Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Fun Way to Paint

I don't remember where I first saw this idea but I knew I had to try it. My kids love to paint. Camden loves tools. Combining them = genius. I had a kid sized thick paintbrush that I broke apart, used a little electrical tape, and boom, a battery operated paintbrush. I'll admit it was pretty fun to use!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Homemade Slime!

I know we've made slime before. In fact, you can find the post here,  but this time around I thought it would be cool to make glitter slime! Too bad it didn't turn out the way I wanted. I believe I added too much Borax and what we ended up making was more like the consistency of a bouncy ball rather than slime. Although it wasn't truly slime the kids still enjoyed playing with it. 
Slime Take 1

Slime Take 2
Luckily I had another bottle of Elmer's glue laying around so I made another batch of slime...this time I was careful and added the Borax mixture a little bit at a time so that I could get the consistency right. 

The recipe I used does contain Borax so I was right by the kids' side when playing reminding them to keep it away from their mouths. Next time I am going to try a recipe that is Borax free. I found a recipe with Metamucil so I may give that a try. Below is the recipe that I used.

1 bottle of Elmer's Glue
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 tsp Borax
food coloring if you want

1. Dissolve the Borax in the warm water (warm water helps it to dissolve)
2. Empty the bottle of glue into a bowl. Add a drop of color and mix in. 
3. Add the Borax mixture a little at a time and mix well. Mixing it with your hands is best! 

Of course the first thing Camden did was make a run for his cars. Any time we make any kind of substance he loves to run his cars through it and make tracks. The nice thing is that the cars don't stick it the slime. 

Alex liked stretching it

I knew I saved some baby jars for some reason! Great storage for slime! 

In the future I do want to try to make a Borax free version and when I do I'll post it so stay tuned! 

Oh one more thing....I really should have taken a picture this morning. I came downstairs and found slime stuck on the wall! Luckily because it was a thin layer and the glue had dried it peeled right off. A little magic eraser got the rest off. This morning Camden also got some stuck on his shirt. That was a little harder to remove...hoping the rest comes off in the washer! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Car Painting

Camden loves his cars and trucks. But what he loves more is doing messy things with his cars and trucks. He does like to paint with paint brushes but I thought it would be fun for him to make tracks on paper with his cars. I was trying to incorporate letters into the activity by making letter tracks. He,however, just wanted to play!!!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Super Science Sunday

Today (actually the past two days) we've been stuck inside because it has been non-stop raining around here. Right now our county is under a Flood Advisory and Winter Weather Advisory on the second to last day of March. This isn't the start of Spring that I imagined.

This weekend we've played with all of the toys, watched movies cuddled up on the couch, and today we decided to do some science experiments per Alex's request.

Alex has always been a curious kid. Recently though she's been asking a ton of questions about life in general, how things work, etc. In fact, tonight our dinner conversation was about how cars actually work and how electricity works. Our recent conversations have been about things like Chemistry, chemical reactions, and the elements of the Periodic Table.  I was having flashbacks to 7th grade Chemistry trying to explain to my 5 year old about molecules and chemical reactions.

I told her that when she's older she can take Chemistry and do fun science experiments. She said "I can't WAIT to take Chemistry!!!!!" (I can't wait either when she's asking me for help with her homework....eeek!)

Anyways, the point is, she loves learning about everything and although they are simple we did a few science experiments today that both kids loved.

The Baking Soda Volcano
baking soda
food coloring
dish detergent
empty plastic bottle
paper towels
cookie sheet

Place the plastic bottle on a cookie sheet (makes for easier cleanup).
Add baking soda to bottle using a funnel.
In a separate container mix some vinegar, a drop of  red food color, and a few drops of dish detergent
Add the vinegar mixture to the bottle and remove the funnel quickly!!

Elephant Toothpaste
4 oz. hydrogen peroxide (most recipes call for 6% - I used 3%)
2 oz. dish detergent
food coloring
plastic bottle
one packet of yeast
A cup of warm water to proof the yeast
cookie sheet/plastic container to hold the bottle

Add the yeast to a cup of warm water and stir to let it proof. Let it sit for a little bit
In the plastic bottle mix the hydrogen peroxide, the dish detergent, and a drop of food color.
Add the yeast and watch it rise!

Color Changing Milk Experiment
This was the first time we did this experiment. I didn't do a video but should have because the initial reaction was really funny. (Mine that is.....Chris continued to mock my oohs and ahhs for a good while after I did this experiment!!) I wasn't able to do a video the first time I did the experiment with the kids because I was trying to give directions to two kids and then try to stop Camden from coloring his whole body blue. So Alex and I re-created the experiment and I was able to take a video.

a dish with a lip on on (I used a small plate)
milk (I used my 2 percent - we did it several times....our organic milk is way to expensive to use!!)
two different colors of food coloring
dish detergent

Pour the milk onto a plate/dish
In the center of the milk squirt 3-4 drops of two different food colors
Stick a Q-tip in the middle but don't mix a lot (What happens?? Not much really - the colors may mix a tad)
Next, dip another Q-tip in dish detergent and stick it in the middle and watch what happens. Pretty Cool! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Snack

It's been a long time since I did a muffin tin lunch or snack but I just went grocery shopping and so I had food I could use that would fit perfectly with a St. Patrick's Day theme. Alexandra was excited to eat it and she finished the whole thing off after school. Camden really didn't want anything....not even the tiny Shamrock shake...WHAT??? (don't worry I finished it off!) 

In this muffin tin are: pickles (her favorite!) green milk, shamrock shake, fruit loops with "gold", celery with peanut butter, and rainbow fruit kabobs. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cloud Dough

My kids love playing with Play-doh. I like it and loathe it at the same time. I like it because it keeps them entertained for 45 minutes (not bad for a 5 year old and 3 year old) but loathe it because every time they play with it more ends up on the floor than on the table. I always have them play with it on a table on a tile floor....but with carpet nearby I feel I'm constantly nagging at them "Keep it on the table!!!", "Don't drag it onto the carpet", "Pick it up if you drop it", and "When you're done put the cap on it or it will dry out".It's tiring!!!

Last week we had a nice day so I decided to try a different type of dough - cloud dough. I thought I'd take it outside and they could play with it out there. That way if it drops it's no biggie. Camden always loves dragging his construction vehicles in things so I figured he would love to do that and sure enough that's how he spent the entire time playing.

The recipe for cloud dough is simple with two ingredients: flour and baby oil. I found a recipe that where you use 1/4 cup oil for 2 cups flour. I started with this and just added more oil or flour until it felt like I could mold it.

It was definitely a hit! Alex and Camden seem to love sensory play! I'll be breaking out this recipe again sometime when the weather is consistently nice and we can head out back on the deck!

Cloud Dough Recipe:
1/4 cup baby oil
2 cups flour

Mix until combined. Add more oil or flour until you can mold the dough.

Starting Back Up

I know it's been a few months since I've blogged on this blog but I'm hoping that will change now. I've been wanting to get back into it more but just haven't made the time. Staying at home with two kids has kept me pretty busy. I was a previously a teacher and used to being on a schedule. Now that I've been staying at home I've gotten used to the fact that I don't have to have one....but I think I still need one. I do random activities with the kids but don't plan way as much as I used it. We used to have a schedule up of our day and having blocks of time dedicated to crafts/learning activities kept me consistent. Then Kindergarten happened. While my oldest was at PM Kindergarten my youngest would nap so my goal of doing activities with him didn't always work out. Then when he wasn't napping we would be running errands. When I would try to do activities he wasn't really into them. Now he just turned 3 and I'm going to try a little harder to make it part of each day. 

Notice I said try. I'll do my best!