Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

June 14, 2012

It’s Snowing…in June?!

Filed under: Rainy Day Activities — by dsuzuki @ 10:37 pm
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Growing up in California my 4 yr old has yet to see snow and is constantly begging to go to Tahoe because she wants to make a snow angel.  Since we haven’t been able to go I finally broke out the packing popcorn that came in this huge box when I ordered one OXO pop lid container (don’t ask me why it required the huge box and all this popcorn.) and the kids were busy for hours!

I had been storing it in this container and as soon as I took the lid off the kids were in it.

packing popcorn

Then they thought it would be fun to go back and forth from this container to the huge box the above mentioned OXO container arrived in.  I kid you not the only thing that came in that huge box was I think a 1 gallon storage container.

Boxes

Of course eventually everything got dumped and my daughter proceeded to make her snow angel!  My 22 month old didn’t have a clue what she was doing but figured it looked like fun.

Snow piles

Snow angels

Snow angels

The kids also used their trucks, bull dozers, etc to make roads through the “snow”, used washed strawberry containers as scoopers and just enjoyed tossing, pushing, squashing their “snow” around.

Isn’t it amazing the fun kids can have with things you would normally just toss out?  Who needs toys?

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October 26, 2011

Magnetic or Not?

I’ve been eagerly building up my Swagbucks(if you don’t know about Swagbucks it’s very cool! Check out more here) so I could order this magnetic set for Kaitlyn and it finally arrived!  She was begging for an experiment so I just threw a bunch of stuff I found around the house into an empty container, drew up a piece of paper with circles for her to separate items that were magnetic from items that weren’t and handed her the magnet wands.  I wish I caught a picture of the look on her face when she picked up the first magnetic item with the wand.  She thought it was so cool.

I threw a bunch of cotton balls in the box too to make it more interesting for her to hunt for the items.  It made for an interesting discussion as well over why the cotton balls stayed on top while the heavier items fell to the bottom.  Once she figured out cotton balls weren’t magnetic she quickly figured out that her stuffed animals probably weren’t magnetic either because they were also “fluffy” in her words.

We went through all the items she found and talked about why she thought something was magnetic and other things weren’t.  She decided that plastic things are not magnetic where as metal things are.

After she sorted everything out we started doing some other experiments.  She found that the plastic ball container wasn’t magnetic but I asked her if she put one one of those metal discs in it did she think the disc would still be magnetic?  She guessed yes and voila!

We also tried to see what happens if she put the discs in the container and on the cover and waved the wand under them.  She had a lot of fun watching the discs move apparently by themselves and jump around the cover and box.

We talked a little about how magnets can repel each other if you try to push two “north” sides or two “south” sides together.  Then we went on a magnetic hunt through out the house.  She tested different things to see what was magnetic and what wasn’t.  She was right on most things although a few things were tricky.  We guessed our door knobs were magnetic but no luck there.  We also found the front of the washing machine was much more magnetic than the top.  I finally had to call stop to the hunt for bed time but even in bed she was guessing what else would be magnetic in the house and what wouldn’t be.  Definitely will be trying more magnetic experiments in the future.  Now I’m curious to see if I can find any good picture books about magnets.  Any suggestions?

September 26, 2011

Marble Run

Filed under: Rainy Day Activities — by dsuzuki @ 8:57 pm

First off forgive me if this post is a little rambling.  I’ve finally succumbed to the cold both my kids have had over the past week or so and am struggling to stay awake for a late night meeting at work.  Due to my head pounding and my ears aching I never got to prep another activity for Kaitlyn.  Fortunately I had picked up this marble run kit at Lakeshore Learning over the weekend.  If you haven’t been to this store before you should definitely check to see if there is a location near you.  It was amazing!  I could have roamed around the store for hours if it weren’t for having Kaitlyn with me and deciding she needed just about everything they sold there.

This kit required some assembly on my part but once it was put together both Kaitlyn and surprisingly Michael had a blast.  It kept them amused while I could just lie back and watch although I had to step in now and then when Michael went on a destruction streak.

One other neat thing about this see through kit vs the solid one they also sell is that we got to play around with colors.  Kaitlyn would put two different colors together and you could see how the two colors mixed to create a third color.  So that kept her amused for awhile as well.

This is definitely a keeper for when you need to keep the kids occupied indoors on a rainy day or a sick day!