You know me, I love a good check list. I feel like it empowers my children to do things for themselves, plus it makes my live a bit easier… Here is the one I made for my Little Leaguer’s! Thanks to melonheadz for the fun clipart! Love her stuff!
This week has been simply glorious outside… The sun is shining, the temps are warmer and my toes are making their spring time debut! There is just something so sweet about spending time outside on those first few warm days of the season! In keeping with a spring theme as well as St. Patrick’s Day, I remembered this snack! It’s one of our very favorites and so easy to make… I wonder if this will help us catch that pesky Leprechaun????
I think maybe I’ve created monsters AKA the “S Brothers” around my house… It seems that any holiday that is approaching brings a new sense of excitement, wonder and maybe even a little “obsession”… This month of course it is St. Patrick’s Day, but my boys call it Leprechaun’s Day. They are BEYOND excited to trap a Leprechaun and are pretty convinced they can do it! I am hoping so because that means we’ll be inheriting some gold! They have been asking to make Leprechauns since last St. Patrick’s Day so I figured I better give in… I think they turned out rather cute! Pretty easy to make, we use construction paper, glue and scissors… Let me know if you capture a Leprechaun- these cuties might help you…
This week my big boys have “Mid Winter Vacation” from school… They love to be at home and just play (and Mama loves it too), so we decided to do a few little experiments/projects while they are off… This one was a huge hit and I assure you they played with it for hours. If your children are old enough, this is a great lesson on polymers, as well! I’m planning to make this with my little guys preschool class this afternoon- this might be a little adventurous, but they are rock stars so I know they can do it!
Here’s the scoop:
8oz bottle of Elmer’s Glue
Borax (a powdered soap found in the laundry soap isle)
Large Mixing Bowl
1. Empty the entire bottle of glue into a mixing bowl. Fill the empty bottle with warm water and shake. Pour the glue-water mixture into the mixing bowl and use the spoon to mix it well.
2. Add one or two drops of food coloring.
3. Measure 1/2 cup of warm water into the plastic cup and add a teaspoon of Borax powder to the water. Stir the solution. Don’t worry if all the powder doesn’t dissolve. This Borax solution is the secret linking agent that causes the glue Molecules to turn into slime.
4. While stirring the glue in the mixing bowl, slowly add a little of the Borax solution. Immediately you’ll feel the long strands of molecules starting to connect. Now it’s time to use your hands to do the serious mixing. Keep adding the Borax solution to the glue mixture (don’t stop mixing) until you get a perfect batch of slime.
5. When you’re finished playing with your slime, seal it up in a zip-lock bag for safe keeping.
The mixture of glue with Borax and water produces a putty like material called a polymer. A polymer is a long chain of molecules. A great example of a polymer is cooking spaghetti. When a pile of freshly cooked spaghetti comes out of the hot water and into the bowl the strands flow like a liquid from the pot to the bowl. This is because the spaghetti strands are slippery and slide over one another. After awhile, the water drains off and the pasta strands start to stick together. The spaghetti gets a bit rubbery in texture. Wait a little while longer for all of the water to evaporate and the pile of pasta turns into a solid mass – you can drop it on the floor and watch it bounce. Many natural and synthetic polymers behave similarly. If the long molecules slide past each other easily then the substance acts like a liquid because the molecules flow. If the molecules stick together at a few places along the strand, then the substance behaves like a rubbery solid. In this recipe, Borax is the compound that hooks the glue molecules together to form the rubbery material and demonstrate some of the properties of a polymer.
Hi Friends, I sure hope this finds you well! I know that I usually post crafts and recipes, but this week I’ve been working on some writing prompts! My “bigs” have been very interested in writing these days so I thought I’d create some fun Valentine’s Day printable prompts for them… I’d love to share them with you all, as well… My dear friend Kirsten introduced me to a website called “Teacher’s Pay Teachers”. I’m not entirely new to the site, however, because several of the blogs I follow use it to promote their products. Needless to say, Kirsten convinced me to start putting some of my ideas up on the site so that you all can access them a bit easier. SO these cute little writing prompts, plus 8 more can be found on mommyapolis’ TPT site… You can find them by clicking HERE…
Enjoy and Happy Monday!
I absolutely love having my boys home on holiday break! It just seems like life is a little easier. I don’t have to get up and rush around making breakfasts and lunches and there is no rushing out the door by 7:40 in the morning! I love it! I love their freedom in playing and the fact that my family room looks like it has been taken over by blankets, pillows and oddly placed chairs… I love hearing their little boy voices singing their favorite tunes just about as loud as possible while I fold their non uniform laundry and don’t put it away :). I just love having them home, BUT…. there will be that moment, after Christmas, when they begin to miss their friends and need to get out and about and see them! We obviously live really close to amazing ski resorts, but at their ages meeting for skiing isn’t as easy as it might sound… Instead, we try to schedule a few group play dates either at the pool or the sledding hill… It’s a great way to get everyone together at one time, get some energy out, and enjoy the freedom of holiday break! So gather your besties and meet them at the pool or the hill! We hope to see you there!!!