Rainbow Discovery Bottles for Babies

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Little Sister is at such a fun age…she is so curious about everything!  A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law gave her a water bottle to play with during church and she had so much fun watching the water slosh back and forth.  And later that day, she grabbed a spice bottle from my cabinets to play with (which reminded me of her brother at about the same age).  So I thought it would be fun to make bottles that she could hold with various contents.      

 

There are so many possibilities for these Rainbow Discovery Bottles!  I was inspired by Growing a Jeweled Rose and Fun at Home with Kids for ours.  Some of the bottles make noise:  the rice, beads, and (oddly enough) the waterbeads!  Some are just fun to look at (baby oil and corn syrup).  But ALL of them are fun to play with and to talk about colors, shapes, and sounds!      

 

Please note:  These should only be played with when your child is being closely monitored.  Never leave your child alone with these discovery bottles.  I would recommend gluing the tops of the lids so that they cannot break open.  

 

Here is what you’ll need:   

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4 oz. plastic bottles with lids

waterbeads

colored rice (follow these instructions)

baby oil and colored water

miniature pony beads (we received compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com)

Corn Syrup

Glitter

Pony Beads

Pom-Poms      

 

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The boys are equally as enamored with our discovery bottles.  They think the red one is the coolest one of all because the waterbeads make such a funny noise when you shake them!    

 

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Shape Turkey for Preschoolers

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Little Brother and I  had a great time making these Shape Turkeys for Preschoolers!  Creating them together gave me the perfect opportunity to review some of the trickier shapes (like octagon and rhombus) while still creating a super-cute Thanksgiving craft!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Shape Turkey Printable and either markers, crayons, paint, dot markers, or stamps.  We chose to make our own shape stamps using some old wooden blocks and sticky-backed felt.  The idea was to match the stamp to the larger shape.  

 

IMG 3406 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers 1.  Download your FREE Shape Turkey Printable!

 

 

IMG 3408 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers 2.  To make the shape stamps, trace tiny shapes onto sticky-back felt and then stick them on your wooden blocks.

 

 

IMG 34111 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers3.  Match the shape on the stamp to the larger shape on the paper.  The small octagons ended up looking more like circles on the stamp, but it still made a neat design!

 

 

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IMG 3427 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  4.  Cut out all the shapes.  This was great practice for little brother!

 

 

IMG 3431 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  5.  Use a glue stick to assemble your turkey.

 

 

IMG 3445 500x333 Shape Turkey for Preschoolers  Gobble, gobble!

 

 

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Silly Putty Melting Jack-O-Lantern

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We made homemade silly putty this week and created our own melting pumpkins!  This was also a great time to discuss the 3 different states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) and point out that silly putty is neither one!  I am planning to have this at one of the center activities for Big Brother’s fall party, along with some examples of the states of matter in gloves.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Elmer’s Glue, Borax, water, food coloring for the homemade silly putty.  Please note:  There is some controversy surrounding Borax.  Based on my research, it is safe as long as it isn’t ingested.  Just be sure your child washes his/her hands after playing with it.  If you still aren’t comfortable, use one of the other recipes for making silly putty.

 


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To make the jack-o-lanterns, you’ll also need wiggly eyes, wood beads, mini pony beads, and green pipe cleaners.  We received all of the necessary supplies compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com.  

 

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We followed the directions on WikiHow to create homemade silly putty.

 

 

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1.  Mix 1/4 cup of glue and 1/4 cup of water until it is completely combined.

 

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2.  Add food coloring.  We used red and yellow to make orange.  :)

 

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3.  In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 2 tablespoons of water until the borax is dissolved (if it isn’t dissolved fully, your silly putty will be grainy).  Combine both of the mixtures and it will start to congeal.  Remove the solid mass from the liquid and knead until smooth.

 

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4.  Make your jack-o-lantern using the silly putty and the bead, pipe cleaner, googly eyes, and mini pony beads.

 

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All ready….

 

 

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…several seconds later!

 

 

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I stored the jack-o-lantern sets in baby food containers.  They were perfect!

 

 

The Science Behind It:  Silly Putty is not a liquid or a solid:  It is considered to be a non-Newtonian fluid, which acts as a liquid over a long time period but as a solid over a short time period of time.

 

 

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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!

(See similar ideas over at Mama Smiles and Bitz n Giggles

 

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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.

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Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers

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 I have just about every “subset” of young children:  a school-aged child, a preschooler, and a baby.  I don’t currently have a toddler at home, however, but I recently came across these colorful clips at the Dollar General and knew they would make a great (and simple) color activity for toddlers!  

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