Sunday, January 18, 2009

So Wishy-Washy

We started the week reading one of my eldest son's favorites, Mrs. Wishy-Washy's Farm by Joy Cowley, and that just lead us into all things washy, wet, and bubbly. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion soon followed as did everything in our home library that went with this theme, such as these board books that are appealing to my youngest son: Bathe One Baby by Melanie Joyce, and Bubbles, Bubbles from Sesame Beginnings.ACTIVITY:
1. Wishy-Washy Game -- My sons loved this! Luckily we had wonderfully warm weather so we could take this activity outside. We set up our toy barn in the yard, got a small, plastic "tub" full of soapy water, and we pretended to be Mrs. Wishy-Washy and gave all our farm animals a good old scrub. This of course, led to all things getting in the tub -- toy tractors, cars, trucks, dog toys, etc. 2. Dog Wash -- Inspired from Harry, we decided to hose down our dog, Hula, too. Fun with the hose is always a hit.3. Bubble Art -- With all the outdoor sudsy mess we were making, we decided to try an art project to go along with this. We got a shallow container and filled it with a mixture of bubble solution, water, and paint. We then took a little plastic bubble wand and blew bubbles onto a plain white sheet of paper. The art wasn't anything exceptional. It just looked like a splatter painting. But the process was loads of fun -- and that is what matters most.

Of course by the end of this, we all needed a good scrub ourselves!

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