I saw this idea on Pinterest and was so excited to try it out, though it didn't work as sharply as I thought. I wrote a message in white crayon on white paper, then we painted over it with watercolors; the message was supposed to show up magically as we painted. Our home made water colors did not work at all, but the store-bought ones did a slightly better job. Maybe I used a bad kind of white crayon?
Math: I is for Ice cream in a bag
When Mini Me was going through his year of ABCs, we made ice cream in a bag and it was so much fun I wanted to do it again with Little Lady. We used this recipe (only with milk because we didn't have half and half).
We added the ingredients to the small bag and talked about the different measurements. We put ice and salt in the big bag; I was going to have the kids count their ice cubes but it got crazy with ice dropping on the floor and such. Finally we shook, shook, shook the bags like crazy! We were left with two bowls of ice cream. Little Lady's was nice and creamy and Mini Me's was more chunky.
Here is Mini Me's first taste of his ice cream:
Here is Little Lady's:
I laugh out loud every time I see this picture. She does not like it and would not eat any more. I think it was too cold for her. Luckily, mommy got to finish the bowl for her. Yum!
Mini Me's face is due to the fact that there was a hole in the small bag, causing salt to leak into the ice cream mixture. I found this out when I took a huge bite of his ice cream and it was salty! I think I made the same face he did.
Science: I is for Ice cubes
Using food coloring, I made colored ice cubes that we used as a transfer activity one hot May day. Little Lady practiced using tongs, a spoon, and a ladle to move the ice from one bowl to the other. She was very adept at the tongs. We also talked about the colors. It took about a half hour for the cubes to melt and form a lovely brown puddle and Little Lady and I played with them every minute we could. She loved it! I rescued a few green cubes and she got to drink green ice water for lunch.
Movement: I is for Ice skating
This is not the safest activity but it was pretty fun(ny). I tore off two pieces of wax paper and had Little Lady slide around on her "ice skates". With all the hard floors in our house, it was hilarious and really fun. She slid on her own two feet, she slid on her hands and knees, and I held her hands and pulled her around. Funny. Until Big Brother comes home and wants his own ice skates and goes three times faster and things get wild.
But it was still fun to ice skate!
I love watching Little Lady do the actions to this song with her sweet little toddler movements. I especially love the way she sweeps her arms to the side for "washed the spider out". This was a great song to sing repeatedly in the car for good entertainment.
Spanish: I is for iglesia