Monday, July 7, 2014

Mad Science Monday: FROZEN Slime!

   I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!  The weather was perfect and it was a pretty quiet and relaxing 4th of July for us this year.
   I know some of you are in the same boat as me when I say that my little munchkin is stilll very much obsessed with everything FROZEN. So, I have been thinking- why not have some learning fun with a FROZEN theme?? There are TONS of ideas all over Pinterest lately and I am eager to try a few and have some FROZEN fun!
    Today, we squeezed in some Mad Science Monday fun.... and we made FROZEN slime!
    There are many different ways to make slime, but the one I chose was very simple and required only 2 ingredients and it was a recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose:
1) Liquid Starch (I found it in the laundry detergent section at Walmart)
2) Colored Glitter Glue (It can be found at Walmart, Michaels or any craft store.)
The munchkin poured the glue into a bowl and I slowly added in the liquid starch, one cup at a time. 
    We mixed it together and kneaded it for a few minutes until it reached a soft, slimy, yet not too sticky consistency. If it is too sticky, add a little more liquid starch, but not too much or it can take on a consistency of playdoh. (We made 2 batches- one purple and one blue and added her Elsa, Anna and Olaf toys.)
The slime was so fun to stretch and twirl!!
She engaged in slime play for over an hour. Elsa, Anna and Olaf each got slimed!
And Elsa got a brand new blue glittery (very see through) dress!!
And then she put them to bed!
This was so much fun! I even enjoyed playing with it myself... great sensory play for any age!
I know this is just the beginning to all the fun we are going to have with a FROZEN theme!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Teeing Up and Hammering Away Beginning Sounds!

    The past few days, the little munchkin has been working hard at reviewing beginning sounds. I want to make sure she has a good grasp on beginning sounds before we move on to identifying middle and ending sounds. Kindergarten will be here before we know it!
   She had some fun with a little wooden hammer and golf tees we borrowed from daddy's golf bag. (When I first put out the hammer and golf tees for her awhile back, she really liked it.) So this hammering activity, "Tee It Up For Sounds" by Make Take Teach was lots of fun, with some learning included!
    Another beginning sound activity she did was with our ABC Cookies. We have used this on many different occassions to learn different skills: Letter Identification, ABC order, Spelling and now Letter Sounds. The great thing is that it includes learning cards inside.  (One lucky Facebook Fan will have a chamce to win today!)  So, if you are not a fan on my Facebook Page yet, you should be if you want a chance to win this!

    With these games and other spontaneous activities that we have done with beginning sounds, I am confident that my future kindergartener has a very good grasp on letters and their sounds! 
Now onto some more challenging, learning fun!