Home Schooling

play dough and earth

blue play dough

Well, we are in week two of the new homeschooling year. After a bit of a bumpy start, everyone is now settling in nicely with the routine. We made some revamps from last go around, and I’m liking it so far.

the earth's core

One of the things I find fun about homeschooling is being able to find interesting activities to go with our lesson. With Joshua learning about the Earth’s core, mantle, and crust, I thought it was a good time to make a new play dough recipe I found using hair conditioner and corn starch! It was incredibly soft, smelled amazing, and provided the perfect “mantle” for Joshua’s Earth. Emma Grace also made some and went a little overboard on the green food coloring. Thankfully it didn’t take long for it to wear off.

green play dough

After making the play dough, I had Joshua (and Emma because she wants to be like her brother) go find a round rock to serve as the Earth’s core. Then they wrapped it in play dough to serve as the mantle. Finally they got it a little wet and sprinkled dirt on it to serve as the crust. The idea was taken from a Science YouTube video that I can’t find the link to.

Fun activity = lesson learned!

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    October 1, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    What a great (and fun) idea! Love all the pics…

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    October 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I remember doing stuff like this as a kid. How cool. I have a question for you about your homeschooling scenario. Would you mind emailing me. Only if you have a spare moment, I know your schedule is busy and your time is valuable! messy mom@gmail.com

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    October 2, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Oops, that's not my email 🙂 It should be themessymom@gmail.com

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    October 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

    That's a great way to see and feel the parts of the earth!

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