Paper Mache Igloo. Here's how you make a paper mache igloo. First you get ready to get messy! Then you prepare your igloo structure.
Then you mix up 3 cups water and 1 cup flour. You stir and stir and get messy.
Then you tear up 12 sheets of newspaper into whatever kinds of pieces you feel like tearing it into. You put these into the bowl with the flour mixture. (Mommy's note - if we did this again, I would make it in smaller batches instead of putting all the sheets in at once - they got soggy and clumped.)
Then you get to squish up the newspaper into the mixture to get ALL the newspaper wet - what fun!
Then you take out the newspaper pieces and start patting them onto your igloo structure. Keep patting and patting and patting until it's smooth. And keep going until Mommy tells you you're all done.
Then you admire what you've done and stick it in front of the heater to dry.
And you wait, and you wait, and you wait for it to dry. Several days later, you get to paint it. First, you paint it white, because Mommy says that's the natural color for igloos.
Then, you insist that you need to paint it pink, because pink is much prettier! So you drip a few drops of red into your white paint, and you stir and stir and stir until it's pink, and you paint the igloo all over again!
Edible Igloo. While you're on the subject of igloos, you've got to make an edible one! You can make them out of marshmallows, but we shaped ours out of a rice krispie treat mix. First I got to stir the marshmallows while they were melting...
...and then I had to clean up the pot afterwards. Both equally fun.
And we got to eat this igloo!
Paper Igloo. I also got to cut strips of blue paper into rectangles and then paste them onto this picture of an igloo.
Writing Practice. And I got to practice writing my "I"s. "I"s are very easy to write! And I am getting very good at coloring in the lines.
Inuits. I pasted cotton around the hood of an Inuit boy, and we talked about how they lived in igloos!
Itch. We scratched each others' backs, and read some books about itching!
- Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup (an absolute favorite!)
- The Itch Book by Crescent Dragonwagon
Indian Food. One day we ate curried sweet potato patties. I didn't even pick out the peas!
And then we had curry with rice. I just ate the rice...
Indian Dress. I got to put on Mommy's sari! Of course, I decided to mix up the Indian theme by wearing my thanksgiving Indian headdress, too.
- Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young (based on an Indian fable, and one of my favorites!)
- One Grain of Rice by Demi (an Indian mathematical folktale)
- Culture in India by Melanie Guile (we looked at pictures)
- Inside and Outside by Henry Pluckrose
Ice Shapes. I also played with some ice shapes we made from an interesting ice tray. Stars, and flowers, and all kinds of things.
- Elizabeth Imagined an Iceberg by Chris Raschka
Then we MADE ice cream in an ice cream maker! I had to turn and turn and turn the handle. I kept saying it was done.
Finally I got to eat it. VERY yummy!
Here's the book we read:
- Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons (it was a little long for me, but Mommy learned a lot!)
- Iron Horses by Verla Kay
- The Elements: Iron by Giles Sparrow (we looked at pictures)
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