45% Off Retro Games Today Only (10/9)

Did you grow up playing with Slinky’s and Lincoln Logs?  Amazon has these and many more “retro” toys for 45% off today only.  These would be fun stocking stuffers for kids and adults alike!

You can see all of the toys available here, but here are some of my favorites:

 

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This Etch-a-Sketch is currently $7.49 (regularly $14.99)

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The Slinky Dog (from Toy Story) is currently $13.20 (regularly $22).

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Lincoln Logs are currently $23.99 (regularly $39.99)

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Remember these Spirograph sets?  Get one for $23.99 (regularly $39.99)

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The Giant Slinky is $7.19 (currently $11.99).

Check out all the toys that are available for 45% off here.

Magic Jack-O-Lantern

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This is a super-fun Halloween twist on our Fizzy Balloons experiment.  It has been quite a while since we have done this experiment, so the boys had a great time watching the chemical reaction “magically” inflate the Jack-O-Lantern balloon.  With a little prep work, this would even make a fun center activity for a Fall party at home or school!

 

 

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Here’s what you’ll need:  recycled water bottles, vinegar, baking soda, a funnel, and Jack-O-Lantern balloons.

Do NOT, I repeat do not, attempt to use a Sharpie marker to make your own Jack-O-Lantern balloons…you will end up with Sharpie all over the surfaces that the balloon will inevitably touch, trust me.  Apparently “permanent” marker on a balloon is not actually so permanent after all.  Go to your nearest party store or order these.  :)

 

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 Use the funnel to fill the recycled water bottle about 1/4 of the way full.

 

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Rinse and dry the funnel and then add baking soda into the balloon.  I didn’t measure, but it most likely was around a tablespoon or two.

 

The “laboratory” test…

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Place the lip of the balloon over the top of the bottle, with the contents of the balloon hanging loosely.

 

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Lift the balloon so that it is straight above the bottle and the baking soda falls down into the vinegar in the bottle.

 

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The chemical reaction will begin to inflate the balloon!

 

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And now for the real test…

 

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Big Brother is meticulously following directions and lifting the balloon straight up over the top of the bottle.

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Whoa…he wasn’t expecting that!

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I love the faces I captured on camera…his love for life will never cease to amaze me!

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Little Brother was much more concerned with the end result (i.e. the balloon that he could keep forever…until it pops on a blade of grass, that is).  :)

The Science Behind It:  When the baking soda and vinegar mix, it creates a chemical reaction.  We know this because we see bubbles.  This chemical reaction gives off a gas which inflates the balloon.

Check out more fun science experiments here.

Texture Crawl for Babies

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  Baby Girl is officially mobile!  She has been crawling like crazy for the last few weeks and life is getting a little crazier around here as we scramble to baby-proof our house once again.  I shared an idea on Instagram a while back for using LEGO building plates for babies, but thought I would share this extended activity with a few other textures perfect for babies or toddlers!  

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  items with various textures.  We used an emergency mylar blanket, a LEGO building plate, and a ribbon blanket with minky fabric.    

Safety note:  Do not allow your baby to put the mylar blanket in his/her mouth.  I would recommend tucking the edges of the emergency blanket under an area rug.

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I am adamant about keeping the boys’ LEGOs put away because of the choking hazard that they pose, but these LEGO building plates are a wonderful sensory experience for babies!

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She wasn’t so sure about the emergency blanket at first, but eventually loved the sound and smooth texture!

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Out of the three textures, she was most enamored with the LEGO building plate…she kept running her hands over it over and over again.

 

Check out more of our baby activities here and on our Pinterest board!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Show-and-Share Saturday Link Up!

There were a lot of great ideas shared last week.  Here are just a few:

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October is Fire Prevention Month!  Growing Book by Book shares this great list of books about fire trucks.  Be sure to also check out our fire prevention activities and crafts.

 

 

 

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Play Eat Grow shares this fun idea for Growing a Monster.

 

 

 

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Check out these three ways to preserve leaves from Buggy and Buddy.

 

 

 

 

Have an idea or activity to share??? Just link up below!

Next week I’ll be sharing my favorites from the ones you submit!

*By linking up, you are granting me permission to use and/or repost photographs from your blog.



 

 

Drinking Straw Sensory Tub

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I saw the idea for this colorful drinking straw sensory tub at Little Brother’s preschool.  It is so simple, can be easily reused, and provides a unique texture!  And since it is plastic, it won’t attract pests (like rice or beans)!

 

Please note:  This sensory tub is not appropriate for children under 3 as the straws could pose a choking hazard.  Please use caution when doing this activity around younger siblings.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  several packages of colorful drinking straws (I found mine for $1 each at our grocery store), scissors, and a plastic tub.

 

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Just cut up the straws into small pieces.  Our pieces were about 1-2 inches in length.

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 I cut several at a time while Little Brother helped me cut too!

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Little Brother loved playing with the straws, making patterns, and sorting them by color!  He also attempted to fit the straws inside of themselves, which took lots of  fine motor control!  All in all, this sensory tub was a huge hit and something we can use again and again without worrying about it going bad or attracting pests!  :)

Check out more sensory tub ideas here.