Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Windy Weather Work

Today was busy, and busy was good, because with all the socializing we've been doing this Spring, it was nice to buckle down and get some work done today.  I hope to get more done this week.  Today, we studied the story of Joseph and his colored coat, we reviewed the letter Pp, and we started our study of wind and kites, as well as money, in honor of Money Smart Week. Here are some ideas for you:

One of the books we read to learn more about Joseph and his colored coat was Stories from the Bible: Joseph's Coat of Many Colors, retold by Kathryn Smith.
After our reading, we set out to do our craft ... making Joseph's colored coat by marble painting!  (We had our buddies, Olivia and Liam, over for this craft.)  For the same, we used a coloring page of a robe (we used this one at, a cardboard box, washable paints in different colors, and a marble.  Place your robe picture inside the box, like below.
 Then, like sweet Liam is doing here, drop your marbles into your paint, then into your box, and roll them around in your box to give your robe plenty of colored stripes.
 Here's Olivia, trying the 'close the box and shake' method!  :)
 Mags, working on her colored coat ...
Keep rolling until you are satisfied with the amount of color on your coat.  Remove from the box and let dry.
 Once dry, cut out your robe.
Beforehand, I had made these little heads (with hair) and chests out of construction paper for the robe to fit on.
Have your child draw in Joseph's face.
 Attach your robe to Joseph's body.  All done!  Joseph is now wearing his colored coat!
Later, in our review of the letter Pp, we made a parrot out of lowercase letter p, as instructed at, using a lowercase p cut from red paper, a yellow paper beak, a googly eye, feathers for the tail, and glue.
 Glue all of your pieces onto your p, like below, to make your parrot.  So cute!
For those of you who don't know, this week is Sky Awareness Week, as well as being National Kite Month, so in honor of that, this week, we're also studying wind and kites.  To start it, we did a lot of reading on wind, including Who Likes the Wind? by Etta Kaner, and ...
... I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb.  Both are fun reads and Maggie seemed to enjoy them a lot.
After our reading, we watched the Sid the Science Kid episode 'The Wind Did It' on our Weather Kid Sid DVD before starting some fun wind experiments.  (These are great videos made by the Jim Henson company, originally made for PBS television.)
For our first experiment, we watched wind on water, using an empty plastic tray (I just used one of my scrapbooking drawers), a plastic drinking straw, water, and a small paper boat.  (For great and easy instructions on how to make a paper boat, see
 First, we poured our water into our tray.
 Then, we used our own mouths to blow out air onto the water, watching the ripples and waves form.
 Next, we used a straw to do the same.
 Then, we added our paper boat onto the water and used air to move it around the tray.  (It's a simple and fun lesson to teach how wind works!)
Then, we tried the same with sand in our tray.  (I got this box on clearance at Michael's a while back, however, you may do better by getting some dirt or sand from your own backyard, as this sand was a bit moist, better for modeling.)
 Mags then used air to move the sand, demonstrating how ripples form in the sand, as well as how sand dunes are formed.
 And for yet another experiment to learn more about wind, we used a plastic sandwich baggie, some confetti, glitter, and a straw.  This will demonstrate how air moves depending on the strength of the air.
 First, pour your confetti pieces and a bit of glitter into your bag.
 Then, add your straw to the very side of the bag, and seal closed with the straw poking out the top, like below.
 Add a bit of air to the bag by blowing gently into the straw.  Your bag will expand and your contents will move around slowly.
 Now that her bag has expanded, Maggie starts blowing into the straw harder to see what happens to the contents.
 And blowing into the bag really hard proves that the pieces inside move faster and in circles, the same as with the wind outside.
For lunch, I made her all things P ... pizza, pretzels, and pears with peanut butter on a paper plate, with punch and a purple straw!  (Try saying that three times fast!)
 She had fun finding all the Ps in her lunch!
 Then, for our final wind project, we made a pinwheel, using a square piece of paper, scissors, a straw, a brad, and a pencil.
 First, fold your paper, corner to corner, then unfold.  Fold the other two corners together, then unfold again so that you have an 'X' across your paper, like below.
 Next, make a pencil mark halfway along each fold line, as shown.
 Cut only your pencil marks, then fold each point into the center of your square to make your pinwheel.
 Carefully push your brad through all the points, like below.
 Using your scissors, make a hole through the top of your straw so that the ends of your brads can fit through the back of your pinwheel.  Make sure your holes are wide enough for some movement.  (I had to work to carefully widen the holes so that the setup was not too snug, otherwise your pinwheel will not move with the wind as it's supposed to.)
 All done and ready for some windy weather!
Happy crafting!

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