Today we took out the prepared gingerbread dough from yesterday to continue our cooking project. Children rolled the dough out flat and cut it into two shapes. It was decided that we would do the shape of trees for Rainey Room's snack in connection with their recent interests. Alternatively, the children cut out gingerbread people for Tucker Room. It looks like the children cut so many cookies we may even have enough for Brown Room's snack as well! Oh, and the smell of the molasses the children weren't too fond of? It has dissipated and the entire building smells delicious. Of course, now everyone is looking forward to tasting the treats come Monday!
Sewing and Messages
A few of the children chose to sew today, including Hugh who worked on an in-progress patchwork piece and Will who decided to sew some larger fabric pieces together. When Will saw how some of the children had chosen to combine fabric and paper, he decided to try his hand at mixed media sewing. As Will worked, he seemed to be placing pieces together almost as a puzzle, even tracing and cutting a sheet of card-stock to fit a space between his fabric.
In between turns with the machine, the children drew pictures and made messages. Lily worked with letter stamps, Hugh drew, Will made a message for his mom, and Tommy wrote messages to his Granny. Will and Tommy spent a great deal of time writing out their messages, occasionally asking how to spell words. They seemed to work off of each other's ideas such as Will trying out Tommy's idea to write, "How was your day?" Then Tommy decorated envelopes with washi tape as Will had done.
Teamwork & Boating Around the World
During our outside time, the children used muscles and teamwork to flip a wooden boat together, even noticing mid-flip that a shovel was in the way. Hugh quickly moved it and the children finished turning the boat. Lily, Hugh, Tommy, and Will rowed to London while Lou Lou and Sam took their fast boat to North America.
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