Today was a fun day with the preschool kids!  I thought it would be exciting to pretend we were scientists.  The topic di’jour was ROCKS!  What kid doesn’t like to collect rocks or as Lilly said,” throw them in the water. ”

This was an opportunity to explore the shapes, texture and color of the beautiful rocks we have on Long Island.  I love hearing and seeing how the kids explored the rocks which I collected from  the local beach.  Some of my favorite included rolling them and tapping them against each other.  It is a great opportunity for discussion and language development.

We set out on our hike to collect 5 rocks each and bring them back to the barn to scrub and clean them with toothbrushes.  It was hard to keep the counts down to 5 rocks each but the kids pulled it off. (with the help of the moms/ dads and grammas.   I know they wanted more and more and more.

Here are our little scientists collecting:

 

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Sweetness…..

When we returned to the barn they were very excited about their collections!  Toothbrushes and water were handed out and they went to work.  One mom added that this was a great fine motor skill exercise…. so even better for them.  While they scrubbed away,  I had them working on another project: mixing  up a potion to create their own homemade rocks.  It is made by using one part sand, one park plaster of paris, 1/2 water and some glitter to give their rock a sparkle (cause who doesn’t like sparkly things!)  With the help of their moms/dads/ grams, they mixed the recipe with a craft stick until it turned thick like a paste.  (I must say it does take a little while for it to get to this state – patience is a must)  When in this pastey state scoop it onto a piece of wax paper and form it into a rock shape.  They came out pretty cool!

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So if your kids say they want to do something have them dig up rocks in the back yard, give them water and an old toothbrush and they’ll get busy!  This age is so fun!

Get those kids outside!!! Sue

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