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Monday, May 10, 2010

Take Your Child to Work Day

A couple of Thursdays back, it was "Take Your Child to Work Day." (That's how far behind I am). Well, my two middle school aged children wanted to come along with me. My thoughts? "Wow, I can do something extra messy and fun." Boy will I rethink that next time.

It's not that they were in the way, they wanted to help, but didn't really know how to help. I would give them something to do and have to go over and explain the process. It was almost like having a couple of trainees on my hands. They seemed to enjoy themselves, but boy was I tuckered out.

We were in the midst of our pet unit, so I had planned a pet activity, plus I thought it would be fun to do some shaving cream play. If you read, you know I have some very active children in the class. Our shaving cream fun was quite extensive.

Did they enjoy it? I would have to say without a doubt. Even though they wore smocks, some had shaving cream head, body, and all the way up the arms. I guess, for all intent and purposes, that's what it's all about, but it did take quite a while to clean up between each set of children.

I do have one question for all the magnificent teachers out there. How do you add color to your shaving cream? I have used a couple of different ways, but the children usually leave the class quite colorful.

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Kat said...

I add just a few drops of liquid watercolor - right on top of each child's shaving cream mound. They mix and swirl it around. Because it's only a few drops it doesn't ever seem to stain and it colors the shaving cream lovely pastel shades.

longer lashes said...

The idea of "Take your child to Work day "seemed really interesting .Here the kids enjoyed as well as learned a lot at the same time.we must keep organising such things in order to enhance their mental and physical power.

Teacher Tom said...

I know it's more expensive, but I just buy the colored foam paint you can get at Discount School Supply.

My middle school aged daughter used to come to work with me all the time when she was K-2, but will do anything to avoid it now. She did come to my Halloween party last year, however.

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