August 09, 2012

Mommy School in Action - part 9

We're doing the Mommy school today because tomorrow will be a Feature Friday with my mom's new pattern.  I'm excited to show it to you.  Anyhow, here's three of our hits from Mommy School this week.

1) Colored Water Travel.  This experiment was super fun.  I found it HERE.  We took three glasses and filled two with water.  The boys added blue food coloring to one and yellow to the other.

Then we placed two paper towels (still connected) into the glasses like shown, with the empty glass in the middle.

The water begins traveling up the paper towels.

In about thirty minutes you see this.  The water begins to accumulate in the middle glass, making green water.

After an hour or two you see this and another hour later all three cups were evenly filled.  Both the boys and I were pretty excited with this experiment.  We left it out so we could show it off to Mr. Roar when he got home from work.

(Tip: The first time we tried this experiment we only filled the glasses halfway full.  It didn't really work because it wasn't enough water to accumulate in the middle cup.  Be sure to fill them up to just below the top as show at the beginning.)

2) Magic Milk Paint.  We found this in our little science book we got in the bin at Target.  However, there's a better version of it HERE at Modern Parents Messy Kids (and she found it HERE) that we ended up using the second time.  You just put some milk (preferably whole) in a bowl.  Add drops of food coloring in various places.

Dip a toothpick into dish soap and then dip it into the colors.

The soap disturbs the surface tension and pushes the colors away.  My pictures don't do it justice.

The boys did lots of layers of it and then had fun swirling the toothpick around to make cool designs. 

3) Homemade Kazoos.  You definitely have all these supplies on hand.  For instructions we went HERE.  You just cover the end of a toilet paper roll with wax paper, using a rubber band to secure it.  You also need to poke a small hole in the middle of the roll.  Then use it like a kazoo.  I probably should have invested in ear plugs before this activity, but the boys loved it.

To add some additional learning, I wrote a number on a dry erase board and then had them blow their kazoos that many times.  I used smaller numbers for Baden and larger numbers for Rex.  It helped their number recognition, but I thought it was also good for them to have to "act out" the number and verbally show how many it was.  They really enjoyed it.

And that's Mommy school for this week.

- Ever wanted to make your own light switch plate?  I thought THIS was really cool.

- Would I be totally crazy if I put fake plants in the planters by my front door?  I have a gift for killing plants it seems.  What's the opposite of a green thumb?  A red thumb?  That's what I have.


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