Easy Rainbow Science with the Imagine Nation Museum

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Rainbows are always magical & amazing when they appear in the sky.  Although we can’t recreate the exact science of a rainbow in our own kitchens, it’s always fun to try.  The Imagine Nation Museum recently shared their trick with Easy Rainbow Science Fun that’s perfect for all ages trying to answer the age old question of ‘Is there an end to the rainbow?’  According to this science experiment it just keeps going & going & going…

However, before you start any science experiment, always have the kids guess what is going to happen & record it so that they can compare their thoughts to their actual discoveries at the end.

Supplies Needed:

  • Milk
  • Food Coloring (all different colors)
  • Q-tip
  • Plate
  • Dishwashing detergent

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  1. Put a layer of milk on a plate, enough to cover the bottom.
  2. Using 2-3 different colors of food coloring add a few drops of each color in different areas on top of the milk (so that none of the colors are touching each other).
  3. Dip a Q-tip in dishwashing detergent , and touch the Q-tip in the middle of the milk
  4. After a few moments the detergent will spread to the food coloring, and swirl the colors together creating a beautiful rainbow.

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Note: Be certain to tell kids that the experiment is not edible due to the dishwashing detergent used.

Real Rainbow Science Discoveries: 

  • Rainbows are kind of like an optical illusion 
  • A rainbow is formed because raindrops act like little prisms that catch the light
  • The raindrops split the light creating colors for your eyes!
  • No matter how you move, the rainbow will always be the same distance away from you

A Crafty Chinese New Year Celebrated with Easy Painted Paper Lanterns

Chinese New Year is this week. Why celebrate?  It’s filled with a lot of kid fun & it introduces us to different customs & cultures from around the world.  It’s an opportunity to take us on a journey of exploration, understanding and mind opening experiences.  Several years ago we celebrated Chinese New Year and made Chinese Lanterns for fun (well…our version of a Chinese lantern minus the candles.  So, I don’t know if technically they are really a Chinese Lantern, but none the less…they were fun & decorative to create).

The Chinese New Year, at least in ancient times, actually lasted up to 15 days and has to do with the full moon.  One fact that appears to be consistent in our research is that the Chinese New Year always ends with a Festival of Lanterns on the final day.  Here is how we decorated for our festival of lanterns to commemorate a little Chinese New Year fun.

Step 1: Google Chinese symbols and/or letters to copy.  Print them for the kids to follow along.  We’ve even tried our best to re-create our names with the chinese letters we’ve found on-line.

Step 2:  Fold a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper in half-length wise.

Step 3:  We used a ruler to mark off a line on either side of the paper (see below), which is the width of the ruler and runs length wise.

Step 4: The children then cut lines with safety scissors from the fold to the drawn line, but not past it.
Step 5: We then open the paper & lay it flat.  The kids then draw Chinese symbols on the edges.

Step 6: This particular year, they used water colors to decorate the cut lines. Step 7: We wrap them around, connect them with a staple or tape & voila – decorative Chinese New Year fun!

Added Family Fun:

1.  Google & discover they symbol of the Chinese New Year; 2014 is the year of the wooden horse.

2.  Google & discover with your Chinese symbol is based on the year and month you were born; we looked up each family member.

3.  Google & discover what 2014′s year of the wooden horse means to your chinese symbol.

Other Chinese New Year posts to check out include; Gok Jai desserts & Fortune Cookie Lunchbox Notes

 

Crafty Chinese New Year Lunchbox Note Fun Made Easy

 

paper fortune cookies for lunchbox fun Over the years I have LOVED sharing lunchbox notes with my kids & with Chinese New Year 2014 just around the corner, Friday, January 31st to be exact, I decided that this year I was sending paper fortune cookies with some well wishes to my youngest.  I have seen the fabric fortune cookies, but determined that wasn’t a project I could take on.  I needed it to be quick, easy & something that was fun, but didn’t take up hours of my time.  After a little configuring, we discovered that these are quick & easy to make.  It only took approximately 20 minutes to complete the entire project to share and we’ve even simplified it a bit to share with you complete with a free printable.

 

paper crafting for Chinese New Year Supplies Needed: 

Colorful Scrapbooking Paper

Compass or ruler with a pencil

Scissors

Tape

Stapler & staples

Pipe cleaners

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Step 1:  Draw a 4 inch circle using the compass with pencil and cut it out.

Step 2:  Cut a 4 inch piece of pipe cleaner.

 

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Step 3:  Tape the pipe cleaner down the center of the circle on the side that will ultimately be the inside of the paper fortune cookie.

Step 4: Fold the paper fortune cookie in half loosely not forming a crease at the bottom.

Step 5: Staple the very top of the folded cookie at the rounded edges.

Step 6:  Fold the fortune cookie in half to create the fortune cookie shape.

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We searched the internet for a few chinese symbols & created a free printable of notes to fill the fortune cookies for lunchbox packing fun.  The printable is at the bottom of the page, but here is what it has included on it;

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Here is the free printable to simply print & clip: fortune cookie notes

Also, check out our Gok Jai recipe for a little family fun taste testing by clicking here.

 

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This Easy Craft Creates Kid Birthday Fun

paper chain craftI don’t know who gets more excited for my kid’s birthdays; me or the kids?

My youngest’s birthday is coming up at the end of January.  Over the years we have exchanged many notes to each other; it’s been one of our little ‘things’ that I treasure and love.  So I thought this easy craft would create a little birthday fun to share with her as we counted down to her big day in a special way.

It was very inexpensive, because I used what I already had in the house.  I’m notorious for purchasing scrapbooking paper & then not ever getting to ‘it’, but will some day.  So I raided my craft stash of scrapbook papers and pull out a bunch of wintery pink and purple sheets that were decorated with mittens, snowflakes, etc.  I then cut them into strips & created a paper rings with a stapler to countdown each day until her birthday.  I then attached notes to the chain in sealed envelopes for her to discover as a surprise along they way as she counted down.  It was simple & it has been fun and it’s just a little something extra to celebrate her!

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Hot Cocoa Cones are the Perfect Recipe Combining Food & Craft for Kids to Make & Gift

hot cocoa cones Whether you are looking for an easy make & share for the upcoming classroom party or a fun craft the kids can gift to a few friends, Hot Cocoa Cones are always a great option.  We made hot cocoa cones last year for my daughter’s entire classroom & they were a hit; they are perfect for all of the snow days & school vacations in coming in our very near future.

This time of year is always busy & if you can have a little time together in the kitchen crafting with food while avoiding the oven it can be an added bonus with already hectic schedules & extra activities this time of year.

 

 

Supply list:

Holiday wrapping paper

Poster board

Scissors

Stapler & staples

Cellophane or Clear Cellophane gift bag (party supplies)

Ribbon

Instant Hot Chocolate Packets

Mini Marshmallows

Saran Wrap

Candy Canes

  1. Create a template on the poster board as seen in the photo to create the cone.  Each cone will need a poster board or brown paper bag base for stiffness. (sides are approximately 5 inches on each side with the triangular part of the cone at approximately 6 ½ inches)
  2. Trace and cut wrapping paper to fit the cone template.
  3. Staple the wrapping paper and poster board together so that the paper doesn’t shift.
  4. Roll to make the cone & staple it into form.
  5. Roll the hot chocolate packet and slide it inside of the cone.
  6. Wrap approximately a ½ cup of marshmallows in the Plastic Wrap.  I typically tie mine off with a twist tie, ribbon or tape.
  7. Place the marshmallows on top of the cone.
  8. Wrap the entire cone with cellophane so that it is one piece.  Tie the top with Ribbon.
  9. Add a holiday note & voila, your food craft gift is ready to share.

Note: One 10.5 oz. Price Chopper Bag of mini marshmallows yields 10 – 11 half cup scoops for Hot Cocoa Cone wrapping.

 

 

Family Fun for the Holidays making a Reindeer Food Holder Craft

Reindeer Food Craft Over the years we have both made & received reindeer food.  Many of the reindeer food gifts we have received contained items like glitter, etc. in the mix.  So, I morphed the concept into our own concoction to share that is both festive & eco-friendly to any critters that might partake once it’s been dusted outside to attract Santa’s Reindeer for a visit.  You can grab my Reindeer Food Recipe by clicking here.  In addition to making this fun combo, we also created an affordable Reindeer Food Holder Craft that was perfect for family fun & a great way to share this festive treat with friends.  Making the Reindeer Food Holder Craft & filling it with the Reindeer Food has made a wonderful classroom gift or just the right share with family friends.  It also has provided a fun way to sprinkle out reindeer food on Christmas Eve.

 

Reindeer Food Holder Craft Supplies Needed:

Reindeer Food

Black Marker

Black poster board or card stock

Large Paper Bag

Pencil

Red Duct Tape

Scissors

Stapler

1.  Cut one rectangular side of the bag away from the rest of the bag & lay it on a flat surface.

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2. Cut out a curved triangular shape like below (the sides equal 8 inches in length and then slightly curve/arc the top).

3. Using a black marker, add eyes towards the top of the arc.  Note: The point will end up being the nose of the reindeer.  You can also use the craft wiggly eyes if desired by attaching them with crafting glue.

4.  Roll the triangular piece of paper and staple it to create a cone shape.

5.  Add a piece of red duct tape around the point to create a rudolph nose affect.

6.  Cut two antlers out of the black card stock or poster board by creating a large ‘Y’ that is 1 1/2 – 2 inches thick.

7.  Cut out a handle form the black card stock or poster board that is approximately 10 – 12 inches long & 1 1/2 – 2 inches thick.

8.  Staple the antlers and handle in place.

9.  Fill the reindeer holder with reindeer food.  We actually wrap the reindeer food in a cellophane goody bag and tie it off with holiday colored ribbon before putting it in the holder and then open it & pour it into the holder on Christmas Eve before sprinkling it outside for Santa’s Reindeer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Thanksgiving Printable Lunch Box Joke Notes Add Family Fun to the Holiday

 

thanksgiving riddle cards cutHere’s to a little Thanksgiving lunchbox packing fun for everyone.  What is it?  We surfed the web to find Thanksgiving Riddles.  We then picked six riddles that were stumpers.  Our main test requirement to narrow down the six to share with you?  They ultimately had to make all of our test shares laugh.  We then turned them into printable lunchbox notes so that you could share them with your family.  We’ve made it super easy!  All you have to do is print them out, cut them into individual riddle cards and share them with your family.

What we’ve found?  Everyone has been enjoying them.  As we share the cards, typically everyone is stumped until the last card when they start to catch on to the humor pattern and start thinking in riddles.

All you have to do is click on the link below the picture to pull up the pdf.  The answers are below;

Thanksgiving jokes

Thanksgiving jokes

Riddle: If April Showers Brings May Flowers What do Mayflowers bring?

Answer: Pilgrims

Riddle:  When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?

Answer:  In the Dictionary

Riddle: What sound does a Turkey’s Phone make?

Answer: Wing-Wing!

Riddle: What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?

Answer: The letter ‘G’

Riddle:  What is the best thing to put Into pumpkin pie?

Answer:  Your teeth!

Riddle: When the pilgrims landed, where did they stand?

Answer:  On their feet!

IMG_1384 Check out our lunch time food art Thanksgiving fun that’s perfect any time this month or to use with left-overs the weekend after by clicking here.

 

 

 

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Lava Lamp Experiments at the Counter

We are the proud owners of a lava zebra and hot pink lava lamp.  Well, technically one of our kids is the proud owner of this little contraption.  It can be mesmerizing and has created the question on occasion, How Does a Lava Lamp Work?

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We found a great explanation at How Stuff Works? Part of the explanation reads;

In the lamp you have two liquids which are:

  • Very close in density
  • Insoluble in one another

Oil and water are insoluble in one another (that’s where the expression “oil and water don’t mix” comes from), but oil and water have very different densities (a volume of water weighs a lot more than the same volume of oil). They won’t work, so you search to find two liquids that are very close in density and are insoluble. 

Now you apply heat to the bottom of the mixture. In a liquid motion lamp, the heat usually comes from a light bulb. The heavier liquid absorbs the heat, and as it heats up, it expands. As it expands it becomes less dense. Because the liquids have very similar densities, the formerly heavier liquid is suddenly lighter than the other liquid, so it rises. As it rises, it cools, making it denser and therefore heavier, so it sinks.

This all happens in slow motion because heat absorption and dissipation are fairly slow processes, and the density changes we are discussing here are very slight.

A great explanation, but this starts to sound like the adults talking on Charlie Brown to my youngest; wah wah wah wah wah…

So, when I asked my intern to look at some science experiments recently, she discovered this one and didn’t realize at the time that it was the perfect explanation for my hands-on learner.

Our first attempt:

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We took a clean, empty plastic bottle and filled it 3/4 of the way with water.  We added blue food coloring, placed the cover on & shook it up.  Then we added some oil demonstrating that water and oil really don’t mix.  We then began to pour in salt.  As the salt pours in, it absorbs and pushes some of the oil to the bottom and then bounces back to the top.  It was a challenge to catch it in photo, but you can catch a glimpse below.

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Our Second Attempt:

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We took a clean, empty plastic bottle and filled it 3/4 of the way with water.  This time we did not add any food coloring.  We added the oil like above and then topped it off with heavy layer of glitter.  As we added the salt, it collected the glitter, pulled it to the bottom and created balls of glitter that bounced back.

IMG_0723Our Third Attempt:

We can’t wait to update this post & let you know if our idea works or not.  We will be adding a broken glow stick to the mix and will let you know if it’s successful or not.  Why haven’t we done it yet?  We have visited three different stores and have not been able to find the larger size.  We’re on the hunt & will add up our discovery as soon as we can locate the right size glow stick.