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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Crafty Thursday!

It's our final crafty Thursday of February and also my second son's eighth birthday today! J So in honor of him and all that he loves to do, I am bringing you science experiments to do with your kids. As with the rest of the crafts, these ideas are not mine. They come from the Family Fun website. All pictures and instructions are their sole property. If you'd like to see the entire article and search for even more fun stuff to do with your kids, you can check it out here: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/crafts-by-age/toddler-crafts/preschool-potions-860002/

On to the crafty science experiments:

Preschool Potions






Clear glass or plastic container


Red, yellow, and blue food coloring


Small bowl


Baking soda

White vinegar

Food coloring (optional)


  1. Ooey-Gooey Goop: This classic recipe (seen above) turns cornstarch and water into an irresistible-to-the-touch, non-Newtonian fluid: a substance, like quicksand, that acts sometimes like a liquid and sometimes like a solid. To make a batch, combine 1 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water in a shallow bowl or rimmed baking sheet (if the goop isn't drippy enough, add more water, a tablespoon at a time). As your child plays with the substance, ask him some questions: What happens when you squeeze it? Pour it? Press on it? Chances are, you'll both be amazed by the results.

  1. Color-Mixing Station: Fill a clear glass or plastic container with water. Have your child add a few drops each of red, yellow, and blue food coloring (a thrill in itself!) and watch as the colors swirl and blend to create new hues.

  1. Mini Volcanoes: Set a small bowl on a tray. Place a tablespoon of baking soda into the bowl, add a tablespoon of white vinegar, then sit back and observe the mixture bubble and fizz. For an even more dramatic eruption, first tint the vinegar with a few drops of food coloring.

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