Monkey is 4 years 6 months old
One of the new things we had in the schoolroom this week, was a "please touch" table for objects found in nature. This week, I put out a bird theme--an owl pellet, some feathers, a replica of a barn owl skull, and some nests (one random one we found in a tree that had been abandoned, and the robin's nest that was featured a couple months back. We had to have the fence painted, so once the hatchlings left the nest, we had to remove it from the fenceline). I put some tweezers, a hand lens, and some other magnifiers in a bowl for the girls to use.
The nest and observation equipment
Owl pellet, replica of a bird egg, and feathers
The craft project this week was using tempura paint thickened with cornstarch. The kids then used popsicle sticks to swirl the paint. The paint is thick and doesn't dry flat to the paper, so it was nice and textured. The paint colors also didn't blend very easily, so there was a nice marbling effect.
Closeup of the final products
Scooping seashells from one bowl to the other
Using a sea sponge to transfer water from the round bowl to the square bowl
Dry pouring using seashells
Monkey transferring water using the sponge
Using the hand lens to observe the robin's nest
Working on her Letter A book
Using the parts of an elephant cards
Matching adult animals with their young
Bug & Monkey working together to make their own orange juice