This week we continued to work on our mural of “the whole world”. Our list of what to include in the world is divided into air, water, and land. We started with a conversation about how to represent the air. We decided that blue around the edge of our large circle would be perfect. Mid-air making, a child decided that some of the land should be painted green, for grass. So we mixed some yellow, blue, and white. The next day we wondered about the water. Some children got to painting some of the world blue. We are well on our way to populating “the whole world”. It is wonderful that the children are feeling real ownership of the project!
Today the balances were out, the ones with the hooks and large washers. I added some plastic links that can be used to make long chains. After some initial exploration, a child discovered that it was possible to extend the plastic chains to reach a chair and another balance. This was very exciting to other children, who suggested that maybe all three balances could be connected. Soon, a group was involved in this challenge! Taking the work apart was as much of a group effort as making the creation!
Habitat came yesterday and talked with us about animal prints in the snow. We got to hold real animal feet including: deer, coyote, and groundhog. They also brought a squirrel pelt!
Butterfly News: Outside in the snow - Ice cream was sold, a tunnel was built, and many rides were taken down the extra slippery slide! Inside, Kerry had a fun chemistry activity set up: using food coloring on milk and Q-tips dipped in dish detergent to observe the reaction of soap on fat. It’s quite magic!