Kids love science and we are always exploring to fine new things to do with things around the house. Back in March we made Fizzing Shamrocks and since then we have been messing around to make a better mold.
Well we came up with it and had a lot of fun playing with our Magic Jello Ice Stars. They are simple to make and super fun.
All you need to do is mix about 3 tsp of jello with 1/2 cup of hot water, once the jello is dissolved then mix with about 1-2 cups of baking soda. Don't make it too thick you want it a little runny to pour into the ice trays. (We got our start ice trays from Dollar Tree)
Then let it freeze and you have your magic jello ice.
Place on a tray and make them erupt and bubble with vinegar. Once the vinegar dissolve them you will have a goop like sensory play.
NOTE: You can make them with Kool-Aid as well.
This is a fun experiment for all ages.
We love ice play be sure to check out some other fun ice things we have done.
We love doing fun and simple science experiments that tie into learning. We have been talking about weather, so I put together 3 fun weather science experiments you can do using a jar.
Make your own rain in a jar. All you need is a jar, coffee filter, rubber band, and dropper.
I placed the coffee filter over the top of the jar and put rubber band around it. Then I placed colored water in a container and let the kids use a dropper to place water on the coffee filter. Once the coffee filter absorbed the water it dripped like rain.
Here are some facts about rain that we looked up.
Rain is an important part of the water cycle. Learn how it works with our page explaining the water cycle for kids.
Rain falls from clouds in the sky in the form of water droplets, this is called precipitation.
Heavy rain can cause flooding and landslides.
Rain allows us to create electricity through hydropower.
Plants need water in order to survive, they receive much of this water from rain.
Make your own rain cloud in a jar. This experiment the kids loved. All you need is a jar, water, shaving cream and food coloring.
Fill jar 1/2 way, place shaving cream on top as the cloud, then have the kids drop colored water on the cloud and watch it.
After we did this experiment we talked about how a cloud holds water and then that is how rain is formed.
Here are some facts about clouds that we looked up.
There are a range of different types of clouds, the main types include stratus, cumulus and cirrus.
Stratus clouds are flat and featureless, appearing as layered sheets.
Cumulus clouds are puffy, like cotton floating in the sky.
Cirrus clouds are thin and wispy, appearing high in the sky.
A cloud is a large group of tiny water droplets that we can see in the air.
Rain, snow, sleet and hail falling from clouds is called precipitation.
Our last experiment was making a tornado in a jar.
I remember doing this in elementary school, so I wanted to show the kids. It's very simple we just filled the jar with colored water and then swirled it around and you get a tornado in a jar.
Once we made the tornado in a jar we talked a little about tornado's. Below I added some facts we looked up about tornado's that we thought were pretty instructing to know.
Extreme tornadoes can travel much further, sometimes over 100 miles (161kilometres).
A tornado is a rapidly spinning tube of air that touches both the ground and a cloud above.
Not all tornadoes are visible but their high wind speeds and rapid rotation often form a visible funnel of condensed water.
Most tornadoes travel a few miles before exhausting themselves.
US States most often hit by tornadoes include Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Florida.
We have also made a rainbow with sunlight be sure to check out that fun experiment.
My mom was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure stage 4 June 2012 and it has been a year of up and downs for her. She had a pacemaker placed in July and she just never felt the same.
She was admitted in the hospital March 22nd 2013 and just kept getting worse test after test and trying new medications. We lostmymomand best friend to a long 2 months of fighting for her life on May 11th 2013.
Deep down I know she was ready to go be with the Lord, cause her life just wasn't the same once they placed the pacemaker in and she couldn't do and eat things she wanted to. When I stayed at the hospital with her April 19th 2013, her and I talked and she told me she was ready to go home, not to her house but to be with God. That was then I knew she had lost her fight to keep living. That was very hard for me to take in, but at that time she had been through a lot that month. I told her, "Mom if you are ready then I will get through it."
It has been very hard for me to deal with and explaining this to my 4 yr old son Jake who was very close to her. My daughter 2 years old Cate didn't really understand just knew Meme was sick. But we are all getting stronger each day. We write messages to Meme and send them attached to balloon. Read books on how to deal with it and talk about all the fun times we were blessed to have with her. Even thought I wish it was more!!
Getting ready to let the messages up to heaven. We had people write thoughts at the viewing and attached them to balloons.
Balloons up, up, and away.
Below are just some of our favorite memories together, cause we were very blessed to have a lot.
If we weren't together then the kids were skyping or on the phone with Meme, love technology.
In the last 4 years since my son was born we had many, many, many trips back and forth from Fl(where meme lived) to Va(were we live).
So my message to you is to cherish all the moments you have with your loved ones and ALWAYS take pictures so you can look back on these moments and NEVER forget them.
So this is why I have been away from blogging the last several weeks and will try to get back in the swing of things within the next month or so. Thanks to everyone for your support.
We were making ice the other day for once of our science projects and Jake asked how the water turns to a solid. So I was explaining to him that water freeze when it is below 32 degrees, like when it was winter outside and we placed our Fruit ice project outside and it froze.
So that got me thinking that it would be a great time to compare liquid, gas and solids. I saw this great experiment at Fit Kids Cludhouse using balloons. Fun and easy for a preschooler to understand the difference.
We took 3 balloons and filled them up with Gas, liquid and solids. Then we compared the 3 balloons. To fill the balloon with gas see our Bottle blowing balloon experiment. Then add water to 2 balloons. 1 water balloon place in the freeze overnight, that is how you get the solid.
Then compare the 3 balloons. What Jake said about each:
Gas....light weight, floats a little when you try to throw it, hard to break on the grown unless you stomp on it.
Liquid...heavier then the gas balloon, but lighter then the solid, when you throw it up it pops and water is everywhere, easy to squeeze
Solid...hard when you try to squeeze, when you throw it breaks to pieces, the heaviest of the 3 balloons.
The kids had the best time breaking the water and ice balloons.
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