Three days in a row. I really am trying to be more devoted this poor ignored blog and more cognizant of everything we are doing on a daily basis.
We had a very fun Wednesday! We started off by making some homemade play dough to hopefully occupy the little ones for a while. I gave Mary and Katie the task of actually making the dough, and told them to double the batch. Which led us to reviewing how to double measurements. After the first batch was made we ran into our first problem when we realized that we were out of food coloring, except for yellow. And, according to Mary play dough isn't any fun unless it is colored.
We got creative and found some old packets of kool-aid from last summer. First we tried adding a little of it dry, which made a really dark pink but was hard to mix in. Another ball we added some kool-aid after it had been mixed with water and then topped off with a bit more flour. And, the third ball we just used the yellow food coloring. They had so much fun they decided to make another double batch and this time the liquid was all kool-aid. It was a blast and the red is slowly wearing off our hands.
After all that work Katie and Mary had to play with it along with Emily & Robbie, whch gave me a chance to clean the kitchen and transform it into our science lab for the day.
Katie has been wanting to grow crystals for awhile. I generally do crystal growing experiments in the summer to get the full sun to help, but we are going to try to grow some sugar crystals in our window. The recipe is easy to follow and allowed for us to talk about mixing and dissolving.
Mary and I had no 'real' recipe to follow and worked on determining how to make a 30% salt water mixture. Then left it on the stove to boil. Using plastic wrap we collected some of the steam and tasted it to show that the steam escaping had a very low salt content. In about 15 minutes at a boil we were left with a salt sludge at the bottom of the pot. I really want to do this experiment again the next time we go to the beach to visit my family and use actual sea water from the Atlantic Ocean.
By the time we finished up our lab work it was time to clean the kitchen again and make lunch so Emily could get ready for my friend to pick her up and take her to dance class. While making lunch Mary and Katie used YouTube to listen to their favorite dance songs. They asked me for a song and I suggested "We Didn't Start The Fire" by Billy Joel because it has been on my mind a lot recently. I think it would make an awesome tool for studying the late 20th century, but unfortunately my kids are too young right now for that unit study. Anyway, they enjoyed the song, even if they didn't understand it. Later that afternoon I got on YouTube and found this guy who had added events from 1990-2007. He can't sing, but it was very cool to think back to the important events over the last couple of decades.
During quiet time, the big girls played outside, since they could finally be out there without freezing. I was able to sit down and get some miscellaneous work done. Mary's soccer practice was cancelled, again, as the fields are still trying to dry out from two days of rain followed by 3 inches of snow. Another night with another sit-down family meal. Gotta love it. We did math with Mary and Katie after dinner clean-up. DH started another fire and the kids picked out a movie to watch with him, while I got a little me time.
And, today the temps will be inching into the 60s!!! Goodbye snow!