Good morning! This is the final set of posts in the Lakewood at Home blog series. This has been such a wonderful way for us to delve deep into our philosophy and make it more visible for families in the community. We are excited to be returning to in-person school on August 5th. We are full for August, but have some openings in September. Here are our three final invitations for preschoolers.
Sensory/Art Invitation: Painting with toes
This invitation is perfect for a warm day. Have your child put on a bathing suit or older clothes and prepare to fully immerse themselves in their art. You can offer fingerpaint (see a recipe here), and a large piece of paper, cardboard, or shower curtain liner. Invite your child to use their toes to move the paint around their canvas. How does it feel different from using their fingers or a brush? Be prepared for this to be a full-body painting experience.
Sensory Invitation: Washing toes/bubble bath
After painting with their toes, invite your child to help clean their toes with an outdoor bubble bath. Fill a small kiddie pool or storage bin with water and some baby wash and invite your child to clean up after their paint adventure. How can they clean between their toes? How will they know when their toes are clean? With a couple of clean plastic cups they can also explore scooping and pouring water along with the self-help/self-care skill of washing.
Cooking Invitation: Wacky cake
1 ¼ cups unbleached flour
1 cup sugar
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 handful chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon distilled white or apple cider vinegar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Get out all your ingredients and an 8×8-inch baking dish.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips if you are using them.
In a different bowl, mix together the water, vanilla, vegetable oil and vinegar.
Pour the wet things into the dry things and quickly stir together. Remember what the baking soda and vinegar did in the science experiment? Do you see it happening here?
Pour the cake batter into the 8×8-inch pan and have an adult put it in the oven.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Have an adult take the cake out of the oven and put it on a cooling rack or potholder to cool.
Cool the cake completely before having a taste.