We started our Fathers Day gifts today and I have to say, for the first time in a long time, I’m excited about them 🙂
Most Dad’s Day gifts revolve around ties and business shirts, tool boxes, fishing or cars. I know that I hate to be generalised about, so why should it be any different for the Men in our lives? This year, we happen to be in a ‘science’ theme in the lead up to Dad’s Day, which has seen us explore popcorn and pendulums, ramps and magnifying glasses, electricity and imagination. So the first stage of our gifts fit right in with our current learning. We are making bowls. For Dad to put his keys in, his coins in or eat popcorn out of 🙂
Want to know what we are making them out of? We’re recycling materials – yes again! 🙂 – and using heat….
Here’s a hint. We need a pair of tongs, an upside down drink bottle and large surface area of simmering water – so we’re using the electric fry pan.
It’s records! Let me just say, that before we even went near hot water – or the safety talk that preempted it – I showed the kids a CD, then a cassette tape, then a record. For interest sake, I’ll let you know that the kids recognised a CD as a ‘movie’, a cassette tape as a ‘video’ and had no idea what a record was. This led to a discussion on how music is stored, as best I could anyhow.
The children were asked to slide their record in like they were going down a slippery dip, no splashes 🙂
Once fully submerged, it only took about 30 seconds for it to become bendy:)
Some of the albums were thicker than others, which affected the length of time they required to get truly flexible.
(sorry for the blurry shot – hot water and kids meant my camera skills dropped a few levels!)
the final step needs to be done quickly – but if you’re not happy with your result, you can just dip it back in and start again!
I forgot to take pics of our first step ‘end results, so I’m linking you up to one-off the net.
We are hoping to paint them up – but I need to look into appropriate paint and lacquer techniques before we travel down that road!
Now, stop looking at this page, google record bowls and set the oven or fry pan up, ready for all your old LPs!