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Fun with Snow inside

Lately the temperatures have been so cold, we haven’t been outside much at all.  Here are some ideas to do with snow when it is too cold to go out.

* Indoor snowball fight with white socks

* Snow sculpture contest.  Who can make the biggest sculpture? Silliest? Most creative?

* Bring snow inside in a bowl and do some creative play.  Have a cookie shop and use cookie cutters and sprinkles.  Have a snowcone shop and put some flavoring (kool aid or tang work well) on it, sculpt the snow into some animals and pretend it is a zoo, add dolls or small cars to it for another fun adventure.

* See how long it takes the snow to melt in different places.  One container next to a heating vent, one outside, and one on the kitchen counter.

* Measure it in a variety of tubs, which one holds the most/least snow?

* Have a relay race dressing up with layers of clothes.  Who can put on the most and not fall over?

What are your favorite things to do with snow?

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Family Fun Friday-Candy

With our plethora of Halloween candy I thought it would be appropriate to do a night involving candy!  Tonight we will be indulging in candy.  Here are some activities we will be doing.

Playing Candy Land

I will set up an estimation jar with M&M’s in it.  Guess how many are in the jar.

My daughter guessed 13 and laughed when my son said 200. There were 183. Maybe she needs more work on estimation!

Charades with acting out a type of candy.

Guess the candy bar.  We will sample some and see if we can guess what it is.

What I learned from this was my kids are serious unaware of the names of candy bars. Maybe because they have mostly eaten M&M's. I have a feeling after we go through the candy bag, that will change.

Candy experiments.

1. Putting candy on a foil lined cookie sheet to see what will melt and what will not.

We guessed all the chocolate would melt, and my daughter also guessed the sweet tart would as well.

Suprisingly the sweet tart melted, but the tootsie roll was the fastest. Hmmm.

2. See which candy bars sink and which ones float.

The only thing that floated was a 3 Musketeers, since it has marshmallows and they let it air, it floated.

Measuring with skittles.

Sensory Tub

I am convinced my kids are still young enough to enjoy sensory bins!  At 6 and 5 they still love them.  For a fun Halloween bin I put dried beans, balls that look like eye balls (my son LOVED this!), orange lentils, spider rings and acorns into a giant bin and let them explore.  I also added measuring cups, spoons and bowls.  My kids liked to pretend they were making spider soup and other disgusting interesting things.  Happy Playing!

Ayla made a cupcake shop while Isaiah mixed secret stew!

Most, Least, and Equal

It was a warm day so the I let my daughter and niece fill up different jugs to compare which one has the most, least, and if there were any equal.  I filled up the water table and gave them different containers.  They loved this and had a good time deciding which one had most, least, etc.  This would also be fun in the bathtub!

Sweet Tooth

My kids have a sweet tooth and I have to say they get it honestly!  They love science experiments too so I picked up a sugar science experiment present for them as something to do after school together some days.  I highly recommend it.  I think I paid $7 for it, since I used a 40% off coupon at Michaels, but we have enjoyed it.  We did a taste test of bitter, salty, sweet and sour.  We made rock candy and then flavored sugar (think pixie sticks).  We’ve limited ourselves to one each day, and have really loved it!

Plastic Bag Experiment

I decided to WOW my kids today….needless to say, my oldest wasn’t impressed.  Oh well we had a lot of fun doing this experiment.  It is quick and easy and you should have all the supplies on hand.

Get a sandwich ziplock baggie and fill it halfway with water, seal.  Now prepare to be amazed!  Have your kids poke a pencil through the baggie and notice how it doesn’t leak!  It worked great, but my son declared, “Of course it did Mommy, the pencil is the plug.”  Okay, but my daughter enjoyed this…so much that by the time I got the picture she had taken out the pencil to try again and water went everywhere!  Have fun playing:)

All That Candy

I thought Halloween was crazy, but Easter turned out to be just as bad with the candy.  Our kids are loving it, but I have been trying to get rid of it and use it up.  Here are some ideas to do with your candy.

* Counting, sorting, graphing, writing numbers for how many of each kind.

* Blind taste test and see if you can describe the candy you are given.

* Cook with it: Add the candy to your favorite recipies.

* Fill a pinata

* Donate it to a shelter/church/school

* Mix it: Make up your own kind of new candy by mixing several together

* Dissolve it in water and see what happens: works well with Jelly beans and M&M’s.

* Put it in the sun: see which one melts fastest.

* S’mores: Use the peeps and any chocolate candy with the graham crackers

* Gluing: Make a candy picture…you need glue and any kind of candy, sampling allowed.

* Measuring: How many candy bars fit into the bucket?

*Weighing: How many jelly beans does it take to weigh the same as 1 cadbury egg?

* Toss: Jelly bean toss into a bucket.

* Race: Blow M&M’s across the finish line with a straw.

* Character Making: use the candy to make your child’s favorite super hero, animal , etc.

St. Patricks Day Food

Here is what we are planning for food on St. Patrick’s Day:

* Rainbow cupcakes

Make a white cake according to the box.  Separate the batter into 6 equal bowls. Make each bowl a different color with food coloring, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet one to each bowl.  Place spoonfuls of batter into the cupcake liner and fill 1/2 full.  Bake and frost!

* Shamrock Shakes

2 cups vanilla ice cream

1/2 cup milk

1/4 t mint extract

8 drops green food coloring

* Green Food: add food coloring to cereal milk, pancakes, eggs, mashed potatoes, etc.

Isaiah told me at dinner, he thought he didn't like green milk as much as white...hmmm

* For adults: Bailey’s Cake.  This is fabulous! I omit the nuts.

BAILEY’S IRISH CREAM CAKE
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1 c. nuts
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 (3 oz.) pkg. Jello instant vanilla pudding
4 eggs
1/2 c. cold water
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. Bailey’s Irish Cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a tube or bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts on the bottom of pan. Combine the rest of the ingredients. Pour over nuts. Bake 1 hour. Cool cake completely. Prick cake and pour glaze over top and sides.
GLAZE:
1 stick butter
1/4 c. water
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. Bailey’s Irish Cream
Melt butter. Stir in water and sugar. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. REMOVE from heat. Stir in Bailey’s Irish Cream.Note: If using cake mix which includes pudding, omit pudding from recipe, decrease eggs to 3, and decrease oil to 1/3 cup. 

Easy Science Experiment

This is super quick and easy to do.  You need an apple, and orange, and orange juice (can be from the orange).  Cut 3 thin slices of apples and put them on separate plates.  Leave on plain, cover one most of the way with an orange slice (leave a little showing), and then pour orange juice and over the other slice.  Wait about 2 hours and see how the orange juice protects the apples from getting brown.  The kids were amazed!  Caution: Don’t wait to long to check the apples.  Happy learning and experimenting!

 

Blowing Bubbles

Isaiah loves to do experiments and games lately, so we did some bubble blowing at our house.  It is a quick and easy fun thing to do inside on a cold day.  Get a large bowl, add a tablespoon of dishsoap to it, then add 1/4 cup water and give them a straw to blow bubbles.  It is a good idea to practice blowing and NOT sucking on the straw.  We have done races with blowing through a straw and other activities so the kids knew how to do this.  No one got any soap, hooray!  We did this several times throughout the day and then again over the next couple of days.