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Simple Balloon Experiment

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A simple experiment testing the effects of pattern on the balloon once it expands and inflates & deflates. Simple science for kids.

My daughter is obsessed with balloons. There are balloons bouncing around our house most of the time. We have bags of them & she asks me to blow up new ones for her all the time. Yesterday, she picked up one of her balloons & started coloring it with a marker. Looking at her colored balloon gave me an idea. I grabbed one of our noninflated balloons and used markers & sharpies to color in a design. It did not need to be anything elaborate, just a quick design.

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Hunting For Worms

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As you know, we love to read. We regularly visit the library & just love to find new books to read. Hunting for worms inspired by the book Yucky Worms. Fun nature & science exploring for kids..

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On our last visit to the library, we found a book that we chose for its funny name. The title ‘Yucky Worms’ attracted my daughter. It got quite a chuckle.

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Egg Carton Building Blocks

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Egg Carton building blocks for kids - Engineering & STEM activities - kid's arts, crafts, learning & activities with recyclables

In our last post, I told you about my daughter’s new-found love for the Pyramids. She recently saw a documentary on them & now wants to know everything about them. We went to the library & bought some books & over the weekend we made a pyramid craft. I thought it might be fun for us to stack a pyramid, so yesterday we painted some egg carton pieces & used them to build colorful pyramids.

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Exploring Shadows

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When I heard the weather report for this weekend, I was overjoyed. I could not wait to get outdoors with the family.  I asked my daughter what she wanted to do & she wanted to bring her building blocks outside & play. We brought them out & began to build with them in the driveway.

Exploring shadow & light with blocks, bodies & nature painting. These are wonderful spring & summer activities that you can do with your kids while exploring shadow & light outdoors*This post contains affiliate links*

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Egg Slime

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Easter is only a week away. We have been shopping & preparing for the holiday. I have a ton of plastic Easter eggs lying around waiting to get filled. I should rephrase that, I had a ton of plastic Easter eggs. My daughter  has been slowly depleting my supply & using them in her play kitchen.Make egg slime for ooey gooey pretend & sensory play for the kids

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 She pretends to crack them open & throws the empty egg shells in the trash. I had to give her a pretend trash because she was throwing them away for real. She take pretend play very seriously. She has been having a lot of fun mixing up her air eggs, but since she likes the realistic, I thought we could add a little something extra to her pretend egg scrambles. Here is what we did.

Make egg slime for ooey gooey pretend & sensory play for the kids . Play Food with slime

We made up a quick batch of slime.

Ingredients:

2.5 oz of clear school glue

2.5 oz of white school glue

1/2 cup of liquid starch

Water

For Later:

Yellow Play-doh

Extra-large plastic eggs

Directions: Pour all of the glue into a bowl. You can use all clear or all white glue, but to achieve the look I was going for I used a mixture of half & half.

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Add the liquid starch in very small increments at a time. Stir it well as you go. It will thicken quickly. Be careful not to add the starch too quickly.

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When it gets to thick to stir, you can use your hands to knead it. I used just shy of the 1/2 of liquid starch & then added spoonfuls of water at a time until I achieved the consistency I was looking for. My daughter helped.

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Use the Play-doh to form little yellow balls for the yoke. Flatten them out a little with your hand.

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Grab a handful of your slime & add a yolk to the top for a realistic looking sunny side-up egg.

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Or you can put the slime & yolk into an extra-large plastic egg for a fun egg cracking experience.

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My daughter thought that this was hilarious. “Mama, it looks like real eggs.” It turns out that just like with regular eggs that she does not like the yolk, so she pulled those out & just played with the whites. Like I said, my daughter likes to keep things realistic.

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Cardboard Box Marble Run

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Kids love boxes. The larger the box, the more fun to be had. We are still in the process of getting our house unpacked after our move and have a ton of empty cardboard boxes. We have been having a lot of fun making things out of our boxes & the cardboard.
Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & craft

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 My daughter has a great building blocks marble run set.  She used to play with it all of the time. The whole family loved playing with it. Unfortunately, since our move, we have been unable to find it.

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I have seen a number of homemade marble runs made out of cardboard tubes, straws & even Legos & I thought we could try our hands at our own while we searched for our missing one.

Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & crafts from recyclables

We used a large cardboard box. We cut the flaps off of one side to leave one side wide open. We used the flaps to form our ramps.  I wanted to add different options & obstacles to the ramp so I cut a hole or multiple holes into each piece of cardboard.

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I used a glue gun to glue the cardboard pieces in place at an angle, making sure to leave space on the bottom end of each piece for the marble to be able to drop. I used plenty of glue around the edges to hold the ramp pieces in place and used cardboard tubes in a couple of areas for additional drop options.

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We tested it out a couple of times & found that our marbles fell forward a few times, so we glued a couple of extra scraps of cardboard under the bottom front to balance it out. We used the marbles, but then found that a handful of poms poms was just as fun.

Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & crafts from recyclables Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & crafts from recyclables

My little girl was so excited about her cool new toy. “This is soooo awesome, mama.”

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Styrofoam Ball Necklace

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Painted Styrofoam Ball Necklace

Painted Styrofoam Ball Dress up necklace - fine motor activity and craft for kids

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Like many little girls, my daughter loves to play dress up. She loves putting on her princess dresses & trying to walk in mommy’s high heels and she loves jewelry too. Lately, she has been enjoying threading buttons & pasta and anything else she can get her hands on to make necklaces for me & her to wear. Yesterday, we added Styrofoam to that list too.

We grabbed a handful of 2″ Styrofoam balls out of our craft supplies & then one larger one. I poked a wooden skewer into each to make it easier for painting & drying.

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Hold on to the skewer & use acrylic paints to paint around each ball.

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Put the skewers in a deep container ball side up & let them stand to dry.

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Once dry, remove the skewer & use a plastic yarn needle to poke through the existing hole & string up your painted Styrofoam.

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Threading Styrofoam balls for fine motor activity & necklace craft

Tie a knot at the end to finish it off.

Just look at that smile.

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