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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Our Yellow and Blue Make Green Christmas Trees Adventure

I've been hosting a weekly art play date and I don't know why I've not been blogging about it.  We have about 8 families, but usually around 4 or 6 kids for these activities, which is a great amount.  This week we did Baking Soda and Vinegar Christmas Trees introducing the idea that blue and yellow make green.

I think that this would be good for any age.  The kids were barely 2.5 through 3.5, but I think the moms enjoyed the color change more than the kids.  Younger toddler or even older kids would enjoy this with the older they are, the more you can go into the whole color change concept.

Props to Inspiration Laboratories for the idea!

What you need:
  • Cookie Sheet or tray to contain the mess
  • Card stock or water color paper cut into Christmas tree shape
  • Blue food coloring or liquid water color (we used blue water color)
  • Yellow paint, food coloring or liquid water color (we used yellow finger paint)
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Glitter (optional)
We started by reading Little Blue and Little Yellow, a very sweet book about a blue and yellow circle that hug until they turn green.  Not a Christmas book, but it was kind of nice to be a little not Christmas for a second!



I mixed in baking soda with my blue paint and yellow paint with the vinegar.  Before they started, I sprinkled a healthy dose of baking soda on the trees, just to make sure there was enough.


After they painted the trees blue, they added in some yellow.  This change was so cool.  The chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar was very subtle, and I think really just added a little magic to the color change.  There wasn't enough yellow in our yellow paint so I added a bit of just yellow paint on top.


Next came the glitter, which I think Zander enjoyed the most!





We also dumped the yellow and blue together at the end and saw how more blue vs yellow changed the shade a bit.  And then they found the glitter.

At the end Zander started whipping the paint brush around like he was renewing someone baptismal vows.




We've done several baking soda and vinegar activities and the kids usually seem to enjoy them.  As I mentioned a little above, this one wasn't as pronounced on the eruption, though the amount of baking soda and vinegar you use would impact this.  Ours was really more about yellow and blue make green.  I think that the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar really did help the colors mix better.  It was quite magical to see the blue go to green upon the addition of the yellow.

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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!