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  • Melanie Patric

Wind Powered Boats, Imaginary Adventures, and Snowballs..

Our computer seems to be going through some difficulties, so today's post is going to be an adventure in text-only information sharing. Although I feel that it's true that a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll try to keep my post brief and enjoyable.

The children and I had a lovely time during our calendar and weather routine. The kids were especially excited to change Tim the Weather Kid back into his winter gear and tell me that it was a snowy day outside. We sang lots of traditional kid favorites- "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Old MacDonald," and more.

After that, we settled down to create some fun boats from sponges, duct tape, and popsicle sticks. I showed the children how to put their popsicle stick "mast" through the duct tape sails (I had preassembled them) and then into the sponge. Once everyone had their boat put together, we tried sailing them only to find out that our sponges took on water faster than... well, you know. We talked about what we could do and we decided we had to put something on the bottom of the boats to prevent the sponges from sucking up water. We tried sticking the duct tape to the bottom of the sponges, but it didn't stick. The duct tape would stick to itself, though, so we wrapped the whole sponge in duct tape and tried again. This time it worked, and we used straws and our own wind power to float them around in a tub of water. It was fun once the craft was working correctly!

Later in the morning we played pretend. We kept the big tub of water and added smooth river rocks and glass "jewels" to make islands. We used some natural blocks and a pretend spider web to make a "haunted forest" and added a shark and our little fleet of boats to the tub. The children and I used the smallest of our farm animal set to go on an adventure looking for jewels, and we had to avoid the shark and other dangers.

We read I Am a Bunny and Spring in the early afternoon and then headed outside to play in what will (hopefully!) be the season's last snow. The children all enjoyed using rakes, brooms, and other implements to make marks in the snow, and the wet, heavy snow was perfect for a little snowball fight. It was the perfect way to end our day.

See you tomorrow!

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