We had such a nice day today that I am going to blog about today instead of going in chronological order (since I am behind on blogging kid’s activities that took place before the holidays). Partly because everyone is feeling 100% better and partly because it was sunshine and no rain today after having rain off and on for weeks now, everyone was happy and content and relaxed. We could get outside for sunshine and exercise, and to do our messy activity.
After breakfast and some play time, we made a snack mix. This is a perfect ‘cooking’ project for 3 year olds and 1 year olds, although Brinley only watched, because she was a little tired.
Brinley had us all wearing reindeer antlers. She’s only one but she gets her point across!
I had 5 ingredients that I thought Brodey and Brinley would like; Goldfish crackers, pretzels (the square ones that look like a window pane), yogurt covered raisins, m &m’s, and cashews (I got the one that said pieces so they wouldn’t be so large for Brinley to eat). I told him he could pour into the bowl, however much of whatever ingredients he wanted in the snack mix.
He started with M&Ms of course!
Then pretzels, each of them tasting each ingredient.
Then Goldfish crackers. Lots of goldfish crackers.
Then plenty of stirring.
Time to taste! It was a success! He loved that he made it all by himself and Brinley was happy to be a taste tester. (and check out those red toenails)
Next up; making Flubber. We have made Flubber before but Brodey has been asking to make it again except blue this time instead of green like last time. We traded pajamas for paint shirts.
Flubber is 3/4 cup of water mixed with one cup of white glue such as Elmer’s glue.
Then we dissolved 2 Tbs. Borax in 1/2 cup of water. I put the Borax in first and then the water and it made it clump on the bottom of the dish, which was hard to dissolve after it hardened, so put the Borax into the water. Stir, stir, stir until the Borax is dissolved. This is the magical ingredient.
Right when you put the Borax solution into the glue mixture, it will change texture and seize up to form the Flubber! I think I should have added the food coloring into the glue/water first because it was hard to mix the blue in evenly after it changed texture. But it looked like the sky and Brodey was happy with it anyway.
Brinley wouldn’t touch it! When I put it on her hand, she pulled it away. Brodey was in heaven, remember he is the king of Play doh so this was a dream come true for him.
The things you can do with Flubber! His imagination went wild!
Tiffany kept herself entertained with the bowl…
…and enjoyed some outdoor time.