Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Co-op Adventures

Yesterday's theme for my co-op class was Silly Putty! I bought 4 different kinds and had each child draw an egg randomly from a bag. I explained each type -- color changing, space sludge, glow-in-the-dark, and metallic.

While they played, I covered some history and properties of Silly Putty, went over all the fun things you can do with it, and we played a game called "Impressions." The game consisted of pressing an object into the putty and having the kids guess what it was by the impression left.

Overall, I think the class went well, but I would do a few things different next time. The color changing putty was stickier than the other kinds, making it difficult to remove from paper. It also wouldn't "copy" lead on paper the way putty usually does. At first I thought the variety of kinds would be fun, but several kids repeatedly requested to trade and over time this became annoying and disruptive.

I found lots of useful information at the official Silly Putty site.


DeLong House said...

How fun! I planned a Coorporate Christmas party last year which had a toy theme to it. Each table had a different toy that was popular during a certain generation. One table featured the silly putty and we had one "egg" at each place setting with a different picture that we transferred from newsprint. Fun!

Connie Marie said...

I like silly puddy, its fun and it smells yummi.

Karla Cook @ Roads to Everywhere said...

I coulda predicted that they'd want to swap! Kids are funny that way!

Kelli said...

What a fun class, Farrah!

Anonymous said...

How neat! Isn' playing with putty fun? Especially the most fun part is cleaning it off. Or that's how is was when my children were small.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a fun class! Love the idea! Thanks for sharing!! :)