Tuesday, March 27, 2007

recipe: Oobleck

Recipe found here: http://skiptomylou.wordpress.com/2007/03/02/oh-the-places-you-will-go/

If you quickly smack oobleck with your hand it immediately turns into a solid, instead of splashing or moving. If you slowly move oobleck it reacts like a liquid.


  • 2 cups of cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • a few drops of food colouring (optional)
  • mix ingredients together
  • try it (hit it then pour it off a spoon) before adding more than 1 cup of water

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Animal Headband


This was created at our local Ontario Early Years Centre.


  • the colour of paper that you choose should match the animal you are trying to make (for example, white paper for a zebra, orange paper for a tiger)
  • strip of construction paper approx 55cm long and 5cm wide (should be long enough to make a band around the child's head)
  • 2 pieces of the same coloured construction paper approx 7cm long and 4cm wide from which to cut ears
  • 1 piece of the same coloured construction paper approx 20cm long and 2cm wide from which to make a tail
  • 1 piece of black coloured construction paper approx 7cm long and 4cm wide from which to cut tail end
  • black crayons or markers to make stripes
  • scissors (have the adults precut the ears and tail pieces for the pre-schoolers)
  • glue
  • tape

  • lay the long strip of paper out flat
  • glue on the ears in about the centre of the strip
  • have the child draw stripes (as required) using the black crayons or markers
  • measure the long strip around the child's head and tape in a circle to make a good fit
  • glue on the black tail end to the tail
  • glue the tail on the back of the headband

You'll note that this headband is too small for our model:




Note the added detail of fringing the black tail end:


Sunday, March 11, 2007

Napkin folding

Resources for napkin folding:

Courtesy of "Impress your guests -- tuxedo napkins" by Cecily Ross in the Globe and Mail, Saturday, March 10, 2007. Style section page L9.

(FYI, I couldn't find instructions for the Tuxedo Folded Napkin featured in the article. When finished, it looks like the upper 2/3 of a gentleman's tuxedo / dinner jacket.