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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Project Fun Friday - Volcano


Wet sand or dirt, enough to build a volcano
A small 2" cup, to hold the liquid lava
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup Vinegar
3 -5 drops Food Coloring

Take semi-wet sand and build a volcano on top of a covered table
or water table building into the shape of a volcano.

A small plastic “salad dressing” type cup placed in the top of the
mouth of the volcano.

In a small cup mix the food coloring and vinegar together.
Set aside. Place the baking soda in the cup on top of the volcano.
Pour the vinegar mix into the backing soda cup and watch the
volcano explode!

Optional volcano versions:
Paper Mache'
Glue, starch and newspaper
Flour Based
Flour, salt, oil, and water

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Project Fun Friday - Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

1 Can Pre-made Biscuit Dough
1/2 Stick of Butter, melted
1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Cup of Sugar
*Copped Pecans, if desired

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Open the biscuit dough roll and divide each biscuit into four parts.
Roll each part into a small ball.

In a small to medium sized bowl mix the cinnamon and sugar together.

Roll each ball into the butter than roll each ball into the sugar mixture.
Place the balls into a greased bundt pan and add the nuts, if desired.

Place the bundt pan* into the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
Watch the bread so it doesn't burn.

Let the Monkey Bread cool before serving.

** If you don't have a bundt pan use a small cake pan.**

** A great topping to this recipe is to add powdered sugar mixed with milk and drizzle on top of the bread. **


Friday, August 14, 2009

Project Fun Friday - "Carnation Count"

Carnation Count

3 White, Fresh Carnations
3 Cups, same size preferred
Food Coloring

Chart (Optional)

Fill each cup with cool to warm water and place 2 - 3 drops of food coloring into each cup, choosing ONE color for each cup.

Cut each carnation stem at an angle making sure the total length of each flower is one inch taller than the chosen cup.

Choose a place in the house where you and your child can observe the progress of the carnations while being out of the way so they won't get knocked over.

You can make a chart or calender marking how many days it takes for each carnation to change from white to their designated color or how long it took all of them to completely turn.

This is a great science project that is easy, cheap and can last a few days. The mission is to engage your child with questions about the project and the change the flowers will take over time.


Have a suggestion or project you would like to see? Leave a comment!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Project Fun Friday - "Goopy Gak!"

Recipe for one serving:

1/4 c Liquid Starch

1/4 c Glue

Plastic Bag

Food Coloring

Mix equal parts of liquid starch, 3 drops of food coloring and glue together in the plastic bag and mix well. If it is too stick add more starch, slowly till is has a "rubbery" consistency to it.

Open the bag and enjoy!

This recipe is simple, fast and tons of fun to play with and was a favorite of my preschoolers!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Project Fun Friday - "Flower Pot Pudding"


4 - 6 Graham Crackers
1 Box Chocolate Pudding
1 - 2 Gummy Worms
Aluminum Foil (optional)
1 Large Plastic Ziploc Bag
Rolling Pin
1 - 3"-4" Ceramic Pot
1 Popsicle Stick
1 Sheet of Construction Paper

Mix the chocolate pudding according to the directions on the box, cover with plastic wrap and
place into the refrigerator to cool.

Take the sheet of construction paper and fold it in half. Draw a flower with petals. While holding the construction paper, still folded, cut the flower out. Take the glue and drop a dot of glue on each petal of one of the flower pieces and a good sized dot of glue in the very middle. Place your Popsicle stick in the middle of the flower, creating a stem, and then add the remaining flower piece on top of the other one, sandwiching the Popsicle stick between them.
Set your flower aside to dry.

Take the graham crackers and place them in the plastic Ziploc bag and close it up, taking some
of the air out of the bag. Smash the graham crackers into fine to chunky pieces with the
rolling pin and set aside.

Take the aluminum foil and place a sheet of it inside the ceramic pot, lining the pot well to the top of the edge of the rim. This part is optional, but if you really aren't sure of the cleanliness of the pot I would do this.

* The other option is to use a plastic Solo/Dixie drinking cup or a ceramic coffee cup.
The ceramic pot just gives the project a more realistic look.


Fill about 1/3 of the ceramic pot with the graham cracker crumbs; reserving the remaining amount for the top.

Fill the pot with the chocolate pudding to about a 1/2" to an 1" from the top.

Add the remaining graham cracker crumbs to the pot, filling it to the top.

Place the flower in the middle of the pot with a gummy worm or two and your project is all done!