July 10, 2013 · 2:19 am
Mom Camp Day 14. It is difficult to believe that Mom Camp has only be going for 14 days. It feels more like 14 years. The next few days are all about Star Wars. Cinco loved Clone Wars and I, being a child of the 70’s, have to stay true to the originals. (No one in the family is sticking up for Phantom Menace et al.)
Cinco and The Princess in costume for Star Wars Day, Episode I.
Out of the gate we decided to make a Princess Leia headband. You can find instructions here. Ours was a little different. We used a styrofoam ball. Chopped it in two and glued it on the headband. Next, it was time to glue on the brown yarn. The Princess (Leia) was very excited to get her headband. And the best part was throughout the entire process she kept calling me Amidala (because you know she’s Leia’s mom and all).
Next, we made our own Death Stars and some space fighters and even drew a sidewalk chalk Jabba the Hut. I think the PINK Death Star is very original!
We watched the Star Wars: A New Hope!
Then it was time for worksheets. There is a cute set at Home School Creations.They worked really well for The Princess.
We also took some time to play Mad Libs! I always LOVED Mad Libs as a kid and Cinco and The Princess were laughing like mad… Plus, it’s a great way to work on the parts of speech without the kids realizing that they are learning something!
This was Cinco’s reading for today as well.
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June 28, 2013 · 2:36 am
We started out with a kinda cool cloud art project. It is at the Techy Teacher if you want to give it a go on your own!
You take equal parts shaving cream and glue, mix it up and start painting your clouds.
Cinco and The Princess LOVE IT! When the pictures finally dried (and mind you, this takes a little while) they had a lovely texture–somewhere b/t silky and velvety. I couldn’t stop feeling the pictures.
But, beware it gets messy fast especially with a four-year old and a seven-year old. Cinco even got it on his nose! They got the cloud mix all over their hands and started making hand prints instead of clouds. Cute and why not, right? The mix washes off easily so its really no big deal.
I wanted them to add some food coloring to the mix to start making rain clouds or a sunset, but they were having too much fun. Still, I think you could add some food coloring in yellow and red to made different shades and see if you could create a sunset picture!
Clouds by The Princess
Clouds by Cinco
So next it was on to some weird science! On the net, I found a number of blogs suggesting you nuke Ivory soap. Really? Nuke it? I was a bit worried that this was going to set my microwave on fire–and we just bought a bought a new one less than four months go–. You can see why I was a tad nervous, right? But, I am sucker for a Mom Camp project and it fit so nicely with the cloud theme and if it worked it promised to be really cool. I got out a paper plate and we did it!
It was really cool. All of a sudden the Ivory soap started growing and morphing into this thing that really truly looked like a cloud. Even The Captain was impressed– AND THAT TAKES ALOT. He even suggested the kids smoosh up the soap in a glob and try it a second time. It did work the second time and even a third with the same bar of soap. Although, the subsequent attempts were less impressive.
I assume it works with Ivory soap because of the same reason it floats– the soap has air in it! In the microwave the air heats up and expands and then pushes the soap apart. Clumping it back together doesn’t really do anything to make it happen again. It is simply expanding any air left in the soap that was not freed during the first or second attempts to nuke the soap. Or at least, that’s what my middle school science knowledge is telling me. I could be 100% wrong and I welcome ANYONE to correct me.
Next it was on to this cute Winnie-the-pooh activity pack from our friends at Disney Family! The pack was actually a good combination of activities for Cinco and The Princess. The Princess did the dot-to-dot beehive and color page. Cinco worked on the word search and crossword puzzle. Both worked together on the Pooh Mad Libs (with a little help from mom).
Then off for swimming lessons and some play time at the pool.
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