This time round, I've gone elemental, with Water, Earth, Air and Fire, plus Plants just for good measure. Water filled a week and a half, because Toby's preschool finished on a Tuesday, and there are almost endless things you can do with water when it's warm and sunny.
1. Defrost the freezer!
Well, that was my job. Can you believe I spent my last few hours of preschool freedom defrosting a freezer? And as I scraped the chunks of ice off, I thought: Toby would love this. I hoped it might amuse him for ten minutes; he was out there for over an hour! Once the ice melted, he filled the bowl with water and carried on.
|Theo liked it too|
2. Water Music.
Not Handel, unfortunately. A selection of jam jars to fill with water and hit with a spoon provided some entertainment. And listening skills, and pouring practice, and volume measurement, and all good stuff.
|Equipment: jars, spoon, jug of water. (Ignore the fruit)|
|Making different notes|
|Topping up the water level|
I think Toby was a little confused that we were actually painting the ice, rather than painting with the ice. This was an idea borrowed from Ellie's blog. She went all natural with her colourings; I just used food colours (hey, I'm a baker). Nice and simple: We made some highly-coloured water and froze it. Next day we used the ice cubes to make pretty patterns on an old muslin.
1. Feeding the ducks at a local park
2. Meeting some friends for a walk and a play at Foremark Reservoir
3. Admiring the fish at the garden centre in the village
I have to admit to having no photos of my attempts at themed food. We had fish tacos one day - chunks of fish and vegetables in a tortilla - but we were too busy eating them to take a photo. We also made blue jelly, to resemble a pond, from gelatine, blue food colour and one of those clear flavoured water drinks. Then I put some supposedly fish-shaped fruit snacks in, but they were tiny and just looked like weird blobs. It tasted OK but I deleted the photos. Just imagine some kind of great artistic jelly fish pond, in a glass bowl with red and green and yellow fish sweets, and maybe even a lily pad on top.
And that won't be what it looked like at all.