Thursday, September 29, 2011

No boredom here.

When school is out for the day and the boys are getting restless, it’s still to hot to play outside, they need something to do.

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That's when a Drive-Thru Theatre makes it’s way into our living room. The boys helped cut, color, and decorate their own cars. Simon had added windshield wipers to his but the pipe cleaner wipers fell off before the movie.
I have so many memories as a kid playing in big cardboard boxes and making them into houses, cars, rocket ships, etc. Once the boys were satisfied with their cars we “parked” them in the living room and watched their new Thomas the Train movie “The Day of the Diesels.” Then they “drove” their cars around (we cut out the bottoms so they could move them around) until they fell apart.

Simon has some new interests these days. I am so happy he is moving outside the world of trains. I love trains too but the world is full of so much cool stuff I am really happy he is discovering new things!

He really likes volcanoes, and other stuff that has to do with dirt, the earth, science, space etc.  I just ordered a volcano book for him through his school and he asks me everyday how long until his new book gets here.
Here’s another afternoon activity. Volcano painting!
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All you need is a cookie sheet, baking soda (about 1/2 cup), vinegar and food coloring.
Spread the baking soda onto the cookie sheet. Put about 1/4 cup of vinegar in 3 cups or bowls. Add a drop of food coloring to each bowl. Find different ways to drop the vinegar onto the baking soda. We used straws and small spoons but droppers would be fantastic for this project.
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And for an even bigger impact, we made a volcano!! KABOOM!
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Simon loved it so much he keeps asking if we can do it again! He’s a budding scientist! I can’t wait to try new science projects with him.

1 comment:

Mele said...

What fun activities, Jeni! My kids would be all over the volcano painting. I don't think I'm going to show them your blog until after the move so they can't get the idea in their head! Ha ha. Jackson is in love with anything volcano and anything science, so he and Simon will have a lot to talk about when you get here!

Si and Ry

Si and Ry