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
Dr. Seuss inspired clubhouse
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.
DIY Pendulum For Kid Play
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.
Mad Scientist Birthday Party
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.
Fossil Imprints: Failed Recipe
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.
My Favorite Flubber Recipe
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.
Spring Activities for Toddlers
Deals I Found
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Teaching sounds can be fun with these vienna sausage cans.
Apple Playdate: Learn through Play
Our Apple Tree. The kids will pick apples during their dramatic apple stand pla
Dinosaur Playdate: Learn through Play
Start with a fun set up displaying any dinosaurs you have
Learn through Play: Pumpkins
Get a big pumpkin, several little pumpkins, tie string to a magnet and then tie to a wooden dowel. And let the pumpkin fishing begin!
Fun ways to teach about the seasons
Our season buckets. Here the kids learn about the items associated with each season.
Fire Safety- learn through Play
As a science activity- we used glass jars to teach children about fire and how it needs oxygen. Here we illustrate how fire burns without the lid and how it blows out once the lid covers the jar.
Here the kids watch closely as the fire goes out once the lid is placed.
Dancing Raisins! Science Experiment
Get a clear cup, pour in club soda and let the kids insert the raisins. In seconds, they start to fizzle and then dance around the cup. Make sure you have plenty of raisins ;) they're sure to want a dancing party! To build on fine motor skills I gave the kids tongs so they can catch the raisins when they reached the top.
The kids really enjoyed this one. Pick up four bottles and four balloons. Put different amounts of vinegar in each bottle and pour different amounts of baking soda in each balloon. Watch with amazement as the baking soda sprinkles down from the balloon into the bottle.