Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ice Play


It has been really cold here in SW Virginia.  Last week we took advantage of the freezing temps outside and made ice blocks.   This is super easy and Max has asked to play with the ice blocks over and over.  We used some baking pans, water and food coloring.  This was a great Mommy School Activity.  First we made a prior knowledge chart and Max extended the lesson by writing/drawing a book about ice. The hardest part is waiting on your water to freeze.  It took about 2 hours at our house but the outside temperature was 9 degrees.  Brrrr.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Paper Roll Hearts

An Easy Valentine Maxtivity

This is a really cute and super easy activity.  All you need is a couple of toilet paper or paper towel rolls, tape, paint and paper.

Bend and tape your rolls so that the end looks like a heart.  They have now become your heart stamps.

Place your paint on paper plates and dip and stamp hearts all over your paper.

This project makes a supper cute handmade Valentine card for someone special.

Friday, December 27, 2013


We have been busy playing and I have a lot of catching up to do here on the blog.
This fall at the beach Max made Gak with his cousins.  They all loved it and played with it for weeks afterwards.  You can make it too, it's super easy.

Materials  Needed 

  • Elmers Glue 
  • Borax 
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Plastic cup (8 oz size works well)
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Food coloring 
  • Water
  • Zipper-lock bags (to store your Gak)
  • Water

  • Step 1

    Add entire bottle of glue to mixing bowl.  Fill empty glue bottle with water, recap and shake.  Empty glue/water mixture into bowl.

    Step 2

    Add food coloring.

    Step 3

    Measure 1/2 cup of warm water into the plastic cup and add a teaspoon of Borax powder to the water. Stir the solution.  This Borax solution is the secret linking agent that causes the Elmer’s Glue molecules to turn into slime. 

    Step 4

    As you stir slowly add the Borax solution to the glue.  It will start to bind together.  Keep adding as you mix.  Eventually you will abandon the spoon and need to mix by hand.  

    Step 5

    Play!  You can add cookie cutters , stamps, cutting tools even cars and trucks to the fun!  When done seal in ziploc baggie.  It will keep for several weeks.