Linda: Last week my grandchildren and I made new play dough in my kitchen. It reminded me of an activity I did with my kindergartners on the first day of school. Each child received a small white ball of play dough which, when manipulated, would designate the type of year we would all have. If the white changed to a color we’d have a great school year!
Of course when I made the play dough, I poked my finger down into the center, added a drop or two of food coloring, and covered it up again. Sometimes it’s just too easy to trick kindergartners!
Step 1: Roll a white ball about the size of a ping pong ball.
Step 2: Poke a hole with your finger and add a drop or two of food coloring. Close up the opening and put the ball in a baggie with a copy of the poem.
Step 3: The Children squish their play dough and watch it change colors!
I added the short poem explaining the process so the parents would understand why their children were bringing home a small ball of play dough. Click here to receive a free copy of the poem.
Lisa: If you have never made your own play dough, check out our blog post from January for the recipe and photo directions. I love this play dough! My class uses it at centers and stations but I only have to make a batch two or three times during the school year. Be sure to add the cream of tartar since it acts as a preservative.
Have a fantastic first day!