We are absolutely loving our cooking with kids series. My kids love to get in the kitchen and cook with me. (I think the end result of tasting the treats might be a minor motivation…) Today’s Cooking with Kids recipe was a huge hit and the perfect after school snack for a rainy day. We made our own Fruit Mini- Pizza recipe with grapes for today’s G is for Grapes post. The kids decorated their own pizzas and gobbled up this snack!
Mini Fruit Pizza Dessert
from the store. I made up a batch of my sugar cookie recipe with my daughter. She is my special kitchen helper and loves to cook with me!
Experimenting with Air Drag and Streamlined Vehicles
We used just a few materials for this experiment (I’m including the affiliate links for your convenience.)
Two identical toy cars. We used ones similar to these.
colored cardstock, cut into rectangles
stack of books
Prediction: Ask your child their predictions! What will the shapes do to the cars? Will one shape go faster? Why? What will happen when air is applied to the cars?
What is drag? Drag is air resistance caused by disturbances in the flow of air over an object. This force slows down moving objects like the cars in our experiment.
Have fun with your air flow experiments! You might also like our Bernoulli’s Principle air glider project:
We’ve been busy recently making lots of potato print stamp crafts. (Notice: you’ve been warned. Be prepared for super cute potato stamp art and crafts coming your way!) So this week on Share It Saturday, we decided to feature the cutest potato stamp crafts out there. The Polar Bear Print below was the inspiration for this feature post from our link up and we had to go look for more. We’ve done a Grand Old Duke of York nursery rhyme print before and are excited to share more potato stamp crafts soon!
Cute potato stamp crafts for kids
How adorable are these:
Tulip Prints from Crafty Morning
Watermelon Prints from Inner Child Fun
Monster Prints from Mollymoo
Panda Stamps from I heart arts and crafts
Mice Stamps from Glued to My Crafts
Grand Old Duke of York nursery rhyme print from Sugar Aunts
Teaching kids to write their name with sensory and movement:
Fun ways to work on Letter Formation:
Tripod Grasp Activities for Kids:
Improving Pencil Grasp With Fine Motor Play Activities
Fine Motor Coordination with a Cereal Box (activity to improve tripod grasp)Gift Guide: Toys to Improve Pencil Grasp
This post is part of Preschool Powol Packet’s name recognition writing series. Stop by and see all of the great ways to practice name formation.
Math Caterpillar Craft (from a recycled egg carton!)
Caterpillar math activity:
- Count out craft pom poms, encouraging 1:1 correspondence. Counting items is an important preschool math concept that is used in addition and subtraction in later grades. My first grader often uses counting manipulates as a technique for adding multiple digit addition/subtraction problems and counting too quickly can lead to errors.
- Use the pom poms to feed the caterpillar. Sort them into piles by color and patterns and make the caterpillar eat the pom poms by pushing them under the head. Write out the math subtraction problems.
This post is part of the natural parenting and earth month series at Allternative Learning.
This painting with pinwheels art activity is one that we actually did last summer. We never got around to sharing it, but it was such a fun creative art activity, that I wanted to be sure to show you all! My kids still talk about painting with pinwheels, so we’ll be doing this one again soon, especially now that the weather has warmed and we can get back outside for creating art with the kids!
Painting with Pinwheels Art
would be perfect! (See what I did there? Perfect?) You can definitely take this painting activity indoors, with paper spread over the table surface. The paint coated pinwheels make the paint spray, especially as kids start getting more into the activity and discover that blowing the pinwheels
makes paint spray in super artistic ways!
into bowls. (Click here
for our favorite paint for it’s bright colors that don’t fade as they dry.) Show the kids how to dip the pin the pinwheels into the paint. We used a giant roll of paper for big art. Roll, blow, spin, and tap the pinwheels onto the paper with color mixing. This is such a fun and creative painting activity!
How to make stovetop clean mud:
With a broken microwave, we were out of luck making the traditional recipe for clean mud. Or were we??? Why not try a stove top version of clean mud for a different twist on the usual clean mud recipe. Instead of a bar of Ivory soap, we used body wash. (This scent also had a pink tint to it and the body wash made for a great cherry/vanilla scent.)
for kitchen experiments, be sure to pick one up. We use ours all the time!) Usually we make a large batch of clean mud using a whole roll of toilet paper. This time, we just made a small amount.
Next, add one tablespoon of body wash and one tablespoon of water. Stir everything together over heat on the stove. Keep stirring until the clean mud reaches the consistency of mashed potatoes. Remove from heat and continue to stir.
Dump the clean mud onto a clean surface and let cool to touch. Knead the dough just a bit to add “fluff” to the sensory dough. You want the clean mud to be squishy but not too soapy. You can adjust the texture by adding more toilet paper or soap/water.