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Making Scented Bubbles

Monday, April 29th, 2013

I went to a craft store by my house and saw they were selling scented bubbles. I immediately put it on my list of things to make and then sadly forgot about it…until now. The kids have had the tummy flu and are still battling it which means we have been home and looking for things to do. I knew I wanted to do something easy that would keep them busy and enjoying some time outside. Cue the amazing and oh so pretty scented bubbles.

First check out my post on Bubble Recipes I have five fantastic recipes there. All of them can be adapted to add scent. Making your own bubble wands out of pipe cleaners is just extra credit.

So here it is super simple. I added a few drops between 5-10 of essential oil or extract add more or less depending on the strength of the scent you want. That’s it. I added food coloring to just to make them look a little different liquid watercolors would have worked as well.

Looking to make it even more simple. Buy your bubbles and just add some essential oil or extract to your store bought bubbles.

Another easy way to add scent if you don’t want to go the essential oil/ extract route is to buy scented dish soap when making your bubbles.

I am going to try making bubbles with kool-aid as well to see how that goes. I figure making a simple syrup with the kool-aid will keep it from separating. I will see and update this post later.

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Predict, Measure and Pour

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

While searching for something to do on a boring morning at home. I came up with a simple project that was fun and completely free.
Here is what you will need:
something to pour- we used birdseed, rice would work, beans, waterbeads etc.
A container to keep your pouring material in
empty clean jars/ containers in different sizes, shapes and so on
a measuring cup or spoon
funnel to make pouring easier on small containers
a bin to contain it all or a table cloth/ mat something to make clean up easier for you

Use a marker, rubber band, or washi tape to make a mark on the jar. Ask how many scoops to make it to that point? Then how many more to make it to the top?

We did this project outside. Just because I like doing projects like this outside it could easily be done inside. I had the kids predict how many scoops it would take to reach the top of each jar. These were all jars I had saved from around the house. Some were the same volume containers just in different shapes to fool the kids. We used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to measure and pour. The kids got better about predicting as we went on.

There is real learning going on in this simple, and fun activity. We talked about which bottle they thought would hold the most birdseed and which they thought would hold the least.

So what did they learn? They learned how to measure, how to make comparisons. How to make judgements based on prior knowledge and based on assumptions. They were also developing hand eye coordination all the while.

Have you ever done a similar project with your kids? What did you do and how did it go? Leave a comment I would love to hear about it.

Noodle Forest

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Mikey’s preschool had a bunch of pool noodles and did not know what to do with them so of course I immediately thought Pool Noodle Forest!

So I made the school their very own pool noodle forest. It was incredibly easy to do and the kids absolutely love it.

What you will need: Pool noodles lots of them in even numbers, rope (not string) scissors, a pen or Phillips screwdriver, and a weight I used a heavy plastic toy whale, and a tree or area to hang your noodles.

1. Poke a hole in your noodle straight through using the pen or screwdriver (I used a ball point pen and it worked great). I made mine about two to three inches down so it gave room for the kids to pull on it without ripping right through.
2. Take your rope and use the pen to push it through the hole you just made. Tie a knot at the top of the noodle.
3. Take your heavy object tie the other end of the rope around the object. Now throw your heavy object over a branch or whatever you are hanging your noodles on. (Make sure everyone is clear when your doing this)
4. The weight should make the rope fall easily down. now untie your heavy object and take the rope tie a knot twice. Make it as high as you can get it so when the kids run through and pull on the noodles they don’t pull it off the branch. Once that is done follow directions 1 and 2 on another noodle then cut your rope and start again. So each piece of rope has two noodles on it.

We played games
Can you get through the noodle forest without touching a single noodle. This is hard when its super windy.

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Shaving Cream Playdate

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

We had an amazing time at our Shaving Cream Play date.

The kids had the best time and we went through 19 cans of shaving cream!

I set out a large tarp and covered it and our two slides in shaving cream
This was the hugest hit. The kids were rolling in it slipping in it and sliding in it.
It was a super messy fun time
I had shaving cream in our sensory tables to
This is shaving cream and water with liquid water colors
Filling pools to try and get clean
Covered from head to toe in shaving cream
Shaving cream with eye droppers and liquid water colors. The kids then dragged and mixed in the colors
Having fun feeling the shaving cream and squishing it between their fingers
We made a swamp in our water table adding shaving cream and stirring
running and sliding on the tarp
The kids were on the slides most of the time
And so were some of the Moms!
How can you resist sliding and rolling in shaving cream
Learning about the clouds and rain. it was perfect because it had been raining this morning
Watching the color/ rain come down
Getting ready to add rain drops
Adding water colors to the top of the cloud cover above you can see what happens when the cloud gets to full.
The kids loved seeing the color burst through the cloud layer (shaving cream)
This was a fantastic play date. Get ready for our next one on Friday it will be just as awesome!

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Mud Play Date

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

We had an awesome playdate I have been planning this ever since Mikey’s Messy Birthday Party!

I made mud paint. I mixed powdered tempera paint with mud and let the kids fingerpaint or brush the paint onto the paper. Throwing mud paint balls at the paper became a favorite.

The paint was actually pretty awesome

Mud body painting

Mud car painting

Mudpie making with pie tins, cupcake tins, bowls, candles and more!

Making mud pies

I had a pool full of gardening tools, flowers and little planters next to it

Mud pit filled with bugs and tongs to dig them out

Digging for bugs and then…

Mud ball fight

they were coated by the end

The kids had so much fun sliding into the mud pools

The more coated the slides were with mud the better they were!

We had two mud slides with pools at the bottom

Mikey at the bottom of the mud slide

Ooey Gooey Squishy Mud

After everything getting clean in the Kid Wash the kids named the “Mud Wash”

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