March has become one of my favorite months living in Arizona, I suppose that's because it's fairly reminiscent of early spring in Pennsylvania where I grew up. I love the chilly mornings and sitting in the warm sunshine with my coffee watching my little ones play. I also love rainbows, something we hear a lot about in March and something I've seen more of in my few years in Arizona than my entire life prior.
I really wanted a blog-worthy post to kick things off, so I decided to pull out a project I did three years ago when I first moved into my new home and had a huge, bright preschool space in which to work. I had a grand total of two students at the time and my first son was only 5 months old. Little did I know then that I probably should have taken some notes.....ahhh, hindsight.
And so, without further ado, my *almost* blog-worthy post: Gelatin Rainbows
Moving on... I assembled all of our supplies before class so we could get involved before the kids headed outside, which is where they've been spending most of their time lately. I put the liquid watercolor in ice cube trays and set everything up on the covered light table.
Remember when I said spray your containers with cooking spray? Yeah, here's why...
Once they got the hang of it, they really got into it. "Look at! We're making rainbows!" "What color is this?? Oh! Blue!" "Are we making holes?"
There was also quite a bit of talk about color mixing, "I made darker red mixed with purple!" "I made green: I dipped into blue and then into yellow and it made into green!!" "Miss Lindsey, orange and blue makes brown!" Ok, so that last one might not be on the standard color mixing lesson plan, but it was one he'll probably remember because he discovered it himself.
After a bit, they were ready to move beyond the rainbow-making and wondered what it would feel like. Someone ventured a guess, "I think it's gonna feel like to me....gooey stuff." Probably not too far off, but then they decided to find out first-hand....
Rainbow Gelatin Sensory Tubs. Perhaps another post on that to come!
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