Mitten Contractions

Perfect for a snowy day…I saw this on Teachers Pay Teachers and figured I could just draw one myself.  Simon hasn’t done a lot of seat work lately so I figured this was a fun way to get him doing some “work” without working too hard.  He seemed to like it, had a little trouble figuring out that each pair was supposed to be a different color to start with.  I think I will use the concept for other things.  Endless possibilities of matching things I think.

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Soap Foam and other sensory goopy fun

Monday while we waited for the weather to do whatever it was supposed to do we had some fun with soap foam and goop.  We made dino goop in the morning with cornstarch and shampoo, about equal parts, but you really just stir til it looks like you want it to.  We stuck dinosaurs in the goop and squished it around.  Our shampoo was a nice lavender mint scent so that made it a multi sensory experience.

While searching for more uses for our new liquid watercolors I got the recipe for the soap foam from here: http://www.funathomewithkids.com/2013/08/rainbow-soap-foam-bubbles-sensory-play.html

It’s not like it’s rocket science to blend up soap and water but I never thought of it before. I was using my Kitchen Aid mixer and I would say you do not need to use full speed if using a big stand mixer. I used Seventh Generation soap for one batch and Target brand green Dawn knockoff for another batch.  I added the cornstarch, but I would add less next time as I think it made it a little too thick.  We put it in a big bin and added some sea animals to play with.  They both thought it was really neat to start with but soon lost interest.  I then gave Owen some scoops and containers and he started “cooking” up a storm.  I overheard him talking about all the ingredients we normally use to bake with.

I will say it was surprisingly hard to wash off all the things that were covered with the soap foam…after all what exactly does one use to wash off dishwashing soap??  We ended up putting the box in the tub and letting Owen take a bubble bath with the leftovers that wouldn’t go down the drain.photo 2

Ch Ch Ch Chia

I spilled a bunch of chia seeds trying to get them from the bag to a jar.  Instead of throw them away (gasp!) I had the boys fill some clear cups with dirt, put some fun face stickers on them and we “planted” the seeds.  I put that in quotes because we threw the seeds onto the dirt, shuffled them around a bit, added some water and put them on the window sill.  A few days later, voila…chia hair!

chiaOn a related note, if you are not aware of the wonder of chia seeds as food, please check them out…so nutritious and they add a fun texture to things.  http://wellnessmama.com/4981/uses-for-chia-seeds/