Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Exploding Baggies!!!

This morning we were confined to our house as we waited for the plumber to come (with a ridiculous window of 8am-1pm), so we decided to break out a science experiment that I have been wanting to try for a while from All Things Beautiful. I finally remembered to get more baking soda at the grocery yesterday, so we were ready this time. Busy helped me prepare by tearing a paper towel and measuring out the liquid ingredients. Then both kids were able to participate after I demonstrated with the first one. This is what happened...

Now let me explain how we got here...

What you need:
  • 1 sandwich baggie 
  • 1 paper towel
  • 1 and 1/2 Tbs. of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of warm water
What to do:
  1. Tear the paper towel into 4 equal square pieces. For one baggie you will use 1 small square.
  2. Measure out the baking soda in the middle of the paper towel and fold the corners and sides in to make a pouch. This is your time-release packet. Set it aside.
  3. Measure out the liquid and pour in the baggie. So you have a baggie with the water and vinegar and a pouch with the baking soda.
  4. GO OUTSIDE for the actual experiment. Before we began, Busy and I talked about the reaction between vinegar and baking soda that we have seen before (when we made a volcano and did fizzy painted pumpkins). Then I asked what she thought would happen if all that fizz built up in the bag with no way out. 
  5. Open the baggie and drop in the time-release packet and quickly zip up the baggie and place it on the ground. (We backed way back not knowing how big the pop would be. We clearly overestimated the power of the pop). 
  6. Then POP! It explodes! 
Note: I suggest making more than one of these :) With 1 paper towel, you can make 4 exploding baggies. I also recommend pouring water over the water/vinegar/baking soda. The soda will dry in a white mess if you don't. 

What you need
Step 2

Step 5

Waiting for the explosion 
It grew...
and grew...
and then POP! It exploded! 

Monday, April 29, 2013


Today is math Monday and recently Busy has been obsessed with numbers! Recently she has been adding numbers together using her fingers and is amazed when she can get the same number by adding different numbers together. I decided today that I would challenge her a bit by introducing inequalities. I started by having her help me make an inequality board like the ones we made in school when I was teaching. I gathered our materials: card stock, markers, scissors, glue or tape, and pipe cleaner or brads. I cut out 2 squares for the number plates and Busy glued them in to place. After cutting out two small rectangles, we poked a small pipe cleaner piece into each one to hold them in place but still allow them to swivel in place. Then I wrote numbers on square pieces up to 15.

I picked two smaller numbers to put on the number plates and showed her how to change the inequality sign with the simple explanation that you always want the sign to open to the bigger number. "Imagine that each number represents pieces of candy. Would you rather eat 2 pieces of candy or 7 pieces of candy?" Of course she changed it up a bit, "I think the inequality sign is a T-Rex and the numbers are long neck dinosaurs. The T-Rex will eat the bigger number." Fine.

We played out inequality game by changing the numbers and reading the inequality ("Nine is greater than one"). She really is one smart cookie :)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Week in Review

This week we went to the zoo with friends, planted potatoes with Nana, played a lot in the back yard (as usual), went to the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair and Super Dad and I went to opening night at Churchill Downs with some friends. This is our week in pictures...

At the zoo with friends

Lounging with Bentley

In the garden with Nana

Busy actually fell asleep for a quick nap one afternoon :)

We were freezing during night racing, but had a lot of fun with friends.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Paper Plate Flower Vase

I remember being a little girl and loving spring! With spring comes fresh cut grass, warm weather, bright sunshine, outdoor play and of course flowers! The flowers at Nana's and Baba's house are beautiful and starting to pop up everywhere, so it only made sense that we made some flower vases to to display those beautiful spring flowers.

What you need:

  • paper plates
  • yarn
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • paint or markers or crayons or stickers
  • tape
What to do:
  1. Paint, draw and decorate the BACK of the paper plate (it makes it easier to fold to make the vase)
  2. Once the paint has dried (you don't have to wait if you use markers or stickers), curl the plate into a funnel shape and tape it to hold the shape.
  3. Punch holes in each top side of the plate and string the yarn through to make a "handle."
  4. Go on a walk and pick some beautiful flowers to put in your new beautiful vases! 

Beansie colored the inside of his vase with markers, then painted to outside :)

 *To keep our flowers alive in our vases longer, we implemented a trick that Nana taught us. We wrapped the stems in a wet paper towel. Then to keep the paper plate from getting wet and soggy, we wrapped the paper towel in aluminum foil. 

We hung our vases in the kitchen window! But on our walk this morning (which was freezing) Busy wanted to carry hers around her neck in case she found more flowers that she wanted to add :)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Zap It! - A Word Game

Busy loves playing games! Her favorite games right now are 'Guess Who' and 'Go Fish'. This afternoon we were outside playing on the swing set and blowing bubbles and I decided to try out a new game called 'Zap It'. It is super easy to make and a lot of fun to play.

What you need:

  • Large craft sticks
  • permanent marker
  • a tall, opaque cup
What to do:
  1. Write words on the craft sticks - you can write sight words, spelling words, names or whatever words you might be working on with your child. One stick should have 'Zap It!' written on it.
  2. Put the sticks in the cup, words down.
  3. Take turns picking a stick from the cup and reading the word written on the stick.
  4. If you can read the word, you get to keep the stick. If you can't read the word, put the stick back in the cup. 
  5. If you pull a stick that has the words 'Zap It!' written on it, the other player has to put all of his/her sticks back in the cup. The 'Zap It!' stick goes back in the cup as well. 
  6. There really is no winner in this game, it's all about word practice. As Busy got good at reading all of the sight words, we started to play really fast which was a lot of fun! 
*If you want to have a winner, don't put the 'Zap It!' stick back into the cup once it has been drawn once. The winner is the one with the most sticks once all of the sticks have been picked. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Glass Sculptures

With the sun finally shining, we decided to try something I saw a while back at Play At Home Mom; glass sculptures! I set out some glass beads (from Hobby Lobby, but I have seen them at the dollar store on occasion) to peak Busy's interest. She has worked with these before when we have used white glue to attach them to paper, but she got quite frustrated when she would try to pick up the paper and it fell over under the weight of the beads (apparently the kids at Play At Home Mom have had the same problem). She asked what we were going to do with them so I showed her the glass bottles and glue gun. "COOL!" was her response! So we got to work.

What you need:

  • glass bottles (as many as you want-we used 3, one large, two small)
  • glass beads
  • glue gun
What to do:
  1. Set the rules regarding the hot glue gun. 
  2. I put glue on the bead and Busy put the bead on the bottles. 
  3. Once the beads were covering the small bottles, we glued them to the large bottle then covered the large bottle with beads as well. 
The good thing about hot glue is that the bond is almost instant, which is always a good thing in the world of a 3 year old - immediate gratification! 

Gluing the beads on the small bottles
She calls it "Robot" :)

She put her sculpture, "Robot", in a room with a bunch of light "so the sun will make it sparkle beautifully!" You can't argue with that :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Puffy Paint

I ran across this activity on One Crafty Mumma and knew we had to try it! This is right up our alley, a science experiment and art project in one activity!!! It really is quite cool, a lot of fun and super easy.

What you need:

  • 1 Tablespoon of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of self-rising flour
  • A few drops of food coloring
  • paint brushes or Q-tips
  • paper plates 
  • About 1 and 1/3 Tablespoons of water (1 Tbs. + 1 tsp.)
What to do:
  1. Mix the salt, flour and food coloring together.
  2. stir in the water until you get a smooth paste.
  3. Using the Q-tips, paint the paste on the plates to create your masterpiece.
  4. When you are finished painting, place the plate in the microwave for between 10 and 30 seconds. We did it for about 20 seconds or so, depending on the thickness of the paint on the plate.
  5. Display and enjoy! 

smooth paste

The Beans is obviously having a blast! 

Our masterpieces :)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Week in Review - Spring Break Edition

This week was spring break. We didn't go anywhere, but we certainly enjoyed the week here at home! The Beans started the week with a fever he couldn't quite kick and a double ear infection, but perked up mid week. We loved hanging out in our jammies a little longer in the mornings, we went on a lot of walks, we went to Henry's Ark, we played with friends, went to the zoo, tried out a new playground and Beansie graduated from ISR! This is our week in review in pictures...

ISR graduation - hard to watch, but well worth doing it.
Poor sick baby

Walk #47

Busy was outside pretty much all week! Here, she's  looking for bugs.

Thanks Helen, for the new playground find!
I love my little tree climber

Breakfast at Plehn's (and Beansie's old man face)

Zoo fun!

Walk #352