I have two great posts to share with you today. The one below is one I really worked hard on and the other is a guest post I am sharing about how JDaniel is growing up way too fast. It is being shared on The Mommy Mess. It will go up at 4 a.m.
It is asking a lot I know, but I would love for you take a moment and read both.
What did we do to explore the book?
Chop Stick Transfer Buffet
While browsing through Living Montessori Now's weekly link up, I noticed a wide variety of post on transferring objects with chopsticks. Many had some kind of string or yarn.
JDaniel loves to use this chopsticks so, I created a chopstick transfer buffet for him. He was able to move packing peanuts, color straw segments, and yarn to create a delicious bowl full of fun.
Cupcake Liner Fortune Cookies
I found directions on how to make fortune cookies using cupcake liners on several sites online. Each used a wire down the middle to help bend and mold the fortune cookie. We didn't have any wire at our house so, we used foil cupcake liners instead.
When I tried to take a picture of the steps we took to make the fortune cookies, the glare off the foil was terrible. I quickly grabbed some snowman liners to show you what we did.
We folded the cupcake liner inside out and then placed a staple in the center on the liner about one half an inch in.
Then we turned the cupcake liner outside in and pushed in the center a little to make an indention. Finally we staple the outside edges. We left openings at the top of the sides to slip the messages in.
Chinese Snake Shape Craft
JDaniel had the best time creating a snake from a box filled with triangles, parallelograms, and squares I had cut out for him. He started with the tail and worked his way up to the head. I loved watching him create and think through this craft.
Chinese Zodiac Animal Hunt
JDaniel has a wide variety of animals in his room. I printed out a Chinese Zodiac page for Activity Village and had him search his room for as many as them as he could find. He wasn't able to find a tiger, a goat, or a rat. He really didn't find a dragon either, but he pointed out that dinosaurs and dragons might be related. We decided the dinosaur could count as a dragon.
It was really fun to see him search through all his things to find the ones he did find. Each time he came across one it was like he was finding a hidden treasure.
JDaniel helped me brush the roll segments with a mixture of milk and green food coloring after they came our of the oven.