October 23, 2012

Squishing Sight Words


Totally took this idea from I Can Teach My Child! The only difference was that my girls were not very interested in using hammers.  They preferred stomping or squishing the cotton balls with their hands. We started with the baked cotton ball recipe from Play, Create, Explore. I doubled the recipe to make sure I had enough, and I had more then enough! So I started with 2 C of flour and 2 C of water mixed together.


 Then I added some food coloring (pink and purple, so each girls could have her own).


Then I dipped the cotton balls and placed them on greased cookie sheets.


Much prettier then any candy I make!

I even had enough to make some for Eli!
I baked them at 300 degrees for 1 hour.  Once they were cool, I used a sharpie to write some of the girls sight words on them.



 I started the girls out with toy hammers for them to hit the cotton balls with when I called out a word.  They quickly found that it was easier to squish them with their feet or hands,




And we kept going until they were all squished!



Then I had the girls tell me the words as they picked them up and squished them again.   By this time Eli was awake, so he could play with his. He tried squishing a few, but quickly decided they were more fun to eat! ICK! He also liked trying to tear the soft insides out.








34 comments:

  1. OK... these are quite possible the coolest things ever! Learning AND stomping!! Love it. I would love for you to add this to my link-up! I am a new co-host for Mom's Library Link-Up every Wednesday!
    http://heymommychocolatemilk.blogspot.com/2012/10/co-hosting-moms-library-link-up_24.html

    Thanks,
    Julie

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    1. Thanks! I am thinking they can be very versatile! I didn't know you had a link up; I'm there! :)

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  2. How fun! Are they a single use project or can you keep requishing them?

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    1. We squished them a few time, and the words started to break. Otherwise you can squish until they are flat!

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  3. This looks like a blast - I just know my kids would love this!

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    1. I hope you get a chance to try it! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Okay - squishing and stomping? What kid could resist?! :) Pinning this. :)

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  5. Looks like everyone had fun. I pinned that post from I Can Teach My Child, but never got around to making these. Thanks for the great reminder.

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  6. What a great activity ! I've been wanting to make those cotton balls for awhile and I love the spin on this! Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase!

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    1. They are a lot of fun! I am sure we will make more at some point! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. How fun! This would also work very well as a spelling activity for older kids. Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

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    1. I can think of all sorts of uses from colors to letters to numbers! So versatile! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. I love the fact that this is a messy sensory activity. Fun!

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    1. Thanks for visiting! My kids love messes!

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  9. Oh this is so creative! I am stopping by from Hip Homeschool Moms. Please consider adding this to the home school resource, "Look! What We Did!" -Savannah http://lookwhatwedid-homeschool.blogspot.com

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    1. Headed there now! Thanks again for the heads up!

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  10. Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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    1. I appreciate all your comments! :)

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  11. This is just brilliant! My girls would love this. I've featured this on The Sunday Showcase this week: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2012/11/03/the-sunday-showcase-learning-ideas.html

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature, and as always, for hosting!

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  12. Oh my goodness, what a fun idea! I will definitely have to tuck this away for when Daniel starts reading.

    Thanks for visiting Waldorf Wednesday. I hope we'll see you back this week!
    http://ourseasonsofjoy.com/seasons-of-joy/waldorf-wednesday-11/

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    1. Thanks Annette, for visiting and hosting!

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  13. My daughter would love this idea! You are brilliant!

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    1. Thanks, but it wasn't my idea in the first place. It was a fun one though! I hope you can try it!

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  14. Would the balls stick together if placed beside each other before they are baked? Or would they just separate after baking is complete?

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    1. I am pretty sure they would stick together if they were close enough, but I didn't try it. I would love to see what you are thinking of doing! Thanks for visiting!

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  15. Just a quick note to let you know that you had one of the most popular links at Look What We Did. I have featured you!

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  16. Fab post

    Would love for you to link it up at my new Empty Your Archive link party which is a chance to dust off great posts from your archive - there is a focus this week on reading - would really love to see you there, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

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    1. Thanks for inviting me; I will come check it out!

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  17. I LOVE this idea!! Bookmarking it for when my 2 year old is learning to read in a few years. :D

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  18. This is a great idea! I've never tried baked cotton balls, but we've just started working on sight words so it looks like it's time for me to give it a try!

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