Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

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?

October 11, 2011

Pinkalicious Play Date

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This was an extremely cute book that my daughter loved especially when she was going through a phase of pink being her favorite color.  Everything had to be pink so reading about a girl who loved pink as much as she did who turned pink after eating too many pink cupcakes cracked her up.  I had a few friends over for a reading/craft play date.  Of course it wouldn’t be complete without pink cupcakes!

My friend did a wonderful job reading Pinkalicious to the kiddos while they enjoyed the cupcakes.

Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate with the outdoor part of the activity I wanted to do so we had to delay it and I did it with my daughter another day.  Voila!  Pinkalicious ice egg!

I found a few pink things we had lying around the house-hair clips, straws, squinkies, etc and I tossed them in a balloon, added some water and froze it.  Once a sunny day came around we took it outside to experiment on what it would take to get the stuff out of the egg.

First Kaitlyn tried dumping salt on it.

We found that while it melted a little it didn’t do much although it made some cool textures on the egg.  We rubbed the different sides to compare the smooth sides with the rougher side that had the ice melting grooves into it.

Then we tried some hot water which I helped with to make sure she didn’t burn herself.  That worked a lot better and she realized that if she kept flipping the egg over whichever side was in the water melted faster.  Check her out as she explains what she thinks is happening.

We slowly started breaking the stuff free.  Be free piggy!

The other neat surprise was the ice ball that formed inside one of the squinkie containers and the straw.

I was amazed how occupied this kept her.  I thought she would be bored once she got all the stuff out but she wanted to keep moving the container into the sun to see how long it would take for the rest of the egg to melt.  She even got a crazy idea that maybe if she ran in circles around the container it would help it melt faster. lol.  Kaitlyn loved it but she’s now in her purple loving stage so wants to do a Purplicious activity next.

October 4, 2011

Fun with Pipe Cleaners

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My four year old wanted to color but her 14 month old brother kept bugging her.  So I thought I would try an activity I saw on No One Has More Fun Than the Adams.  All it took was pipe cleaners that we already had and a colander.   My son was only interested in pulling them out and throwing them in the air but my daughter had a ton of fun with it and totally abandoned coloring.

It started off small enough…

and then it grew…

and grew…

She called it her pokey, pokey hat 🙂  She also got pretty creative trying to make shapes with the pipe cleaners and then use a second pipe cleaner to hook the triangle onto the “hat”.  I was also a little surprised when she made the observation that it was funny how the pipe cleaner fit in all the holes, even the smallest ones near the bottom.  She figured it was because the pipe cleaners were soft and could squish through the small holes.

Here was the final product.

October 2, 2011

Press Here by Herve Tullet Play Date

I was fortunate enough to get a preview of this book when I visited the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco. I knew my daughter would love it so I pre-ordered it and got it yesterday. We read it for the first time tonight and it was an instant hit that required reading it 3 times. I had to put my foot down that it was time for bed and we would read it again tomorrow. The concept was so cute and it’s great for those kids who love interactive books. It opens up with a yellow dot and instructions to press on the dot. When you turn the page you now have two yellow dots. The whole book has step by step directions to do things like pressing dots, tilting the book, shaking the book and seeing what happens as the dots multiply and move around. My daughter was amazed that pressing a dot would make them multiply or change color and was giggling the whole time waiting to see what would happen on the next page. She really got into it as it had you clapping your hands to make the dots grow larger. There are just so many great things about this book. It definitely lived up to my expectations and was so much fun to read to my daughter. I highly suggest this book to everyone with kids.

Review originally posted on my old blog Munchkin’s Book Journey.

My daughter enjoyed this book so much that when I had a play date where we going to read books and do a craft this was one of my first choices.  We read teh book and then I had a bunch of different sized dots for the kids to make their own picture with.  I’ve been able to freehand draw a circle but luckily I have all kinds of circle templates around to use-Gerber snack bottle top, Snapple drink top, chapstick container & a chocolate container top. 🙂

I loved the pictures the kids made and they were very proud of them.  Here’s Kaitlyn’s.

And a few of her friends’:

We also read Pinkalicious so keep an eye out for that post soon.

September 22, 2011

Magic Potion Experiment

So what’s new in today’s Pinterest experiment?  Magic potions!  What could be better than that for kids?  All it required was a clear cup/jar filled half way with vinegar.

A dash of liquid dish detergent (which I actually had to go on Twitter to figure out this ingredient because it was listed on the Minieco site as washing up liquid.  I was confused if that was hand soap, dish soap, body wash, etc.  Thank goodness for Twitter.) but I digress, a few drops of food coloring and a heaping spoonful of baking soda.

Then prepare to watch the eruption!

I loved watching Kaitlyn explain how all the bubbles pushing against each other makes everything go “splush!” and that’s why it overflows.

She enjoyed this so much we did it three times with three different colors and she started mixing them together to see what colors that would make.  Here’s the blue with the purple.