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Apple Unit

DD did a unit on apples these past couple of weeks. Hereare some of the things she did. First picture: The apple picking game — Each of us hadour own apple picking sheet from kidssoup.com. (You have to pay a yearly fee to join this site, but I’ve gotten a lot of great ideas from there.) We took turns rolling the dice and placing that many apples(round red magnets) onto...

Apple Muffins 0

Apple Muffins

DD, ED and I made apple muffins. They were AMAZINGLY good! (U.S. Measurements) INGREDIENTS: 2 cups unbleached flour3/4 cup sugar1 Tblsp b powder3/4 teaspoon baking soda1 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp nutmeg1/4 tsp ground allspice1/4 tsp ground cloves (I didn’t have any so used pumpkin pie spice)1/4 tsp salt1/2 cup walnuts (I didn’t have any walnuts or pecans so just added an extra 1/2 cup of apples)2 large eggs4 Tblsp unsalted, melted...

More Apple Activities — 2 0

More Apple Activities — 2

Game — After coloring the pig and apples we played pinthe apple into the pigs mouth. We used some other appleswe had on hand because we played with friends.http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/luau/mpinapple.html Apple Counting — I have lots of number sheets on hand (seethe second picture) for the kids to do stamping. This timeI gave her a bit of red paint to make fingerprint appleson her sheet. I asked if she wanted to...

Apple Activities — 3 0

Apple Activities — 3

We’ve never melted crayons before and I read somewherethat someone had melted the crayons and then used cookiecutters to cut them into shapes. “Wow,” I thought, “Ican use those cute fall cookie cutters we have.” Well, we used very cheap crayons (we had boxes left overfrom a large function) and it looked plain weird. Thewax separated out and it looked muddy orangish-brown. I just left the pan to cool. Only...

Apple Activities – 4 0

Apple Activities – 4

We talked about the life cycle of an apple (accordian bookfrom kidssoup) and then glued in a little A book we gotfrom http://www.homeschoolshare.com/alphabet_notebook.php We also did the Aa apple sorting game from homeschoolsharebut I didn’t take a picture of it. I recommend you check out the the (free) alphabet notebookat homeschoolshare if your preschooler is learning lettersthis year http://www.homeschoolshare.com/alphabet_notebook.php The last picture is called 100 apples. We did this activitytogether....

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Natural Disaster Activity — Tornado

Our tornado in a bottle didn’t turn out as well as the ones online did, but we did get it to work. (It didn’t work when we used food dye, oil and water. everything turned red.)   LD wanted to “do his own experiment” with the oil and food dye (which he noticed formed bubbles in the oil). He put the oil and dye on a leaf, broke the bubbles...

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Natural Disasters

We have been doing a unit on natural disasters. We have yet to put our lapbook together, but I’ll share some of the activities we did.  (Still to come in the next couple of days is the tornado activity.) I got the cards for $2  (Update: March 2015 these cards are now $5.00) US from http://www.currclick.com/product_info.php?products_id=30487⁢=1 They came with some copywork pages that LD did for handwriting practice. By the way, I don’t remember...

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Hurricane Activity

The majority of damage from hurricanes comes from heavy winds. We watched a youtube video about hurricanes where the wind blew the roof off of a house. Then we did our own activity. We built a house out of index cards and then tested their strength with level one winds (one straw). Seeing that the house blew down, we reinforced it (with more tape). It then withstood the level one...

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Tsunami Activity

Our next activity was to recreate a tsunami. In a flat pan, the kids built up a sandy beach (sand, corn flour) and built little houses. Then they added water and created an earthquake. It didn’t work when the kids hit the table with the bat, but when the table was given a good shake the tsunami hit fill force.

Volcano Activity 0

Volcano Activity

Last January we made a volcano out of paper mache. This time around we just used sand and corn flour. The mixture actually dried to rock hard (later), but the kids didn’t have the patience to wait a full day. Of course we had to make our “lava” realistic by using not just baking soda and vinegar but also red food dye and dish soap (to add to the foaming...

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Mud Slide Activity

We talked about mud slides and land slides. Mud slides usually occur after heavy rains, so our butter container (again covered with our sand/corn flour concoction) was watered for a time and the mud slid down the “mountain.” The girls enjoyed playing in the mud for a long time after that while LD kept exploding his volcano again and again!