We wanted to enjoy a nice hot breakfast outside today while watching the sunrise.
I made up some quick cinnamon buns using crescent rolls.
Recipe for Crescent Roll Cinnamon Buns: I rolled out the entire package as one flat rectangle and pressed seams together. Then I brushed it with melted butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar. I rolled them up from the short side and sliced into 6 equal pieces. I put them in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned around the edges.
While they were cooking, I made up 4 mugs of hot cocoa to go with it. I asked the boys to get on coats, ski pants, hats, etc while I made up a tray to carry it all outside.
It was a nice way to welcome the morning.
It was invigorating too.
We talked about the colors in the sky and the boys said it reminded them of a rainbow so we talked about light, the colors found in white light, what happens when light bends, etc.
|Luckily we keep our picnic table out on the back patio all winter long!|
Much like the book promised, once outside our 15 minutes quickly spread to much longer than that!
We wandered around the yard and checked out our half- melted snowman. We watched our breath fog and I was struck with the idea that it was below freezing! I had stumbled upon an entire website of science experiments to do when it's freezing out or below freezing so when I realized it was only 17 out this morning and that we were already outside, I came running into the house trying to find our bottle of bubble solution. I finally found ours in the garage (which was great since it was already a bit cold!) and ran outside with it.
I called the boys around and explained that I had read bubbles will freeze outside in the winter if it's cold enough.
So we set about experimenting!
Ian and I played a very fun math multiplication game I found on math- salamanders.com called Race to the Moon. We only played with the board that went up to the 5's times tables, but we played three quick games. He won two and I won one. I made sure to come out with the wrong answer on occasion to make sure he was paying attention and checking my answers too; plus he then gets to remove one of my counters and get ahead in the game.
|Ian and I playing Race to the Moon; he's red and I'm blue|
|Alec playing shake and spill|
|Alec has a 7 so he places 7 counters in his 1's column|
|Trading a group of one's for a ten counter|
|counting to see if he can make another group of 10|
We painted some winter birch trees.
I found this idea on a few kids' art websites and it was both quick and easy. The kids had fun with this simple project. We used long strips of ripped painters tape to make a moon and tree branches. Once we had our trees the way we wanted them we painted everything that was left showing a deep blue like the night sky. We did sprinkle them with salt to give the paint a textured look like a speckled star filled night. Once dry we peeled up the tape sections carefully and revealed our trees.
|Masking our trees|
|The completed trees.|
It was the perfect way to spend our winter morning.
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