Activities, Miss Oh Waily, NaBloPoMo 2011, Pinterest, Practical Life

Icebergs in the bath

Ahoy matey.   Icebergs off the starboard bow*.

This morning Miss Oh Waily helped me make colourful icebergs for tonight’s bath.
It provided a nice practical life, in real life, activity after breakfast.  Using her little white jug she poured water into the ice cube trays and learned about overfilling, wiping up and scooping out excess.  After that she moved on to unscrewing the caps on the food colouring bottles and then shaking or squeezing the bottles so that they dripped into the right cube segments.  Once each colour was dripped, she stirred the cubes up to evenly spread the colour, put the lids back on the bottles and started again with a new colour.  She also got to use her maths skills by counting four cubes of colour at a time.**

Here she is in action.

Starting Point
The Starting Point
Pouring Water
Pouring the Water
Adding Colour
Adding the Food Colouring

Then this evening they were upended out into a box for distribution in the bath.  Half for each Oh Waily child’s bath.***

Here they are.

Frozen Results
The Frozen Results
All Out
Miss O tipping them out

They worked pretty well.   The yellow ones overpowered the other colours somewhat and they didn’t last all that long, but the kids enjoyed the changing bath colour.
The original idea came from Pinterest.  This pin, in fact.  I am also tempted to ramp it up into something like this pin and perhaps this other one might be in my future too.

While making the cubes this morning it also occurred to me that it might be interesting to add some raspberry essence to the pink or red cubes next time.  That might be something to try out.  I’ll let you know how it goes if I do it.


* yes, I know.  Pirates mixing with Star Trek parody.
** in the Home Ed world this would be called unschooling.  Learning through real life opportunities.  Funny, I thought it was just natural to talk about these things as you did them.
*** previously they bathed together but Master Oh is going through the hitting, grumpy, possessive phase that some toddlers need to.  Sharing a bath is now fraught with peril and potential meltdown material.  Ms & Mr Oh Waily prefer not to end the evening on that sort of note.


Today in history: 1925 – Robert F.Kennedy was born.

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?
– Robert F.Kennedy

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