Shopping List:
Coffee Filters *
Dot a Dot Art Paint *

Checkout this fun list of stuff....
Dollar Tree (my personal favorite dollar store) Ideas


Melissa Jeras said...

AWESOME! I'm so glad you posted this. Thanks for the fun ideas! We've done a couple of them, but we just tried the cereal name tracing one...although we used M&M's. Nothing like keeping kids focused with the magic of treats! It is funny you say they are less focused outside. Mine are the opposite. I can't get them to focus UNLESS we are outside. Calms Niko down. So does chocolate apparently...or at least temporarily.

The sensory bag one we've done but using large ziplocks. I used a smaller amount dark paint and taped them to a window so the light would shine through. I love the addition of the glitter!

Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! I'll add some to my homeschool preschool curriculum! :) Miss you!

Cameron Schaumburg said...

Love all these ideas, Kack! Can you do one that keeps away wasps? I need one for our back porch :) You are so creative and the kiddos look so cute hard at work.