What Could It Be?

Here is the first challenge of What Could It be? A piece of the sack of potatoes can become so many things!  Here are some ideas of what we think it might be.  What do you think it could be? The next time your mom or dad buys some onions or potatoes ask her/him to save the bag and see what you can make out of it!

To read this in Italian, click here.

Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbls popcorn
  • 1 tbls cooking oil (can be soy, sunflower, peanut oil, etc – just not olive oil)
  • melted butter
  • salt
  1. Put popcorn kernels and oil in a medium sized pot. Place cover on pot and put on stove.
  2. With the help of an adult, turn stove to a medium heat.  After a few minutes you will hear the kernels popping.
  3. DO NOT OPEN LID – it’s very hot and very dangerous.
  4. When there is a few seconds gap between each pop, turn off stove. You can remove the pot from the burner, but don’t open lid until the popping completely stops.
  5. Now you can pour the melted butter over the popcorn and sprinkle on some salt – make sure you toss it around a bit while doing this, so the butter and salt will be spread evenly.

*tbls is the abbreviation for tablespoon. The tablespoon is an exact measurement (approximately 14.8 milliliters), but for this recipe, you can just use a big spoon.

Per la versione italiana, clicca qui.

Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree

An oldie, but goody is Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree

The lyrics are:

I looked out the window and what did I see?

Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.

Spring has brought me such a nice surprise!

Blossoms popping right before my eyes.

I can take a handful and make a treat.

A popcorn ball that smells so sweet.

It wasn’t really so, but it seemed to be

Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.

These guys do a really beautiful version:

This is a great song for spring, we may have to post again!

To read this in Italian click here.

If You’re Happy and You Know It…

If You’re Happy and You Know It is a fun song to teach to bilingual and ESL kids. It’s easy to sing and that has actions to go along with it, so they love to sing it.  It’s also sung in many languages, so they also more or less know the meaning.

This is a really cute video for If You’re Happy and You Know It. It’s a twist on the classic version:

As always we have a little something to do:

Tie Dyed Paper

Supplies:

  • Pens
  • Coffee filters (or cheap stiff paper towels might do the trick too)
  • Spray Bottle

Step 1: Scribble to your heart's content

Step 2: Spray with water.

Step 3: This is the fun part, watch the water spread the ink.

You can experiment and see what happens when you add more color or less color. What happens when you spray more water or less water? Or this could be turned into an experiment mixing colors – what happens with you put blue and red next to each other and you spray it with water?

Per la versione italiana cliccare qui.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Let’s start off with The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  It’s  a great ESL, EFL book because it  introduces various things from the life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly, lots of fun foods and the days of the week.

Great! Now you’ve read the book or seen the video now what????


Now you can print these out 2 times and make a memory game. We actually printed them out onto regular printer paper and then glued them onto colored construction paper b/c we have smarty pants kids that try to peek through the paper and see what’s underneath.

Regular old memory too boring for your kids? How about hooking on some paperclips and using some ‘fishing poles’ (either ones robbed from bought game or make them yourself-attach a short piece of string to a stick, chopstick, unsharpened pencil, popsicle stick and glue a magnet to the end).

Don’t like how we colored them?  We invite you to do a better job:

That’s all we have time for for our first entry.  You know Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Per la versione italiana cliccare qui.

Bilingual and Multilingual Activities

We’ve noticed that everyone in Italy wants there kids to learn a second language-(mainly English) and lots advice on how to do it.  What we can’t find is support for it.  We’re going to try and put up some activities and things we’ve done with our kids.  Do us a solid and bounce some ideas back to us.