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!!!
For those of you who live locally or are visiting the Vail Valley this weekend… Please join us as we perform “Billy Big Shot’s Huge Christmas Pageant” for you! All three of my boys are in the performance along with lots of other cuties! Here are the Details:
When: Sunday December 21, 2014 9:30 am
Where: Eagle River Presbyterian Church
Fun Note: Free Brunch to Follow- Bring a dish to share!
We try our best as parents to foster independence within our boys… This sign found it’s place on our back door today in honor of our first day of ski school! I find making “lists” and “calendars” for our boys really helps them to feel confident in their ability to get things done on their own! I literally popped this list off in a matter of 5 minutes adding all the things our boys specifically need to be prepared for a day on the slopes! Shaeffer gets low blood sugar very quickly so we have to add a few extra snacks to ensure he doesn’t lose his cookies while out there! I used some of my favorite clip art from melonheadz to make our check list a little more inviting! Try it, you might just find yourself with a few more minutes and a few less frustrations on a busy morning!
HOPE… There is so much meaning behind that one simple word… The dictionary defines is as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. These words are true, but the feeling of HOPE is one that cannot be described in words. This Advent season we’ve been focussing on hope… The hope of Jesus. The hope in the arrival of a very special person. The hope for Christmas.. As our project this week, we made Christmas Tree Ornaments after we discussed our hopes… It was an easy project with a bunch of feeling behind it…. The feeling of HOPE! I did this at church with ages 4-11 and loved the differences in their pictures! Older kids can write a little paragraph on the back of their ornament about what the hope of Christmas means to them!
Here are the directions:
1. Glue or Hot Glue 5 popsicle sticks together in the shape of a barn… What type of glue you use really depends on the amount of time you have and the amount of children doing the project. If you’re doing this at home and have some time to wait, school glue works just fine. If you are in more of a hurry, then hot glue might be the choice for you…
2. Cut out a piece of paper that matches the size of your barn. I guesstimated this and then trimmed the edges once the project was complete, but you can also trace your popsicle stick barn onto a piece of paper and cut it out…
3. Draw a picture of Joseph, Mary, and The Baby Jesus… Glue it to your barn (again using school glue or hot glue)
4. Add a little hope to your ornament and TADA! Like I said earlier I made this with 4-11 year olds and the older children wrote about the hope of Christmas on the back of their ornament. Just an option if it’s needed!
My newly 4 year old has made this craft twice already and will probably want to make it again today 😀! It’s very easy because it’s just shapes glued together! If you would like to download a template for free, please visit my tpt store by clicking here! It’s also great practice in identifying shapes- cutting (if desired) and gluing! In the one pictured I had the shapes all cut out and a picture of Yoda printed out and let him glue them how he thought Yoda looked! He did a pretty great job!!! The second one he made with his 8 year old brother and he cut the shapes out himself! I don’t have a picture because I have no idea where he “hid” this Yoda 😉! If I find it I’ll post it! Enjoy!!!!