Monday, January 30, 2012

Science Experiments...

Last week we had three snow a row!  I was beginning to feel like the girls needed school or some sort of learning so we turned the day into a project day.  It was fun finding random things to do and spending quality time with the girls.
C recently was asking about birthday party themes and her dad being a tease sarcastically said "I think you should do a bug party"...he was obviously trying to gross her out.  It backfired though, because she gasped and said "that's perfect!! A science party!"  lol  I have to admit I think it will be fun, I already have visions of glass measuring beakers and crazy straws for the drinks.  Dry ice will be our friend too, I am sure.
An experiment that seems to be all the rage right now with kids is this "oobleck" or "blue goo"...the stuff made out of cornstarch that is both a solid and a liquid.  We watched videos of people making pools of this stuff and being able to walk across it, but the minute you stand still you start to sink.  The girls had fun with it!
Project #1:
All you need is a box of cornstarch (16oz), some colored water (food coloring added to water), aprox. 1/2 C.  Just add the water to the cornstarch until you get the consistency you want.  It should be hard in your hand when you squeeze it and then when you let go it just drips down.  Crazy stuff!

Project #2:
Fun and super easy (minimal ingredients).  Not even sure the name of this one...milk explosion??   

You basically put a bit of milk on a plate and add some drops of food coloring. 
 Take a q-tip and put it in the center...nothing happens.
Now put the other end of the q-tip in some Dawn dish soap and when the soap hits the milk the colors go crazy.  You don't even have to stir it.
 Ok, we are easily amused. Period.
Project #3:
I used to love to sew little things when I was little.  Those 90's hair scrunchies were a big thing and I do remember making those.  That and doing some cross stitching with my Grandma B. were the extent of my sewing capabilities.  I also remember a day we spent at my dad's mom's house (Grandma H.) and me and my sisters "helped" sew some dresses.  I remember we had to go to the gas station or grocery store for something and I insisted on wearing the dress.  Maybe my grandma will be able to remember this day more clearly...the details are fuzzy.  It was a fun day though I remember that!  Anywho...we scrounged up some material and decided to make some bean bags (since the girls were watching M's beloved Baby Songs and there was a song about the "Alphabet Bean Bag Toss").  They sewed the edges and then we filled them with beans (I feel like that is a "duuuh" description).  It has provided hours of entertainment over the last 48 hrs.  Bean bag toss, playing catch, whipping them at people, nearly breaking lamps...oh yeah, good times. *rolling eyes*
 I remember when I babysat seeing a neat idea for kids.  This mom had filled a big tote with beans and then put measuring scoops, spoons, utensils, etc. in the tote for the kids to play with the beans.  M really likes to pour things and it usually is liquid or spices or something that makes a complete mess.  The left over beans gave her a good hour of entertainment (priceless).   I didn't have enough to fill a tote, but it worked.
Funny stuff!
 She certainly keeps me on my toes...such a ham and very mischievous!! :)


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