Sep 12, 2012

Baking Cotton Balls

While scrolling through facebook, I saw an interesting link on baking cotton balls from Play Create Explore. So I figured I might as well try it with the boys!

We started by stirring up the mixture and then pouring it into a muffin tin. Then we added food coloring to color the mixture. This was a fun little mini lesson on mixing colors. John was really interested in seeing what colors were made when combining different food colors. Unfortunately, we only have blue, green, and yellow food coloring on hand so we basically had lots of different shades of green!

They had a blast dipping cotton balls into the mixture, thus making a huge mess. Matthew even liked transferring the balls with a spoon.

John can be picky sometimes so you never know when he is in the mood to get messy or when he decides he wants to be Mr. Clean. Well, this was one of those days he was fine with getting messy and ended up lathering himself in the mixture! Good thing he was in just his undies. Matthew copied him except he still had shorts on so his short were SO MESSY! So, a bath was in order while the cotton balls were baking.

Over the weekend I used a marker to write words, letters, numbers, and shapes on the cotton balls. Then we took our play hammers outside and smashed up the cotton balls as I called out which ones to find. John loved finding the words and Matthew just smooshed the balls without waiting for me. Either way, it was fun for them!

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Sep 11, 2012

First Day Favorites

Last week John had his first day of preschool at his new school. I kind of just randomly picked this school since we moved into our new house well after registration dates. However, even with only two days of school under John's belt, I really am loving this school and am so glad I found it! Amazingly, John's teacher happens to be a fan of lil Mop Top which is SO RANDOM! Of all the teachers in the area (and the few fans of lil Mop Top!) it is crazy that John is in her class!

Anyways, I took a million pictures of John before we left the house on the first day of school. I purposely took one with him to the side of the frame so I could add his favorites in photoshop. I 'interviewed' him a couple days before the picture and some of his answers surprised me. I bet if I asked him the same questions today half of them would have different answers!

Here is the picture I did last year. My little boy grew up so much in one year! Click here to see a post I made about first day pics last year.

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Sep 10, 2012

Putting Sorting Skills to Good Use

The other day Matthew rolled off the couch (while horseplaying of course) and started to cry. To get him to stop crying I asked him 'Do you want to help Mommy empty the dishwasher?'. He amazingly said yes. What a weirdo!

So I told him to pull up a chair, handed him the silverware basket and said 'Have fun sorting!'. Obviously, I didn't give him the steak knives. He put them all away perfectly and was a happy little boy. He would sometimes put them in the wrong spot, say 'noooooo', and then correct himself. It was pretty cute and helpful!

Maybe I should put the plastic dishes on a bottom cabinet so he can put those away next!

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