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G is for Gooey Gunk


~Malachi is 4 years 4 1/2 months ~

We had gobs of great fun with the letter Gg this week!


Bible Verse:
From Sing the Word A-Z
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus . . ."
1 Thes 5:18


Books:
Good Night Moon
Good Night Gorilla
Go Dog Go!


Activities:


Greenhouse, Garden, Goldfish

We visited our local greenhouse and nursery and talked about all the different plants and trees growing there. The Sensitive Plant fascinated him the most. When you touch the leaves, they close up. It really is very cool. He was mostly anxious to get outside to see the pond and the goldfish (they were hiding under the lily pads).


Water Grenades

Mali threw the "Grenades" at a willing target brother - the only "catch" - if brother caught them, he got to throw them back. It was fun for him and I get to check off one more thing from our summer list. :-)


Gold Glitter and Green

This activity was inspired by Totally Tots: Now I Know My ABC's - Letter G. I originally supplied him with glitter and glue - but he wanted green paint, too. Can't argue with that!


I pre-measured all the ingredients, put them in order and let him make these all by himself. Instead of a traditional ginger snap, these are big and soft.

Frosty Green Grapes

We froze green grapes for a cool summer snack - a favorite around here!
I was happy to remember one of my boys' favorite Kid Concoction - Gooey Gunk because I had a rainbow of colored glue leftover from our fun with the letter R.

GOOEY GUNK
 

This is a recipe from Kid Concoctions. You add 1 cup water to 1 cup white glue and 2 Tbs. liquid tempera paint or 7-10 drops food coloring (solution A) and you slowly add this to 1 1/3 cup warm water mixed with 4 tsp. borax laundry booster (solution B).

 

Then you roll solution A around in solution B 4-5 times. Then lift the gunk out and knead for a few minutes. It will be really slimy at first, but it firms up.


We made green, blue, yellow and purple. It was a gooey hit!

Globs of Glue

 

Mali initiated this project and had fun freely exploring with leftover colored glue.

As I mentioned in my very first post, my vision for my preschool has been learning through creative play. One thing I need to work on, though, is to allow him more freedom in expression throughout these experiences. I have focused too much on the product instead of the process. Often, if I have an idea in my head how something should look or be, he will have something else in mind. I want to encourage his creativity, so from now on, I am going to try to do just that!


Delightful Links:
Now I Know My ABC's ~ G
To see more of our alphabet fun, click here and to see what others are doing for preschool, click here!

8 comments

Susana said...

I love all the gardening you guys did this week (and do every week for that matter!). I also like the gobs of glue art, that's a great idea!! We might have to try that one!

Sheri said...

Hi Michelle-my email addy is homeschooling4kids@yahoo.com

Sheri
Thanks!

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

What fun! A whole week of "G!" That's awesome! Hmmm...now I want grapes...

Raising a Happy Child said...

It looks like a great week. This goo project sounds like a fascinating chemistry experiment - how great it is that Mali can have such hands-on learning.

Elsie said...

I absolutely adore how you collage all the pictures together!! What software is that?

Jolanthe said...

Girl, you had some good stuff going on this week! :) Hopefully we'll be making some fun concoctions this week too. :)

Jolanthe

Michelle said...

 I never heard of anyone liking frozen green grapes before, except me, I been eating them since infancy. . . 


I love your blog, I have already gained some great ideas from it and I just started to read it. I also love that you are living off the grid and trying to building in Montana. I have fond memories of summer retreats at the Royal Teton Ranch on the northernmost of Yosemite. 

Happy Homeschooling!

Michelle said...

My husband saw the after-school program at the YMCA doing this ~ that
is how we got the idea. It is a great treat on a hot summer day!

I'm hoping my boys will grow up with fond memories, too. I'm just so
happy to have a place for them to play and explore (when we are not
working!) and a place to learn how to live off-grid. Right now it
feels more like camping, lol.

Thanks for the comment letting me know you stopped by! =)