Painting with Ice Cubes

Painting with Ice Cubes

I love to get messy.  So this idea is prefer for me to get messy and be creativity at the same time.

Embrace the cold with chilly ice paint! Kids love to swirl the melting paint over paper, creating beautiful designs. They’ll practice their color recognition and counting skills while observing paint go from a liquid state to a solid state, then back to liquid again.
What You Need:

Liquid tempera paint
Ice cube tray
Craft sticks
Paper
Plastic wrap (optional)

What You Do:

Help your child pour the paint into the ice cube tray. Let her count out how many cubes of each color she wants.
When she’s done filling up the tray, have her put a craft stick into the middle of each paint cube. The sticks should be able to stand up on their own, but if they won’t stay up, try covering the tray in plastic wrap. Then poke the sticks through the wrap for extra stability.

Have her carefully place the ice cube tray in the freezer, and let it sit until the paint is frozen solid.
When the paint cubes are frozen, it’s time to paint! Ask your child to choose a color, and help her pop the chosen paint cube out of the tray.

She can hold the craft stick and swirl the frozen paint cube over paper. As it melts, it’ll leave a lovely trail of paint. Encourage her to use several different cubes to create her masterpiece.
As she paints, discuss the process of freezing. What happened to the paint when she put it in the freezer? What’s happening to the paint when it’s exposed to the warm air and paper? What does the paint feel like as it melts?

Ice paint is also a great tool in teaching your child about color mixing. Freeze only yellow and red paint cubes, and let your child discover what results from using those colors together. As they melt, the paints will magically mix into orange!

If your hosting an outdoor birthday party, this activity is a wonderful way to engage your little party animals.

Caution: This craft is quite messy, so be sure to cover your work space.
Very good for the outside. I try it inside, got paint all over. So now I know it works better outside.

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Cookies recipe for Kids

I love cookies, I am not a cake person. I like cookies for my birthday. I use to eat a lot of cookies and sometime they were a bit hard. But now I need them to be softer than what I am use to eating. I found a recipe for cookies that I can eat now. I have to watch my salt, so that why I use unsalted butter. You can use salted butter if you want. I try to make them healthy and taste good to. So that is why I use whole wheat flour and regular flour.

Cookies recipe for kids – Chocolate-chip Oatmeal Cookies

Get the best of two classics with this two-in-one recipe. Crisp on the outside and chewy within, this cookie is buttery and chocolaty, but not too sweet. It’s also a great make-ahead recipe since the cookies keep well for up to five days in an airtight container.

What you’ll need

1 cups flour
3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups (packed) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

How to make it

Heat the oven to 350º F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and oats.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla extract and milk. With a spoon or spatula, blend in the flour mixture and then the chocolate chips.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes on the middle rack, then rotate each pan and bake for 2 more minutes or until golden. Cool the pans on wire racks for 5 minutes before removing the cookies to the racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen.

Sun Puppet

For Kids’ Creativity – A Talking Sun Puppet

This summer puppet project for preschool children. I love the Summertime. “Summertime means lots of sunshine. We love it when the sun shines and we can play outside. The sun makes us feel hot sometimes and thirsty. What else can the sun do? It can burn you too! Please remember to wear sunscreen.”

Materials for each puppet:
1. Two 9 inch paper plates
2. Orange, yellow, and white construction paper
3. Cardboard paper towel tube
4. Yellow paint
5. Yellow yarn
6. Rubber band (red if possible)
7. Aluminum foil
8. Glue, scissors, pencil, newspaper to work on
9. Two paper brad fasteners

Description:
1. Trace children’s hand on the colored paper. You will need to cut out five yellow hand shapes and six orange hand shapes.

2. Children paint the bottom of one paper plate yellow.

3. Children cover the bottom of the second plate with glue. They arrange the hand shapes around the edge of the gluey plate for the rays of the sun. Teach
patterning, by showing them how to glue first an orange hand, then a yellow, then an orange, etc. ending with an orange hand, and leaving a 2 inch opening between them where no hand “ray” sticks out. You can draw a line for them to see where to place the first hand and where to stop with the last hand.

4. The children put the top of the painted plate over the gluey plate so that you have a yellow sun with rays all around it. The opening will be the bottom.

5. To make the mouth, push the two paper brad fasteners into the sun above the
opening and about 3 inches apart. Hook an end of the rubber band over each
fastener. Open the fasteners on the back of the sun to secure them. Children
will need help or the teacher can do this part.

6. Cut two eyes from the white paper. Children use a black marker or crayon to
draw a pupil on each eye. Children glue the eyes to the face of the sun.

7. Children cover the tube with aluminum foil. Fold the extra foil down into the
two ends of the tube. Cut a 2 inch slit on each side of the opening at one end of the tube. Help the children slide the bottom edge of the sun into the slit.

8. Tie one end of a 24 in. length of yellow yarn to the bottom of the rubber band mouth so that it hangs out. To make the sun puppet look like it is talking, just pull on the end of the yarn.

WHAT DOES YOUR SUN WANT TO SAY?

Comments: The children loved their sun puppets! They loved the painting and hand prints, and especially making their puppet’s mouth move and “talk”.

10 Tips to Help For Kindergarten

Entering kindergarten can be an exciting and stressful time for both parents and children.

Here are ten tips to help you, your child and your teacher get to know each other better and make the journey into kindergarten a little bit smoother for everyone involved.

10 Tips to Help for Kindergarten

1. Before You Begin
About a month before school starts, adjust your daily routine to fit the school day schedule. Have your child get up earlier, eat lunch later and spend some time doing fun projects or activities together that will help get him in learning mode, ready for school.
Read some books about kindergarten with your child. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Will I Have a Friend? and The Kissing Hand are just a few great books to help your child get ready.

2. Readiness Concerns
Children come into kindergarten with a wide variety (and various levels) of skills and knowledge. Don’t stress too much about where your child is. Be confident he’ll gain the skills he needs in the coming year.
If you want help your child with some of the basic skills he’ll need, spend some time helping him write his name and doing fun activities together to help him learn his letters, numbers, colors and shapes.

3. Transition Techniques
If you’re feeling anxious or sad about your child going to school, try to not to let on in front of him. He’ll be much more comfortable if he feels you are comfortable when you drop him off at school.
Don’t linger at the first day of class. Come in and see the classroom, help your child find something to do, give a quick hug and kiss and tell him to have a great day. Even if your child is crying, he will adjust better after you have left, and kindergarten teachers are used to dealing with first day tears at the beginning of the school year.

4. Teacher Communication 101
If you have a question or concern, don’t approach the teacher during the craziness of the drop off time in the morning. Send in a note or leave a phone message mentioning your reason for contacting her and let her know that you would like to meet with her to discuss it.
Read all the notes and newsletters that come home from your child’s teacher and the school as soon as you get them. Keep a folder with important information about upcoming events, dates and notices so that all of that info is easily accessible. That way, if you have a question, you can start there.

5. Clarifying Questions
Want to talk to your child about what he’s been doing in school? To help ask questions your child can answer, ask the teacher for a copy of the daily and weekly schedule, and keep up with the teacher’s newsletters about what’s being taught. That way, you can ask questions that are specific and straight-forward. For example, “What did you make in art class today?” or  “What did you learn about frogs today?”.

6. Ready, Set, Read!
One of the most exciting parts about kindergarten the new adventure of learning to read. The most important “homework” you can do to help prepare your child for this crucial, life-long skill is to read with him for 20-30 minutes every day. You can read books, do fun reading activities together, and even simply practice reading the words that surround you (on cereal boxes, at the grocery store, on street signs etc).

7. Social Situations
If your child is having difficulty with another child in the class, talk it over with the teacher before confronting another parent. She knows both children and understands their classroom dynamic and may have a solution.
If your child talks about playing with another child, invite him over for a play date. If possible, include the parent so you can get to know them as well.

8. Invest with Involvement
If possible, volunteer to help in the classroom. You can also ask the teacher if there’s anything you can do at home to help out. Attend field trips and other special school events whenever you can. When you’re involved at school, you’re showing your child and his teacher that his education is important to you!

9. Conferences and Evaluations
Come to conferences with questions you’ve written down ahead of time. If the teacher has specific concerns, ask for suggestions of things you can do at home to help your child with problem areas.
Don’t fret about grades in kindergarten. Use grades and evaluations as guides for feedback on which areas to work on at home. But don’t let them stress you out!

10. Learning is Fun!
What’s most important about this crucial transition into formal education is the understanding that school and learning are fun and exciting. Don’t sweat the small stuff and make things unnecessarily stressful. Tap into your child’s natural curiosity and excitement about learning new things and the year is sure to be a success.
Most children do very well during the adjustment to kindergarten. Approach the year with enthusiasm and excitement and your child is likely to follow your lead. It won’t be long before you realize the transition to kindergarten is as easy as ABC!