Thursday, 19 June 2014

A few things we've tried

 Mixing one part white glue with one part shaving foam to make cloud pictures (they dry but remain spongy - interesting texture!)

Our first cake decorating experience - why do the pictures always look so much better than the actual result??

When we were in Austria, we bought puffed rice balls that Finn loved. He has gone off them now and we had tons of them to use up, so we crushed some of them for the ants in our garden.

We also used them to make some art. We mixed paint with white glue, dipped the rice balls in and arranged them on some cardstock. I tried a 3D sculpture which you can see in the background, and the next day it was rock hard!
Finn really enjoyed crushing coloured chalk on our patio. Later he poured water from his watering can over it all and watched the chalk turn into a paste and the colours combine.
One day, Finn looked confused not to be able to see the contents of a ceramic bowl from underneath. I thought we could build on that to introduce the words "opaque" and "transparent". I took 6 lidded containers, 3 opaque and 3 transparent. I placed a different object in each.  I gave each to Finn in turn and asked him what object was in the container. He could easily tell me what was in the transparent boxes but not in the opaque ones. I explained that the boxes through which we can see through are called "transparent" and the ones where we can't see the objects are "opaque."


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