Kaili likes to watch Creative Galaxy and after each episode her creativity is sparked. She comes out wanting to cook or create. I thought about how I used to make Gak with my students and how easy it was. How come I haven’t done this with her yet?
We walked to the drugstore to pick up some of the ingredients. Once the littler one was in bed, we set out to make some homemade Gak.
This comes together in five minutes, it’s too easy.
4 oz. school glue
1/2 cup water + 1/4 cup HOT water
1/2 teaspoon Borax
Mix glue and 1/2 cup water in small bowl or container and mix well.
Add in food coloring if using.
Dissolve the borax in 1/4 cup of hot water. Mix until it’s completely dissolved.
Pore the borax water into the glue mixture.
Stir the Gak and watch as it changes into a solid mass. Knead the Gak for a bit until it’s no longer sticky and wet.
It’s a great sensory activity. Mesmerizing.
This was my go to recipe for years when I was teaching. Each year I would make a couple batches, let the kids choose their cookie cutter shapes, decorate them and then send them home for a little Christmas gift for mom and dad. My classroom smelled good the entire month of December.
Now that Kaili is old enough, she can pretty much make these on her own. She enjoyed the glitter the best, they always do…the messier the better.
If you are going to make these in your classroom and don’t have access to an oven, they will air dry, it will just take a few days. (Hint-make them on a Friday)
Also, if you don’t want to make ornaments you can turn them into magnets by hot glueing a small magnet on the back once they are dry.
1 cup applesauce
1 cup cinnamon
glue or paint
glitter or glitter glue
skewer, straw or chopstick- something to make a hole for ribbon or string.
Mix the applesauce and cinnamon together until a dough is formed.
Sprinkle cinnamon on workspace and then roll out the dough.
Cut dough into desired shapes.
Cook in preheated oven at 200 degrees for 2 hours (or let air dry for a couple of days)
Once cool, decorate your little hearts out. Once dry, add a ribbon or string and voila, a lovely smelling ornament.
For my last week of September we worked on the letter C, I threw in the circle since… well it starts with C.
If you really start thinking about all the things that start with the letter C it will blow your mind, so I advise against it. Here are some tray, table and art activities for your preschooler.
A tray full of C goodies to look at and manipulate.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom magnet activity. I cut out the tree and taped it onto a magnet board. After reading the book at circle, I invited the children to read the book themselves, putt the letters on the coconut tree as they followed along in the book.
Carrot tray tasking . Show the children how to use the tongs to transfer the carrots into the dirt. Left to right motion.
Circle collage on a circle
Circle Printing– Provide different circles for the children to print with. I really wish I had incorporated a few wine corks for this activity. Cork, circle, double C’s….damn it! I’ll have to do it with Kaili.