Friday, April 8, 2011

Aidan and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, our story of the week, was a big hit! Aidan has carried the book around all week and has really looked forward to our school time each day. We've drawn pictures of our favorite places and talked about story settings for social studies and language arts. We made giant purple crayon drawings for art. For math, we made fraction pies and started a very basic conversation about fractions. Today, for science we watched an online crayon-making film. PBS Kids has many of the old Mr. Rogers factory clips posted online and Aidan really enjoyed them. After the clip, we made our own crayons.

To make crayons, we broke all of our old and oddball crayons into pieces and arranged them in a silicone mold. We baked them in a 250* oven for about 12 minutes. We cooled ours in the freezer (because we have no patience) and popped them out. They turned out pretty cute and the kids seemed to like coloring with them.

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