For the past two weeks, the Pre-prepper class has been exploring different materials in the art room. We started with shaving cream, which was a great success. The kids loved digging their hands through it and swirling the colors around. I gave them forks and spoons and tiny bowls to play with as well, so they got to pretend they were baking cakes while they sang their favorite song: Happy Birthday. It was nobody’s birthday, but that was okay. As one of the children told me, cake is good all the time, even when it’s not a birthday. This week, we’ve been playing with glue. I poured white glue into a couple of pans and added a few squirts of color for the little ones to mix up. It was fun to watch their reactions to the different textures. Their shaving cream had been soft and squishy, but the glue was thick and sticky. Most of them didn’t want to put their hands in it, so I offered popsicle sticks instead. They spent a lot of time watching it drip off of the sticks and talking about how slow it was. Of course, saying “Splash!” each time made it much more appealing, even if it was slow to fall.