Category: arts and crafts
If you have milk, food coloring and dish washing soap on hand…
you can have impressive rainy-day science fun!
Pour some milk into a plate:
Wait a minute for any motion in the milk to settle down, then add four drops of different colors of food coloring. Place the drops next to each other near the center of the plate.
Wait a minute or so until the colors get a bit blotchy-looking:
Take a clean cotton swab and gently place it on the colors. What do you think will happen?
(SPOILER ALERT: Absolutely nothing.)
Now put a drop of dish soap onto the other, clean and dry end of your swab.
What will happen when you put the soapy swab gently onto the colors? Look!
It even continues impressively swirling and churning after you have lifted the swab out of the milk!
Try putting your swab in different areas of the plate to see what new patterns form.
NOTE: It is very important not to stir, just hold your swab still in the milk.
Make sure you have plenty of milk and food coloring on hand for this because your kids won’t want to do it just one time. This kept my 5 year-old entertained for at least an hour!
This is my contribution to this month’s Unplugged Project theme of soap. Can you come up with a soap-themed project? If so, please join in and add a link or comment to the original project post. You can read more about the Unplugged Project here!
Recycle your magazine pages into colorful valentines with this fun and very easy project!
At this time of year, there are lots of interesting pink, red, and valentines-themed pages in magazines. First choose a pretty page and tear it out.
You’ll need a square section of the page for this, so fold up a corner of the magazine and cut around it.
Unfold and you have a square.
I used these origami heart instructions to make my hearts: Origami Heart Instructions. (Note, be exact with all your folds and your heart will turn out better.)
First fold the square precisely along the diagonal and press the fold with your fingernail to make a sharp crease. Unfold and refold along the other diagonal. Trim any excess edges if necessary to get a perfect square.
Lie the square flat with the unwanted side facing up. There will be an “X” of creases on the square.
Fold the top corner down so the tip touches the intersection of the “X.”
Fold the bottom corner up until the tip touches the top edge of the page.
Next fold each side of your paper in so that the edge meets flush with the fold.
You should now see the heart start to form. Flip it over so the “bad” side is facing up.
Finish off the heart by folding the side points in until they are halfway to the visible crease.
Then fold the top points down until the tips touch the top of the “good” side.
Turn over and you have a heart!
The hearts look best if you squash them flat overnight with a heavy book. You can use them as decorations or as surprise pockets for love notes or messages, candy hearts, glitter, flower petals…
If you want to fill them with anything that could spill out, just tape together the two heart front flaps using a small piece of scotch tape applied to the inside of the pocket (so it won’t show).
By the way, this really is easy folding. My 5 year-old learned it quickly and became obsessed with making hearts for her classmates out of origami paper squares. Here is a funky photo of her at work just ignore the dirty, inky hands :-) …
She made these all by herself!
Either squeeze a lemon or be lazy like me and use that store bought lemon juice that comes in the little plastic lemon! Put the juice in a small dish and use a cotton swab to write your secret message.
BAKING SODA & WATER:
Mix together equal parts baking soda and water in a small bowl. Again, use a cotton swab to create your message.
Once the messages are completely dry and can no longer be seen on the paper, hold the paper over a heat source and the message will magically be revealed to guaranteed “oohs and aahs!” (Obviously an adult should complete this step, especially with young children, so as to avoid burns and flaming paper.)
By the way, we found that the baking soda produced a slightly darker result than the lemon juice.
For those whose children channel James Bond rather than Martha Stewart, a high-tech invisible ink spy pen complete with built-in ultraviolet decoding light might be just the ticket. My son found this one in his Christmas stocking:
LINKS – More about invisible ink:
The Naked Scientist – Secret Messages-What Makes an Invisible Ink?
Kidzworld-How Invisible Ink Works
Science Project Ideas – Invisible Ink (this site has some other interesting methods too)
Even though we are already halfway through November, here is a theme that we can perhaps do before the end of November since, in the United States, the Thanksgiving Holiday is coming up next week and many of us are already thinking about how to give thanks.
How do you give thanks? Do you have projects, artwork, crafts that fit the theme of giving thanks?
Join in and have fun! If you have never joined us before, please consider it. You can read more about how it works here.
I’ll start it off with a link to a “thankful” project that we invented and enjoyed.
(Please only link to “giving thanks”-related projects. I will have to remove unrelated links, no matter how nice your website.)