Fizzy Slime and Goo Playdate with Recipes

fizzy slime

We made fizzy slime! It was amazing.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of white vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons xantham gum (I bought mine at Sprouts) a local health food store
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Enough baking soda to cover the bottom of your tub

Directions

  1. Pour the vinegar and xanthan gum  into a bowl. Whisk vigorously I used my kitchen aid or you can whisk by hand. Add food coloring, if desired, and continue to mix together.
  2. At this point, your slime may have lots of little white clumps of xanthan gum in it. These will slowly combine with the rest of the solution you have created, so put the slime in the fridge overnight. I have left this solution in the frdge for 48 hours and it works great so don’t be afraid to make a day or 2 ahead of time.
  3. Whisk the slime until it’s smooth. It should be cloudy, and the texture should look almost creamy. But gooey.
  4. Test the consistency by lifting some of the slime up on the whisk and letting it run back into the bowl. If it’s too thick to run and pour, whisk in a little extra vinegar to thin it out.
  5. Pour the slime over the baking soda in your tub and enjoy! This is super important. Dont forget this step or you will miss out on all the fizzing and bubbles.
Not the best pictures. But this was an absolute favorite. The kids loved this one. Watching all the fizzing and bubbles is amazing

Wonderfully Scented Moon Sand

I used one cup of baking soda t0 1-2 packets of koolaid. I also added some washable liquid watercolors to give these a deeper color. Super easy just mix it all together
then add water 1 tbs at a time till you get the right consistency. You want to be able to mold these. When you are all done playing with these add some viniegar and watch the reaction as it bubbles and fizzes.
One of my favorite things to make is Clean Mud
click on the above link for my super easy recipe. I almost garuntee you will have all the ingredients already in your house.
We microwave our ivory soap instead of grating it because it is super fun and an experiment all unto itself.

  • Cook the bar of soap on HIGH for 2 minutes. Don’t take your eyes off the bar of soap as it begins to expand and erupt into beautiful puffy clouds. Be careful not to overcook your soap souffle.
  • Allow the soap to cool for a minute or so before touching it.
  • Only cook one bar at a time
I also made some of my Gel Goop
I just colored it with some liquid washable water colors
I also made some of my Borax Slime
I added some chunky glitter to it
And some of my stretchy slime using clear school glue and liquid water colors
We also made small color explosion volcanos.
Click the above link for step by step with lots of pictures instructions on how to do this fun experiment
Above is some Oobleck.
All you need is corn starch and water food coloring is optional.Recipe:
– 1 cup water
– 1.5-2 cups corn starch
– a few drops of food coloring of your choice

Oil and Water Color Discovery Bottle

Only use Gatorade or G2 bottles for the sensory bottles they are a heavier plastic so they hold up better and keep a unison look so everything looks good. They come in different sizes you can find smaller ones for small hands if you need to.

Make sure to ALWAYS seal your bottles securely! I cannot emphasize this enough. Unless you want your bottle opened and the contents poured out. SEAL IT… with glue. Duct tape can be peeled off by a determined kiddo. Glue is much harder for them to open up.


Oil and Water Color Bottles
DSC_0719Fill your bottle with oil. Any oil you want. I used vegetable oil but you could use baby oil. etc.

DSC_0720Drop liquid water colors in to the bottle

DSC_0721you can see some drops here

DSC_0724they will start to collect into bigger blobs

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DSC_0726now here is the bun part. Have the kids shake the bottles. as much as they want the more the better

DSC_0728and the watercolors will brak a part and then bunch to gether over and over again! Super fun. This is always a favorite,

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For a list of ALL my amazing DISCOVERY BOTTLE IDEAS click the link or the image below

 

Weather Science Bottles

Only use Gatorade or G2 bottles for the sensory bottles they are a heavier plastic so they hold up better and keep a unison look so everything looks good. They come in different sizes you can find smaller ones for small hands if you need to.

Make sure to ALWAYS seal your bottles securely! I cannot emphasize this enough. Unless you want your bottle opened and the contents poured out. SEAL IT… with glue. Duct tape can be peeled off by a determined kiddo. Glue is much harder for them to open up.


Weather Bottles
These go along with my theme bottles I do every year. They go with our weather unit. I aslo use them when we talk about season. There is a sunny bottle, Rainy bottle, Cloudy bottle, snowy bottle, and a fire storm (My daughter made that one :))
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The Sunny Bottle consists of water with some blue food coloring. Then the kids found the biggest yellow pompom they could find for the Sun. There is also gold glitter my kids wanted to put them in for the sun shine rays.
DSC_0742The Cloudy bottle. Has water, white and light gray pompoms
DSC_0744 DSC_0746The Windy bottle has water and plastic gem leaves I bought at Michaels at the end of Autumn.

DSC_0747 DSC_0749 DSC_0751Rainy Weather Bottle. This bottle my kids went a little crazy on. There is water as a base, different color blue plastic beads, blue glass beads, blue and silver glitter. Pipe cleaners for lightening. white cotton balls for clouds.

DSC_0752 DSC_0754 DSC_0755 DSC_0756Snowy Weather Bottle. There is water, silver glitter, white pompoms, white beads.

DSC_0757 DSC_0758 DSC_0759 DSC_0760 DSC_0761And The Fire Storm Bottle. There are red and yellow pompoms. White cotton balls for clouds and smoke. and red and orange sequins and glitter.

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For a list of ALL my amazing DISCOVERY BOTTLE IDEAS click the link or the image below

 

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR CHILDREN TO LEARN AND EXPERIENCE AN ARRAY OF CULTURAL CELEBRATIONS DURING THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

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Season’s Greetings, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Habari Gani and Happy Holidays from Pretend City Children’s Museum.  One of the best things one can do with a child this holiday is to teach them about the beauty found in different cultures – it is perhaps one of the most important gifts of the season.  Pretend City gives families the opportunity to learn about the different cultural celebrations. Let the learning continue this holiday season and during winter breaks.

As an addition this season, there is something special about sending and receiving mail during the holidays. All through December, visit Pretend City Children’s Museum’s City Express and send seasons greetings all throughout the city.

December Activities at Pretend City

Winter Solstice Celebration – Dec 21

Choc Toy Drive – Dec 1- 23

Christmas Countdown – Dec 12 – 23 – Loaded with holiday activities!

Visits with Santa, as well as Sensitive Santa on Dec 16 for a low sensory experience

Festival of Kwanzaa – Dec 26-30

Hooray for Chanukah – Dec 17-23

Noon Years Confetti Countdown – Dec 31

 

More about the December Holiday Activities: 

Monday, December 1 – December 23: CHOC Toy Drive

Help spread Holiday cheer to patients at the CHOC Children’s Hospital. Pretend City Children’s Museum is partnering up once again with Orange Coast Harley Owners Group and Orange County Harley-Davidson to benefit patients at CHOC Children’s Hospital by collecting new and unwrapped toys.

  • Bring a child’s toy valued at $5 or greater to receive 25% off general admission on the day of your visit.

Monday, December 8: Baby Steps through Pretend City

Time: 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.

This special event is for infants (0-18 months). Infants will have a chance to do activities like the “big kids” get to do, decorating a tree, opening gifts, and creating holiday cards. A special visit from a guest at the North Pole will make a nice addition to this holiday tradition.

Friday, December 12 – December 23: Christmas Countdown

Friday 12th-(P.M. Activity) Gingerbread Man & Houses

Saturday 13th-(A.M. Activity) Candy Canes

Sunday 14th-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Trees

Monday 15th-(10:30a.m.-12:30p.m.) Visit & Photo with Santa

Tuesday 16th-(P.M. Activity) Reindeers

Wednesday 17th-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Stockings

Thursday 18th-(A.M. Activity) Twinkly Christmas Lights

Friday 19th-(P.M. Activity) Presents & Sleighs

Saturday 20th-(A.M. Activity) Popcorn Decoration

Sunday 21st –(P.M. Activity) Christmas Snow

Monday 22nd– (A.M. Activity) Christmas Carols

Tuesday 23rd-(P.M. Activity) Christmas Eve Excitement

Friday, December 12 : Harley-Davidson CHOC Toy Drive Pick Up

Time: 12:00p.m.

See Santa and his Harley helpers as they pick up the toys that have been previously collected at Pretend City Children’s Museum.

Tuesday, December 16: Celebrate Las Posadas).

Come to Pretend City to celebrate the first day of the 9 day Mexican Christmas celebration. Attendees will learn about the history of the celebration and activities include:

Smart Art: The Art Studio will create colorful Las Posadas mementos to take home.

Posada Pinata Ornaments: Make your own Pinata ornaments to hang on your tree this holiday season.

Posada Placement: Create holiday placemat for the Posada feast.

Luminaria Path: Create glowing replica of Hispanic Christmas Luminaria path.

Sensational Story Time: Introduce children to rich holiday literature in the Pretend City Library.

Tuesday, December 16: Sensitive Santa Visit & Photo Opportunity

Time: 1:00P.M.- 5:00P.M.

This event is for children with autism and will be held in a private room. Come meet Santa and tell him your holiday wishes.

Wednesday, December 17- 23: Hooray for Chanukah

Learn and enjoy activities about the Hanukkah miracle through games, finger play rhymes, art projects and activities.

Wednesday, 17(A.M. Activity): Menorah

Thursday, 18(P.M. Activity): Dreidel, Dreidel

Saturday, 20(P.M. Activity): Star of David

Sunday, 21(Art Studio): Chanukah Art

Monday, 22(P.M. Activity): Tzedakah Box

Tuesday, 23(A.M. Activity): Chanukah Story Time

Sunday, December 21: Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Put on your warm mittens and cozy scarves. It’s officially winter! The beginning of winter is marked by the solstice, the shortest day of the year.

Smart Art: Visit the Art Studio where we’ll have a flurry of winter-themed art activities for you and your children to create.

Snow Much Fun – A gorgeous winter art activity with a child-directed process and a beautiful result too!

Ice City – This community project will draw inspiration from the glassy snow to create a different type of city.

Winter Prints – See what your child’s little hands will make – a winter tree, a snowflake, or perhaps a cute winter animal?

Friday, December 26-30: Festival of Kwanzaa

During the Festival of Kwanzaa to “light” a candle on the Kinara. Every day, we’ll celebrate a new Kwanzaa principle through a variety of activities including working at the family stand, making gifts for family and friends, playing Kwanzaa games, and even having a “feast”!

Friday 26th: Kwanzaa Kinara

Saturday 27th: Kwanzaa Placement/Quilt

Sunday 28th: Kwanzaa Corn

Monday 29th: Kwanzaa Necklace

Tuesday 30th: Kwanzaa Kufi & Kwanzaa Unity Cup

Monday, December 29: Author’s Day – Ari Loves the Holidays presented by Reetu Dua

Time: 11:00A.M.

Explore the exciting Holidays that await us in the New Year. Join Ari as he celebrates with fireworks, goes on an Easter egg hunt, passes out a valentine, puts on his favorite costume, and so much more! Each holiday is filled with love, color, family, and cheer. This special story time will be presented by the author Reetu Dua. Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 31: Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown!  

Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers and festive party hats this is one celebration you won’t want to miss.  Confetti Countdown:  12:00p.m.     2:00p.m.     4:00p.m. 

 

Pretend City Children’s Museum

Pretend City Children’s Museum is the first educational facility of its kind in the western United States representing a small, interconnected city designed to “build better brains” through purposeful play, hands-on learning experiences, role playing, and educational programming. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, it depends on community-based funding and guest support. Through 17 interactive exhibits and activities guided by a highly trained professional staff, children learn foundational math, reading and science skills, while fostering curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, organization, teamwork, self-confidence and socialization. The museum is a unique community resource where families, educators and community agencies come together to ensure that each child gains the experiences needed for a productive and fulfilling future. Pretend City Children’s Museum is located at 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618.

Holiday Gift Guide: Toys R Us Wish List

HolidayGiftGuideMy family all live out of state. Sadly my kiddos dont get to spend the Holidays with their extended family. My family does like to send gifts but living so far away they dont always know what toys interest my kids. ToysRus has a great app that lets my kids (and yours) create wish lists so that they can have an ongoing list of their most wanted toys and gifts. It takes the guess work out of gift buying for your relatives. My kids found it super easy to use even the baby (my two year old) was able to easily add to his wish list. You can use your smart phone or the scanner you use to create a baby registry. kaia used my phone while the boys used the scanners. Both work easily and the kids had a blast adding to their wish lists.
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Toys“R”Us Wish List App Enables Parents to Track Kids’ Wishes

As children stroll through the store, carefully curating their list for Santa, parents can keep track of their little one’s wishes with the Toys“R”Us Wish List app. By downloading the app from the Apple® App Store or Google Play™, parents can turn their smartphone into a scanner, allowing them to scan the barcode of a must-have toy. Once scanned, the toy is then added to a digital Wish List which can be accessed on any smartphone or PC, and shared with family and friends via SMS, email, Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, customers can purchase items from their Wish Lists, right from the app.

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From Saturday, November 1 to Wednesday, November 26, customers who create a new Wish List using the Toys“R”Us Wish List app or online at Toysrus.com/WishList, will be automatically entered to win a $1,000 Toys“R”Us Gift Card (limit one entry per person). For more information about the Toys“R”Us Wish List app and entry rules surrounding the sweepstakes, visit Toysrus.com/ToyEvents.
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The Big Toys R US Toy Book is here. This year’s go-to guide for gift-givers reads like a child’s favorite storybook with 80 pages of toys divided into nine play-themed chapters, such as Dream & Pretend, Sparkle & Shine, Create & Explore, Build & Collect, Action & Adventure, as well as Hot Toys, which showcases the company’s “Fabulous 15”, representing the best new toy introductions of 2014. This valuable resource is designed to help customers find the ideal present for the child in their life while catering to various interests. The catalog features hundreds of toys that are sure to top little one’s lists, including exclusive playthings named to the 2014 Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List, such as LEGO® FUSION Town Master from LEGO® Systems, Inc., Charmazing!™ Color Me Up from Wooky Entertainment, Inc., Little Live Pets™ Bird Cage Love Birds Double Pack from Moose Toys™ and Battroborg™ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Electronic Battle Game from TOMY®.

Whether shopping from the comfort of their own homes or on-the-go, gift-givers can browse a digital version of The Great Big Christmas Book at Toysrus.com/ChristmasBook, where they can filter preferences by age, play theme, licensed character, brand and more.
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Holiday Shopping Made Easy With New and Improved Programs

To help parents shop and save, Toys“R”Us is offering a variety of compelling programs this holiday season, such as:

Rewards“R”Us – The new loyalty program from Toys“R”Us enables shoppers to earn more points…faster! Just in time for holiday shopping, existing Rewards“R”Us members and those who sign up in-store or online at Toysrus.com/myrewards receive $5 in “R”Us Rewards for every $125 spent. In addition, “R”Us credit cardholders, or those who enroll (subject to credit approval), will be able to earn 10% off in-store every Saturday in November and 10% off in-store every Thursday throughout the holiday season. Plus, all Rewards“R”Us shoppers will be privy to exclusive pre-Black Friday deals and discounts.

Price Match Guarantee –Toys“R”Us will match a competitor’s advertised price on identical items when customers present a local competitor’s print ad or their website showing the item available for less. For more information, please visit Toysrus.com/PriceMatch.

Free Online Layaway – Toys“R”Us has expanded its omnichannel capabilities with the introduction of online layaway, giving customers the ability to create layaway orders at Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, make subsequent payments either in-store or online and choose to pick up their order in a local store or have it delivered right to their home. This offering is in addition to the company’s in-store layaway program. Toys“R”Us will once again offer FREE layaway for the holiday season, waiving the $5 service fee generally associated, now for both online and in-store layaway orders.

Free Store Pickup – Toys“R”Us offers a ‘Buy Online, Pick Up In Store’ option, which allows customers to shop online from wherever they are and pick up the ordered item at their local Toys“R”Us store in an hour or less. Full program details can be found at Toysrus.com/Pickup.

Free Shipping – On Toysrus.com, the company offers free shipping on purchases of $49 or more every day. For more information about this offer, customers can visit Toysrus.com/FreeShipping.
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Kick-Start Kids’ Wish Lists at “Ultimate Wish Saturday” Events in November

As children around the country begin compiling the most important list of their year, families can embrace this age-old tradition, with the added assistance of #ToyExperts, at a series of events that will be held on Saturday, November 8, 15 and 22 from 12 noon to 4pm at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide.

 

At each event, attendees can preview and play with some of the year’s most talked about toys, as well as enjoy an appearance by Geoffrey the Giraffe, make-and-take crafts and giveaways (while supplies last).

 

  • On Saturday, November 15, customers who visit their local store will delight in testing some of the most popular action-packed toys from Hasbro®, including NERF Demolisher, NERF Rebelle Secret Agent Bow, TRANSFORMERS Age of Extinction Mega 1-Step Bumblebee Figure and more.
  • On Saturday, November 22, Little LEGO® builders of all ages are encouraged to visit their local store where they can build and display a LEGO winter scene masterpiece for all to see. Additionally, shoppers will enjoy a number of LEGO-themed giveaways (while supplies last).

 

Those planning to attend the events are also encouraged to #PlayItForward in support of the company’s 11th year of partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Parents and children will have the opportunity to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of local kids in need by taking and sharing a “selfie” as they donate a toy into the collection bins in Toys“R”Us stores. For every photo shared on social media using #PlayItForward, the company will double the giving and donate an additional toy to Toys for Tots (or the equivalent cash value) up to $150,000 worth of toys.

 

For more information about the special activities that attendees can take advantage of during “Ultimate Wish Saturday” events, customers can visit Toysrus.com/ToyEvents.

 

 

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DSC_0704I was compensated with a Gift Card from Toys R US for this Post.