Sunday, October 30, 2016

Erupting Pumpkins Adventure

Erupting Pumpkins!

At our art play group (which I never take pictures of, but really need to) we tried egg carton volcanoes and all the kids LOVED it.  Usually about half the kids are into the activity and the other half would perfer to play, but that really held their attention so when I found this pumpkin version over at I got the idea from science4superheroes, I knew I had to try it!

You'll need:
  • A couple small pumpkins, we used the ones we got from Zander's field trip
  • Baking soda (I used 1/4 cup per pumpkin, but your milage could vary depending on the size of your pumpkin)
  • Dish soap (just a couple drops)
  • Condiment bottles (keep in mind the size of the pumpkin when filling your bottles.  Your toddler will want to squeeze every last drop and if you start with too much you'll end up with a bigger mess)
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring (optional, but awesome)
  • I used art trays and a cookie sheet to contain the mess

Zander has painted many a pumpkin this Halloween season, but he hasn't really explored pumpkins yet.  First we started with looking at the pumpkin then feeling the insides.

He wasn't too into feeling the inside of the pumpkin, but did enjoy putting the lid on and off.

 Next I poured a quarter cup of baking soda and a couple drops of dish soap into a carved out pumpkin.

Then I put some vinegar in a condiment bottle and added some food coloring for effect.  Zander really enjoyed squeezing the color into the pumpkin and watching it explode!

Pete came over to check out what we were doing and got in on the exploding action!

And of course, what toddler could resist dunking his hand into the fizzy colorful mess!

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Potato Mix Adventures

Sometimes it's easy to forget that kids like the simplest things.  Take our latest adventure.  It was just fun with a box of potato mix.

Pete was super surprized when I came home from the store with boxed mashed potatoes (I'm not usually one to use mixes), but then was disappointed to learn that it was not food.  It was for an activity.  But, Zander LOVED the activity!

At first he loved seeing the flakes flying in the wind.  After he'd done that for a bit, we added some water to make it like clay.  He really enjoyed destroying shapes and smashing the potato clay.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Deck Table Assembly Adventures

Zander loves to copy his Daddy.  Pete was assembling our deck table, and Zander wanted to get in on the action!  Here's a few pictures of Zander's Deck Table Assembly Adventure.

Humm, this little thing fits in these holes.  

This is your glove.

I guess it's mine now.

This bigger one fits in too!

Still having fun.

They took away my screwdriver!!!!  How could they!!!!???

Enjoying snacks with a friend on the completed table.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Gender Reveal Adventure

It's offical.  Zander is going to be a big brother in August.  We hosted a gender reveal party for our family/friends/neighbors.  I'm pretty proud of how the event turned out.  It was a bee theme so we served everything that was, in some way, yellow or bee themed

BarBEEque Pulled Pork
BarBEEque Beans
BarBEEque Meatballs

Potato Salad
Corn and Black Bean Salad

Carmel Cheesecake Stingers
Lemon Squares
Honeycomb Cereal
Pineapple and Blackberry Skewers

Honey Lemonade

I think that from now on a big bowl of Honeycomb cereal will be a staple at kid events around here.  Let's just say that it was a hit with the under 5 crowd.

And of course, a cake.  I managed to get it into a honeycomb shape.

I took a few pictures of the dessert table, but only a partial one of the rest of the food.  Ah well.  It looked nice, I promise.

The reveal itself was via pinata.  Unfortunately we did this a couple weeks ago and it was a little cold out so we had to do it all inside.  Luckily, that's why we have a basement!

Yup, that's blue candy you see.  It'll be another boy!   Zander wanted to horde all the ball-shaped candy.  He didn't realize that it was candy.  He kept trying to throw and bounce them.

The due date is August 20th.  We are so excited to add another member to Team Amundson!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Coomer Farm Adventure

It's the spring again and Team Amundson has emerged from hibernation.  You'll see in the pictures that little Z is not so little anymore.  Well, he's still little, just not AS little as the previous post.

Last weekend we went to an open house at Coomer Farm.  Everyone was super nice and Zander loved seeing all the animals.

He got to pet a horse and a baby chick.  He loves El Pollito Pio's song "Pio Pio" (the joys of having a Spanish-speaking au pair includes Spanish kids' songs).  Pollito means little chicken so petting a little chicken was super cool for him.

We also got to see some pigs, a cow, a big turkey and a very spunky little goat.

I thought it was super cool that Coomer Farm had an open house.  It was nice to see all the animals!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt Adventure

We went over to West Park in Carmel for their Easter Egg hunt.  Karen (our au pair) came along too for the cultural experience.  Zander waited mostly patiently for his turn to hunt/scramble for eggs.  While we were waiting we went to check out the Easter Bunny.  Let's just say that Zander was not impressed.

That Easter Bunny is big and SCARY!

Karen with Zander and the Easter Bunny
We went to play on the park equipment and then got a nice banana as a snack.  Zander liked that better than the Easter Bunny.

There were several fields with eggs layed out (for different age brackets).  Zander and Daddy wandered the rest of the park while Karen and I held his spot.

Waiting for time to hunt

Then it was time for the hunt/scramble.

Look at them thar eggs!

I got one!

Humm...what is it?

I shall put it in my basket!

And more eggs!

Zander wasn't allowed the candy inside the eggs so we gave it to Karen instead.  More cultural exchange.

All in all, our first Easter Egg Hunt was a success.  As long as that scary bunny stays away!