Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Kool-Aid Rainbow Rice


We've made rainbow rice before, both with water and food coloring and with vinegar and food coloring. This time we made it with Kool-Aid and water which is by far the very best way because it smells incredible. For each 2 cups of rice, we used 1 package of Kool-Aid and 2 Tbsp of water. Throw it all together in a gallon bag and shake it up (it works best if you mix the Kool-Aid and water together before you pour it over the rice). Spread it out on aluminum foil, plastic wrap or parchment paper to dry. It only took about 15 minutes to dry completely. And our kitchen smelled amazing!








Thursday, January 16, 2014

Letter of the Week: Q

Letter Q was a tricky letter to find activities for. But we managed to come up with a few! Here's what we did for Mercedes' letter Q themed preschool week.


We wrote the big and little letter Q on the window with window markers.

Mercedes colored a letter Q coloring page.

And traced the big and little letter Q on the worksheet I made for her.

We added the letter Q to our flashcards.

Mercedes practiced signing the letter Q using ASL.


I cut up cardstock to look like tiny quilt squares and Mercedes made a big letter Q out of them.


And she made a little letter q with question marks.


Mercedes and I read (and sang) the book 6 Little Ducks because ducks go quack, quack, quack.


And we played with rubber duckies and made them say quack, quack, quack, too.


We played The Quiet Game. We yelled "one, two, three QUIET!" and from then on we were only allowed to speak in a whisper. The first person to speak in a normal tone of voice had to do 10 jumping jacks. Mercedes had to do jumping jacks every time because she could not stop laughing LOUDLY. 


And I asked Mercedes a page full of interview questions. I love her adorable answers!

Letter of the Week: P

Here's what we did for Mercedes' letter P themed preschool week.


We wrote the big and little letter P on her hand (because she's into body art these days) and practiced making the "P" sound.

Mercedes practiced signing the letter P using ASL.

She traced the letter P on a worksheet I made for her.

And colored a letter P coloring page.


I decided to put together a giant busy bag this week because there were so many large letter P items I wanted to use. A pumpkin, pig, puppy, princess puzzle, peanuts, peanut butter, pineapples, popcorn and peaches.

She ate chocolate peanut butter right from the jar.

She watched puppy videos on Youtube.


She made a big P out of puzzle pieces.


And a little p out of pom poms.


We made homemade pizza.

And chocolate pancakes. Mercedes is sprinkling powdered sugar all over hers.

The girls dressed up as princesses and danced at the "ball".


We painted with bath poofs.

We had a pizza picnic with our leftover homemade pizza.





Pumpkin Pudding Play-Doh


We love this homemade play-doh recipe because there are so many different varieties to try. It's 1 1/2 cups  water, 1 1/2 cups cornstarch, 2 cups baking soda plus one package of your choice of any kind of jello, pudding or kool aid to color and scent it. Combine ingredients in large saucepan and whisk over medium heat until play-doh becomes too thick to whisk, then use a large spoon until the play-doh forms a ball. Refrigerate until cool and firm. If it's still too soft to mold, add a little extra cornstarch and knead. 

On this day we used pumpkin spice pudding. It smelled AMAZING! This is probably my favorite variety that we've tried so far.





Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Pine Cone Painting


The girl love collecting pine cones from underneath the pine trees in our front yard. On this day, we collected a bowlful for the girls to paint. They spent a ton of time meticulously painting their pine cone "treasures".  







Bath Poof Painting


We recently tried a new method of painting...with a bath poof! The results were great, and the girls had a ton of fun with it!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Letter of the Week: O

I am sad to admit that I totally slacked off with Mercedes' letter O week. I was planning on getting her some books about the ocean, making a super cool octopus craft, teaching her some origami...then we got busy with Christmas activities and we just plain didn't have time. Thankfully Mercedes was already a letter O expert before we even started her letter O themed week so all of the activities we did do were just for fun and for review.




Mercedes practiced tracing the letter O on a worksheet I made for her.




She colored a letter O coloring page.

She practiced signing the ASL letter O.




I filled a discovery bag with items that begin with the letter O: Oatmeal, foam letter O, octagon, oval, orange, orange juice and an ostrich. Mercedes pulled each item out one by one and practiced making the "O" sound as she said what each item was.




She made a big letter O with orange construction paper.




And a little letter o with orange ovals. 




I bought the girls some new orange mango scented body wash.




And made frozen yogurt bites with orange creme flavored yogurt.








We made an O out of orange slices.



We read books about otters, orangutans and ostriches.




And for dinner one night we ate oatmeal. 

(Sigh) That's all! Maybe when Emerald is ready for the letter O Mercedes will be able to do all the other activities I'd planned for her. 

Letter of the Week: N

Here's what we did for Mercedes' letter N themed preschool week:


I wrote the big and little letter N on a piece of paper and we practiced making the "N" sound.


Mercedes colored a letter N coloring sheet.

She practiced signing the ASL letter N.


I filled a discovery bag with items that begin with the letter N: Nerds, nails, a nectarine, nuts, the movie Narnia (which we watched later that day), nail polish, and a Mr. Potato Head nose. Mercedes took each item out one by one and practiced making the "N" sound as she said what each item was.


She made the big letter N with nails.


And had so much fun that afterwards she decided to make a collage out of nails.

She made a little letter n out of Christmas Nerds.



We painted our nails with nail polish. Mercedes requested Christmas nails.


We made noise jars.


And we made a nest for her pet bird, which she decided needed to live in our Christmas tree.