Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cookies for the Birds

This morning we planned an outing to the marsh to feed the birds.
We've been before because it’s very close to our school and is a short
           trail that our little ones can manage fairly easily.

We were going to make bird feeders but then I found this recipe at 
                            Imagine Childhood.
    It was a switch to bake cookies for the birds instead of ourselves. 
We followed the recipe, adding margarine, flour, oatmeal and baking powder.
A fun part was when we added the egg, the recipe said to add the shell too. 
                         So we crushed it up with our hands.
Next we added bird seed and blueberries (we had some in the freezer)
                                and mixed it altogether.
We rolled it out between two sheets of waxed paper and started to
                                use cookie cutters.
The cookie cutter didn’t work well so we decided to roll the dough into
                             balls and poke a hole in each.
They bake for about 15 or until hard and brown.  All ready to take the marsh.
We strung green yarn through the hole and looked for a tree to hang it from.
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                The colours almost match the environment.
                Will the birds find them?  Will they like them?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sharing Books with our Buddies

This morning we met with our buddies.  Our objective was to promote reading.
The big buddies had visited the library and picked out books to read to the
little buddies.  They practiced reading it before we got together.
This was an opportunity for the big buddies to be a teacher.  Teaching the little buddies how to handle a book.  I noticed the books being handled respectfully and turning the pages carefully.
Teaching the little buddies that pictures and words in the book mean something.
I noticed that they pointed at pictures after reading to help make connections.
Teaching the little buddies the pleasure of reading together.  I noticed heads together studying the book; listening, asking questions, talking together.

To end our time together the big buddies brought a book to life.
They performed Caps For Sale.

caps for sale 2 from Maureen Wagner on Vimeo.
As they story started the children settled in to listen.  Even our youngest buddies were attentive to what was happening.  We didn’t need a back drop or scenery, the big buddies led us through the story so enthusiastically that the little buddies were so enjoying it that they were willing to become involved.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Today we made ‘Warm Rolled Up Bananas’ for snack.  You can find this simple 
                               recipe at Super Healthy Kids.
Measure cream cheese, honey and cinnamon in a bowl, then mix really well.
                 Spread it on a tortilla right out to the edges.
         Peel the bananas and roll them up in the cream cheese tortilla.
Cook them in a frying pan, turning every couple of minutes so all sides are
                             browned and the insides are soft.
                   We sliced it so everyone could share.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Magnets on Metal Exploration

For the past few months I’ve asked families to collect their tin cans and bring them to school.  Last week I finally felt we had enough to set up an activity with magnets.  This activity was inspired by a post over at Teach Preschool.
Bowls were set up with ‘extras’, which included…            
Magnet-backed foam letters, great for identifying and matching our ABCs.
Plus they added some colour to the table.

Magnet wands helped us learn how magnets can move items around.
And how they are tools to help us stack cans to make a tower.

Various small magnets were used to stick cans and metal pieces together.  Sometimes they look like a face.

Frozen juice can lids were great for picking up and building sculptures.

Metal nuts were fun to pick up with the magnet wand because they became magnetized as they were lifted and all stuck together.  They were heavy to lift.

And the super-magnets were very strong.  They stick through our hand and the table.

I'm wondering what else I can add to extend this activity?  Any ideas?