Thursday, June 11, 2020

Homemade Silly Putty

1 cup of cornstarch
1/2–1 cup clear liquid soap (Method hand soap works best*
Food coloring or gel colors
A small bowl and spoon for mixing
Add the cornstarch and 1/2 cup liquid soap (use the lesser amount to start with) into a medium-sized bowl and mix.
Add a couple drops of food coloring and mix. Add a little more color if desired (you shouldn’t need a lot.)
Mix the ingredients together with the spoon until it is too hard to mix, then use your fingers.
Add more soap if it’s dry. Low humidity in the air will cause you to need more soap.
When your silly putty is moldable and a bit slimy, but no longer sticks to your fingers, it’s ready!

Monday, June 8, 2020

M & M Rainbow Science!

 To make an M&M science rainbow, you will need the following materials:

  • M&Ms
  • Plate
  • Water
Start by putting some M&Ms onto a plate.

Then arrange the M&Ms in a large circle at the outside edge of the plate.

The next step is to gently add enough water to the middle of the plate until the water is touching all of the M&Ms. Be careful not to add the water too roughly or it will cause some of the M&Ms to move out of the circle.

Then just watch. Over the next few minutes, a beautiful rainbow will form right before your eyes!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Solar S'Mores!

This is not only a tasty treat, but it’s a fun experiment, too.  Grab your kids and supplies and have fun making Solar S’mores together! 

solar smores

  • Cardboard box
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallow
  • Chocolate bar
1)  Line the inside of a cardboard box with foil.
2)  Place the chocolate bar and marshmallow on top of the graham cracker.  Cover the top with plastic wrap and tape it down.  Try to move the box carefully or the marshmallows will fall off!
3)  Place the box in the sunshine for one-half to two hours (depending on the temperature outside and how direct the sunlight). 
4)  Allow your child to feel how hot the box is and see the effect of the sun on the chocolate and marshmallows.  Then, eat your Solar S’mores snack!
Thanks to Motherhood on a Dime blog for the yummy idea!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sunography Prints

Here is a fun activity to try outside on a sunny day-make sun prints! You can use sunography paper (which you would have to buy) or you can try a dark color construction paper. Choose a few objects that won't blow away and leave them out in the sun until you have a nice print!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

On the next sunny day, try this idea if you have a baby pool and it's still too cold to fill it with water!
Make it a cozy place to read, write, draw, or have snacks!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Here is a fun idea for you to try while you are at home!
All you need is a rock or two, a few leaves and some paint.
Paint one side of a leaf and then press the painted leaf onto one side
of your rock.
Let it dry and you have beautiful leaf print rocks!

Friday, May 8, 2020

Hi Explorers! 
Here is another hunt you can go on outside in your yard or in 
an outdoor space near where you live.
If you have a printer click on the picture and you can take it with you.
Or you can copy what you see and then go creature hunting!