Thursday, October 18, 2018

100 Days of Science #44-- Oozing Pumpkins

With Halloween less than two short weeks away my boys and I just had to come up with a fun science project for us to do together and when I saw these oozing pumpkins by Steve Spangler science I just knew I had found it!!  

My boys and I had made elephant toothpaste together before but the younger two boys barely remembered it.  I still had the peroxide needed to make the toothpaste so we settled around the table and got to work. 

My boys wanted to try without carving the pumpkin at all first.  We cut a hole in the top, scooped out the guts and started mixing the ingredients together. 

First we poured 2 tablespoons of our peroxide (this concentrated hair kind; not the regular household kind!), a few drops of dish soap, and a few drops of liquid watercolors into our container and gave it a good stir.

We carefully placed it in the bottom of the pumpkin and then began mixing our yeast mixture.

I mixed 1 tablespoon of yeast with 3 tablespoons hot tap water.

I forgot to clean my fork in between and you can already see it reacting.
 We poured the yeast into the peroxide solution and then put the lid back on our pumpkin.

In no time we had an oozing pumpkin!

Once we were sure it was finished; we cleaned everything up.  Rinsed off the pumpkin and the tray and carved a face in our pumpkin.

We then mixed up a second cup of peroxide, soap and paint (this time using green and yellow) and put it in our pumpkin.

I used a larger cup this time and made sure to really mix the yeast well as I had had a lot of yeast left over in the first cup.

We added the yeast to the peroxide mixture and put the top back on.. within moments we had a foaming, frothing pumpkin! 

Such a fun reaction to see! We could feel a bit of heat coming off  it too and we talked about the fact that it's an exothermic reaction.  

Others in this series:
2.  Field Trip to the Ecotarium 
3.  Learning About Air Molecules

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator-- Re-Sharing our Birch Trees

Thanks for stopping by and joining us again this week as we host another virtual refrigerator arts and crafts link up.

I was away on a little vacation last week and we haven't had time to come up with a new art project just yet.

I thought I'd share this old favorite art project with you.

We have a few birch trees near us and I am always fascinated with them.  The white bark really stands out against the colors in the background and they are so easy to paint!

First we put masking tape where we wanted out trees to be and then we drizzled rubber cement where we wanted some wisps of white in the sky.  Once the rubber cement was dry we used the liquid watercolors to add in our green grass and our colorful sunsets.

While the watercolors were still wet we sprinkled salt on them for a fun speckled look.

Once our backgrounds were dry we rubbed the salt and rubber cement off.

Then we used a plate to spread some black tempera paint on and an old credit card to practice scraping on the black paint. Once they thought they had the technique down they added in their trees.

Now without further ado I invite you to grab a "magnet" and link up your arts and crafts posts below and visit some other bloggers to see what they shared on their refrigerators.

Your art project doesn't need to be a stand alone post, nor does it need to be a tutorial.  We love day in the life posts or homeschooling wrap- ups that show art work too! 

So what do you have to share with us?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October Pinterest Challenge-- Reversible Porch Sign for Fall and Winter

Welcome to the September Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

For this month's challenge I knew I wanted to make one of these large fall porch signs.

Using your Cricut Maker and vinyl create a DIY fall porch sign to welcome everyone to your home and to celebrate fall. #FallPorchDecor #Fall #FallSign #FallDecorating #PorchDecor #CricutMade #FallDecor #FallIdea #Vinyl

When I began looking through Pinterest I found some that were reversible for fall and winter and I liked that idea even better! So here's my take on it!

First I had my husband cut me a board that was 10" by 50" (an inch thick).  I lightly sanded it and then brought it home to paint.

I painted one side a rusty orange by mixing two small bottles of paint together.  I did two coats.

Once dry I flipped the board over and painted the other side blue.

Once I had my board all dry I brought it inside and began planning my design.

I finally settled on Welcome Autumn for the fall side and used this free SVG file; ungrouping it all until I was left with the word Welcome.

I then made it 9 1/2" inches wide and cut it out of white.  I also used the scroll design that I had ungrouped and stretched it go be about 9 1/2" wide too; also cutting it out of white.

I typed the word Autumn into Cricut Maker using the Ariel Black font and made my letters 6" tall.

I then used my glitter HTV and cut out a few leaves of various fall colors; placing them around my sign until I had a design I liked.

I removed the leaves so I could iron on the letter and then went back and added in the leaves.  Once cool I had a lovely new sign!

I then turned my attention to the back side.  I found this great Let it Snow Free SVG file  and used some snowflakes from an old Cricut cartridge I had on hand.  I cut the letters out of white and used glitter HTV for the snowflakes.

Once I had my design laid out I used my iron to affix the decorations.

Then I put it out on the porch.

I just LOVE it!!

In January my boys and I made nail polish marbled mugs.
In February we tried out a new recipe for turkey & cornbread pot pie.
In March my boys worked on making a salt dough map.
In April my boys made some glittery mason jar luminaries. 
In May my oldest on and husband made a hand forged key holder
In June I made zucchini crust pizza for myself.
In July we made cheesy ranch Chex mix

 To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ November  Pinterest Challenge 

Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried! Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop
Erlene - My Pinterventures • Gail - Purple Hues and Me Kristie - Teadoddles • Lynne - My Family Thyme Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey • Jenny - Cookies, Coffee and Crafts Shirley - Intelligent Domestications • Debbee - Debbee's Buzz Beverly - Across The Boulevard Julie - Sum of their Stories  • Katrin - Kreativ K Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Marie - The Inspiration Vault T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet •Laurie - My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies • Alexandra - Eye Love Knots  • Emily - Domestic Deadline  •  Leslie - Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Toni - Girl, Just DIY  • Lauren - Mom Home Guide Debra - Shoppe No.5 • Lydia - Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen Susan - Suzer Space • Habiba - Craftify My Love Terri- Our Good life

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Monday, October 15, 2018

A Picture Walk Through the New England Woods

We went on a hike with our hiking group a week and a half ago and while we did not yet have all those bright fall colors everywhere it was a very pretty walk through the woods.

 We've had an awful lot of rain lately and saw so many varieties of mushroom too.  They each have such unique shapes, colors, and textures.

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