anathemad: (GSW- for the children)
Two years ago I got together a fallback list of things to do with the kids when they cry boredom. Since they have grown, and resources have changed I am updating the list. There are surprisingly little changes to be made, but always room to grow, so add your suggestions in the comments!

1. Lightsabers
2. Freeze tag
3. Board games
4. Soccer
5. Movie
6. Cook something
7. Pillow fort
8. Finger painting
9. Legos
10. Listen to music
11. Nerf wars
12. Wii
13. Scooters
14. Bikes
15. Learn about birds
16. Read books
17. Rocket blaster
18. Bowling
19. Garden
20. Puzzles
21. Dinosaur toys
22. Pool
23. Remote control cars/dino/etc.
24. Camping
25. Fireworks (seeing not playing with)
26. Zoo (go to Bronx Zoo on a Wed. when there is free admission or perhaps the Bergen Cty Zoological Society)
27. Baseball
28. Picnic
29. Hopscotch
30. Glider
31. Building blocks
32. Dress up
33. Library
34. Parks
35. Make ice cream
36. Action figures
37. Make t-shirts
38. Card games
39. Real tea party
40. Play music
41. Rock tumbler
42. Play with balls
43. Volcano
44. Watch a local Baseball game
45. Play Doh/clay
46. Make puppets
47. Painting
48. Crafts

(x-posted to my blog)
anathemad: (Silly)
Fizzy Fun

Let your child pour 1/2 cup of food grade vinegar into a large plastic bowl. Discuss with your child what they think might happen when they add baking soda to it. Will they need to mix it for them to combine? Will it change colors? Let your child spoon in <1 tbl of baking soda. Watch it fizz and bubble! If the child is old enough you can discuss the acid/base neutralization. For the younger crowd the fizzing is pretty exciting but coloring the vinegar with food coloring can make the excitement last longer. For the older preschooler you can discuss combining different colors to make new ones.

Pictures at: http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=187443
anathemad: (Silly)
Fizzy Fun

Let your child pour 1/2 cup of food grade vinegar into a large plastic bowl. Discuss with your child what they think might happen when they add baking soda to it. Will they need to mix it for them to combine? Will it change colors? Let your child spoon in <1 tbl of baking soda. Watch it fizz and bubble! If the child is old enough you can discuss the acid/base neutralization. For the younger crowd the fizzing is pretty exciting but coloring the vinegar with food coloring can make the excitement last longer. For the older preschooler you can discuss combining different colors to make new ones.

Pictures at: http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=187443
anathemad: (Silly)
Ocean in a Bottle
"Did you know that oil is actually lighter than vinegar? You can prove it by creating an Ocean in a Bottle—a great science activity for a rainy afternoon. Use a clean jar or bottle and fill it one-third of the way with white vinegar. Add several drops of blue food coloring and fill the rest of the bottle with a light-colored oil, such as mineral oil. Close the jar tightly and rock it back and forth to see the waves. Because the oil is lighter than vinegar, oil droplets float to the surface and stay there."

Idea from Martha.

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=137532
anathemad: (Silly)
Ocean in a Bottle
"Did you know that oil is actually lighter than vinegar? You can prove it by creating an Ocean in a Bottle—a great science activity for a rainy afternoon. Use a clean jar or bottle and fill it one-third of the way with white vinegar. Add several drops of blue food coloring and fill the rest of the bottle with a light-colored oil, such as mineral oil. Close the jar tightly and rock it back and forth to see the waves. Because the oil is lighter than vinegar, oil droplets float to the surface and stay there."

Idea from Martha.

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=137532
anathemad: (Silly)
Fireworks in a glass
requires:
a glass or jar
two small cups or bowls
water
food coloring
oil
toothpicks or spoons

Filled the glass with cold water. Put a bit of oil (tsp?) in each cup. Added a few drops of one food coloring to one bowl, and a different color to the other. Mix em up using the toothpicks. Pour into the glass of water.

Watch as the oil floats to the top of the glass and all the little puddles of it combine together to make one big slick at the top. Then keep a careful eye out and watch as the food coloring seperates from the oil creating upside down "fireworks" in the glass. Guess which color will hit the bottom first. Watch as the two different colors combine in the water and discuss how different colors combine to make new colors.

In older kids, discuss the different properties of oil vs. water. Retry with different tempture of water to see if it effects the timing to seperate the oil/food coloring. Vary with different kinds of oil as well.

I have started posting pictures to my moblog to go along with these posts. I updated the last two to include some as well

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=135566
anathemad: (Silly)
Fireworks in a glass
requires:
a glass or jar
two small cups or bowls
water
food coloring
oil
toothpicks or spoons

Filled the glass with cold water. Put a bit of oil (tsp?) in each cup. Added a few drops of one food coloring to one bowl, and a different color to the other. Mix em up using the toothpicks. Pour into the glass of water.

Watch as the oil floats to the top of the glass and all the little puddles of it combine together to make one big slick at the top. Then keep a careful eye out and watch as the food coloring seperates from the oil creating upside down "fireworks" in the glass. Guess which color will hit the bottom first. Watch as the two different colors combine in the water and discuss how different colors combine to make new colors.

In older kids, discuss the different properties of oil vs. water. Retry with different tempture of water to see if it effects the timing to seperate the oil/food coloring. Vary with different kinds of oil as well.

I have started posting pictures to my moblog to go along with these posts. I updated the last two to include some as well

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=135566
anathemad: (Pisces Energy)
Ben is crazy about dinosaurs, and we have also been learning a lot about plants since spring is coming (growing carrots in a cup and peppers in egg cartons), so I decided to get a "Dinosaur Plant" to cross the two. They can be found at http://www.dunecraft.com/products/dinosaur_plant.htm however I just bought ours at the local Learning Express.

We practiced fine motor skills, by Ben using his safety scissors to open the packages. Then discussed the properties of the plant, lava rocks, and then turned the discussion to which dinosaurs ate plants.

Not being a botonist I am having trouble figuring out exactly which one of the resurrection plants this is. I think I have narrowed it down to L. clavatum, Selaginella lepidophylla, Anastatica hierochuntica, or dontospermum pygmaeum. Oh well. Perhaps google or my highly educated friends will enlighten me.

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=135548
anathemad: (Pisces Energy)
Ben is crazy about dinosaurs, and we have also been learning a lot about plants since spring is coming (growing carrots in a cup and peppers in egg cartons), so I decided to get a "Dinosaur Plant" to cross the two. They can be found at http://www.dunecraft.com/products/dinosaur_plant.htm however I just bought ours at the local Learning Express.

We practiced fine motor skills, by Ben using his safety scissors to open the packages. Then discussed the properties of the plant, lava rocks, and then turned the discussion to which dinosaurs ate plants.

Not being a botonist I am having trouble figuring out exactly which one of the resurrection plants this is. I think I have narrowed it down to L. clavatum, Selaginella lepidophylla, Anastatica hierochuntica, or dontospermum pygmaeum. Oh well. Perhaps google or my highly educated friends will enlighten me.

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=135548
anathemad: (Silly)
I have been getting a lot of requests from other parents to share some of the ideas/crafts/fun stuff I do with my kids. So as they occur to me I will post them under kid ideas. I will do my best to tag them, and they will all be available in my memories as well.

I went on to http://www.nickjr.com and printed out some stuff for the Wonder Pets (Ben's newest obsession). Then I used business card magnets to attach the pictures I printed - cut them out into the appropriate shapes, and now he has Wonder Pet magnets. To make them more durable you can use clear contact paper to put over the top, but since I don't have any in the house I used Glad Press and Seal wrap. The kids can still peal it apart pretty easy, but it will help protect it from a little bit of moist fingers. Alternatively you can print them out on sticker sheets.

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=135546
anathemad: (Silly)
I have been getting a lot of requests from other parents to share some of the ideas/crafts/fun stuff I do with my kids. So as they occur to me I will post them under kid ideas. I will do my best to tag them, and they will all be available in my memories as well.

I went on to http://www.nickjr.com and printed out some stuff for the Wonder Pets (Ben's newest obsession). Then I used business card magnets to attach the pictures I printed - cut them out into the appropriate shapes, and now he has Wonder Pet magnets. To make them more durable you can use clear contact paper to put over the top, but since I don't have any in the house I used Glad Press and Seal wrap. The kids can still peal it apart pretty easy, but it will help protect it from a little bit of moist fingers. Alternatively you can print them out on sticker sheets.

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=135546

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