Saturday, May 14, 2011

Alphabet Fun - Letter Jj

Jenni is 3 years 9 months

We had a jolly good time exploring the letter Jj. Here is some of what we did...

Bible Verse:
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life." (John 14:6)

Bread and Jam for Frances (by Russell and Lillian Hoban)
No Jumping on the Bed (by Tedd Arnold)
It's About Time, Jesse Bear (by Nancy White Carlstrom)

J is for Jellyfish

Jenni J created a jellyfish and learned that jellyfish have bell-shaped bodies, have tentacles, cannot swim fast, and other random jellyfish facts :)

Java Dough

 This is an odd "experiment". The mixture feels like a liquid in the bowl, becomes hardened when lifted outside the bowl, and then returns to a liquid. Smells like freshly brewed coffee though :)

Java Dough Recipe:
3/4 cup fresh brewed coffee, 2 cups cornstarch, 1/2 cup salt, flour to desired consistency
I found another Java Dough recipe that was more of a "sculpting dough". We tried this one too. Completely different idea than the first recipe but a fun experiment none the less.

Because we made this recipe during Jj week, we sculpted the dough into Jesus, the cross, a heart, water, five bread loaves, and two fish - and then painted - to teach about various stories in the Bible. (Jesus walking on water, Jesus loving us and dying on the cross, and Jesus feeding the crowd.)

Java Dough Sculpting Recipe:
1/4 cup instant coffee, 3/4 cup warm water, 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt

Mix water and instant coffee. Mix flour and salt; add coffee. Stir. Sculpt dough to less than 1/2 inch thick. Bake at 300 degrees, 30-45 minutes or until hard. Paint if desired.

Jelly Bean Sorting and Counting (and Eating)

A simple task for her age but she enjoys organizing things and I was wanting a task for her to do while I was working in the kitchen :)

Juice Pops
Jenni filled small plastic cups with strawberry chunks and apple juice. She put a Popsicle stick in each cup and put it in the freezer for a couple hours.

J is for Jaffa Cakes

Jaffa Cakes are a small English snack. Jenni first made the marmalade and set it aside. Then she baked the small cakes, topped them with the freshly made marmalade, and topped the cakes with a chocolate, orange rind, and oil mixture.

Jar Sounds
I placed five small glass jars on the table and filled them with different amounts of water. Jenni lightly tapped each jar with a spoon to notice the different sounds each jar made.

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