After all our singing and dancing and reading was done, we had some awesome follow up activities to
You may have seen the "blubber" glove experiment: the one where a child puts their hand inside a rubber glove that has been covered with a layer of lard to insulate it. They put their gloved hand in ice water, and the blubber glove stops them from feeling the cold, much as many polar animals have a thick layer of fat to insulate them. We have big groups come to story time, 45-50 children, so we needed a quick and easy (and not too messy) way to do this activity. Here's the solution:
Another fun activity we offered this week was ice painting. Ms. Kathleen made frozen paintsicles (yes, I can too make up words) and the children ran them over their papers to create beautiful masterpieces. I noticed that a lot of the children looked off into space as they rubbed the paintsicles around, apparently enjoying the movement and the smooth feeling of the frozen paint gliding over their papers. This little guy painted two handed!
... and some of our friends painted their two hands!
We also had out some shallow trays of water, which were mostly frozen. Some of the children enjoyed the sensory experience of the ice and ice water, while others used them as we had envisioned, by propping one end, and seeing which objects would slide down the ice. The children are constantly showing us that there are indeed many "right" ways to do things in this world!