Charlotte's class has done some pretty cool stuff this year, I must say. I really love her teachers and I've been so pleased with what she's learned at school! They've done bubble painting, made an ice sculpture, made super cool wind bags, done "tasting parties" for different colors of foods, and other things. On Friday I helped with their "Farm Party" and it was super fun! They've been studying farms, so this was a culmination of the farm unit.
The first thing we did was to split into groups to make butter. Each group got a baby food jar of cream and we took turns shaking it until it turned into butter. The kids did a good job, but it was mostly mommy muscle that finally did the trick. They were fascinated with how the cream got all frothy and then started to ball up until it made ball of butter surrounded by buttermilk.
Then they made cow puppets, which they seemed to enjoy. I think they all enjoyed moo-ing the best.
After the kids finished their puppets, then we got into what I thought was the coolest part of the morning. We made Rainbow Toast! The moms who helped out prepared small bowls of colored milk. We just colored plain old milk with plain old food coloring. The kids then got to paint their bread with sponge brushes dipped in the colored milk!
After the kids finished painting their bread, we toasted it for them. They then got to put the butter they made on their bread for a yummy snack! They got to make another piece if they wanted and every one of them wanted a second piece of bread to paint and eat. I cannot tell you much the kids loved this activity. And, as a mom, I have to say I thought it was a pretty cool idea. I would never have thought of it on my own, but I am filing this one away for future reference. What an easy and fun thing to do at a party or just for fun one day!
(Just an FYI if you decide to attempt this at home. Make sure you "dab" the paintbrushes on your bread instead of "brushing" or "spreading." If you brush, it will tear the bread. Also, if you're too heavy handed with the milk paint, the bread will get super soggy and not toast well.)