Wednesday, May 14

Wet chalk and Beep!

This morning (rainy) we tried a couple quick, no-fuss activities that I thought were worth sharing. I found both of these in The Preschooler's Busy Book.

Wet Chalk Drawings
6 Tbs sugar
1/4 c water
colored chalk
paper, white
Mix together sugar and water and pour over chalk; let soak for ten minutes. Use the wet chalk to draw on white paper. If you use white chalk, draw on colored paper.

What we learned: Rinse the chalks and pat dry after soaking. Creates a smooth, no-smudge line with more saturated color. We only had sidewalk chalk; regular chalk would be better for small-scale drawing. Above photo compares dry and wet chalk drawings.

Choose a familiar story, song, or rhyme that your child has heard often. Read or recite the story, song, or rhyme, but substitute wrong words or names in obvious places. For example: "Old MacDonald had a car" or "Mary had a little dog." Have your child listen for the incorrect words and say "Beep!" when he hears one.
(This is listed in the Out and About section of the book. Great for car rides.)

What we learned: Using a Taboo buzzer (which is typically hidden away in grown-up game land) instead of saying "Beep!" was fun for the kids and because they enjoyed listening for the silly words, they actually restricted it's use to beeping in the appropriate places. We enjoyed singing familiar songs and reading a familiar book for this game. Lots of giggles. My daughter wants to play it again after naptime and "show Daddy" when he gets home.


Grandma G said...

What fun to be a kid at your house! You're a great mom!!

Anonymous said...

Neat ideas! So quick & easy, too. Which is sometimes the most important consideration, right? And J's mom is correct, you are a great mom!

Amy said...

Great ideas! I actually ordered that book after I saw some of your other ideas on here and references to that book in particular. Can't wait to do some stuff out of it- thanks for the great ideas!

The Jerrolds Family said...

We just played Beep in the car with my kids today! Both Emma & Jack loved it! (Jack didn't quite get it yet, but loved buzzing the buzzer.) To make things better, I was just getting rid of our Taboo game! So I just kept the buzzer! FUN!

Jamie - Family Focused Fun said...

Again, I totally need to buy this book! Or maybe you'll keep posting fun ideas and I won't need to buy it!

Anonymous said...

I really, really enjoyed this. The humor works brilliantly, and the animation is much better than I had imagined. The way you have “blended” (hehe) it all together makes this look like a solid, whole product, as good as any Pixar short. Probably better. But then again: That’s my opinion.
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