Monday, March 1, 2010

Kids Korner

As a mom, I'm constantly wondering if I'm doing enough with my kids. Are they being mentally stimulated? Are they getting enough exercise? Have they had enough chocolate?

Sometimes we are doing good just to make it through the day without someone getting killed. On those days, we don't work on letters or numbers or sharing or anything. On those days, we work on making it through the day one minute at a time. On those days, there may be television and movies involved. On those days, you might find me hiding in a corner somewhere. Just for a minute.

But on the good days, I like to try to find new things to entertain them with and maybe even find something for them to learn. So if you're in the same boat go to your kitchen right now and get out the food coloring. We did this in our three year old class the other day and I was amazed at how much the kids got into it. All you need is a transparent cup of some sort, food coloring, water and patience.

Fill the cup with water and show your munchkin how a drop of food coloring will turn the water a color. Then if you want to get really fancy you can add two colors together to make a new color! Fantastic! Jake had so much fun with this. He asks me to do the "water painting" every day now. It will literally provide minutes of entertainment for your small child.


  1. What are you doing up at 5:00 am? Oh! I remember. I had kids once. Love, Mom

  2. We spent a good amount of time looking for nature things we could do crayon rubbings with. Took time looking for stuff then actually doing the rubbings.
    We often color with food coloring. kids love anything involving water:)

  3. those are good ideas too Cathy! mom, i actually didn't get up until 5:30, i just had this post programmed to publish early this morning!

  4. We did this yesterday... it was fun and leo was amused... Hopefully he learned something. he made a water MESS when I had to step away to deal with Max. Miss you!

  5. Ooh...good idea. I need some more ideas. actually implement....