This week the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders demonstrated their artistic prowess with oil pastel drawings of the northern lights. They were given a sample image and the pastels and they were off! They couldn't wait to get going on the project, grabbing the materials before I even had a chance to give any explanation. Some even chose to expand on it and use both oil pastels AND paint to give their pictures even more brilliant colors. They expertly used tissues to blend the colors and many chose to incorporate messages into their pictures as well. These kids went so much farther with this activity than I ever could have imagined. After they finished with their artistry they each got a glass of some Snow-Ho-Ho punch (ginger ale, sparkling apple-grape cider, and strawberries) to complete the experience. Way to go everyone!
I hope that one day I get to see the northern lights in real life, but until then I'll be more than happy with these kids' renditions of them. Enjoy the long weekend!
This past Friday, we had an amazing kid's night in! It all started with a visit from Flying Pie Pizza from Issaquah. They helped our kids each make their very own, personalized pizza! Then we baked the pizzas and kids enjoyed them fresh out of the oven. With our jammies, stuffies, pillows, blankets and sleeping bags, we turned the cafeteria into a cozy party and watched the hilarious movie, Captain Underpants! After we finished our pizzas, kids lined up to enjoy our delicious ice cream sundae bar, with all the toppings! Finally around 8:30, parents arrived to pick-up their stuffed and sleepy kids! I think the parents may have enjoyed their night as much as we did!
Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday break! This morning at Coyote Club, we made Snowball Launchers out of craft materials. I notice we have a ton of kiddos with natural engineering minds, so I love planning these type of activities for them. We used mini marshmallow's as our "snowballs" and our goal was to use our launchers to make it into a bucket. Unfortunately we had some camera issues during the activity but take a look at some of the action!
Have a great first weekend of the new year everyone!
P.S. - bonus clip of Mr. Andrew making one from long distance :D
- Mr. Andrew
The days may be short but that doesn't mean there isn't fun to be had! In honor of the long, dark, nights, we had some fun in the dark on Wednesday. The Kindergarten-2nd graders had fun decorating candles with watercolors they can use as colorful nightlights and the Kindergarten-3rd graders practiced their skills exploring an obstacle course in the gym with their eyes closed!
The 3rd-5th grades got a little more mystical with their explorations. We mixed neon paint with water and, knowing that oil and water don't mix, dropped our neon paint into cups of baby oil. When we held the combination under a blacklight the results were amazing! There were colorful neon blobs everywhere! The kids had so much fun mixing colors and filling their cups. They even made colorful explosions by blowing air into the mixture when it settled on the bottom.
The pictures definitely don't do this justice, and we still had some of the lights on!
Until next time,
Yesterday at Coyote Club, we made Peppermint Puppy Chow for our Birthday Bash Treats! Since the beginning of the year, I've seen so much improvement and skill development with the kiddos. We gave them a lot more responsibilities in terms of handling equipment and measuring accurately. The treats turned out amazing and had a nice touch for the Holiday season! Check it out!
In preparation for the shortest day of the year (tomorrow!) and all the gathering of friends and family that tend to happen around this time of year, our morning kiddos spent Tuesday repurposing some faux caroling candles to make lovely winter centerpieces!
On December 17th, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright got their home-made airplane off the ground for 59 whole seconds! This under a minute feat changed the way we travel! To celebrate, our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders (who are already huge paper airplane fanatics), had a paper airplane contest.
Each kid got two pieces of paper and got to make two airplanes. They got to choose a design of their own or one from our book. Then, we took the airplanes up to the second story balcony and threw them off. Using a tape measure, we figured out the distance to the furthest airplane. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners won their very own wooden airplane kit and some candy!
1st place: Krish 71 feet
2nd place: Blake 46 feet 2 inches
3rd place: Austin 46 feet
This week our elves, Frisbee Superplumb and Buttercup Coconutbuns, came back to visit us!
Over the course of the week they brought us all sorts of fantastic presents. Monday they brought stress balls, Tuesday they hid decks of cards inside our play stove, Wednesday they brought with them lots of animals, Thursday they gave us a copy of Life Junior and today they didn't come alone! They came with bunches of friends all the way from the North Pole!
Have a good weekend!
All our kids are playing Rock Paper Scissors all the time so we decided we would take it to a new level. When a kid lost they became a cheerleader for the person who beat them. Eventually there are 2 massive groups each enthusiastically cheering for an epic Rock Paper Scissors showdown. It's great for anyone to play and there's virtually no skill involved!