Q Week

Q Week!  Inevitably one of the trickiest letters to find activities for. haha  It wasn’t nearly as exciting as some previous letters, but I did manage to scrounge up a few ideas.

Abby made her block letter ‘Q’ into a quail.

Q is for Quail

Q is for quarters!  I dumped out our piggy bank (ISU paraphernalia, courtesy of my mother who thinks anything with ISU on it will make a great gift for us since Cabz is obsessed with them.  We’ve got candy cane tree hangers, wrapping paper, hats, and more!  Love you, Mom!  We think they’re stellar!  Keep it coming!)  and gave Abby four containers to sort the different coins.  She was loving it.

Qq is for Quarters

After she had a bowl full of quarters, we discussed how four quarters = 1 dollar.  Then, I gave her little paper cups and had her count four quarters into each one.  Then we figured out how many dollars we had.

4 Quarters Make a Dollar!

Quarter Sorting

Evie joined us after her nap and the girls enjoyed dropping every single coin back through the slot on the piggy bank.

Fun with Coins

Handwriting and tracer pages.

Qq Handwriting

Qq Tracer Page

We made “queen hats” (aka crowns) out of paper plates.  I found this idea from Pinterest off of Meaningful Mama.  The girls each colored a plate.  Then I folded them in half and made three cuts, stopping before the ruffled edge, and opened it up into a hat!

Queen Craft PreschoolQueen Hat

Queen

What begins with Q?

What begins with Qq

The girls both made paper quilts by weaving some paper.  Evie needed a little more assistance with this than Abby did, but they both thought it was fun.

Quilt Weaving

Quilt Craft

I made a math quiz for Abby.  She was very excited to show Daddy when he came home that she was doing math just like he was!!

Quiz

I knew I wanted to have the girls do some q-tip painting and was really happy with the way my dandelion idea turned out!  Evie’s was a little rough since she was more into smearing than dotting, but Abby’s was so cool!  I loved them both!

Qq Painting

Q-tip Painting DandelionsQ-tip Dandelions

Q-tip Painting

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P Week

P Week has been our longest “week” yet as it started prior to Elly’s birth and didn’t end until quite a while afterwards! haha  It was a good letter to be stuck on though, as we found a lot of great activities to go along with it!  Get ready for a long post of fun. 🙂

One of the girls’ favorite “Pp” activities was our picnic on the deck.  They were looking forward to that for a long time – mostly because we never eat pb & j’s. haha

Picnic

Abby’s handwriting and tracer page practice:

P Handwriting

P Tracer

What begins with the letter “P”?

P Objects

We used our favorite play-doh recipe and attempted to make purple play-doh, but it turned out a bit more on the gray side.  Mixing food coloring to make purple is hard. haha

Making Playdough

Homemade Playdough

Stirring Playdough

I should have just bought the good stuff and it would have been prettier.  Oh well.  The off color didn’t seem to interrupt the girls’ fun!

Playdough

Purple PlaydoughPlaying Playdough

Evelyn hasn’t done a lot of painting in her life and thought painting pink pigs was the best!

Paint

Painting Pink Pigs

Can you tell who painted each one?

P is for Pig

We had a lunch that all started with “P”!  Pulled pork, peas, and peaches (or pears)!

P lunchP Lunch!

We had some unplanned “Pp” fun right after Elly arrived.  One of my wonderful aunts, Christy, sent us an awesome package!  The girls were loving it, because it was full of fun new books to read!  We love our books around here and something to occupy the older girls was just what we needed in that moment.  I could hardly pull them away for bed time.

Package of FunPackage Books

Package Reading

Speaking of bed time, the girls got to have a “Pajama Day” to celebrate our letter of the week.  Abby was thrilled about this because she has a Fancy Nancy book where Nancy has a pajama day too.  Of course we had to reread that one a few times.

Pajama Day 4

And yes, Evie has Thomas jammies.  She thinks Thomas is cool because Abby does.  Go figure.

Pajama Day 2Pajama Day 1

P is for pudding!!  Yummy!

Puddin'!Pudding

P is for pink and purple!

Pink and Purple

The girlies both enjoyed making princess hats.  We went with the colors pink and purple for the cone part.  The girlies loved sorting through my ribbon bag and choosing which ones they wanted for their hats.

Princess Hats Preschool

They each had sparkly “princess” stickers to decorate their hats with as well.  I just used plain old yarn for the string part, which didn’t work the best, but the fun was in making them!

Pretty Princess 3Pretty Princess

Preschool Princess Hats

We gathered some good looking pine cones on one of our walks and used them for this fun experiment.  We tried putting one pine cone in a glass of cold water, one in a glass of hot water, and one in an empty glass.  Some people online had said their pine cones reacted pretty instantly, but ours took so long, we found something else to do and came back to check later.

PineconesPinecone Experiment

The pine cone in the empty glass stayed the same, all opened up.  The one in the hot water closed just a little.  The real exciting pine cone was the one we placed in the cold water.  It had closed all up very tightly.  This is because the pine cones open up to release their seeds in nice weather and in cold, damp weather they close tightly to keep them inside.  Pretty cool.

Pinecones!Pinecone Changed!

Pinecone Folded in

The next day, we used a couple of our leftover pine cones to make bird feeders!  (Or annoying squirrel feeders as it turned out)  We tied a piece of twine to each end, spread peanut butter around them, and then sprinkled bird seed all over.

Pinecone Peanut Butter Feeder

Pinecone Feeder

The girls were all business hanging them up in our tiny pine tree.

Pinecone Bird FeederPeanut Butter Bird Feeder

Homemade Bird Feeder

P is for personal pita pizzas with pepperoni!  We just made these and ate them cold and they were pretty tasty.  I pack something similar to this as our “lunchables” when we go somewhere over lunch time.  Evie had a hard time actually getting the cheese ON her pizza.  Every time she took out a big handful, it went straight to her mouth.  Oh dear…

Pizza Time!

Pita PizzasPersonal Pita Pizzas

Penguins and pom poms helped Evelyn work on her colors.  Abby enjoyed “helping” her too, although this looked more like Abby completing a color and telling Evie about it.

PomPom Penguin Color Sorting

Penguin Colors

I’ve been wanting to try out the decorate and bake idea with glass plates/mugs/whatever, and this was a great opportunity to try out plates!  We found white, glass plates at the dollar store and used sharpies (this was a little scary with Evie, but we survived) to color them.  (yes, I made one too, although I guess I didn’t take a picture of it)  After the marker had dried overnight I stuck them in the oven and turned it to 400 degrees for 40 minutes.  Once they were done, I turned off the oven and let the plates completely cool inside.  As I had read elsewhere, the sharpie color does change somewhat in the process.  It definitely becomes less vibrant, but it did stay on.  I haven’t tried washing them yet, but I did read you should hand wash only as the dishwasher can take off the color.  That shouldn’t be a problem for us, since we haven’t yet used a dish washer in our married life. haha  We even own one now and don’t use it!

Plate Baking

Coloring Plates

Evelyn wasn’t very excited about this picture.  She thought we were going to fill her new plate with snacks and was way more about that idea.

Plates

Plates Baked

Our final fun was a trip to a new park!  Evelyn was all over the place, going crazy and loving every minute.

Park 1

Park 2

Park 3

Park 4

Abby enjoyed it as well, but was much more excited about all of the flowers she could pick.

Park 6

Park 5

Save

Save

O Week

We’re back!  No promises that our letter weeks are actually going to be only a week long at this point – with 4 littles, there are just some days we don’t fit school in, much to Abby’s disappointment.  She informed me the other day, “Mama, kids are supposed to do school with their Mamas every day, not just sometimes.”  My bad.  Just let me finish feeding the two screaming babies, change 3 diapers, and then….. oh bummer.  Now it’s time for lunch. haha  Someday we will get back on track, darling girl. 😉

This octopus was a lot of fun!  Abby wanted to use one color for each number and carefully (painfully slowly) selected the perfect beads.

Octopus with Beads

Octopus with Counting Beads

Of course we had to attempt an octopus snack to go along with our craft.  Yes, I realize these turned out super creepy, but the girls thought their oreo octopuses were the best!  (If anything, they ended up looking more like spiders – ew!)

Octopus SnackOreo Octopus Snack

Oreo Octopus

Abigail turned her block letter “O” into an owl!

Block Letter Oo Owl

I thought our owl snack was quite a bit cuter than the octopus one. haha

Owl Snack YummyOwl Snack is Tasty

Owl Snack with Berries

Here are Abigail’s handwriting practice and tracer sheets.

O Handwriting Practice

O Tracer Page

What begins with the letter “O”?

O is for

Abby enjoyed this shape worksheet I made for her.  There were six different shapes she needed to color according to the chart.  I scribbled the corresponding color over each word so she could do this more independently.  Of course we started with the ovals because oval begins with “O”!

O is for Oval

O is for orange!  Abby ripped pieces of orange streamer into little bits, crumpled them up, and glued them on my circle template to make this orange.  It would have been more effective if she wouldn’t have kept referring to it as her pumpkin. LOL  When Daddy got home, she announced, “O is for my pumpkin I made!!”  He was a little confused….

O is for Orange

This is a set of animal science cards I printed off (thanks Google images).  I wrote a few different facts about each animal on the backs and Abby loved learning about them all!

Preschool Science CardsO Learning Cards

Finally, here is a set of opposite cards I made for Abby.  She enjoyed matching them up and talking about all the pictures with me.

Opposite Cards

Opposites Preschool

Opposites Card Set

 

N Week

N week is later than ever.  I think we are finally over the flu around here though!  Or at least, past the worst of it.  We’ve had our roughest winter yet with sicknesses.  No matter how careful I tried to be, the girls kept on catching things – one cold after another.  I can’t say I’m sorry cold season is (almost) over. *sigh*  We had maybe a week off in between colds the entire winter long!!  This last “fun” we experienced was some most unpleasant Influenza A.  It came complete with crazy high fevers for 2 – 3 days (104 + ), sore throats (strep in Evie’s case), bad coughs, nauseous stomachs,  diarrhea, loss of appetite, and headaches (ear infection in Abby’s case).  The girls were miserable with it.  They were pretty much wiped out on the couch for a few days, alternately crying, sleeping, and lying there miserably.  Little Guy got a slight fever, as well as a bad cough and lost his appetite for a couple days, but we’re hoping he has avoided the super high fever part.  I had to drag the kiddies to the doctor a couple of times on top of hitting two of my OB appointments during the sick period.  Caleb and I dealt with ourselves being sick mostly over the weekend, and somehow Caleb managed to not miss any work as a result.  It has been a REALLY FUN last week to say the least. haha!!  However, on a positive note, we are thankful Baby didn’t get the really high fever and we are also very thankful I somehow missed that symptom as well!!  There were a few people praying I could avoid it and I think that made the difference!  My OB was pretty worried about me getting the high fever since she told us she just had another pregnant mother hospitalized for a few days because of that. (Oh good.  Now we know where my kids picked this up. 😛 )  Anyway, we’re still coughing a tad, but for the most part are very grateful to be moving on!  Now if we can just stay healthy through Baby Girl making her arrival…..

Since the girls were excited for Easter to arrive, we themed a couple of our activities with that in mind.  The girls had so much fun with this number Easter egg hunt!  I put a magnetic number (1 – 10) in each egg and hid them around the living room.

Number Hunt with Easter Eggs

Who needs candy when you can find numbers?!  I mean…. come on.  They wanted me to hide them again and again and again… until I passed the role on to them and they took turns hiding and finding.

Number HuntEaster Egg Number Hunt

Hunting for Numbers

Number Hunting

We made edible nests for snack one day, supplied with little candy eggs that Daddy brought home from work.  I had seen the kind using chow mein noodles and I just wasn’t feeling it.  I know they are probably tasty, but it sounded weird and I didn’t want to watch the girls eating those things.  Maybe it’s a pregnancy thing.  Regardless, I chose to just melt some chocolate, dip some pretzels in it, and let them build their nests with that instead.

Nest Snack

I had some sneaky sneaks swiping pretzels while they were getting dipped.  Caught in the act, girlies!!

Sneaking PretzelsPretzel Sneakers

It was a mite messy and definitely not quite as cutesy, but the taste was spot on!  We let them set in the freezer a minute before eating to contain at least a bit of the mess.  As you can see, that worked reaaaaaally well.

Nest Snacks with Eggs

Messy Eater

What begins with “N”?

What begins with the letter N

Abby filled in her block letter “N” with strips of newspaper she cut and glued.

N is for Newspaper

Of course we had to pick out some pretty purple nail polish and paint Abby’s nails!

Nail PaintingPainting Nails

The girls helped me dye some noodles pretty colors.  We poured 2-3 cups noodles into 4 separate gallon baggies, added a few tablespoons of vinegar and about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon food coloring to each bag, and the girls shook them up until the noodles were nice and coated.  I assisted with carefully dumping them out on parchment paper to dry.

Noodle DyingDying Noodles2

Red NoodlesBlue Noodles

Dying Noodles

Once they were ready to go, the girls made noodle necklaces!  Evie was so excited about wearing these!  Abby didn’t want to model hers, but Evie had no problem putting them both on for the camera.

Making Noodle Necklaces

Threading NoodlesNoodle Necklace Modeler

Abby used some of the leftover noodles to create noodle art!  She used “a lot of green because Daddy really likes that color.”

Creating Noodle Art

Noodle ArtNoodle Art for Preschoolers

Evie found ways to play with the leftover noodles as well.  It was all cook and stir until the dumping began.  Then she cried to me, “Mess!!” and quickly exited the scene.  Thanks, Sweet Pea! 🙂

Playing with Pasta

Noodles everywhere

Abby’s “Nn” handwriting and tracer pages.

Handwriting Page for the Letter N

N Tracer Page

I thought this was a good week to start doing some name spelling practice.  I made 4 of these name sheets for Abby to use (one for everyone in her family) and she thought they were pretty cool.  Evie liked the picture of Abby so much she kept hugging it until it will probably never look quite the same again.

Name PracticeName Spelling Practice

The girls loved making newspapers for Daddy to read when he came home from work.  Evie’s looked strangely akin to scribbling and unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of it.  Here are the pages from Abby’s though.  She wrote, “News” on the front and I helped with the rest of the writing.

Homemade NewspaperMaking Newspaper

Newspaper for PreschoolersWeather Page

The Letter NSick Girl

M Week

M was a fun (and extra long) “week!”  The girls started it out making these awesome marble paintings.  I kind of wanted to make about a million of these!  Aren’t they awesome!?!

Marble Painting 5

Marble Painting 4

The girls used my lightweight aluminum baking dish to put their papers in.  We used old yogurt containers to put the different paint colors in.  Then, the girls used a spoon to get the marble good and coated before carefully scooping it out and plopping it on their paper.  They loved watching it paint the paper as they tipped the pan around.  Evie needed some major supervision as she would have had the pan upside down without, but she thought it was pretty great too. 🙂

Marble Painting 2Marble Painting 3

Marble Painting 1

Abby made a mosaic to fill in her block letter “M.”  Evie thought it was fun that Big Sis let her stick some papers on as well.  Abs also made a shamrock mosaic because it’s March!

Mosaic Letter MM is for Mosaic Shamrock

Abigail’s handwriting, tracer, and objects that begin with “M” pages:

Letter M Handwriting PageM Tracer Page Preschool Learning

Objects that start with M

The girls beg for experiments all the time, so they were thrilled when I told them we would be doing a milk experiment this week from laughing kids learn!  I poured some milk in a bowl and each girl got to drip some food coloring in.

Milk Experiment 1

Milk Experiment 2Milk Experiment 3

After checking that out for a bit, we squeezed a drop of dish soap right in the middle and watched the food coloring quickly sweep to the sides.

Milk Experiment 5Milk Experiment 4

Of course after all that watching, I let the girls each poke a toothpick around in the colors and that was quite possibly their favorite part.

Milk Experiment 6

When we were hanging out at my parents’, the girls had their aunties and uncle help them decorate a giant mural.  We had to hang it up for a while so everyone could admire it.

Mural Preschool

Mural

We had ordered a little magnet set in preparation for “M Week” and it was a huge hit with the girlies.  They loved playing with it and testing it all out!!  Here’s Evie giving the horseshoe magnet a try.

Magnet Exploration 1

There were two little cars with snap in magnets.  They would connect or spin away from each other based on how you held them.

Magnet Exploration 2

The girls both loved this little magnetic pole.  It had some magnets you could slide onto it.  They thought it was great when you would push down on the circular magnets and watch them bounce.

Magnet Exploration 3Magnet Exploration 4

It also came with two little ladybugs and a maze.  Abby was pretty good at holding a magnet underneath the maze and guiding the ladybugs through it.  The girls’ parents had some fun with this set too!

Magnet Exploration

Another day, we used the horseshoe magnet to do some magnet exploration of our own.  Abby helped me collect a variety of objects around our house.  Then she guessed which things would be magnetic and which things wouldn’t.  These were her guesses:

Is it Magnetic Guesses

Then she gave it a try and came up with these results:

Is it Magnetic Results

Afterwards, she thought it would be a fun idea to try and pick up all the magnetic objects at once with her horseshoe magnet.  She managed to do it after a couple tries!

Horshoe Magnet Preschool Learning

Our last activity was homemade maracas.  The idea came from Made Everyday and was a lot of fun!  It was great for this time of year since you need Easter eggs and we are all getting excited for Easter around here. 🙂

The girls spilled spooned some popcorn seeds into their eggs and then I helped them tape them between two plastic spoons.

Homemade MaracasHomemade Maracas 1

I let them use permanent markers to decorate their eggs which was a debatably good idea in Evie’s case.  She loves using markers, but doesn’t get the whole – when you aren’t coloring yet are still holding your marker, it continues to color things for you.  Oh well.  We weren’t planning on keeping our living room rug forever anyway, right?

Homemade Maracas 3Homemade Maracas 2

Shake, shake, shake!

Homemade Maracas 4

Muffins were a yummy snack for “M Week!”  Check out our current favorite, Raspberry Yogurt Muffins.  Yummy in the tummy!

Raspberry Muffins are Yummy!

Raspberry Yogurt Muffins

 

L Week

L is for letter!  My friend, Brittany, had just visited us (one of my girls’ favorite people) so Abby thought we should write a letter to her.

L is for LetterL is for Letter3

Brittany is so wonderful that the girlies got a letter back in a matter of days!  It was an exciting moment. 🙂

Letter from Brittany!

Abigail’s handwriting practice and tracer page.

L handwriting preschoolL Tracer Page Preschool

Abs was so excited about practicing her letter “Ll’s” all week.  She was loving writing them with sidewalk chalk outside.

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Color, cut, and glue objects that begin with “L.”  For our block letter, Abby practiced some lacing.

Objects that start with LlLacing Block Letter L Preschool

We tried making some homemade lemonade which was a lot of fun!!  The girls thought it was great!

L is for Lemonade!

First, I sliced a lemon in half and let them each try sucking on it.  They were forewarned it would be very sour!!  As expected, I got some pretty good little pucker faces afterwards.  To my great surprise, they both went back for more and would have kept at it if I didn’t cut them off and continue the process. ha!

Lemon TastingLemon Tasting1

Lemon Tasting2Lemon Tasting3

Next, we dropped their lemon wedges into ziploc bags and the girls added about 1/2 cup of water and 2-3 teaspoons of sugar to each bag.  Then they squeezed their lemons and shook their bags.  I taste tested a couple times to make sure they were sugared enough.

Lemonade - adding sugarHomemade LemonadeMixing up Homemade Lemonade

When their lemonade was ready to go, we stuck a curly straw in and they slurped away!  I think it was a successful experiment.  Abby later was telling Daddy all about it, “And lemons are sour!  Until we put salt in!”  I quickly assured him it was actually sugar.

Lemonade Slurping

Lemonade with a curly strawLemonade!

For Abby’s quiet time, I set up a little laundry station where she could “wash” her dollies’ clothes and hang them up to dry.  We used an empty plastic bin for her washer and a piece of yarn nailed to the wall for her clothesline.  It was a little tricky for her to manipulate the clothespins at first, but she quickly got the hang of it and thought it was pretty fun.

preschool laundry clothesline

L is for Laundry Preschool

Abigail still enjoys the rock ladybugs from her ladybug number leaf matching activity.  She can easily count to ten, but will often get distracted when I’m having her count something.  Instead of carefully pointing to each object as she counts out loud, she will start to trail her finger, look away, and count until she runs out of numbers.  This was good for her since it made her slow down, look, and think about what she was counting.

Ladybug Counting

The concept of long vs. short was pretty familiar for Abby, so this was a quick worksheet.  She enjoyed it because she got to use glue, while being closely supervised.  I let her use a glue stick independently on two different occasions now and both times she ended with glue smeared all over her papers and empty glue sticks.  According to her, “I just got kind of excited there about my glue!” haha

Long or Short Worksheet   Long or Short Worksheet Preschool

Our lion craft involved paint, which is always a thrill.  Abby dipped a fork in orange paint and used it to make a mane all around her lion’s face.  Afterwards, I let her use up her pile of paint on some scrap paper and that was probably her favorite part.  Messiness is best!!

Fork Lion Mane Preschool Craft

Duplo counting stacks were another way we reinforced careful counting this week.  Abby really enjoyed building the lego stacks just like the pictures, carefully selecting the right colors and doing it all by herself.

Lego Counting

Lego Math Duplos

We did some light experiments before bed one night.  We had just purchased a cheap flashlight, since we somehow didn’t have one up until now.  The girls each took turns running around the dark house and playing some sort of hide and seek game with us.  Then Abby helped collect a few household items and guessed which ones the flashlight would shine through and which ones it wouldn’t.  She was actually right for every guess, except for the aluminum foil.  The aluminum foil and the book were the only two it couldn’t shine through.

What can light shine through

We had Abby practice shining the flashlight at specific objects throughout her room. Then it was time for the finale.  Using a colander, we held the flashlight underneath and created a star filled room!  It was hard to capture on camera, but really awesome!!  You should definitely try this at home. 🙂

Flashlights are fun!Flashlight Sillies

Bedtime Stars

Making StarsLight Star Show

K Week

We attempted key paint stamping to fill Abby’s block letter “K.”  It was definitely messy, but she thought it was fun.  I ended up having her use a little paint brush to coat one side and then she would pick it up and flip it onto her paper.

Key Paint Stamping Block Letter K

Abigail’s letter “K” tracer page.

K Handwriting Page for PreschoolersKk Tracer Page

Handwriting practice and what things begin with “K?”

Kk Handwriting PracticeWhat begins with K

I had fun making some interactive pages to go with “The Three Little Kittens” children’s rhyme.  Abby loved learning it and playing with the little mittens.

3 Little Kittens Activity Page

Three Little Kittens Preschool Activity

K is for Kittens Preschool Activity

Three Little Kittens Have Lost Their Mittens

I made the girls little kitten ears to wear and *gasp!* drew on their faces with marker to complete the look.  They thought it was the best!!  Evie decided she wanted her whiskers and nose washed off long before her big sister.  Abby kept hers on (and stayed in character) until her bath at the end of the day.  She found a pair of socks to wear as “mittens” later on, but I missed a picture of that.  She has been role playing a kitten (Rosie) every day since.

You look like a kitten!

My little kittenKitten Costume

Kitten EarsKitten Dress up

My Little Kittens

Abby loved making her own little kite.  I cut out a diamond shape for her to color and then punched a hole at the top and bottom.  Through the bottom hole, I tied a tail string for her to thread colorful straw pieces on.  Through the top, I tied a piece of yarn she could hold to “fly” her kite around the house…. which she did very enthusiastically up and down the hallway until she had pelted into Evie one too many times and we had to call it quits.

Kite Preschool Activity

Kite Preschool CraftKite Straw String Activity

We attempted a homemade kaleidoscope.  Abby’s favorite part was getting to decorate the outside of a toilet paper tube roll with pieces of craft tape.  She got to choose from a variety of kinds, cut off pieces, and stick them on all by herself and she was loving it!!

Homemade KaleidoscopeCutting Tape!Kaleidoscope Preschool Activity

I folded up a piece of aluminum foil (sorry, I didn’t have any reflective or mirror paper available like all the pinterest sites called for) into a triangle shape and put that in the tube, leaving about 1.5″ of empty space at one end.  Then I shoved in a plastic circle.  Abby picked through my sequins and dumped her favorites on top of that.  Then I taped a second plastic circle on the end to hold the sequins in.  On the opposite end, we taped a little paper circle with a small peek hole in the middle.  It didn’t end up working the best, but it was still enjoyable.  Evie thought it was our usual “tooter horn” tube at fist.  After some persuasion, she attempted “looking” through it, but she never quite caught on. haha!!

Toilet Paper Tube Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope FailTrying out the Kaleidoscope