Posts Tagged With: Problem Solving

Experimental Painting

A decided that she wanted to try painting with jelly beans. So,  we got some mixed media paper, dropped different colored jelly beans into containers,  added some water and tried it.  The conclusion,  it did not paint any color.  But in the process we talked about how do we get the color to appear faster. 

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Our Cardboard Castle 

Today we saw a huge stack of cardboard boxes at our neighbors so A went and nicely (manners) asked if we could play with them.   They said yes & so we worked on carrying them (gross motor)  over to our porch.  

A started arranging them so I asked what did she want make. She decided on a castle looking at some pictures on the phone.  (decision making)  So with most of it being her ideas we arranged the boxes and added tape. Then she decided it needed a bridge so we added it along with a rubberband and some sticks so the bridge could stay closed. (Imagination, problem solving).

Later we brought out markers so A & S could decorate it.  Later K came over and he enjoyed the castle.  They even found alternative ways to play with it and the slide.  (working together) .

SKILLS: manners,  Gross Motor, decisions, Imagination, problem solving, working together

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Worms and Dirt 

So A was looking through the 150+ Activities book and got excited & asked if we could do an activity.  I decided to modify it a bit by using Oreos & Gummy worms to make it edible.   

So she & I took a walk to the grocery store  (which in itself was a blast & will be its own post soon so stay tuned) to get the things we needed. Then got straight to work when we got home. 

First step was for her to figure out how to crush the Oreos.  She tried her hands,  decided was not good.  Then her feet,  which was better.  Then grabbed a container and used it as a hammer.  All in all successful (& it was fun watching her try several things & not get discouraged that it did not work). 

Next we placed some worms & peach circles in & let her play as she saw fit for a bit.  Then we started hiding them, counting,  comparing, etc. Got to talk about subtracting when we ate some.  Then we even practiced tying knots with the worms! 

This was a great fun activity! 

SKILLS: Problem Solving,  Counting,  Sorting,  Subtracting, Matching, Tying. 

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