Practical Life

Sifting

If you are wondering why your child is coming home with puffs of white in their hair it is due to sifting! We have a small, child sized sifter and have shown the children the process of sifting flour.

The child puts on a small apron to cover their clothes and takes the work to a table. They then take the lid off the flour tin and put a few scoops of flour into the sifter.

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They sift and sift and sift, sometimes tapping on the side of the sifter to get the flour off the sides. If they run out, they may put more in the sifter.

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They sift for as long as they wish and then carry the small bowl with the newly sifted flour and carefully pour it into the large bowl stationed on the bottom of the shelf.

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This is an activity that provides many opportunities to sweep the floor, wipe up the table etc. We will be baking something yummy with the sifted flour soon!

Coffee Grinding

Yum, the smell of coffee permeates the school!  Coffee grinding (the old fashioned way)was a big hit today.  This activity required multiple steps.  Once at the table, the child scooped 1 scoop of coffee beans and put it into the grinder.  Then, holding the grinder with the non-dominant hand, they turned the grind.  After they were finished grinding, they opened the drawer and poured the coffee beans into a tin.

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This work can be challenging and needs adult help at times.  It does go nicely with our smelling bottles that are out now.  This is where the children match pairs of bottles by scent.  Coffee is one of the scents in the bottles and they all know the name!  Maybe we will have to make our parents coffee one day soon…

 

Whisking

We put a new work out yesterday that seems quite popular!  It is called Whisking!  The children take a tray with a pitcher, a bowl and a small whisk to a table.  They fill up the pitcher to the line and pour it into the bowl.  The child then uses three drops of dish soap from a tiny bottle with a dropper and begins to whisk.  The result is a bowl of bubbles!

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This is an activity you could try at home. Just try to have a child sized whisk available!

Bird Feeders

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Today we made our own birdfeeders! We strung O’s on pipecleaners which was very fun for the children. Some even made 5 birdfeeders! Very lucky birds indeed!

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