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Tuesday
Aug042015

How to make Floating Octopus for an Under the Sea Party

A few days ago, we had a few of our friends over for a play date. I do not know about you, but I do get sick of the kids playing Minecraft and video games all day long. I decided each of us should make an octopus and let them swim like they are in the ocean.

This activity is seriously so simple if you have a large fan!

Items needed for each octopus:

  • balloon
  • streamers of any color
  • tape
  • permanent marker for the eyes
  • a large fan... a small fan may work but I am not sure since I have not tried it.

Steps to make a floating octopus:

1. Blow up the balloon! :)

2. Cut streamers to desired length (I did eight.)

3. Tape on the streamers to the balloon.

4. Make two large eyes with the permanent marker. Let dry for just a second so it does not smear on clothing!

5. Turn on the fan and let the kids go to town!

It took me about five minutes to make six and the kids played with them for about an hour. They loved it!

Monday
Jul132015

Space Week! How to Make a Rocket Ship

One of our favorite activities is to make rocket ships. I let the kids design their own and decorate any way they like. We hung our son's rocket ship in his room along with the planets, sun, and stars.


Supplies Needed to Make a Rocket Ship:

scissors

cardboard cut into triangles for the wings

paper towel tube

aluminum foil

hot glue gun - in the picture it shows tape but I found using a hot glue gun so much faster and easier to use in attaching items together

one piece of white cardstock

an object to trace a circle around

streamers of desired color(s)


To Make a Rocket Ship:

1. Trace a large circle around a circular object. You can also print out a circle template from your computer.

2. Find the middle of the circle and cut a line from the middle to the edge of the circle.


3. Take one end of the cut circle and cover the other side until a cone is shaped.

4. Cover the cardstock cone, wings, and the paper towel tube with aluminum foil.

5. Hot glue on paper tube to the cone. 

6. Hot glue on the wings.

7. Cut out the streamers to a desired length and hot glue on or tape on.

8. Decorate and fly!

Tuesday
Jul072015

How to Make a Hanging Space Mobile

Melissa and I are celebrating Space for the next two weeks. My son is currently obsessed with planets and space. We saw an orange moon the other night (we are surrounded by many wildfires) and it was absolutely beautiful. It gave my son and I an opportunity to research why the moon can be a few different colors. I love these quick teaching moments and so thankful for technology that allows us to quickly look up information!

My son and I made a fun hanging space mobile for his room. I printed out pictures (to scale) of each planet and took a piece of string and attached each planet's name.

I then cut them out and hung them in order.

We also made 3D sun and stars. Obviously not to scale! :) 

To make 3D sun and stars:

Items Needed:

cardstock or paper

stapler

tissue paper

Circle and star template- you can find a star template online and I used a number 10 can to make the circle shape.

To Make:

1. Cut out the shapes on cardstock or paper. 

2. Staple around the shape, leave an opening large enough to stuff in some tissue paper.

3. Stuff the shape with tissue paper until full. Make sure you do not overstuff or you will have a hard time stapling the shape together.

4. Finish stapling the shape close.

It's easy and simple!

Hang and enjoy!

Wednesday
Jun192013

Fun With Clouds

My little guy has wanted to be a Storm Chaser for going on two years now. He is fascinated by tornadoes and weather. I put together two little activities that now hang in our kitchen. Our entire family loves it because we are all learning something together!


1st activity: We discussed the different types of clouds and drew an example of each free hand. I wrote descriptions of each cloud inside the drawn cloud. This was mainly so I could remember the details!

2nd activity: I used white paper (blue would have been better) and Logan glued on cotton balls in shapes of the clouds. I then taped them to our wall in the different levels they appear in the sky.

Now that we are outside everyday, and have had lots of rain, we are putting our expertise to work! We randomly look up into the sky and discuss the different types of clouds. We are having so much fun!


Wednesday
Jun052013

Summer Fun!

I feel like I am back in my groove again and looking forward to summer plans. My biggest hurdle is trying to plan activities with also mothering my three children. However, I am finding some great online resources that does a lot of the planning for me!

Today, I came across "Do It Yourself, Summer Reading Camp" on education.com. Awesome! It lays out activities and plans for 10 weeks with each week having a theme. Perfect! It is exactly what I have wanted to do for the past few years. I am going to try to come up with some extra activities and hope to share. This week, I am going to work on organizing bug week which will start next week. I am so excited!

I am hoping to create some stickers for my kids that we can put on a poster to show what we have learned this summer. Hopefully I can get it done this week and share!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!