Here is the recipe:
Bisquick Play Dough
2 cups Bisquick
1 cup salt
2 cups water
1 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 Tbsp oil
Mix all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 3 minutes. Scrape and stir the bowl. Microwave for another 3 minutes. Mine was perfect to knead then. If not, microwave for another minute.
Then, I separated this into 3 parts and put it into Ziplock bags. I added the food coloring and mixed it in the bags so the play dough was beautiful colors - and my hands were still human looking. I also added the extracts at this time.
I made these colors and flavors:
I used quite a bit of extract so it smelled great. (So did my kitchen!) I think the kids were most fascinated with the real cinnamon.
For our quiet walks in the hall, I used another smell favorite. Before we leave the classroom, I put a magic dot on each child's hand to smell- and to remind them to be quiet and walk nicely in the hall. I bought these in the beginning of the year and they have been worth every single penny. The kids love them!
Finally, after lunch, we gathered on the rug and talked about Mr. Broom's new addition! We read Follow Your Nose by Paul Showers and our Sense of Smell book by Maria Ruis- both quick reads that introduce the sense of smell. I pulled up my Five Senses Prezi, because it has a good diagram of how the sense of smell works. It also shows a poster of how the nose hairs, cilia, keep dirt out of your nostrils. We talked about how and why our sense of smell affects our sense of taste. We watched some of the youtube videos that really explained how your nose helps you smell.
Our next activity was to Guess the Smell! I had the children sit in a circle and reminded them of our usual game rules when I do not want anyone shouting out. They know to nod their head "yes" if they think they know, but nobody says a word until I count to three after we have all had a chance to smell, and we say the answer together. They do an awesome job with this. One time a child "goofs" and shouts it out and someone acts disappointed, nobody else wants to shout it out.
This year I discovered the BEST way to have children guess smells.
The kids loved them later, too.
Last, the children each got their Five Senses book and wrote about their favorite things to smell. Each day they add a sense. I have them draw and label at least five favorite things.
As we watched the videos about the nose on the rug, sitting close together, one little boy smelled the hair of the girl next to him and said, "MMMM. You smell just like my Nana." <3
Tomorrow, Mr. Broom will be able to see!
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