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Space Unit Homework Project

A few weeks ago our family had homework assigned to us by Cutie Pie’s UPK teacher. As it was during their unit on space, we had to make a planet together. Cutie Pie came up with a name for our planet almost immediately. After much discussion about how to physically make the planet itself, we decided to make a paper mâché ball as a base. We then discussed the color(s) our planet had to be and how exactly to achieve the final look that Cutie Pie most desired.

As you can see in the collage below, our planet was mostly painted brown. The boys did great painting almost every square millimeter with a little assistance from Hubby!

This is when we all got sick with the stomach bug. But it turned out to provide ample time for the planet to dry well! During our illness we managed to talk a little more about the details of the planet. We decided we needed some felt – tan and green, some thread and some people. We had played with Paper City before and quickly decided the people would work perfectly! As you can see in the final picture, Cutie Pie decided the people also needed a bike and car.
Once we were all healthy, we attached our green island, people and vehicles after Hubby applied a few maroon-ish swirls and created a sign (which I couldn’t get to one out clearly in a pic) which stated the name of the planet…
Maple Syrup Planet

Maple Syrup Planet turned out exactly as Cutie Pie had hoped and it was so fun to create together!

I would like to encourage you to work on a project as a family. Working together to achieve a specific result after determining the details and process to work by definitely has its benefits! (science, fine motor, coordination, process, creativity, fun!)

What have you worked on lately with your kiddos?

 

Making letters

We were playing with the Boomwhackers a few days ago when Sweet Pea stopped making music with them, then suddenly ran into the other room. I followed and saw him laying them out ‘making letters’! I was so impressed and stood watching for a few minutes before running to grab my camera!
As he created each letter he told me what he was making!
All this time I was thinking he just wasn’t ‘getting’ letters!
He had me fooled, don’t you think?

With this last one he said “This is a T for Tricia and that is you!” Lovin’ it!

 

Making letters

We were playing with the Boomwhackers a few days ago when Sweet Pea stopped making music with them, then suddenly ran into the other room. I followed and saw him laying them out ‘making letters’! I was so impressed and stood watching for a few minutes before running to grab my camera!
As he created each letter he told me what he was making!
All this time I was thinking he just wasn’t ‘getting’ letters!
He had me fooled, don’t you think?

With this last one he said “This is a T for Tricia and that is you!” Lovin’ it!

 

Judging Mommy

I wanted to wait until Easter was over to post this, partly so when I re-read it there wouldn’t be any Easter candy left to tempt me because just remembering this morning makes me want some!

Free Stock Images - Easter series - candy 7
© Photographer Elizabeth Ponticello | Agency: Dreamstime.com
Mrs. Cashier, please don’t judge me as a mom. Do you know what my morning has been like? Yes, you may have kids or grandkids, and you probably had a morning like mine before. However, that doesn’t mean I need your advice.

Please don’t say “Oh great, I get the crying, screaming one” in a regular conversation voice with the person checking out in front of me. I can hear you. I already feel bad as a mom having carted this screaming, crying child past all of the Easter candy displays that the grocery store has ‘conveniently’ placed so that my child cannot turn his head without seeing some and wanting it! And believe me, I understand this strategic placement of candy is not your fault, so I won’t judge you for it, OK?

Does anyone else ever feel judged by the grocery cashier? (Even when it’s not Easter candy season?!)

Judging Mommy

I wanted to wait until Easter was over to post this, partly so when I re-read it there wouldn’t be any Easter candy left to tempt me because just remembering this morning makes me want some!

Free Stock Images - Easter series - candy 7
© Photographer Elizabeth Ponticello | Agency: Dreamstime.com
Mrs. Cashier, please don’t judge me as a mom. Do you know what my morning has been like? Yes, you may have kids or grandkids, and you probably had a morning like mine before. However, that doesn’t mean I need your advice.

Please don’t say “Oh great, I get the crying, screaming one” in a regular conversation voice with the person checking out in front of me. I can hear you. I already feel bad as a mom having carted this screaming, crying child past all of the Easter candy displays that the grocery store has ‘conveniently’ placed so that my child cannot turn his head without seeing some and wanting it! And believe me, I understand this strategic placement of candy is not your fault, so I won’t judge you for it, OK?

Does anyone else ever feel judged by the grocery cashier? (Even when it’s not Easter candy season?!)

Color sorting

 In addition to Sweet Pea’s latest obsession of changing into his PJs and then changing them as often as he can throughout the day, he’s also taken up sorting things. Mostly he sorts objects by color, and I’ll find little piles that he leaves behind when he plays. Sometimes he comes back and counts them with me, which is always fun to do together!

Just for fun I left the colored blocks out one morning, hoping to catch him in the act, but it was almost like he knew what I was doing and never played with them! Little stinker! 

Color sorting

 In addition to Sweet Pea’s latest obsession of changing into his PJs and then changing them as often as he can throughout the day, he’s also taken up sorting things. Mostly he sorts objects by color, and I’ll find little piles that he leaves behind when he plays. Sometimes he comes back and counts them with me, which is always fun to do together!

Just for fun I left the colored blocks out one morning, hoping to catch him in the act, but it was almost like he knew what I was doing and never played with them! Little stinker! 

Getting Dressed

For the past several days Sweet Pea, my 3 year old, has been repeatedly going up to his room, getting into his clothes drawers and changing into his pajamas on his own. I mean, repeatedly, like 10 times throughout the day! He’s getting very good at putting pants and shirts on.

Now if I can only get him to figure out how to put socks and shoes on by himself I think we’d be doing great!

Getting Dressed

For the past several days Sweet Pea, my 3 year old, has been repeatedly going up to his room, getting into his clothes drawers and changing into his pajamas on his own. I mean, repeatedly, like 10 times throughout the day! He’s getting very good at putting pants and shirts on.

Now if I can only get him to figure out how to put socks and shoes on by himself I think we’d be doing great!

Chinese Spouting Bowl

Visiting the Rochester Museum and Science Center on a Saturday afternoon is much more crowded, but they have hands on science activities which make it even more fun!
Have you ever heard of a Chinese Spouting Bowl? We hadn’t until a recent Saturday visit to RMSC. The limited knowledge we have about this (simply from not educating ourselves more since our visit) is that the Chinese believe this bowl has healing powers. The Teacher’s Source says this about the Chinese Spouting Bowl: 

The Chinese Spouting Bowl first appeared in the Han Dynasty (202 BC – AD 9) Four “Han” dragons or fish can be seen in the bottom of the basin, spraying streams of water up the sides of the bowl. It is said that long ago the bowl was a kind of plaything for nobles, gifted scholars, and socialites in the Ming Dynasty. It was believed to foster happiness, prolong life, and increase strength.

Hubby was the first to try this. Simply wet your hands then rub them along the handle on either side, we were told. Hubby did and he made the bowl vibrate in such a way that sent ripples across the water and then the water actually spouted up along the side of the bowl! You could also hear a ringing from the vibration. It was really neat.
 Sweet Pea thought Hubby was having such a good time that he decided to try it too. He had a hard time coordinating both hands at the same time, but managed to make vibrations on one side.

 He tried it several times and was concentrating so hard! Cutie Pie decided not to try it, but I did. It was an experience that is just hard to describe. I can’t say I felt healed, but I definitely felt vibrations up my arms and it made me giggle!

I just had to tag this post along with the Wet experiments that I shared last week for the letter W, it just seemed to fit! The explanation found on The Teacher’s Source is quite interesting and I encourage you to check it out if this interests you. I can’t wait to get to try the Chinese Spouting Bowl again!

Chinese Spouting Bowl

Visiting the Rochester Museum and Science Center on a Saturday afternoon is much more crowded, but they have hands on science activities which make it even more fun!
Have you ever heard of a Chinese Spouting Bowl? We hadn’t until a recent Saturday visit to RMSC. The limited knowledge we have about this (simply from not educating ourselves more since our visit) is that the Chinese believe this bowl has healing powers. The Teacher’s Source says this about the Chinese Spouting Bowl: 

The Chinese Spouting Bowl first appeared in the Han Dynasty (202 BC – AD 9) Four “Han” dragons or fish can be seen in the bottom of the basin, spraying streams of water up the sides of the bowl. It is said that long ago the bowl was a kind of plaything for nobles, gifted scholars, and socialites in the Ming Dynasty. It was believed to foster happiness, prolong life, and increase strength.

Hubby was the first to try this. Simply wet your hands then rub them along the handle on either side, we were told. Hubby did and he made the bowl vibrate in such a way that sent ripples across the water and then the water actually spouted up along the side of the bowl! You could also hear a ringing from the vibration. It was really neat.
 Sweet Pea thought Hubby was having such a good time that he decided to try it too. He had a hard time coordinating both hands at the same time, but managed to make vibrations on one side.

 He tried it several times and was concentrating so hard! Cutie Pie decided not to try it, but I did. It was an experience that is just hard to describe. I can’t say I felt healed, but I definitely felt vibrations up my arms and it made me giggle!

I just had to tag this post along with the Wet experiments that I shared last week for the letter W, it just seemed to fit! The explanation found on The Teacher’s Source is quite interesting and I encourage you to check it out if this interests you. I can’t wait to get to try the Chinese Spouting Bowl again!

5 Minutes for Mom Blog Party 2012

Have you ever been to a blog party? I have! Last year I found so many blogs that interested me all basically in one place – at 5 Minutes for Mom! There were oodles of prizes to win, too! I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t already begun partying!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

I’m Tricia, mom to 2 boys who love science – dinosaurs, experiments, construction – and discovering how things work – like cars and trains! I’m also the very lucky wife to an amazing husband. I honestly have no idea why he chose me, but I’m so thankful he did! I love being married to him and raising our boys together! In fact, this summer we celebrate 19 years of marriage! Hard to believe it’s gone by so quickly.

I like to blog about the experiences my boys and I have together every day, mainly the learning they are doing through science experiments and how they are learning the alphabet (probably will move on to learning how to read or something like that after they master the alphabet, but hopefully will keep blogging about science for a while!)
Join me as I party along…head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom and check out the prizes and discover some new blogs too!

Dive to the Bottom Experiment

 Another experiment my boys loved from Awesome Ocean Science was Dive to the Bottom. I swear, this is such a great book. The instructions are simple and everything is explained in terms my boys understand! I love it! (And no, I’m not being paid to say that!) It’s also all about water, which seemed to be our theme for letter W week! Through this experiment my boys used coordination, followed directions and hypothesized (used scientific thinking!)

Materials:
2 drinking glasses
fresh water
salt
food coloring
eyedropper

Experiment instructions:
  • Fill the drinking glass half way with water. 
  • In another glass mix 1 tbsp salt, 1/4C water and several drops of food coloring.
  • Use the eye dropper to add a few drops of the salt water mixture to the fresh water, a few drops at a time.
Cutie Pie thought the fresh water would simply turn green. Sweet Pea thought we were making a yummy drink!
What was really happening? The salt water mixture is denser than the fresh water, so it drops to the bottom! Now, go explore what density means!
 (We did not receive compensation for sharing this experiment or book or the link provided. I am sharing this book simply because my boys are enjoying the experiments in it and I think you may, too! Please check out this book for more experiments! I really think you’ll like it!)

5 Minutes for Mom Blog Party 2012

Have you ever been to a blog party? I have! Last year I found so many blogs that interested me all basically in one place – at 5 Minutes for Mom! There were oodles of prizes to win, too! I hope you’ll check it out if you haven’t already begun partying!

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

I’m Tricia, mom to 2 boys who love science – dinosaurs, experiments, construction – and discovering how things work – like cars and trains! I’m also the very lucky wife to an amazing husband. I honestly have no idea why he chose me, but I’m so thankful he did! I love being married to him and raising our boys together! In fact, this summer we celebrate 19 years of marriage! Hard to believe it’s gone by so quickly.

I like to blog about the experiences my boys and I have together every day, mainly the learning they are doing through science experiments and how they are learning the alphabet (probably will move on to learning how to read or something like that after they master the alphabet, but hopefully will keep blogging about science for a while!)
Join me as I party along…head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom and check out the prizes and discover some new blogs too!

Dive to the Bottom Experiment

 Another experiment my boys loved from Awesome Ocean Science was Dive to the Bottom. I swear, this is such a great book. The instructions are simple and everything is explained in terms my boys understand! I love it! (And no, I’m not being paid to say that!) It’s also all about water, which seemed to be our theme for letter W week! Through this experiment my boys used coordination, followed directions and hypothesized (used scientific thinking!)

Materials:
2 drinking glasses
fresh water
salt
food coloring
eyedropper

Experiment instructions:
  • Fill the drinking glass half way with water. 
  • In another glass mix 1 tbsp salt, 1/4C water and several drops of food coloring.
  • Use the eye dropper to add a few drops of the salt water mixture to the fresh water, a few drops at a time.
Cutie Pie thought the fresh water would simply turn green. Sweet Pea thought we were making a yummy drink!
What was really happening? The salt water mixture is denser than the fresh water, so it drops to the bottom! Now, go explore what density means!
 (We did not receive compensation for sharing this experiment or book or the link provided. I am sharing this book simply because my boys are enjoying the experiments in it and I think you may, too! Please check out this book for more experiments! I really think you’ll like it!)

Instrument Petting Zoo – Bagpipes

An instrument most people don’t get to experience, either hearing or touching, is bagpipes. I used to play the bagpipes through my junior high and high school years, but haven’t in quite a while and no longer own a set. (The picture of me playing is too awful to share!) Fortunately for us, Uncle Craig still plays. The boys had the opportunity to hear them, touch them and try them on his visit last summer.


If you’ve seen bagpipes in parades, you know they are quite loud. I know my boys don’t really take to things that are too loud, but these fascinated them, however, they still didn’t want to get too close or give them a try. Instead they examined them while either Uncle Craig or I were holding them, asked a bunch of questions, and then just danced while Uncle Craig played.

The bagpipes are a curious instrument, with a bag held under the arm, a chanter (the fingers cover or uncover the holes to create high notes as the air moves over them after passing through a reed as it is forced out due to pressure placed on the bag) and the pipes (which make the low sounds as air is forced through reeds as it is forced out due to pressure placed on the bag.)

It takes a lot of coordination to play the pipes, but not as much lung power as people usually assume. All at the same time the player is moving their fingers, managing airflow out of the bag with their arm, patterning their breathing to fill up the bag at the proper time and consistency, and listening to the pitch both of the notes from the chanter as well as the pipes leaning on their shoulders. In addition they are listening to the other pipers they are playing with, marching in time, and listening for cues from the lead piper! A good piper plays good music while also making it look easy to play the pipes!

Traditionally pipers wear a kilt in a specific tartan (which represents a clan in Scotland), a sporran (the ‘purse’ that hangs around their waist and typically carries extra reeds and other emergency supplies for the pipes and piper), brogues (shoes), and wears a balmoral on their head. Their big woolly socks are called hose and are usually adorned with garter flashes. Some pipers also wear jackets. The band I was a member of only wore our jackets in colder weather.

What instruments have you wanted to try, but haven’t had the opportunity to? Maybe, with the help of Hubby, we can highlight one for you if we haven’t already!

Instrument Petting Zoo – Bagpipes

An instrument most people don’t get to experience, either hearing or touching, is bagpipes. I used to play the bagpipes through my junior high and high school years, but haven’t in quite a while and no longer own a set. (The picture of me playing is too awful to share!) Fortunately for us, Uncle Craig still plays. The boys had the opportunity to hear them, touch them and try them on his visit last summer.


If you’ve seen bagpipes in parades, you know they are quite loud. I know my boys don’t really take to things that are too loud, but these fascinated them, however, they still didn’t want to get too close or give them a try. Instead they examined them while either Uncle Craig or I were holding them, asked a bunch of questions, and then just danced while Uncle Craig played.

The bagpipes are a curious instrument, with a bag held under the arm, a chanter (the fingers cover or uncover the holes to create high notes as the air moves over them after passing through a reed as it is forced out due to pressure placed on the bag) and the pipes (which make the low sounds as air is forced through reeds as it is forced out due to pressure placed on the bag.)

It takes a lot of coordination to play the pipes, but not as much lung power as people usually assume. All at the same time the player is moving their fingers, managing airflow out of the bag with their arm, patterning their breathing to fill up the bag at the proper time and consistency, and listening to the pitch both of the notes from the chanter as well as the pipes leaning on their shoulders. In addition they are listening to the other pipers they are playing with, marching in time, and listening for cues from the lead piper! A good piper plays good music while also making it look easy to play the pipes!

Traditionally pipers wear a kilt in a specific tartan (which represents a clan in Scotland), a sporran (the ‘purse’ that hangs around their waist and typically carries extra reeds and other emergency supplies for the pipes and piper), brogues (shoes), and wears a balmoral on their head. Their big woolly socks are called hose and are usually adorned with garter flashes. Some pipers also wear jackets. The band I was a member of only wore our jackets in colder weather.

What instruments have you wanted to try, but haven’t had the opportunity to? Maybe, with the help of Hubby, we can highlight one for you if we haven’t already!

Letter W

Stock Image - Water drop
© Photographer: Kirsty Pargeter | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Whale. Watch. Wonder. Wet. Well. Water. We. Wish.

Social/Emotional: 
library trip searching for W’s in book titles and getting books on water and the ocean
Math:
measured and poured water for experiments (also fine/gross motor)
Science:
multiple educational videos/DVDs on the ocean and ocean mammals
ocean experiments using water
Literacy:
reading about oceans, water, ocean mammals
recognizing the letter W
Art:
open-ended watercolor painting
Physical:
we went on several nature walks

Throughout W week we talked a lot about words beginning with W, having a W in them and ending in W (that was hard!) Of course, we ended up talking mostly about water, wet, whales and all the wonder of the oceans and ocean mammals! We also had so much fun with the ocean experiments found in Awesome Ocean Science! by Cindy A. Littlefield, Williamson Publishing. (As I shared yesterday, Grandpa sent the boys some books and newspaper clippings about the ocean while he was in California recently which fit right in with the letter W – water, well, whale.)

Deep water currents, upwelling and hot spots are some of the water/ocean topics we’ve explored through experiments so far and there are plenty more! I’ll only be sharing a few with you this week in hopes that maybe you’ll spur some interest in this wet topic in your kiddos!

In addition to identifying words with the letter W in them, we also talked a lot about how the letters M and W are similar and different. Finally we started holding our first three fingers up whenever we said W in the alphabet, saying the water is held in W like in cups. I don’t know if this little idea will stick with them or not, but for not they are beginning to acknowledge the difference between the two!

Letter W

Stock Image - Water drop
© Photographer: Kirsty Pargeter | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Whale. Watch. Wonder. Wet. Well. Water. We. Wish.

Social/Emotional: 
library trip searching for W’s in book titles and getting books on water and the ocean
Math:
measured and poured water for experiments (also fine/gross motor)
Science:
multiple educational videos/DVDs on the ocean and ocean mammals
ocean experiments using water
Literacy:
reading about oceans, water, ocean mammals
recognizing the letter W
Art:
open-ended watercolor painting
Physical:
we went on several nature walks

Throughout W week we talked a lot about words beginning with W, having a W in them and ending in W (that was hard!) Of course, we ended up talking mostly about water, wet, whales and all the wonder of the oceans and ocean mammals! We also had so much fun with the ocean experiments found in Awesome Ocean Science! by Cindy A. Littlefield, Williamson Publishing. (As I shared yesterday, Grandpa sent the boys some books and newspaper clippings about the ocean while he was in California recently which fit right in with the letter W – water, well, whale.)

Deep water currents, upwelling and hot spots are some of the water/ocean topics we’ve explored through experiments so far and there are plenty more! I’ll only be sharing a few with you this week in hopes that maybe you’ll spur some interest in this wet topic in your kiddos!

In addition to identifying words with the letter W in them, we also talked a lot about how the letters M and W are similar and different. Finally we started holding our first three fingers up whenever we said W in the alphabet, saying the water is held in W like in cups. I don’t know if this little idea will stick with them or not, but for not they are beginning to acknowledge the difference between the two!

Raindrop Science Experiment

Our library has science ‘kits’ that you can check out which include books, DVDs and CDs on specific topics for specific grade levels. Since Grandpa sent the boys a few books about the ocean while on his vacation Cutie Pie has been very interested in learning about the ocean and as luck would have it we found a marine mammals science kit for grades K-2 on our recent library trip! (As part of letter W week – water!)

One book, Awesome Ocean Science, particularly caught Cutie Pie’s attention because it is full of experiments! Of course we tried one the first day we had it! I would highly recommend this book for your kiddos. The experiments are explained clearly, had very clear illustrations and are written at a level kindergarteners through second graders would understand. Cutie Pie is anxious to do more experiments! For now I’ll share the experiment we tried, which is also perfect for spring because it is about raindrops!


You’ve got to try Seems Like Magic: The Water Cycle, A Day in the Life of a Raindrop.

Materials:
wide mouthed jar
hot water
ruler
plastic sandwich bag
rubber band
ice cubes

Fill the jar about 2″ with hot water for a mini tropical sea. Quickly insert the plastic bag, securing it to the top with the rubber band. Fill the bag with ice. What happens? Cutie Pie hypothesized the water from the ice would make the hot water raise up to the bottom of the bag.

Wait 15 to 20 minutes without disturbing the jar. What has happened and what is happening? You should see drops formed on the bottom of the bag. After glancing at the jar and seeing his hypothesis was incorrect, I asked Cutie Pie to hypothesize again. He thought the water would be cold from the coldness of the ice.

What really happened? “The bag of ice keeps the water vapor from leaving the jar, just as the earth’s atmosphere keeps the evaporating seawater from disappearing into space.” The condensation from the hot water rose and when it met the cold surface of the bag, it formed back into water making ‘raindrops’ which fell back to the water. You can measure the water level with your kiddos throughout this experiment to add in a math concept as well.

I think the next experiment we’ll try is Dive to the Bottom!
(Mom is the Only Girl is in no way being compensated by mentioning Awesome Ocean Science. It is simply a book that my children and I enjoy referencing for experiments.)

Raindrop Science Experiment

Our library has science ‘kits’ that you can check out which include books, DVDs and CDs on specific topics for specific grade levels. Since Grandpa sent the boys a few books about the ocean while on his vacation Cutie Pie has been very interested in learning about the ocean and as luck would have it we found a marine mammals science kit for grades K-2 on our recent library trip! (As part of letter W week – water!)

One book, Awesome Ocean Science, particularly caught Cutie Pie’s attention because it is full of experiments! Of course we tried one the first day we had it! I would highly recommend this book for your kiddos. The experiments are explained clearly, had very clear illustrations and are written at a level kindergarteners through second graders would understand. Cutie Pie is anxious to do more experiments! For now I’ll share the experiment we tried, which is also perfect for spring because it is about raindrops!


You’ve got to try Seems Like Magic: The Water Cycle, A Day in the Life of a Raindrop.

Materials:
wide mouthed jar
hot water
ruler
plastic sandwich bag
rubber band
ice cubes

Fill the jar about 2″ with hot water for a mini tropical sea. Quickly insert the plastic bag, securing it to the top with the rubber band. Fill the bag with ice. What happens? Cutie Pie hypothesized the water from the ice would make the hot water raise up to the bottom of the bag.

Wait 15 to 20 minutes without disturbing the jar. What has happened and what is happening? You should see drops formed on the bottom of the bag. After glancing at the jar and seeing his hypothesis was incorrect, I asked Cutie Pie to hypothesize again. He thought the water would be cold from the coldness of the ice.

What really happened? “The bag of ice keeps the water vapor from leaving the jar, just as the earth’s atmosphere keeps the evaporating seawater from disappearing into space.” The condensation from the hot water rose and when it met the cold surface of the bag, it formed back into water making ‘raindrops’ which fell back to the water. You can measure the water level with your kiddos throughout this experiment to add in a math concept as well.

I think the next experiment we’ll try is Dive to the Bottom!
(Mom is the Only Girl is in no way being compensated by mentioning Awesome Ocean Science. It is simply a book that my children and I enjoy referencing for experiments.)

Organizing Mission week 11

Organizing this past week has mostly been in the realm of organizing my mind as a mom. There are certain things that keep creeping into my mind – doubts, fears – about being a mom. Sometimes it’s just a little overwhelming thinking about how to achieve a little quiet time here and there to gather my thoughts in order to go on with my day. Sometimes it’s just the simple thought of “there’s got to be an easier, less stressful way to live this life as a mom!”

The Power of Moms Mind Organization Program

I’ve posted about Power of Moms organizing method before and how helpful it has been in allowing me to feel like I can spend time with my boys being focused only on them not the pile of things waiting to be done. They also offer posts about being less stressed, more focused and other mom-related topics that have helped me organize my thoughts and realize that the answers I’m looking for are way more simple than I believe!

Free Programs from the Power of Moms

This week Hubby and Cutie Pie have off for spring break, so hopefully I’ll feel recharged after spending quality fun time as a family. I encourage you this week to check out Power of Moms. Maybe something on their site will help you become a little more organized in your mind as a mom too? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

(One or more of the above links are affiliate links. I am affiliate for Power of Moms after receiving one or more products in exchange for honest reviews (previously posted). However, I continue to use their products because I honestly am benefiting from them. I am providing an honest opinion based solely on my positive experience with the products.)

Organizing Mission week 11

Organizing this past week has mostly been in the realm of organizing my mind as a mom. There are certain things that keep creeping into my mind – doubts, fears – about being a mom. Sometimes it’s just a little overwhelming thinking about how to achieve a little quiet time here and there to gather my thoughts in order to go on with my day. Sometimes it’s just the simple thought of “there’s got to be an easier, less stressful way to live this life as a mom!”

The Power of Moms Mind Organization Program

I’ve posted about Power of Moms organizing method before and how helpful it has been in allowing me to feel like I can spend time with my boys being focused only on them not the pile of things waiting to be done. They also offer posts about being less stressed, more focused and other mom-related topics that have helped me organize my thoughts and realize that the answers I’m looking for are way more simple than I believe!

Free Programs from the Power of Moms

This week Hubby and Cutie Pie have off for spring break, so hopefully I’ll feel recharged after spending quality fun time as a family. I encourage you this week to check out Power of Moms. Maybe something on their site will help you become a little more organized in your mind as a mom too? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

(One or more of the above links are affiliate links. I am affiliate for Power of Moms after receiving one or more products in exchange for honest reviews (previously posted). However, I continue to use their products because I honestly am benefiting from them. I am providing an honest opinion based solely on my positive experience with the products.)

Rainbow Cookies

I found this great idea for rainbow cookies on Red Ted Art and on a rainy day this week we had fun baking! This was a very simple recipe that contained no eggs, so I felt very comfortable letting my boys do most of the work. (Sweet Pea loves to taste batter so I try hard to bake things without eggs when I bake with him.)

Also, this recipe stated “you don’t have to be totally accurate – the cookies will still taste great and kids are still having fun in the kitchen!” Last time we baked together lots of flour got spilled and our recipe didn’t taste quite right. (They were right…the cookies tasted great – sort of like shortbread!)

I think next time we make these we’ll smoosh them together to make thicker layers with our hands rather than rolling them thin, but the kiddos really wanted to use the rolling pin and since it started with R (that was Cutie Pie’s logic) we had to use it!

Rainbow cookies on a Rainy day at the end of Rainbow week and Sweet Pea once again pointing out we had purple instead of indigo or violet (and knowing all of the other colors of the Rainbow) certainly made the end of Rainbow week a sweet success!

Rainbow Cookies

I found this great idea for rainbow cookies on Red Ted Art and on a rainy day this week we had fun baking! This was a very simple recipe that contained no eggs, so I felt very comfortable letting my boys do most of the work. (Sweet Pea loves to taste batter so I try hard to bake things without eggs when I bake with him.)

Also, this recipe stated “you don’t have to be totally accurate – the cookies will still taste great and kids are still having fun in the kitchen!” Last time we baked together lots of flour got spilled and our recipe didn’t taste quite right. (They were right…the cookies tasted great – sort of like shortbread!)

I think next time we make these we’ll smoosh them together to make thicker layers with our hands rather than rolling them thin, but the kiddos really wanted to use the rolling pin and since it started with R (that was Cutie Pie’s logic) we had to use it!

Rainbow cookies on a Rainy day at the end of Rainbow week and Sweet Pea once again pointing out we had purple instead of indigo or violet (and knowing all of the other colors of the Rainbow) certainly made the end of Rainbow week a sweet success!

Rainbow Milk

Rainbow snacks are so fun when you can eat and drink them! Today I’ll share our rainbow milk experiment, which I found at Make and Takes! It was so simple and so fun! Tomorrow I’ll share about the rainbow cookies we made!

Materials:
clear glasses
milk (or water)
tray with edges
food coloring – red, yellow, blue
stir stick

We followed Make and Takes’ directions, lining up our glasses in a row so that we could see the colors of the rainbow. You know, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet too (although we just did blue then purple!)

We poured a small amount of milk into each glass. (I knew we’d be combining these into one cup at the end, so I didn’t use too much milk in each.)

Then I put one drop of food coloring in each cup, first cup was red, then we skipped the next cup, third cup was yellow, skipped the fourth cup, fifth cup was blue. We went back and in the glasses with no coloring placed a drop each of the colors on either side. (Yellow and red made orange, yellow and blue made green, blue and red made purple.)

That’s when we could see our rainbow milk! (Sweet Pea loved this. He’s seen colors combined before, but I guess this just clicked for him!)

Finally we poured all of the colors into one glass, but we did this only a few colors at a time and Sweet Pea commented on how the color changed. Ultimately we ended up with brown milk, to which I added chocolate syrup! This made for a really yummy snack!

I just love Make and Takes! They have such great ideas! Thank you!

Rainbow Milk

Rainbow snacks are so fun when you can eat and drink them! Today I’ll share our rainbow milk experiment, which I found at Make and Takes! It was so simple and so fun! Tomorrow I’ll share about the rainbow cookies we made!

Materials:
clear glasses
milk (or water)
tray with edges
food coloring – red, yellow, blue
stir stick

We followed Make and Takes’ directions, lining up our glasses in a row so that we could see the colors of the rainbow. You know, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet too (although we just did blue then purple!)

We poured a small amount of milk into each glass. (I knew we’d be combining these into one cup at the end, so I didn’t use too much milk in each.)

Then I put one drop of food coloring in each cup, first cup was red, then we skipped the next cup, third cup was yellow, skipped the fourth cup, fifth cup was blue. We went back and in the glasses with no coloring placed a drop each of the colors on either side. (Yellow and red made orange, yellow and blue made green, blue and red made purple.)

That’s when we could see our rainbow milk! (Sweet Pea loved this. He’s seen colors combined before, but I guess this just clicked for him!)

Finally we poured all of the colors into one glass, but we did this only a few colors at a time and Sweet Pea commented on how the color changed. Ultimately we ended up with brown milk, to which I added chocolate syrup! This made for a really yummy snack!

I just love Make and Takes! They have such great ideas! Thank you!

Letter R – (almost) Wordless Wednesday

Red. Ring. Rags. Rug. Rot. Rose. Run. Rain. Rainbow.

We have done so much science this week and almost all of it Rainbow related! Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea had so much fun learning the letter Rr along the way! I hope you’ve enjoyed it so far!

We started the week just talking about words that begin with the letter R, but the boys kept coming back to colors and rainbows that it seemed natural to do whatever we could find that was fun and related to rainbows! Sweet Pea still doesn’t want to have anything to do with the actual letter of the alphabet, but he’s getting lots of letter sound recognition!

The experiments we did this week were mostly rainbow related, but some water experiments snuck in there as well because Cutie Pie was learning about animals in prekindergarten at the same time. Fortunately for us several rainbow experiments were also heavily water-based! (Monday’s Rainbow Patterns) I’ll be sharing ocean experiments in the near future!

I did find some neat Road letters that I printed and set out with some cars for Sweet Pea to play with, but he wasn’t that interested. That’s just something I’ll put out at another time to try to capture his interest.

I’m very interested in hearing what you have used when teaching your children their letters! There is so much on the internet it gets pretty confusing!

Bubble Blowing (Rainbow) Fun

With nice weather comes lots of bubble blowing and chasing around here! I found a great bubble recipe and thought I’d share in case you’re looking for one that makes great bubbles that hang around for a bit then pop with a snap! I found it on BubbleMania. Of course, you could always buy their solution, but this was so fun for Sweet Pea to help me make and they are great bubbles!
What I loved about these bubbles in addition to their longevity was that each contained a marvelous rainbow! I’ve never seen the rainbows on bubbles be this vibrant! You’ve got to include these bubbles as a really fun part of a rainbow lesson should you do one!
You’ll need:
Mixing bucket
1 gallon lukewarm distilled water
10 oz detergent (such as Dawn)
6 Tbsp (2 oz) glycerin (found in the pharmacy)
Place the lukewarm water into your mixing bucket. Very slowly stir the detergent into the water (do not make any lather, if you do discard it).
Slowly stir in the glycerin.
Let this set overnight. Then enjoy!
(I am in no way being compensated for the mention of BubbleMania or this recipe. It’s just a recipe I found that we like and I thought I’d share!)

Bubble Blowing (Rainbow) Fun

With nice weather comes lots of bubble blowing and chasing around here! I found a great bubble recipe and thought I’d share in case you’re looking for one that makes great bubbles that hang around for a bit then pop with a snap! I found it on BubbleMania. Of course, you could always buy their solution, but this was so fun for Sweet Pea to help me make and they are great bubbles!
What I loved about these bubbles in addition to their longevity was that each contained a marvelous rainbow! I’ve never seen the rainbows on bubbles be this vibrant! You’ve got to include these bubbles as a really fun part of a rainbow lesson should you do one!
You’ll need:
Mixing bucket
1 gallon lukewarm distilled water
10 oz detergent (such as Dawn)
6 Tbsp (2 oz) glycerin (found in the pharmacy)
Place the lukewarm water into your mixing bucket. Very slowly stir the detergent into the water (do not make any lather, if you do discard it).
Slowly stir in the glycerin.
Let this set overnight. Then enjoy!
(I am in no way being compensated for the mention of BubbleMania or this recipe. It’s just a recipe I found that we like and I thought I’d share!)

Rainbow Patterns and Organizing

Letter R week lends itself so well to science experiments! We had so much fun! More on letter R later this week!

Rainbow patterns are easily seen in this simple experiment.

Materials:
clear nail polish
cup filled half-way or less with water
black construction paper
flashlight
tray with edges


First, place your cup of water on the tray to catch any spills. Then place a drop of clear nail polish into the water. Dip the black paper into the water and carefully lift it out.

Look closely at the black paper. What do you see? Shine a flashlight onto it. What do you see now?

I explained to Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea the steps to this experiment. While they looked at our materials Cutie Pie hypothesized “the black paper would just get wet and fall apart.” Sweet Pea thought the water would turn black because “that’s what nail polish and water do.”

We tested their theories and found the nail polish actually floats on the water, coating the paper just enough to distort the light, which creates a rainbow!

We first experienced this experiment at Rochester Museum and Science Center about a year ago, when the boys were not interested, but Hubby and I were paying attention! I thought this was the perfect time to reintroduce it! The boys loved it when their theories were disproven, but only because the rainbows were so neat! We did this over and over! (science, coordination, colors)

As far as organizing for this past week. I’ve still been organizing my blogging thoughts (behind the scenes) trying to get some posts scheduled so I’m not quite so last minute. This has helped me a lot to feel less stressed about my blogging life and has allowed me to be a little more carefree and creative thinking of activities to do with the boys!

Rainbow Patterns and Organizing

Letter R week lends itself so well to science experiments! We had so much fun! More on letter R later this week!

Rainbow patterns are easily seen in this simple experiment.

Materials:
clear nail polish
cup filled half-way or less with water
black construction paper
flashlight
tray with edges


First, place your cup of water on the tray to catch any spills. Then place a drop of clear nail polish into the water. Dip the black paper into the water and carefully lift it out.

Look closely at the black paper. What do you see? Shine a flashlight onto it. What do you see now?

I explained to Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea the steps to this experiment. While they looked at our materials Cutie Pie hypothesized “the black paper would just get wet and fall apart.” Sweet Pea thought the water would turn black because “that’s what nail polish and water do.”

We tested their theories and found the nail polish actually floats on the water, coating the paper just enough to distort the light, which creates a rainbow!

We first experienced this experiment at Rochester Museum and Science Center about a year ago, when the boys were not interested, but Hubby and I were paying attention! I thought this was the perfect time to reintroduce it! The boys loved it when their theories were disproven, but only because the rainbows were so neat! We did this over and over! (science, coordination, colors)

As far as organizing for this past week. I’ve still been organizing my blogging thoughts (behind the scenes) trying to get some posts scheduled so I’m not quite so last minute. This has helped me a lot to feel less stressed about my blogging life and has allowed me to be a little more carefree and creative thinking of activities to do with the boys!

How to make a simple guitar

Explore guitar music by making your own guitar! 
You’ll need:
Rubber bands 
A shoebox without the lid (or some other rather small box that the rubber bands will fit around, like a kleenex box.)
Simply wrap the rubber bands around the box. 
In the area where it is open under the rubber bands, strum or pluck the rubber bands with your finger and listen to the sound. You can try experimenting with different size or widths of rubber bands. 
Do the different sizes sound different?
Homemade guitar from eHow
Homemade cigar box guitar
(Picture from link in caption)
Have you already tried this simple guitar making method or want to try something a little more elaborate?

Try here for one slightly more complex than described above or try a cigar box guitar!

There are other guitar directions on-line, check them out! Some look like a lot of fun to make and play! 
Whichever kind of guitar you make, think about the construction process, the coordination of playing the guitar, even a homemade one, the science behind the music it makes (sound waves, etc) the math behind the notes. There’s so much to learn from making your own instrument, even at a young age!

How to make a simple guitar

Explore guitar music by making your own guitar! 
You’ll need:
Rubber bands 
A shoebox without the lid (or some other rather small box that the rubber bands will fit around, like a kleenex box.)
Simply wrap the rubber bands around the box. 
In the area where it is open under the rubber bands, strum or pluck the rubber bands with your finger and listen to the sound. You can try experimenting with different size or widths of rubber bands. 
Do the different sizes sound different?
Homemade guitar from eHow
Homemade cigar box guitar
(Picture from link in caption)
Have you already tried this simple guitar making method or want to try something a little more elaborate?

Try here for one slightly more complex than described above or try a cigar box guitar!

There are other guitar directions on-line, check them out! Some look like a lot of fun to make and play! 
Whichever kind of guitar you make, think about the construction process, the coordination of playing the guitar, even a homemade one, the science behind the music it makes (sound waves, etc) the math behind the notes. There’s so much to learn from making your own instrument, even at a young age!