Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July28_GrowingFish_2SM

Yesterday was one of those few days when I actually did in the afternoon what I said I would do. Anna was in a decent mood despite not taking a nap yet again, and I told her that we will do a special activity. I handled her the package, and by looking at the back she deduced correctly that we will be doing this outside and that we will need cups and water. Both of us were somewhat disappointed that nothing happened right away. I had to shake the capsuJuly28_GrowingFish_1SMles a few times to help them unfold into the shapes, and I had to entertain an impatient toddler  while the capsules grew into… something. I would say diplomatically that some of them looked more fish-like than others. I tried to get Anna to match the foam fish to the outlines on the back of the packaging, but it didn’t go over too well. To tell the truth, I had some problems identifying them myself. But still, it was a fun activity, it contained some learning component (different sea creatures and also how some things get bigger in water), fit great with our ocean theme, and Anna was very pleased with the results. I hope that today we can print with them (expect a big mess!) or use them in another collage.

4 comments:

The Harris Family said...

We have used these before and they are fun. It is funny how some work better then others.

Orange Juice said...

WE LOVE THESE!
If you use really warm water (just not too warm so it doesn't burn) they will open faster.
They are so hard to identify sometimes LOL SOmetimes we just make up what they are.

MaryAnne said...

We tried some of these a while ago and had a similar experience - they didn't open quickly and then were hard to identify...

Shannon said...

From experience, boiling water works best, if your child is old enough to stir it with a big spoon and not put their hands in the water. :o)