Monday, June 19, 2006

The Melt Down

Our first science experiment of the summer. Now I must say my kids are 6 and 7, so they are by no means 100% accurate. They are just for fun. My husband thought is was hilarious that I got the kids to watch ice melt, he thinks paint drying should be our next experiment.

Name: The Melt Down

Purpose: Try to keep ice from melting in the hot sun.

Paper towels
Ice Cubes
Baking soda
Rubbing alcohol
different colored construction paper
cold water

3 cups
Sunny area
Shaded area

Rocks to hold things down
Masking tape
Ziploc bag

Lay out the paper towels, one in the shade and the rest in a row. Cut up the construction paper into small squares just bigger than the ice cube. Take the three cups and label them soda, water, and rubbing alcohol with the masking tape and pencil. Fill the cups with the appropriate liquid. Spread the construction paper over the paper towels. Put some baking soda in a Ziploc bag. Place rocks on anything that may blow away in the wind. Put one ice cube in the Ziploc bag and shake it around, making sure it is coated with the baking soda. Sprinkle salt on another ice cube away from the paper towels. Place them on the paper towel a couple inches away from each other. Working quickly, put an ice cube on each different colored paper, in each of the cups, on in the shade, on in the box. Then place one on just the paper towel, this is your control.

Lexi thought the one in the box would last the longest and the alcohol would melt first.
Neil though the rubbing alcohol, soda, and salt would last the longest and the box would melt first.
I thought the ice cube in the shade would last the longest and the salt would melt first.
In order of which they melted:
Purple paper
Cream paper
Brown paper
Blue paper
Baking soda
Yellow paper
Pink paper
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Sunday, June 18, 2006

100 Things To Do

I know I've seriously neglected my blog lately. The last couple weeks before school got out was very stressful. I am back, and I have a list of 100 things to do during the summer. I made the list for my kids because my daughter is always bored. She doesn't know how to play by herself. So I told them if they can't find something to do on the list they have to clean their playroom if they bother me with being bored.
100 things to do

1. Blow bubbles
2. Draw with Sidewalk chalk
3. Make a comic book
4. Draw or color pictures
5. Make puppets and put together a puppet show
6. Feed the turtles - we have pond across the street
7. Play in sprinkler
8. Hula Hoop
9. Make a treasure hunt
10. Dance
11. Plan a picnic
12. Make a board game
13. Make ice cream
14. Watch a movie
15. Write in a journal
16. Get a pet rock
17. Go to the aquarium
18. Watch and listen to the birds
19. Write a letter to your grandparents
20. Make up a song and/or sing to some music
21. Play hide-n-go seek
22. Ride your scooter
23. Have a water balloon fight
24. Go to the library
25. Have a tea party with your teddy bears
26. Play yard games
27. Make paper airplanes
28. Go to the park with the cool playground
29. Read a book or magazine
30. Find a spider web and try and make your own web with some string
31. Catch bugs
32. Watch the squirrels and try and figure out what they are doing
33. Pick flowers in the yard
34. Find a four leaf clover
35. Pull weeds out of the flower beds
36. Make a self portrait
37. Make a watercolor painting
38. Work out by doing 10 of the following 3 times:
-push ups
-sit ups
-run in place for 10 seconds
-jumping jacks
39. Build your castle(s) and knock it down
40. Work in your summer bridges workbook
41. Play school with a class of dolls
42. Make a Fruit Loops necklace
43. Practice spanish
44. Cut up a catalog and make a collage
45. Make your own instruments and play some music
46. Learn some American Sign Language
47. Set up a tent out of blankets and pretend to camp
48. Practice a magic trick
49. Set up or plan an obstacle course
50. Turn a box into something fun
51. Make the alphabet with your body
52. Hopscotch
53. Keep the balloon from touching the ground
54. Protect a water balloon from braking when dropped
55. Play lazer tag
56. Make a sculpture
57. Plan our menu of meals for a week
58. Walk around the mall
59. Practice yoga
60. Make bread
61. Make up a dance routine to your favorite song
62. Think of a business to start and everything you’d need for it
63. Pretend you’re in a circus and make up an act or show
64. Dust the house
65. Make the tallest LEGO tower you can before it falls
66. Organize a Kids Olympics for a play date and make winners medals
67. Have a science experiment
-Think what you want to test
-Figure out the best way to test it
-Guess the results
-Do the experiment
-Compare results with your guess
68. Find shapes in the clouds
69. Practice gymnastics on floor mat
70. Stare at a patch of grass for 15 minutes and see what bugs do
71. Practice blowing bubbles from bubble gum – outside of course
72. Come up and draw a crazy creature with special abilities
73. Do a leaf/grass/flower/coin/ect. rubbing
74. Make something out of popsicle sticks
75. Make and do a scavenger hunt
76. Make a paper mache craft
77. Make a mask
78. Decorate a box to put personal stuff in
79. Sink-Float Game
80. Learn to draw something from the Learn-To-Draw books
81. Play with the parachute
82. Listen to music CDs and/or tapes
83. Run around the house
84. Wash my car
85. Practice origami
86. Find how many things around the house that are
___ (Pick a color) ___ or starts with __ (Pick a letter) __
87. Make a graph of common things you see around the house or yard
88. See what you can make with scraps of fabric
89. Be a cowboy/cowgirl and try and lasso something outside
90. Make cards for a Memory game
91. Go to the park across the street
92. See how high you can count
93. Make and play with a felt board
94. Practice writing your letters and numbers
95. Make shadow puppets
96. Make an art gallery – make sure to frame your art
97. Make a paper quilt
98. Color a black and white photo
99. Set up dominos to knock down
100. Trace your body on big paper and color it in

If you still can’t find anything to do after going through this list, then you will have to clean your room or playroom.
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006


Yesterday, my husband went out and bought a pressure washer. It was his Father's Day gift, which was a little early. The thing is, the one he REALLY wanted was on sale for about $60 off. Besides he had to pick it up eventually because there is no way it would have fit in my car.

Anyways, as with all big items that come in a cardboard box, my kids begged for the box. As my husband assembled the pressure washer the kids used it as a boat. Then they both came running to me asking if I'd make it into a playhouse.

To turn a huge box into a playhouse all you need is to cut the corners off the top side two flaps. Cut the corners off the flaps by cutting a right triangle off the first corner. Use it as a template for the other three corners to have some consistency, don't worry it doesn't have to be perfect. Now, tape up the flaps so they look like a roof. I always like to leave a hole at the top so there is light and room for my kids to stand up. I use duct tape, but packing tape would work as well. To make the door you just need to cut out 3 sides of a rectangle. Where the fourth side would be is a long side to work as a hinge. You will need to seer this edge by running your scissors or utility knife across the length. It helps to reinforce the door by adding tape to both sides. Finally, you just need to cut a small hole in the door as a handle. I finish it off by taping all the exposed cardboard to prevent the kids from getting hurt and to make it last a little longer.

I'm going to let the kids paint it later today. I'll try and remember to take a pic and post their final creation.
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