c is for chocolate play dough

note: this activity was done during a week long camp
called “way back when…” for 4 & 5 year olds at our local museum.

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i know i’ve seen this recipe for a long time…just never made it.

chocolate play doh

but i am teaching a week long camp at the museum based on pioneer days and i wanted a “baking” looking color to go with our enamel dishes. usually i do a plain play doh with a bit of cinnamon.

play doh table

this year i also made a batch of chocolate play dough…the first batch not working (way too crumbly…not sure what happened). very quickly the chocolate and cinnamon/vanilla batches are blended.

chocolate play dough:

combine (i do all the mixing in my kitchen aid):

1.5 cups flour

.5 cup cocoa

3 tsp cream of tartar


2 cups water

1 cup salt

2 tbs oil

mix it all together (at this point i had to add quite a bit of extra flour…not sure how much)

f is for fire truck

this was a last day of school activity for our school kids, but can you imagine the JOY a class of preschoolers would have with this?

fire truck fun

this may have to be our new end-of-the-year activity.

fire truck fun

hee hee hee

c is for celebration

we have a wonderful tradition of an end-of-the-year-graduation-and-celebration.

preschool grad by you.

now comes the cleaning and the sorting, we’re moving our preschool back to it’s original location…

there are oodles of projects not shared here….more to come.

z is for zoo

what a week!  in the midst of the last days of school and mother’s day prep, we turned our classroom into a zoo (quite fitting, actually!).

indoor zoo

children were invited to bring pretend animals from home.  this was a favorite of the day.  we did show and tell at the first circle time (instead of at the end of the day).  we graphed each one on an all-school graph and made a masking tape cage for each type on the floor of the classroom.

indoor zoo

this graph is incomplete…we had to move on to another piece of paper and the fish column went off the top!

indoor zoo

we had blue water, blocks, and a few big rocks in the tub table.  plastic animals were allowed to come swim all week.

indoor zoo

i found cheap plastic animals that worked well for making cages so friends could take home their own part of the zoo.

indoor zoo

there were some zoos without walls…

indoor zoo

indoor zoo

some with open gates…

indoor zoo

indoor zoo

indoor zoo

and some had animals that were so wild, the cage bars couldn’t stay up.

indoor zoo

m is for mexico

there were a few children who smiled a little bigger, walked a little taller, seemed to grow a little more as we honored mexico.  one little friend said, “hey!  i know that place!  i know it!”  i know she does. : )

there was a simple three column worksheet to color like the mexican flag’s colors.

cinco de mayo

someone donated a set of 1964 (!!!!!) junior encyclopedias that came in useful for flag comparing.

looking for mexico's flag

we have a little song we sing too:

cinco de mayo is a special day (clap-clap)

it makes me think of mexico in a special way (clap-clap)

cinco de mayo is a special day (clap-clap)

we love mexico is fun to say!