Miss Felicia shares some great center ideas with a whimsical Dr. Seuss theme. Center activities are a great way to engage with kiddos and explore literacy, math, and science concepts. They can also allow for great sensory experiences. Follow us on Pinterest for more ideas.
Take some time to watch this Raising a Reader lesson, as Miss Kat and Miss A.J. talk about the importance of reading with our children. We are still a little new to these video lessons so please forgive the sideways video, and be sure to share your thoughts below.
Watch this great video as Miss Felicia shares some of the benefits of play-dough. We have two recipes below, try them out and let us know in the comments what your children like to do most with play-dough.
Kool aid Play dough
Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 2 tablespoons cream of tartar 1 packet unsweetened Kool aid 1 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Directions: 1) Combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup salt, 2 tablespoon cream of tartar, 1 packet Kool aid and 1 cup water. 2) Turn on medium heat and stir in 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil and keep stirring for 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture forms into a ball. The mixture will darken in color. 3) Remove from heat and knead for a minute or two. 4) Store in an air tight container or Ziploc bag.
No Cream of Tartar Play dough
1 cup of flour 1/4 cup of salt 3/4 cup of water 3 tablespoons of lemon juice 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil Food coloring Any seasonings or scents you would like Directions: 1. Add the water, oil and lemon juice to a medium non-stick pot and heat on medium heat on the stove (maybe even slightly lower heat depending on your stove). 2. Add food coloring, liquid scents or Kool-Aid to the water mixture. 3. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt and any dry seasonings you are using. 4. After the water is hot, but not boiling, slowly add the dry ingredients to the pot and while mixing to combine. I use a wooden or plastic cooking spoon. 5. Continuously stir until the ingredients combine, dry out and begin to form a ball. If there are parts that seem a bit sticky still, just flatten the dough out and put the sticky side down on the bottom of the pot very briefly. Flip back and forth frequently until it doesn’t seem sticky anymore. However, don’t cook it too long. It is better to be a bit undercooked as it will firm up as it cools down. 6. Place on a sheet of wax paper until it cools down a bit. Then knead the dough for a minute or two to bring it all together.
We hope to stay connected with you during this time of social distancing. You can still participate in Fun Van even though we’re not able to meet in person right now. Check out our mini video lessons and feel free to leave comments and answer questions!
Watch our first video a great resource from Week 2 of our classes with Miss A.J.!