Thursday, April 24, 2014

Kindergarten ABC Countdown

Today is our first day of our ABC Countdown to Summer.  Being that it is Art Day, we will be creating some butterfly art.  We will be water coloring the life cycle of the butterfly and making butterfly handprints.  This is handprint butterflies we made last year.  I'll post pictures of this years, when they are done.
butterfly handprints, kindergarten handprints
You can download my word doc. A-Z Countdown for Free.  Just click the photo below.  You can then edit it to meet your specific needs.
A-Z Countdown to summer vacation.  Free editable calendar
B-is Bubble Day.  It is supposed to rain that day so hopefully we will have an opportunity to go outside and play with bubbles.  I don't think our custodian would be very happy if we did bubbles in the classroom. 
Giant Bubbles, bubble recipe
Here is the recipe I shared last year for Bubble Day.  This recipe is courtesy of my crazy co-worker (pictured above).  the kids love when he brings out the big bubbles.

Giant Bubble Mixture
Big bubble mixing instructions  measure out about 1 Liter of hot water. Add the contents of the package( 1 g baking soda, 2 grams of HEC for instance hydroxyethylcellulose, and 1/2 g citric acid) slowly with constant stirring. Continue to stir until the solution is fairly clear, about five minutes, stirring may be intermittent Take your storage container with a volume greater than 1 L and add 1/3 cup of Dawn ultra dishwashing liquid, then pour in your well mixed HEC solution.  Mix gently without making any foam. The mix can be used after about two hours, but it is best after sitting overnight. (HEC is available from lotioncrafter.com) The "Wand" is made with yarn or thick cotton string and two sticks. Make a loop of yarn about one and a half to 1 meter in diameter and ties small loops about one third of the circumference apart. Attach the loops to the ends of your two sticks; I used 4 foot bamboo garden sticks purchased at Lowe's.


Dip the string into the bowl that contains your bubble solution. Gently saturate the string, do not stir. Hold  the ends of the sticks together at the tips as you lift the string from the solution, allow to drain for a bit, then lift the string high in the air, and slowly pull the Ends part to draw out the soap film.  If there's no breeze you can walk backwards to create the bubble, carefully fill the bubble and bring the tips together to release Experiment by opening and closing the tips , and  changing speeds.   Have fun!

What fun activities do you do to end the school year?

2 comments:

Ben Condon said...

There's always room for bubbles!

Ben Condon said...

There's always room for bubbles!

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