Today, in preparation for Dr. Seuss's birthday, we made "The Cat in the Hat Magic Dough." We have been learning about "How-To" writing, so it was the perfect activity/shared experience for writer's workshop. I got the idea from a friend who made the dough with her toddler (Thanks Haley!) and put the Seussical-Spin on it. It's amazing what adding colored glitter can do for a 5 year old's excitement level. You would have thought it was Christmas morning when I let them mix this stuff with their bare hands.
Here's the recipe we used:
(We made 4 separate bins at our tables) ...
4 cups flour
1/2 cup baby oil
red and blue glitter (as much as you want)
**Be specific with your measurements. We had a group thinking it would be "cool" to add a little more flour and theirs ended up being the hardest to work with.
Mix the ingredients with your hands. It forms a dry dough that can be formed in balls but easily broken back into its original form- very cool.
Following the activity I had the table teams write the steps to the activity together. As a class, we voted on and discussed which group was most specific with their writing. It was a fun way to collaborate and tie-in our writing objective for the week.
At the end of the day, I sent each child home with a sandwich baggie filled with 1 cup of the dough. I made labels to go on it so their parents wouldn't think they were bringing home glittered kitty litter. :) (Oh-- and we discussed that you DON'T eat it! Hey, it's Kindergarten)
HERE is the link for the labels! -FREE @ my TpT store.
Here is another fun Dr. Seuss activity we completed in our literacy centers this week...I created the sheet to go along with the book "Green Eggs & Ham." We are turning this into our own classroom book...
**Thanks to http://frompond.blogspot.com/ for the cute border!
HERE it is FOR FREE!
Last- we went with a "1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" theme for math centers this week. The kids made fish tanks using colored goldfish and created an addition sentence to match-- so much fun! I came up with a catchy poem to go along with it:
____ fish and ____ fish in water so blue
How much do you get when you join the two?
Annnnd as if Dr. Seuss days are not exciting enough-- I came home to see these beauties popping up in my yard! I guess it's safe to say Spring is on the way!!
Annnddd as if this were not the longest blog posting already... Something else made my week extra special. :) Last Friday we brought our first "new addition" home... Meet Charlie Laver! She's such a love.