Dec 24, 2015

The Supper Club presents: Dotty apps!

 There are LOTS of apps about spots and dots and circles.  Here are a few of my favorites that we explored during the December Supper Club:

David Weisner’s SPOT (I actually didn't get a chance to demonstrate this one, but it's a unique title with a very intriguing interface!)

 (based on the excellent and nearly app-like Press Here book)

We also made these great dotty garlands (or necklaces) with office supply round stickers and some thin string.


Dec 17, 2015

WonderWorks: Magnets (outreach edition)

What do magnets stick to?

variety of large, non-choking hazard magnets
iron filing cases
a tub full of a mix of things that would stick to a magnet and things that won't stick
small objects in plastic jars with lids (some metallic)
What we read:
cover art Stuck / Jeffers, Oliver
(while not strictly about magnetism, this book is way more fun to read than any book about magnets and hey, magnets get stuck on things so....)
What we sang:
Icky Sticky Sticky Sticky Bubblegum Song

Dec 4, 2015

Toddler Art Class: Spice Painting

The most delicious-smelling class ever is surprisingly difficult to clean up.

Art Project: Spice Painting
--spices (I used cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, 5-spice, coriander and cardmom. You can use any spice you'd like, but I'd avoid anything that's going to be too "spicy" if kids decide to taste their art or that might burn if they rubbed their eyes with spice-covered hands.  For instance, I considered turmeric for the beautiful yellow color, but chose to avoid it in the end for those reasons.)
--glue sticks (the purple kind work best for this project)
--heavy paper
--a "dump" container for each table to shake off excess spice 

  cover art All for pie, pie for all / Martin, David
This is one of my favorite Thanksgiving-ish books that has nothing to do with the actual holiday and everything to do with PIE .... and sharing.  No idea what spices are used in the pie in the book, but I think it's still a good fit for this project.

Dec 1, 2015

Toddler Art Class: Squishy Sparkle Bags

An ocean of fun contained in a zip-top baggie!

Art Project: Squishy Sparkle Bags
cheap hair gel (I got a few bottles at the dollar store)
paint (optional, to add color.  I had best results with an iridescent blue tempera)
mixed metallic confetti shapes
packing tape
paper towels and/or wet wipes for spills


cover art I'm the biggest thing in the ocean / Sherry, Kevin
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