Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Happy as Clams!

After attending Toddler Time at The Columbus Museum yesterday, we came home to do a little work.  (This Mom's been in full gear lately getting ready for our new school year, but I still plan to finish up this 'Ocean' curriculum while we're taking it easy this summer.)  We continued that work through today.  Here are some photos:

Lucy, Ms. Anna, Leah, and Mags, making vegetable prints at yesterday's Toddler Time at The Columbus Museum.
 Leah and Mags.
 They loved using the celery the best!
Afterwards, we played in the museum's Transformations room, where the girls put on a show for us!  :)
Stringing the sand beads that we made and painted last week ...
Ta-da!  Beautiful!
The materials for our 'Ocean in a Bottle' project ... a jar with a lid, water, cooking oil, blue food coloring, and we added an ocean creature for fun!
 Fill your jar halfway with water.
 Then, add a few drops of blue food coloring.
 Next, drop in your sea creature.
Finally, add oil to the top of the jar, screw your lid on tightly, and watch the mixture roll like ocean waves!
Mags thought it was lots of fun!
Showing off her octopus craft, which she quickly recognized shared the same number of legs as a spider!
 Adding sticker scales to her fish craft ...
Maggie's fish, who looks a bit worried if you ask me!  :)

Over the last two days, we have:
1.  We attended Toddler Time at The Columbus Museum, where we met our friends, Leah and Lucy, and made vegetable prints with paint on paper.  We then played a bit in the museum's Transformations room.
Ocean/Sea Life:
1.  We read Olvina Swims by Grace Lin.
2.  We read Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway.
3.  We read Clumsy Crab by Ruth Galloway.
4.  We read Water Boy by David McPhail.
5.  We read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
6.  We read Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle.  (We love Eric Carle books!)
7.  We read The Mermaid and the Star by Nicola Baxter.
8.  We read Faucet Fish by Fay Robinson.
9.  We read Disney's 2003 version of Finding Nemo.
10.  We read Finding Nemo: Go Fish! All About Fins, Gills, Scales, and More! by Adrienne Mason.
11.  We read Disney's 2006 version of The Little Mermaid (a special edition).
12.  We watched the 'Enough with the Seashells' episode of our Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb DVD (about estimation).
13.  We watched 'The Whale Episode' of our Sid the Science Kid: The Ruler of Thumb DVD (about measurement).
14.  We made the 'Ocean in a Bottle' activity out of our 501 Science Experiments book.
15.  We made the octopus craft out of our Brighter Vision: Make it Now: Summertime Crafts workbook.
16.  We made the fish craft out of our Brighter Vision: Make it Now: Summertime Crafts workbook.
Bible Study:
1.  We read Noah's Ark by Linda Hayward.
2.  We read Noah's Ark by Jerry Pinkney.  (This book has beautiful artwork.)
3.  We read Jesus by Brian Wildsmith.  (Maggie liked the pictures throughout this book, too.)

Check back with us as we'll be posting again soon!


  1. These activities look so very fun!

  2. Thanks! Our new school year starts September 6th, so all of our activities should pick up after that! We're taking it easy right now! :)