Thursday, May 10, 2012

Weather Unit: Types of Clouds and All About Pollution

We have had an incredibly fun time learning about the types of clouds. I kept it pretty simple and chose to teach the boys four types. Every single day they have raced outside to see what clouds are out that day! We started off by reading a wonderful book about clouds. There are so many choices, but we like this one!

The boys first started off by drawing the clouds of their choice.

Then the art work began! The only instructions were to make a cloud person!


My youngest is making sure the glue goes on properly!!

Ta-da! Their cute little cloud buddies!

This idea was found on pinterest. Here is the website!

The next day we talked about pollution and how it gathers in clouds and what happens when it rains.
Step 1: The boys each started out with three cups. Their task was to fill the cups with snow from three different areas of the yard.
Step 2: See where they choose to fill their cups. One was taken from snow on the street, one was snow on the grass and one was the runoff from the roof. Creative boys!!

Step 3: Put the cups in the bucket and put them out in the sun to melt.

Step 4: While the water is melting, build a snowman!!

Step 5: Put each cup onto the scale and mark down the weight on your paper.

Step 6: Pour the liquid into a coffee filter in order to filter out the pollution.
Step 7: Once the water drips through the coffee filter, see what colour you get! It actually takes about 3-5 mintues for the dirty water to filter through! My oldest knew exaclty why. His response, “Mom the dirt is clogging the filter so the water cannot go through very fast.”

Step 8: Be sure to keep a graph of your findings!!!

The pollution idea came from Look up their weather unit!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Pin Tuck Duvet Cover

I have been looking for months to find a grey duvet cover for both of my boys. I wanted something that is sophisticated and yet can withstand the ruff and tough boys that will be jumping on it. Something that does not need to be ironed and something that I can simply throw in the wash and has easy care appealed to me! I found exactly what I wanted at Anthropology and yet the price tag of $300 each just did not fit into my budget.
ah, how i love gray.  and duvet covers.
Target had one, however we live in Canada and it just wasn’t possible to purchase one.

West Elm had one I LOVED and yet was still way over budget for me!

So, I took things into my own hands! Pinterest was of HUGE help!! I immediately found several tutorials that were an incredible help to me! (THank you ladies for your help!!)
Here is how you can make your very own Pin tuck duvet cover.
Materials needed:
1. Two flat sheets. (My boys twin bed has a double sized duvet on it. I used two flat sheets in the same grey colour.) The ones I bought were on sale for $30 each. Yes, I know still a little pricey, however I did purchase 450 count and am so happy with the results!)
2. Matching thread and zipper (I used 55 CM or approximately 22.25 length).
3. Ruler and washable marker or chalk to mark your lines!
4. Sewing Machine!!

1. Lay one of your flat sheets out on the floor, bad side up, or the size you want on the inside of your duvet facing up.
2. I then marked the middle and measured 10 inches from the dot. I then marked this spot. For the dots above and below the middle dot, I moved over by 5 inches.
Here is an example:
*      *      *      *      *
   *      *      *      *      *
*      *      *      *      *     
   *      *      *      *      *
I wanted my pin tucks to be spread out!


3. I then grabbed the dots that I had marked, pinched it and twisted it one full turn to the Right. Once you grab it, bring it the the sewing machine and sew it approximately 1/2 inch in. Continue with the rest of the dots you marked.


4. Here is what yours should look like!

5. And here it is! Completed after one hour!!

6. Next step is to take the two flat sheets and sew them together. I zigzagged it twice to reinforce it.

7. Make sure you have a large sewing space as once you begin sewing the flat sheets together it is a bit cumbersome!
8. Enjoy your final product!!

Good luck to you and please share your photos of your duvet!
Have fun!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Weather Unit: Wind Vane

We made wind vanes today. They are super easy and you should have all the supplies in your home!


Supplies needed:

(for 2 wind vanes)
4 paper plates
glitter, feathers, sequence, beads etc
2 straws
2 long pins
2 pencils with the eraser still intact
card stock
play dough

STEP 1: Take a paper plate and mark N, S, E and W on the correct sides.
STEP 2: Let the children decorate!


Make arrows tips and ends. Mine were between 2-2.5 inches in length. Let the kids cut them out and decorate!

STEP 4: Poke a long pin through the straw at the middle point.

STEP 5: Push the pin onto the top of the pencil eraser. Stick the pencil through the middle of the paper plate. On the end of the pencil, put a big ball of play dough on the bottom in order to stabilize the pencil and prevent it from falling over.

STEP 6: glue the two paper plates together.


STEP 7: Go outside and try it out!

Great video we found helpful! Enjoy!