Thursday, 18 June 2015

Week 8 and 9

Alexie teaching a small group how to finger Knit and create hair braids.

Making no salt play dough

Making no salt playdough

No Salt Play dough
2 Cups of Flour
3 tablespoons of Olive Oil (This is lovely on your skin while you play!)
1/2 cup of water
Food Colouring, Glitter, Sand, anything you want to add to make it a tactile experience.

Combine all ingredients in a big bowl, and mix and knead until a dough forms.
Add a little more water if you need to.
This recipe doesn’t stay fresh for very long, and is best kept in a sealed container in the fridge

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Week 7

A special thanks to Eden and Sami who created their own Discovery shops. Sami taught others how to make snowflakes while Eden set up a Salon and taught others how to French Plait. We love learning off others Ka pai to mahi!



Making a witches Brew. 

Eden's Special Hair Salon


Sami making his Snow flakes- check out the Dinosaur Den in Hub 2 to see them hanging


Monday, 1 June 2015



Wow! We created some very clever bracelets and necklaces out of loom bands- Satua can even do it without the machine! We had so much fun-Thanks Miss Day for the cool kit

Making Apple pies

Today with the help of the wonderful Mrs Jorgensen we made apple pies using the apples from our own tree at school. It was so easy and simple. We are donating the pies to our Parish Freezer. Hopefully someone will enjoy them and it will warm their belly this cold winter!

ICT specialists

A small group of ICT specialists took apart some old broken keyboards today. Their challenge now is to put them back together!


Blowing Bubbles to make ART

Bubble painting. Awesome and fun idea. I'm thinking of taking it a bit further with my grandkids and using a large foam core board then after it dries, placing a few photos of the grandkids, maybe even having them each do a separate board of their own and putting individual pictures of each on the board they did. Mod Podge over the top to seal it - wahlah! beautiful individualized wall art!!

In Discovery we made some beautiful art work using Dish washing liquid and Dye
What you’ll need:
paint/dye/food colouring – lots of colours
dish soap
watercolour paper
1. I didn’t use measurements, but just pour some paint, a little dish soap and a small amount of water in a cup. Mix it up. If the colour is too light, add more paint. If not bubbly enough, add more soap. You get the drift.
2. Put the straw in the cup and blow until bubbles come up over the cup. Make sure your child is old enough/able to do this.
3. Grab your watercolour paper and pop the bubbles on your paper. Repeat with whatever colours you want.
4. Allow to dry.

Making Gloop

Goop. Ooblek. Slime. Whatever you like to call it, the classic corn flour and water experiment is one of those activities that never gets old. We’ve been making this for three years now and R (who’s now 5) still loves it. The wonderful gloopy, sloppy mess that appears to be a liquid and a solid at the same time is both a playful science lesson and a really fun sensory activity.
Cornflour and water recipe


Gloop is one of the easiest play recipes to make – all you need is corn flour (corn starch) and water. . We simply pour a box of cornflour into a tub and then keep adding water until it all mixes together into a soup-like consistency. We also added a little liquid food colouring to ours but that’s optional, white gloop is just as fun and messy! We quickly learnt to put our class tarp down or make this an outside activity.
Recipe for goop
R enjoys the process of mixing the corn flour and water together just as much as he enjoys the final product. As soon as his hands hit the corn flour he’s laughing and saying how much he loves the way it feels.

Cornflour and water sensory play
So what’s so special about gloop? Well, that’s where the playful science comes in.  Run your fingers through the gloop and it feels like a liquid, scoop some into your hand and you can roll it into a ball like play dough, but stop putting pressure on it and it just runs through your fingers like a liquid again.
Sensory play with goop
Why does the gloop behave this way? Well, it’s a dilatant material which basically means that it is a substance that will change its properties in reaction to external stimuli. 
Goop through a slotted spoon
The gloop is fun enough to play with on its own. Just seeing it run through your fingers is wonderful . Adding a couple of items for scooping or pouring is also fun.