Inspired by Pinterest, here's what I plan to do with the window. This will be our science lab. I'll have test tubes and equipment stored along the window sill
When you walk in, you're on the stage. I'll use a curved shower rod to create a curtain around the door. This will be our theater. Directly across will be the vetrenarian clinic-equiped with small cages on the wall
I received this used kid craft clubhouse as a gift from a friend. I just planned to paint it and fix it up a little but once I put on the red and white stripe drapes, the Seuss house was born. Kids houses should be fun and inspiring ;)
I added these fun test tube flower pots.
Pendulum Play is excellent for learning cause and effect, physics, spatial reasoning, experimenting with weight and size, language, vocabulary and teaches kids how to work together. I made this pendulum out of PVC pipes, string and tennis balls. After the initial excitement of knocking blocks down, the kids began experimenting with the the limitations of the ball and began building their towers more strategically. This is a great way for kids to learn through play! Very easy set up!
Here's a fun way to turn your windowsill into a Science Lab Station for your kids playroom. I drilled holes into a piece of wood that were the same diameter as the test tubes. I suspended the slat of wood by cutting down two small slats to support it on each side of the windowsill frame. Now the kids have a dedicated area for all their science experiments. As a bonus, it adds to the decor of the room! More importantly, it offers spontaneous play. Instead of having the test tubes stored in cabinets, they are out in plain sight and inspire the kids daily to create fun concoctions.
Our Vet clinic has become such a fun play area for the kids. I found these amazing x-rays online. The company we purchased them from is Roylco. They have so many great science tools and activities for kid play there. I made the x-ray station out of an ikea best shelf.
Brendan turns 3 in January. This year we're having a mad scientist party for him. I'll post picks after the party but here's a fun list of activities to do with this theme.
1. Make the kids lab coats using adult white T-Shirts.
2. Pick up a bunch of lab goggles at the dollar store
3. Have the kids do their own science experiments using test tubes. We'll be doing lava and dancing raisins
4. Put a fogger on the table
5. Create a rat maze, using card board boxes
6. Create an electricity room with light up toys, black lights and black fabric to block off a hall. The lab coats will glow in the room! I also picked up several glow in the dark balloons to hang on the ceiling of the hall.
7. We have a huge sensory table where I plan to have our Ice Melt activity. Inside will be various sizes of ice with things inside. Once the ice melts, the kids can retrieve the prize inside.
8. Ceiling activities are a huge hit at parties. For this theme, I'll hang punch balloons. The kids are a little older so it should turn into a fun game of them trying to make it through the maze of balloons without being hit. I'll also have those fun sticky hands that they can use to try and catch a balloon.
9. Flubber Attack will be another fun activity. I'll have a bunch of plastic funnels in various sizes so they can experiment with the texture. Inevitably, they will let the flubber hang from the table and try to escape from it. I'll use lime green flubber for this one.
10. Our cake will be a crazy purple minion.
11. Brendan's favorite song is the YMCA. I'll have various costumes laid out for when we play it. Hoping to recreate the fun scene of the minions dancing to it at the end of Despicable Me 2.
Ice Melt Activity
This was one of the biggest hit of the party! The kids kept coming back to the sensory table to see if the ice melted. During each visit certain toys began to emerge from the ice. It became a great sensory and texture exploring activity. They were totally fascinated by it! As the party came to a close, I realized the ice wasn't melting fast enough for them to retrieve their favors. I gave the kids cups and squirt bottles filled with water to melt the ice faster. Another great science experiment! I would totally recommend this activity for parties or when ever.
For decoration and added science observation, I lined our windowsill up with these fun containers filled with bugs that grow in water. Two days prior to the party, I added a few bugs at a time to show the various stages. As a give away, I gave the kids their own bugs to grow.
Lava Water Science Experiment
Every kid at the party made it to the table for this activity. It was just too irresistible! An absolute huge hit! I pre filled squirt bottles with food coloring and water so the kids could take part in actually filling the test tubes. I pre-filled the vegetable oil at various levels because it was just too messy to leave that step to so many toddlers ;) After all the tubes were filled with colored water, I gave them generic alka seltzer tabs. We went through 48 tabs in 15 minutes! They couldn't get enough of this activity.
Ceiling Balloon punch
Unfortunately, things got a little too crazy for me to take photos of every activity. This was a new twist on our ceiling activity fun. I filled balloons with just a little water and inflated them 3/4 of the way so they had a fun punch and swing when the kids hit them ( hang from string taped to ceiling). This was an ongoing activity that the kids kept coming back to. So simple, so fun! Totally try this for your next festive event.
During a recent hike with the kids, I had them collect items from the trail so we could make fossil imprints when we got home. The recipe I tried really wasn't good (2 cups flour, 1/2 cup salt and 3/4 water). I'd love to try this again but with a better recipe. The hunt is on! If you have a recipe, please share :)
The kids have fun escaping from the drooping flubber. We set the game up in our playroom. The kids crawled under the table and tried to make it out without being attacked by the drooping flubber.
How to Make Flubber at Home: The Ingredients 3 cups Warm Water 2 cups Elmer’s White Glue Liquid Water Color (food coloring stains) 20 Mule Team Borax, available in the grocery store laundry section. (Please see NOTES section below for safety information about Borax.) Glitter (optional) White Vinegar (for cleaning) The Steps In a large container combine and mix: 1 ½ cups very warm water 2 cups Elmers white glue A few drops of water color and/or glitter if using clear glue Make sure this combination is completely mixed In a small container combine and mix: 1 1/3 cups very warm water 2 level tsp 20 Mule Team Borax. Adults, please do this step. (Please see NOTES section below for safety information about Borax.) Make sure the Borax is completely dissolved. Combine the glue and borax mixtures: Mix well using your hands until all the liquid is absorbed. You may need to squish, mix, and break up the flubber to get it fully combined. Store the flubber in a plastic, air-tight container at room temperature. For best results, measure precisely and mix well as noted above. Notes About Saftey Adults, please keep the box of powdered borax out of the reach of children. If kept in an airtight container, the Flubber will keep for up to 2 weeks. Vinegar dissolves Flubber from carpet, hair, furniture, clothes, and pets. This recipe makes enough Flubber for six children.