Spots and Dots

This week’s class started with sitting in a circle and reading the book Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire. The project for the day was centered around printing spots and dots in an array of colors. I played off the book’s main character who can change the colors of his spots as well as make them big or small.

We first started our dot making with cork stamping.

Toddlers often had a fresh approach to the corks, experimenting with smearing and spreading as well as printing.

Inspired by our amazing sunny summer days and the ability to do art outside in the garden I set up balloon printing. I first learned about balloon printing from a great inspiration of mine at  Make+Believe. In my research I ran across many other great blog posts about balloon painting such as this one on Jada Roo Can Do.

Water Balloons are guaranteed to pop, but some have amazing resilience.

We got very silly with this project. What great fun!

The first round was done with air filled balloons and the second with water balloons. The finished products of the second rounds were just so-so but the process was fun and discovery filled.

For our sensory project we played with flubber. Here is the recipe that I use:
1. Mix 2 cups water and 1 ½ cups Elmers glue in a big bowl.
2. Add a squirt of liquid water color and then stir it up.
3. In a separate small bowl mix together: 1 cups water and 1.5 TBS Borax.
4. After it’s completely dissolved, pour the Borax mixture SLOWLY and A LITTLE AT A TIME into the glue and water mixture.Pour a little, mix it a little, pour a little, mix a little. Mix with your hands or a sturdy wooden spoon. The consistency is slimy at first but as the mixture blends it stiffens.
5. Store it in an airtight container or ziploc for a few weeks.

Flubber like play dough can be molded and cut, but it also has the unique characteristics of being cold, stretchy and bouncy.

Flubber Pie anyone?

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