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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Rainbow Rice

I have dyed noodles for necklaces but never rice. So today I did! It was the same process as noodles....
Rainbow Rice
In a ziplock bag put some rice and food coloring (I used Neon the colors turned out awesome!) then a splash of rubbing alchohol. Then SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE.
I poured the rice out onto paper towel lined cookie sheets and let dry. Once they are COMPLETELY dry put it in a sensory table and play.

My plan is to use this as part of Daily 5 and put sight word cards in the rice and the children can hunt for either a specific word or find all the words they can. I will probably either make worksheets or have the children write the words they find. So easy but a fun way to "spice up" sight word practice.

rainbow rice (much less messy replacement for sand) measure out the rice (4 cups) and put it in a Ziploc bag with about 2T of food coloring or liquid water colors (works great!) and 3 T of rubbing alcohol. The kids can  help mix the rice in the bags to spread the color. put them on pans to dry in the sun. Dries incredibly fast. Can color pasta the same way!

Listen To Reading Document

Another Project! (I have been busy today!)

One of the things I struggle with when having my students working on "Daily 5" is accountability. I don't have a listening center so I use the classroom computers when the children are "listening to reading." We use the amazing websites bookflix, storyline online or my youtube playlist of books (find it by clicking HERE or on my Pinterest page.)

But after the students listened to a story they started playing around on the computer, or I noticed them not watching a whole book and spending the time clicking away. On Pinterest I found a great worksheet, easy and concise for students to fill out after they finished listening to a story. The problem? I couldn't find it to print it anywhere. So.....I created my own! I love when other teachers/bloggers share printables so I try to pay it forward and share too. Note** Sometimes when uploading to google docs, now called google share, the font doesn't turn out correctly so let me know if you have any problems.

Click the link below to get your own copy and Enjoy!!

Listen to reading document

Snow Dough

Project Time Again!

This morning I worked on another project for the classroom. This one was really easy, it only took about 5 minutes, if that, and this would be a great project to do at home with young kids. It would promote math skills and have a fun product to play with in the end.

Snow Dough!

Snow dough is a soft moldable dough, think play dough, but isn't sticky its soft just like Moon Sand. You can mold it and then just as easily break it apart into its original form. Easy clean up and since it is made with baby oil it smells awesome.
How To:
Mix 8 cups of flour
1 cup of baby oil
That is all. See how it lends it self to an easy project even toddlers can do? Counting and mixing. (I used my hands to mix. so fun for kids) You can then add glitter or food coloring. I have read you may  even want to take it outside to make it feel cold like snow.

Here are some pictures of snow dough from Pinterest.
(I am having trouble uploading my own)
Your Kids will love playing with Moon sand. Just 8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil, really soft and easy to clean up. (Doing it)Snow dough recipe for winter sensory playMaking cloud doughcloud dough (moon dough)Pinned Image