Child Development Articles

Science Project


20 Mule Team Borax        Paper cups
Elmer's Glue-All        Plastic spoons
Water                Plastic plates
Food color

1.    An adult should mix together 2 cups of glue and 1-1/2 cups of water in a bowl, stirring well.
2.    Dissolve 4 teaspoons Borax in 1-1/3 cups water. (This amount of glue mixture and Borax solution is enough for 18 children)
3.    Pour 3 tablespoons glue mixture into each child’s cup.
4.    Give each child a plastic spoon, a plastic (not paper) plate, and a cup of the glue mixture.
5.    Let the children add 2 or 3 drops of food color to their glue mixture. Have them stir it well.
6.    The adult should pour one tablespoon of the Borax solution into each child’s cup.
7.    Have them immediately stir the contents thoroughly.
8.    Once a solid mass is formed, empty it out onto a plastic plate where the child can squeeze the substance to remove excess moisture.
9.    Let children play with this newly made material. When finished playing with the stuff, keep it in an air-tight container. It will eventually grow mold and need to be thrown away.

Warning: Borax is a toxic material and should not be ingested. Make sure this squeezable stuff is kept off clothing and carpets because it will stick to the fibers.

When the two liquids are combined, their separate properties join to create a solid.


Teacher Nicole's Ten Christmas Gift Ideas

1. Strider bike- They have no pedals and kids learn how to balance before they have to deal with the pedals.

2. Imaginext by Fisher Price- Great for imaginative play. This is like Little People of our time. My kids still play with theirs.

3. Games- Memory, Go Fish and High Ho the Cherry O are great games for young children. Playing games with kids gets them used to taking turns and can help them to play together with others.

4. Books- Books are always a great gift. I believe we can never have enough good books. Some of my favorite authors are Mo Willems (the Pigeon books), Ted Arnold (Fly Guy and Parts), and Dr. Seuss is always fun.

5. An Art Cart- It‘s fun for kids to have a set of art supplies at home. Keep crayons, markers and paper in one special container. You could even add glue sticks and stickers for fun.

6. A Bag of Balls- Fill a laundry bag fun of different sized balls. Kids love this.

7. Autoblocks- These are amazing. They are wooden cars that come apart and can be put back together in many different combinations. I like the minis because you have so many options.

8. Dress-Up Bin- Fill a Rubbermaid tub with all kinds of dress up clothes. Remember that dress up does not always have to be princess. Go to the thrift shops and see what you can find. This can help to expand your child's imagination.

9. Puzzles- Floor puzzles are a great way for children to start to problem solve. Make sure they have big pieces and are not too difficult.

10. Blocks- Kids can build and make all kinds of things. Blocks are a never-ending activity.

~Teacher Nicole


Encourage Creativity

  • Take time with a child's art.
  • Show respect for the art and the artist's process.
  • Comment on lines, shapes, & colors: "I see you used these colors."
  • Show curiosity: "How did you get this effect here?"
  • Comment on changes: "Your drawings look bigger these days."
  • Ask open-ended questions: "Will you tell me about your picture?"
  • Provide fuel for creativity: "What other materials do you need?"
  • Collect recycled boxes, tubes, and lumber scraps. Make 3D creations.
  • Provide a variety of drawing, painting, and clay materials.
  • Avoid coloring books.

Parent Involvement

  • Research shows that parent involvement in their child's education is positively related to learning and achievement.
  • How can parents nurture children's creativity at home? Art can be a wonderful family activity.
  • Parents who understand the value of art are more likely to keep art supplies at home, designate a household area for "messy art", and become involved in art themselves.
  • Parents and teachers working together to nurture creativity- imagine the possibilities!

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