Sunday, April 29, 2007

recipe: soap bubbles

Materials Needed:
1/2 cup dish soap
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons sugar

Mix all 3 ingredients together. Don't stir or shake too much! :-) Store in a sealed container. Experiment with blowing bubbles using different items.
Tips from Mark: 1 cup warm water, 1/4 cup blue dishwashing liquid, and 1tsp. salt (If you have some glycerin at home add a teaspoon of it to make even better bubbles). Combine well, but do this gently. Use as you would any other bubbles
Best Bubble Solution
1 Cup Water
2 Tablespoons Light Karo syrup or 2 Tablespoons Glycerin
4 Tablespoons Dishwashing liquid

Mix together and have fun!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

recipies: invsible ink
This is a really simple one.
Squeeze some lemons or limes into a glass. This juice will be the ink.
Give them a small paintbrush or a Q-tip to use as writing implement.
Have them write the message on a sheet of white paper. When the “ink” dries it will be invisible.
To make the message reappear, hold the sheet of paper over a heat source. A hot water bottle, heating pad, in front of your wood burning stove, a heat register are some ideas.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

puppet: with raincoat


This was created at our local Ontario Early Years Centre.


  • paper bag (squared bottom)
  • eye stickers (googly eyes would be fun!)
  • construction paper cut in thin strips to make hair (red, black, brown, yellow)
  • construction paper cut in the shape of a rain hat, rain coat and rain boots (red, orange, yellow, pink etc)
  • markers, crayons for decorating
  • glue

  • place paper bag so that its bottom is facing the ceiling
  • make a face on the bottom part of the bag (eyes, nose, mouth)
  • use glue to add the paper "hair" (curl the paper around your finger if you want curly hair)
  • glue the hair around the face
  • glue the hat over top the hair
  • glue the boots on the "bottom" of the puppet (the open part of the bag into which you'll put your hand later)
  • glue the coat over top the boots and under the "chin" of the face [Note: the images shown have the boots glued overtop the raincoat.]
  • decorate the construction paper as desired!

Puppet without decorations:


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Easter Bunny


This was created at our local Ontario Early Years Centre.


  • paper plate
  • coloured construction paper cut out as ears
  • small pink craft pom-pom
  • cotton batting (coloured in same colour as ears or white)
  • eye stickers (googly eyes are fun) or you can draw the eyes on
  • markers or crayons or pencil crayons to draw the face (and perhaps eyes) on plate
  • tape
  • white glue


  • draw a face on the front of the plate complete with whiskers
  • tape the ears to the back of the plate
  • glue the pom-pom on the nose
  • spread white glue around the face (and ears)
  • tease out the cotton batting and apply to the glued areas