Here's how we spent last Friday during the inservice with Club 4/5 - having messy fun!
Here, Jasbir has shown the kids how to make "snow". She gave them each a paper plate with some shaving cream. Add in baking soda, mix it up, then pour on the vinegar and watch the snow expand!
As you can see, the bigger our mess got, the more fun we had.
Later that afternoon, we made bath bombs from a recipe we found online. Using some epsom salts, lemon juice, baking soda, cornstarch and water we, mixed, mashed and molded some lemon/caramel scented bombs.
When we had completed this bomb activity, the kids were asking if we could still mix and make stuff - so staff Alyssa grabbed the corn starch and water to show them how to make Ooblek. Is it solid? Is it liquid? It was both!
Here's what they had to say when I asked them to describe what the Ooblek felt like:
Slime has always been an interest with the kids at Dawn and Dusk! Instead of just making some, I offered the kids a variety of slime-based ingredients from three different recipes and told them to "figure it out" and explore. We had so much fun mixing and squishing everything together that even the mixes that didn't produce actual slime were oodles of fun to create!
Since the 4/5 fam at D&D are always environmentally aware, we wanted to do something with the leftover pumpkins and pumpkin guts that would serve the wildlife in our park. With the whole pumpkins, we encouraged the kids to do something they've always wanted to do: smash them up!
With the guts from the pumpkins we brought out our Mud Kitchen Cart and an old bag of uncooked oats. The kids made little pumpkin & oatmeal muffins to leave in the forest for the bunnies, birds, and squirrels.
And, just for fun, here's some pictures of a few costumes the kids wore on Friday, the 30th.