Friday, March 26, 2010

* This week was our last full week before our spring break. Next school week is only four days. Thursday, April 1st, is an early dismissal at 12:30. All students and parents are welcome to attend school on Thursday for a special Easter egg hunt that will begin at 11am. We will not have a blog update next week. Therefore, we wish all of our families a wonderful Easter break. Enjoy the time off and, hopefully, the good weather! Heidi will not be at school next week. She will be visiting her sister in Hawaii until April 12th (when school resumes). She wishes everyone the best!

* Our garden is looking better and better everyday! We would love for everyone to bring in a plant from their garden to add to ours! We also still have our giving tree up right next to the sign-in area if you would like to donate anything else to our garden! We would really appreciate it if families could donate things for our dramatic play area also!

* Kool-Aid Play Dough:
This week we experimented making play dough with a new recipe. We started with the usual ingredients (flour, salt, oil, etc.), but instead of adding food coloring to add color, we added cherry flavored Kool-Aid to add color and scent. Each student contributed to the mix by measuring out the ingredients, dumping them into the bowl, and mixing them all together. The mixture remained a plain white color until the hot water was poured (by a teacher) into the mix. When the water touched the ingredients the children were excited to see that the mixture instantly turned bright red and continued to get redder the more we mixed the ingredients together. Once the play dough cooled, the students were given a chunk of play dough to knead but they were too distracted by the yummy smell of the dough to actually play with it. They could not stop smelling the cherry scented dough and told everyone that they just had to smell the new play dough.

The recipe is fun and easy!
2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 tbls. Cr. Of Tartar
3 tbls. Oil
2 cups boiling water
2 packs unsweetened Kool-Aid
∑ Combine dry ingredients, add oil, then water
Mix, then knead. Add flour if sticky.