Wednesday, November 12, 2008
P Foods. There is so much here! I made my very own pizza - I helped roll the dough, spread the sauce, and put on the toppings! By the time it was done, though, I wasn't very hungry. Must have been all that sampling while I was making it!
Mommy made pancakes one night, and pretzels another. I helped roll the pretzels. Actually, I just helped eat the dough and tear the pretzel rolls apart. But that is very helpful, right? (Mommy's note: This was just regular bread dough, rolled out and dipped in a baking soda/water mix, then baked and drizzled with melted butter and sprinkled with whatever you want - cinnamon sugar, coarse salt, etc.)
We had popcorn several times too. Boy, do I love that stuff! We got to hop as it popped. But my favorite thing to make was peanut butter crunch. I ate it while I was mixing it up, and then ate my bowl of it, and then ate from Grandpa's bowl, too. (Mommy's note: This was actually supposed to be peanut butter balls, but we didn't have all the ingredients. She had a great time mixing it, though, and it was pretty tasty. Cornflakes, melted peanut butter and 2 melted miniature candy bars, a little powdered milk, and a lot of stirring!)
Puff Paint. Mommy gave me a few jars of puff paint, and I made some beautiful paintings! I used my amazing triple-brush technique to paint with 3 colors at the same time! I did drop one of the jars and spread glass everywhere, but no one was hurt. So I don't recommend putting the paint into glass baby food jars, even if they are for babies.
Then Mommy took one of my dried paintings and pasted it onto cardboard, cutting it into 4 pieces and making a puzzle. I had fun tearing the puzzle apart after she showed me how to put it together - and that made a big mess with puff paint sprinkles all over the floor. Cool!
(Mommy's note: If you dry these hanging up, be prepared for a runny mess on the wall and floor, though it does result in pretty drips! I made the paint using equal parts of water, salt, and flour and then adding food coloring. 1/4 cup of each made MORE than enough for the project.)
Prints. We made all kinds of prints! First were pink potato prints. It was a little tricky, but we finally got a couple of heart prints that turned out fairly well! Mommy cut the potato in half and then scraped out the design to print, but if you got too much paint on the potato, you couldn't see the design.
Then since we still had extra pink paint, we did pink pinion gear prints. You can thank Daddy for the inspiration!
Then there were our famous pretty plumeria prints. I dipped the plumeria flowers into paint and stamped them all over my paper. And on Friday you saw the amazing plumeria pinion gear bouquet that we put together when I was done.
We made some purple penny polka dot prints, too. This wasn't as much fun as the other prints, since it was hard to pick up the pennies off the paper after we stamped them down. But I loved carrying those pennies around afterwards!
And our print activities wouldn't be complete without some handprints and foot prints. Though we kept it pretty tame - no prints on the walls! Instead, we did doll prints in playdough!
Potato Porcupine. I like sticking toothpicks into potatoes - I did this for "C" week to make a cactus. We did it again this week, and added eyes to make a potato porcupine. Some of my quills needed a little extra push to get them securely in, but for the most part this was all me...
Parchesi. Mommy showed me how to play Parchesi, which is a good thing because I have been driving her crazy by getting into all the board game boxes and spreading game pieces all over! It is easy to play - you put all the player pieces of a color into a circle, and then you pour the dice around from one dice container to another over and over! And Mommy tries to help you by counting the pieces and dice, as if you don't know how to count already. One-two-eight-seven. Like that.
Pink Piggy Bank. You know those pennies I stamped with? We had to put them into something, so we made a pink piggy bank from a baby food jar. I painted it pink, and then Mommy put on google eyes, a foam nose, and a pipe cleaner curly tail. We didn't get the slot cut in the top in time for this photo, but you get the idea...
And speaking of pink, we had a pink painting heyday. I painted everything pink!
Pink Popsicle Stick Pet House. Actually, this was supposed to be a pet house, but I didn't help or let Mommy put it together properly, so it never got built. Instead, I changed it to a pink popsicle pick up sticks game.
Pencil Art. This was the week I FINALLY got to color with pencils! It is such fun! I don't do broad strokes with them like with markers and paint. I make little tiny detailed marks. It takes lots of concentration to be precise!
We did lots more "P" stuff, like watch penguin videos, play patty cake, push and pull things, point out body pairs, practice the piano, and create a solar system with planet stickers.
So now we're off to learn about the quick queen of Quincy and her quacking quackeroo. Quiet, now!
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