Sea Life: Week 3
This week started off great. We had a lot of fun learning about and exploring starfish on Monday. Tuesday we learned about puffer fish and did a fun puffer fish craft. Wednesday we took a trip to the local mall to get out of the house for a bit, the weather has been so gloomy this week. The girls had a blast running around the arcade. It was completely empty. I didn't even have to put any money into this outing! The girls were completely mesmerized by the music and lights on all the machines they didn't even know the games weren't actually going. :-) The week ended out a little more rough, however. All three girls and myself ended up with colds/allergies. Thursday was a complete wash of a day in terms of Tot School activities. I had to cut back on some of our plans to adapt.
BOOK OF THE WEEK:
By: Salina Yoon
“The sea is His, for He made it. And His hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:5
(Corresponds with a great song from Songs for Saplings: ABCs)
For this activity you will need:
· paper bowl/yogurt container (empty, of course)
· glitter/tissue paper
· yarn and/or ribbon
1. Have your tot paint the bottom side of a paper bowl or empty yogurt container. You can
have your tot sprinkle glitter or add on pieces of colored tissue paper as well. Let dry.
2. Hole punch holes around the perimeter of the top of the paper bowl or yogurt container.
3. Cut ribbon/string in various lengths and colors. Have your tot select pieces and help them
push the pieces through each individual hole. Tie the ribbon in a knot close to the
4. Attach a piece of twine to the top of the bowl/container and hang.
CRAFTY CORNER: Paper Plate Puffer Fish
· colored paper pre-cut into narrow triangles
· paper plate
· black marker
· googly eyes
1. Draw a half circle with a marker on the edge of the plate.
2. Cut a triangular mouth from the half circle area.
3. Glue the piece you cut out onto the back as a tail.
4. Cut an eyeball out from construction paper. Have your tot glue on a googly eye on the
eyeball and then glue the whole eyeball on the paper plate.
5. Have your tot glue the pre-cut colored triangles around the paper plate.
MATH CONNECTION: Counting Starfish Arms
Cut out a star from colored paper. Have your tot color the star with crayons and markers. Have your tot count the number of arms on the starfish and then have your tot count the correct number of popsicle sticks. Have your tot glue a popsicle stick on each arm of the star.
SCIENCE CONNECTION: Get a fish!
Go on a field trip to a local pet store. Look at the fish and turtles with your tot. Have your tot pick out a fish. We opted for a beta fish because of their low cost and low maintenance. Have your tot help set up the tank/bowl and show your tot how to feed the fish.
Oh boy! What a field trip did this turn out to be!!! It really did seem like a good idea...
In my mind I only pictured June Bug and Leila's excitement as they looked at the fish in the tanks. In my mind there were no breakable things and shelves with ridiculous amounts of distracting merchandise. In my mind there was no one in the store but us. In my mind the girls waited patiently as Rob and I made our decisions about what to purchase and obeyed our every request...
HA! Needless to say, things didn't go so smoothly. In fact, this trip was a disaster!!! Although there may have been some chaotic moments and even some marital distress, I am relieved to say we made it through by God's grace and all is well. We are now the proud owners of a blue beta fish, named Mister Puddles by Ju-Ju. "Mister' to emphasize the fact that he is male (Rob is always outnumbered!), and "Puddles" due to all the rain we have had this week.
FOOD FUN: (Some things sweet...it's been awhile!)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon melted butter or oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of orange juice (or other fruit juice)
strawberries (cut up)
banana (cut up long way)
- Combine first 4 ingredients and press into the bottom of a 9 inch pie pan. (Don't go up the sides.) Bake crust for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Mix yogurt and juice muxture. Spread over slightly cooled crust.
- Cut and arrange fruit into a design, shape or letter.
- Cut with a pizza cutter. Keep refrigerated or freeze.
Blueberry "Sea and Islands" Cobbler
- 5 cups fresh blueberries
- 5 tablespoons white sugar (or to taste)
- 2/3 cup orange juice
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I opted to try almond)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- In an 9 x 13 inch baking dish, mix blueberries, 5 tablespoons sugar, and orange juice. Set aside. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are combined. Drop batter by rounded tablespoons over blueberry mixture. Try to cover as much of filling as possible.
- Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling.