Monthly Archives: June 2014

INVOLVING CHILDREN IN COMMUNITY PROJECTS – United Way Book Drive

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For our May Community Project, we collected new and gently used books to donate to United Way (http://unitedwayofeastcentraliowa.org/)  who was having a community book drive.

Skills Learned During This Project:
-Talked about helping others
-Literacy skills (we read each book before we donated it)
-Counting (we counted all the books at they were donated)
-Weight/Estimation (each child estimated how many books they could carry from the car to the drop off site and then by physical calculation saw if they were correct or not)

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FUN ACTIVITIES: Melted Marshmallow Paint

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Well it was a rainy day, everything’s wet and muddy from the past few days of rain. Kickball was cancelled and it’s too yucky to go to the park, so I sat down and started flipping through my Pinterest boards and came across the ‘Melted Marshmallow Paint’. Had all the ingredients so I thought we would give it a try.

Very easy to make, gave the kids a little lesson in math (counting and measuring) and it was a nice science experiment, because I really wasn’t so sure it was going to turn out…But, it did! The only thing I have to disagree about, from the person that posted the recipe, is I thought it was still pretty sticky, but cleanup was much easier than I thought. I would definitely make it again.

Recipe: http://www.smartschoolhouse.com/diy-crafts/marshmallow-paint

View our process below:
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Measuring the marshmallows

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First round in the microwave

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Adding the water

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What it looked like after mixing the water and corn syrup

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Dropping in some food coloring

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Final Product

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Painting with it

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One of the finished paintings…