I needed some 2 liter bottles for some upcoming science and art projects. Only we don't drink anything that comes in a 2 liter bottle. So we went to the store to buy the cheapest drink we could just to get the bottle - when the cheapest happened to be diet coke we just had to turn it into another project. If you have never dropped a roll of mentos into a diet coke bottle, you really should. Here the kids only got a few mentos into the bottle - they were afraid of getting covered in diet coke - and there was still a good reaction.
Sweet Son's turn
Sweet Daughter's turn
See those bottles in the background that are still full? Wonderful Husband and I did those and while we got bigger reactions, my favorite videos are still those with the kids. :)
Another fun trip to the Science Museum. I am so glad we live in a city with a museum dedicated to Science. Our surrounding cities also have nature conservatories and the big city near us has a giant Science museum. Still there is something to be said about being only a couple of miles away from a local museum where most of the employees know your kids by name - and not because they are trouble makers!
Sweet Son playing with Jacob's Ladder and a Crackle Disk at the same time.
Sweet Daughter playing with Physics
Both kids watching sound waves
Have you ever wanted to crawl inside a nose? I didn't, but here Sweet Daughter and Wonderful Husband seem to be happy!
We do a lot of Science experiments and here are some of my favorites.
Making paper - easy, fun, and memorable
This is easily one of my favorite experiments. It makes a huge mess, but everyone will learn something. You start with a great environment - clean water, sand, plants, rocks, shells, animals. This is ideal.
Oh no! There was an oil spill in the water. It's all over everything. It doesn't stay in the water - it seeps into the sand and touches everything. How are they going to clean it up???
I don't have any more photos of this experiment because it gets so messy the camera wasn't a priority. I gave them a variety of materials - cotton, pantyhose, dish detergent, kitty litter, nets, etc. I also let them use anything (within reason) they thought might help. Remember anything being used will end up with oil on it.
The cotton soaks up the water and oil. The pantyhose attracts the oil to it, but doesn't clean it. The dish detergent takes it off animals and plants, but leaves it in the water. The kitty litter soaks up the oil the best, but can't be contained. The nets don't do anything. The best solution is a combination. Put kitty litter inside the pantyhose for the best solution. The biggest take away is it's best not to make the planet dirty in the first place.
As a child, I wasn't very athletic. I did dance, but other than the twice a week classes, I did almost nothing. So it's surprising to me that my kids and our whole family are so active.
Their chosen sport is ice hockey. Strange to me, but they love it. They have practice twice a week where they rotate through drills and games. They come out completely sweaty and with giant smiles.
We also go on long bike rides at least once a week - by long I mean 5 miles typically. Both kids ride without training wheels and they think it's fun, not exercise. We often stop in the middle to play at a park. Sometimes we stop at multiple parks so the kids can run off extra energy. She will do loops of monkey bars for 30 minutes. He usually climbs and runs around the playground.
In addition to the photos of the kids that I posted yesterday, we also did some family photos. We bribe the kids for good photo behavior by promising to let them climb the big tree. Those always end up being some of my favorite photos.
It's time to wash the cars! I love how enthusiastic the kids are. The cars end up somewhat cleaner on the bottom half. One issue when it's hot outside is the water evaporates before you can rinse off the soap. It's more about the fun than anything else.
Cooking is great for fine motor, math, science, sensory, and fun. Here we were making "everything cookies". It is a basic cookie mix and then you add as many things as possible. We decided to add an additional step to work on fine motor more specifically.
We bought pecans in their shells.
Growing up, my great-grandmother had a giant pecan tree in her backyard. We would go over there and pick pecans, open them, and eat them on the spot. It was great. You really appreciate them so much more when you have to take them out of the shell.
There's the inside!
This is what they had after 30 minutes of work. Then I helped to get enough for the recipe.
Here the kids are rolling the dough to make cookies. We ate these quickly so no after photos.
Many parts of our life are surrounded by music. Here are just a few recent examples.
A brass quintet performance by a great group. Between each song they did an activity to teach those in the audience something. Here Sweet Daughter is holding a tube connected to a funnel. They brought out many of these - each at a length to show how long each brass instrument would be if unrolled.
Here, Sweet Daughter is singing along with the piano.
Of all the choices, she loves Fly Me To The Moon.
Both kids played in a festival for judges last week. We
got Sweet Daughter's results on Thursday - She got a 1+. The only comment was not
to rush the rests, which I think is impressive for a 5 year old. She
played the first movement of her sonatina (titled My First Sonatina).
Sweet Son played two songs from his repertoire book. Old MacDonald and
Jumping Jacks - they are more difficult than they sound. We got his
results today. He also got a 1+. The only comment was that the judge
couldn't believe someone his age was playing such advanced music. That
was literally the only comment. Not even one suggestion for something to
improve. I was standing outside the door when he played and while I
couldn't hear perfectly, I know he made mistakes. I wish judges would
always at least give one piece of constructive criticism.
The kids both had Spring Egg Hunts at school. This is their last year at the school since it only goes through Kindergarten. I have many photos, but all of the others include their friends. It was difficult to get them by themselves long enough for a photo.
He helped friends find eggs and didn't get many himself.
She wanted all the eggs.
After the kids went back to their classrooms, every child dumped their eggs into a pile and they were divided equally between the students. This works best since they are a mixed age classroom. Everyone knows this will happen ahead of time so no one gets upset. The teachers also notice patterns, i.e. one boy in Sweet Son's class only wanted orange eggs, so when they divided them up they only gave him orange eggs.
Once upon a time there lived a dancer whose name was
Ella and she lived in a one story house. Ella was treated very poorly by
monsters. This evil person made monsters eat Ella. One day Ella danced
on March 15th. Ella was very upset because she lost her dancing shoes.
Then Ella met some fish bones and fish bones helped by giving her new
shoes. Ella went to the stage where she danced. Then Ella lost a dancing
shoe. After searching everywhere, the lost shoe was found by a
Princess. The Princess knew the shoes belonged to Ella because she was
dancing. Ella and Princess lived happily ever after and rode elephants.
Title: Mr. Stinky Pants
Once upon a time there lived a garbage man
whose name was Mr. Stinky Pants and lived on a farm. Mr. Stinky Pants
was treated very poorly by Mr. Pokey Pants. This evil person made
garbage come out of the truck. One day Mr. Stinky Pants drove his big
garbage truck. Mr. Stinky Pants was very upset because he lost his
socks. Then Mr. Stinky Pants met a chicken and the chicken helped by
seeing who had the socks. Mr. Stinky Pants went to the farm where he
drove the garbage truck. Then Mr. Stinky Pants lost his socks again.
After searching everywhere, the lost socks were found by a Prince. The
Prince knew the socks belonged to Mr. Stinky Pants because they matched
the uniform. Mr. Stinky Pants and the Prince lived happily ever after
and had kids.