Sep 10, 2014

Summer Special: Edible Mars Rover

Who knew NASA's work could be so sweet?

Today's Project:  Building an edible Mars Rover (with help from the UW Geology Museum and a grant from NASA)

graph paper
a picture of some past rovers
assorted candy
graham crackers
paper plates

Sep 4, 2014

Toddler Art Class: Foam Paint

Squishy like shaving cream or whipped cream with equally exciting sounds when it comes out of the can but it's paint!

Art Project: Foam Paint
foam paint
heavy cardstock or light cardboard
clean-up supplies!

cover art I ain't gonna paint no more! / Beaumont, Karen    

Aug 22, 2014

Toddler Art Class: Sticky Finger Painting

Evaporated milk makes a great fingerpaint, sticky and delicious!

Art Project: Sticky Finger Painting
sweetened condensed milk
food coloring
heavy paper or lightweight cardboard sheets
spoons to stir
cotton swabs for the texture averse
Clear hair gel (optional, for milk-allergies)

Although this project has nothing to do with animals, I explained that Eric Carle's style incorporated a lot of texture that the kids might be able to mimic when trying out fingerpaints.
cover art Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? / Martin, Bill

Aug 21, 2014

Summer Special: Squishy Circuits

Electricity + play dough = lights? Awesome!

Today's project: Squishy Circuits

conductive dough (a cooked dough with: water, flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, food coloring)
insulating dough (a no-cook dough with: distilled water, flour, sugar, vegetable oil)
battery packs
LED lights (similar to this) (you might also try out vibration motors)
waxed paper (optional, makes clean-up slightly easier and helps define workspace)

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