Lets Make it Rain- Colored Rain!!!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

We decided to make a jar that let the kids understand and see the process with which rain is created. We used boiling water in the jar. And a bowl of ice on top. Super easy.

Clouds are formed when water vapor in the air is cooled and condenses as part of the water cycle. Clouds consist of billions of tiny water droplets (and even ice crystals) floating in the sky.The rain is then formed when the water droplets are too heavy to be suspended in the air.

The ice at the top represented our Cloud.

Our rain droplets are forming and dropping

Mikey was upset because he wanted to see the droplets falling. It was a little hard to see when each droplet fell.

So I tried coating the bottom of the bowl with powdered tempera paint (Kool-Aid would have worked too).

This did make it easier to see the raindrops falling but the water also got cloudy and I didn’t really like it so. We tried again.

First with washable markers. Just coloring the bottom of the bowl

We also tried watercolors

They were to light so I went over them with food coloring

We ended up making a rainbow with the markers

We left each bowl out in the sun to completely dry before trying our rain experiment again.

The food coloring one worked great. It immediately started raining. First from the center.

And then from the sides

It was fantastic! Definitely the winner as far as showing how the rain falls

The markers were just to light and barely showed up. They were still fun though! To see some of our other experiments with rain and clouds check out this post!

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Giant Bubbles!!!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Are you ready to make some amazing HUGE bubbles?

Here is what you will need:

2 dowels or one dowel cut in two (I actually used an old broom stick and cut it in two each side is 2 ft long)

Two eye hooks you know the ones that have the circle at the top

Rope- I used rope I already had at home, if I were to go out and buy some I would get something thinner, Like the rope you use to hang laundry would be perfect. Important- You want it to be cotton or soft nylon

I cut my pieces to these lengths top rope is 30 inches bottom rope is 86 inches

a Washer

Directions-

1. Make sure you cut your dowels to your desired length

2. Attach the eye hooks- 1 hook on the end of each dowel

3. Attach the shorter rope first tie each side to each eye hook

4. Attach the longer rope. Attach one side first to one eye hook, slide the washer on and then attach the other side of the rope to the other eye hook.

5. This is optional. But I like to take a lighter to the frayed ends of the rope to stop the fraying and to give the rope a longer life.

6. That’s it enjoy! Make your own Bubble Solution I recommend any of my Amazing Bubble Recipes! Just make sure you make them a day ahead of time to make sure they work really well!

 
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The great thing about this Bubble maker other than the fact that it makes HUGE bubbles is that you do not need a large bubble solution container. We used a sand bucket.
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You can see that the kids had no trouble making huge bubbles!
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They hardest thing for my kids is the waiting to pop the bubbles. They wanted to run and pop each bubble before they were done being made.
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You can see the washer helps hold down the rope and keeps it from getting to tangled.
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I told you huge amazing bubbles!
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They were so incredible!
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And that’s it now its your turn. Go make a giant bubble blower maybe you already have everything you need…
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To make bubbles like this!!!

Oh and just incase you want to look up some other amazing bubble ideas check out this post where we had a Bubble Playdate and made the bubble blower like you see below and more!
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Peeps Fun: Science and Snacks

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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We love Peeps in our house. They are cute and fun and you can learn from them!
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We received some yummy Peeps for us to try out!
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I knew exactly what I wanted to do! I was reading about how Emory University did a study on dissolving Peeps. They said that the Peeps eyes wouldnt dissolve in anything. So I decided we needed to put this to the test.Picture 089
You can see the pouty lip above. She was not happy we were “wasting” the Peeps. Don’t worryshe got one to nibble on. I asked the kids what they thought would dissolve the Peeps. we filled size mason jars with different liquids. And dropped one Peep Bunny in each Jar.
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In the meantime, we decided to have a Peep duel. But alas our Peeps were lovers not fighters and they just toppled over and layed there. Looking all delicious.
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The kids thought of one more liquid to add to our experiment and we were off. Watching closely for any changes
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24 hours Later there was some change I was actually pretty surprised. Look at the Bubbles (AKA Dawn Dish soap)
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I will say this even after it looked like it had completely dissolved the eyes and nose were still floating around
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I totally thought the vinegar would be the first to dissolve but Nope! The salt water actually made a bigger change
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You can see how the sugar kind of dissolved
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Above if you look carefully you can see the eyes still floating
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And the last day, Day 7 the lemon juice grew a lot of mold and I was kind of done at this point. So that is as far as we got.
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But we still had leftover Peeps so what to do?
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Picture 174We started adding peeps a few at a time watching them melt before  adding the next bunch

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Picture 182In they went because if it looks like chocolate it might as well have some chocolate flavoring, right?

Picture 183And here they are. They were so yummy I will say they were a bit firmer or harder then other rice crispy trerats I have made. But definitely still very good. Please check out my Peeps Pinterest Board for TONS of great Peep related crafts, snacks, and projects.

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Imaginary Play: Flower Shop

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Welcome to our Flower Shop! The kids named the shop and made the sign.
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We have a display of lovely 99cent store flowers. Plus Kaia pointed out we pick up our organic fruit from the flower shop by us. So we have some fruit there as well.
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If you want to make some cute flower balls. Its super easy just pick up some of those plastic balls with the holes in them from the 99 cent store and hot glue flowers in each hole. If you want to get fancy you can spray paint the ball first but I didnt and I dont think you can tell.
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You can see the red one I made in the picture above and the yellow one in the picture below
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More Flowers and our butterfly/ caterpillar den behind
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Watering cans in the sink and Birds and bloom magazines behind
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More flowers and baskets
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The buying station. There was a calculator and a pad and paper for receipts. But I didnt get any pictures of it. Here is Kaia wrapping cellophane around the flowers (the cellophane was precut) and pieces of ribbon

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Selling flowers tying ribbon (hooray for fine motor)
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And bags are essential
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Cards to personalize the flower shop gift
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selling station

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I used cutup pool noodles to hold the flowers up
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super fancy
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Mikey was super into this. Flowers are not just for girls!
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This Imaginary Play kept them busy for a long time!
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Looking through a flower magazine for shopping choices
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This was such a fun set up pretty much everything came from the 99 cent store so it was pretty inexpensive!
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Science Table- Loose Parts

Monday, September 9th, 2013

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Discovery Bottles in the Back. Glass beads, unbreakable mirrors, plastic beaded necklaces all for fun and discovery.
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