I'd like to add ONE more super fun colorful activity to my list of favorites that are mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of the Leprechuan Day Series.
I discovered these treasures yesterday at Target in my favorite section of the store......the DOLLAR SECTION!! Even though some items in this coveted section are $2.50, I still love Target for this priceless addition for early childhood professionals!
These beauties, "Air Misters" were $2.50 and are worth every single cent!! I believe their true purpose is to cool oneself while sunning on a tropical beach. Well...since I am no where near a tropical beach, and I am addicted to repurposing, THIS is what their use is as Giggles and Grins:
|Step 1: After filling the Air Mister with colored water (I used water and |
Liquid Watercolor) it is ready for fun! Using the handy dandy,
AND hard to manipulate pump (aka: uses a LOT of muscles...upper
body and core (tummy muscles)) one must first create air pressure inside
the air mister (SCIENCE!!!).
|It's amazing how much perseverance a child who is|
motivated to succeed can demonstrate! The pumping is not
easy...but my crew were all able to do it!
|When it becomes impossible to pump any more, then we know |
there is enough pressure inside and it's TIME to MIST!!
|Since the "Mystery Word" (Explanation of Mystery Word) was "absorb" on this|
particular day, I set the stage with opportunities for the children
to do some hands-on absorbing. So, we sprayed right on the table, then
absorbed the colored water with paper towel. This was AMAZINGLY fun
because usually, writing on the table, or purposefully painting the table is
a "whoops". But for this...it was encouraged, and they loved it!!
|Look at those important grasping muscles working hard!|
|It didn't take long before the children were working together to create|
the color they wanted. Or, just to see what would happen!
|This child is adding yellow to the blue by request of the "blue child". It's always|
nice to see young children working together. Cooperation is a VALUABLE
|These children have successfully made purple, and orange...they were proud! I loved observing|
the thinking process as they determined which child's help they needed (according to what color
|THEN...imaginations kicked in. Ty is frantically putting out a fire (red and yellow). Look|
at the intensity on his face!
|Another child is putting out the fire.|
Just look at all the learning that can evolve from repurposing!! LOTS of important fine and large muscle skills and coordination, eye-hand coordination, imaginations, visual planning, cause and effect, trial and error, science, science and MORE science!! All of that learning through PLAY!!