Now, lets just humor me and everybody pretend you don’t see the dirty corners in this picture, but my messiness does not negate the super awesome funness of this project!
Got a bar of Ivory soap lying around your house somewhere? (or even better, a partial bar!) Pop it in the microwave and stand by to see what happens. It will only take a few seconds before things will start to get crazy!!! Just be ready to stop it before it cascades right out of its dish!
Ivory is near and dear to my heart because it’s whipped together with lots of air. This makes it famous for its buoyancy, and makes it kind of just explode when those microscopic pockets of air are heated till they expand!
This project is nothing less than life altering for two reasons:
1. That fluffy soap mass beside your sink will be so much more convenient for hand washing than a bar. Just break off a piece! Remember what it was like the first time you washed your hands with the foaming soap instead of the normal liquid stuff. Yeah. It’s kinda’ like that.
2. All the kids in your house will think you’re a crazy awesome insane mad scientist!
Okay parents! Are your kids home for winter break? Time to roll up your sleeves and have some old fashioned messy, yucky fun! I am always a fan of adding science to a child’s regular set of activities. The following activity is guarenteed to be a fun way to have some seasonal, science fun!
HOW TO MAKE REINDEER POO GOO
What you will need:
•1/2 cup flour
•¼ cup oatmeal
•¾ cup water
•1 tsp. salt
•3-4 drops Christmassy food coloring
1.In bowl, mix flour and oatmeal together.
3.In a separate, smaller bowl mix food coloring to water together.
4.Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and stir until you have goo (add more water if necessary)
Why make Reindeer Poo Goo? Because it’s disgustingly fun, of course!
Also… Finding creative and unique ways to help kids flex their brain muscles is an excellent way to spend breaks from school. “Learning about polymers, or glues, does not have to be a boring chemistry lesson… [Making reindeer poo goo] helps children discover the fun side of adding properties together to create a completely different product. Parents can get a head start in teaching about polymers by visiting www.hometrainingtools.com. Children can also “ask a scientist” about polymers at Cornell University by visiting www.ccmr.cornell.edu/education/ask. product.” (www.ww.naptimeconfessionsofastay-at-home-mom.blogspot.com).
Good morning, SmartyPants! Hope your December is going well! Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away?
I’m excited, because this is the first Christmas my older son might actually remember! Up until now, we’ve kept things simple and cheap for our household. Mostly, we just let each other get one big thing that we’ve been wanting for a while and call it Christmas, then buy something fun for the kiddo to open on Christmas day. Our son’s been too young up to this point to have any expectations, or, frankly, to really even get that excited about opening presents at all! This year will be the very first year we’ve hung stockings in our home!
BUT, our budget hasn’t really changed, so I’ve been struggling with how and what to fill FOUR brand new stockings with! I don’t want to just go out to the dollar store and buy a bunch of cheap candy and trinkets. I don’t want tiny broken pieces all over my home, and I certainly don’t want my kid having a sugar meltdown on Christmas day.
I’ve started a running list of things I can put in our stockings. In the interest of my budget, most of them are just NICER versions of things we already consume. Like the fancy Cars 2 body wash instead of the usual generic soap. Get it? I’ll let you take a peek at my brainstorming. Some of my ideas are better than others…
For the Baby:
This stuff is really for the caregivers, but if you still want to involve your infant in the stocking tradition, you could do this:
- Baby Tylenol
- Gas drops
- Bottle nipples
- Feeder bottle
- Blue Jean or “Designer” disposable diapers
- A new cloth diaper
- Burp rags or bibs
- A nicer thermometer
- Clothing items
- Teething biscuits or finger foods
- A fancier baby lotion or wash. (like California Baby)
- Crib sheets
For the Toddler or Preschooler
- Obviously, small toys and candy.
- Toiletries that are branded with their favorite characters. Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bandaids, wipes…
- Individually wrapped snacks
- Gummy Vitamins
- Character underpants and socks
- Sippy cups
- “Magic Towels” (Its like a compressed wash cloth that expands when put in water. They’re fun.)
- Fun pillow cases. (I have a drooler in my house. Pillows and pillowcases cannot be laundered often enough!)
For the Grown Ups (and older children)
- Various high end toiletries. Shaving Gels, Moisturizers, Lip Balms, toothbrushes, hair products, body poufs.
- High end or scented cleaning products. (I’ve recently fallen in love with Mrs. Meyers dish soap!)
- Air fresheners
- Hand warmers
- Hats, scarves, gloves, socks… Warm stuff!
- Earphones! We lose these so often! We can never seem to have enough in our home!
- Actually, any of those things you find yourself losing all the time. Think scissors, pens and pencils, screwdrivers, tweezers, etc.
- Small kitchen tools.
- Smartphone cases and chargers. (To make this cheap, check closeout stores like Big Lots and Five Below.)
- Paperback books
- New moms will appreciate washable nursing pads, Lanolin, or an extra cover up or two!
- Extra video game controllers. (To make THIS cheaper, buy pre-owned from Game Stop.)
- Guitar pics
- Gum or breathmints
- Simple sewing tools
Anything that is both practical and beautiful would make a lovely stocking stuffer, no matter the age! Any product they enjoy using but consider a splurge (like the salon brand shampoo instead of the usual stuff) makes a wonderful stocking stuffer. Anything you’ve been curious to try out, but are usually too stingy to buy (like the “Boogey Wipes” for your toddler’s runny nose). Anything they already have but would enjoy having duplicates (like their favorite reusable water bottle). Anything they often forget to upgrade or replace (like windshield wipers, water filters, contact lens cases).
And FYI: Santa won’t mind if drop a few nicer but practical things in your own stocking, too! Hope I’ve helped get the wheels a’turning! I’m sure you’ve already got tons of ideas I haven’t even considered, yet! Care to share???