Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's Snowing in Here!

   Today's theme ended up being snowflakes.  It hadn't really started out that way but I just went with it.  We made snowflakes using coffee filters.  We made snowflake window clings using templates, 3-D glittered fabric paint, and cling wrap.  We made giant snowflakes using white paper lunch sacks.  We played with pattern blocks to make snowflakes.  We used protractors and markers to measure snowflake angles.  There was a lot of discussion about shapes, sizes, symmetry, and angles throughout the day.   We remembered last year's unit on snowflakes and all of Snowflake Bentley's observations as well as some fun computer games we played with snowflakes last year.  All in all it's definitely looking like a snowstorm has hit this house.
Making snowflakes

Using paper punches to decorate snowflakes

Measuring snowflake angles

Alec's completed page

Evan working on snowflake patterns



our completed snowflakes

Jumbo snowflakes made out of lunch sacks


Working on window clings

It's serious business


     We unmolded our birdseed wreaths and tied a giant bow around them. Pretty nice Christmas gifts for bird lovers!  They were so easy to make too.  We sprayed a bundt pan with cooking spray to stop it from sticking and then mixed an envelope of Knox gelatin with 1 cup of warm water.  Once it was dissolved we added in 3/4 cup of flour and 3 Tablespoons of clear corn syrup.  Finally we mixed in 4 cups of bird seed and then pressed it all into the bundt pan.  We left it overnight to dry and harden.


  

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