Monday, September 14, 2015

Color Activity for Preschoolers (and it's a snack!)

We officially started the school adventure two weeks ago, and major props to me because I didn't cry like a baby cutting onions.  Squishy peaced out and was painting before we even left the building.  We are so excited and part of the big reason I wasn't a total trainwreck is because we love the school.  It's preschool-12th grade, focuses on a classical education, AND is half homeschool/ half in the classroom.  We are beyond stoked.

Even at the preschool level we're doing some homeschool stuff.  Usually we read the weekly book that's read in the classroom and at home.  Then we do a science and/or math activity.  Most of the activities are suggested by the teachers and come from other blogs and we might share those (with credit of course) if we enjoy them; but, the ones we come up with on our own (and work out) I look forward to sharing with you. 

Without further ado...

Rainbow Yogurt Drops

What you'll need:
* yogurt without a lot of coloring
* food coloring
* ziploc bag
* baking sheet 
* parchment paper
* a small spoon

 I started by dividing the yogurt into three piles in the tupperware.  Then used the food coloring to make one red, one yellow, and one blue.  If your child isn't super great at fine motor skills (most preschoolers aren't) I recommend that you be the one to mix the colors.  I mixed a small amount of the primary colors to show Squishy how to make purple, orange, and green.  We also practiced reciting them a bit and have continued to do so over the last week to make sure it really absorbs in.  We've also reinforced the lesson with paint mixing.

Then I let her mix them all together to see how brown is made.

Now for the edible part.  You can always just eat the yogurt as is; but, to make it more fun for the kiddo, we turned them into yogurt drops.  Scoop the yogurt into a ziploc sandwich bag and compress all the yogurt to one corner.  Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

Cut a small hole in the tip of the bag and slowly put small drops of yogurt onto the baking sheet.  I made the mistake of making my hole wayyy too big and my drops were not cute, at all, but they still tasted great.  Pop that sucker in the freezer for an hour or so and you'll have a great snack for you, and I guess the kids can have some too.  

Our misshapen/yummy yogurt drops
 It's a quick, easy lesson.  Perfect for a preschool attention span.  Plus, they love it since it ends in deliciousness.  

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