(T/TH) Veggies and Gak!
We began our week by learning the story of The Enormous Turnip, an old Russian folktale about a turnip that grows so big, the farmer needs his whole family to pull it out. This provoked conversation about different sorts of vegetables and where and how they grow. We ate some carrots to stand in for turnips (didn't think they would like raw turnip.)
We thoroughly enjoyed playacting this story during the week. The children took turns being different characters. I was impressed that they remembered the story for from Tuesday to Thursday quite well. We talked about that the farmer's family used the big turnip to have something to eat ALL winter.
During snack we also paid attention to snacks that included vegetables. Elliott had snap peas one day and Camille had carrots and peas.
Outside the kids had fun playing with little pumpkins that were left after the Harvest Festival.
Another part of our week included experimenting with a colorful, stretchy, non-toxic tactile material we call, "GAK".
Gak is a great alternative to play dough. It is very stretchy and bouncy, but doesn't usually stick to things too much, so it is fun to put things in it and see the Gak bounce back to its original form.
More messy fun came when we began painting with seasonal cookie cutters. The cookie cutters only lasted so long . . .
The true nature of this age is being able to unabashedly get your hands messy!
Elliott decided to put a car in the paint and spent a good 20 minutes rolling it back and forth, making tracks.
It was pretty chilly this week, so we enjoyed some hot chocolate . . .
One of the things I noticed most about this group last week was their ability to focus for long periods. And their fondness for one another is growing naturally each day. Here, the kids giggle a bit, telling Elliott his hat is on backwards!