What did the painter name his son?

Man I am terrible at executing this blogging thing. But now that I FINALLY have decent internet, I guess there is no excuse.

Let’s talk about our fun Thursday activity. We made bouncy balls with borax and Elmer’s glue.  Thanks Pinterest!

A while ago I had gotten a box of colored glue that an art teacher made. I am assuming she made it by putting paint into the glue to turn it colors. I thought this would be a brilliant idea to add rich color to the bouncy balls. Wrong. The first batch turned out to be a gooey mess. It never fully solidified like it needed to. When we stuck to regular glue, these fun little things worked out perfectly. They were really gooey at first:


But after a little rolling around, it turned into a perfect bouncy ball.


We created a game of trying to bounce it into the cup on the floor. Tricky, but it made for a fun time. My only tip with this would be to add more food coloring than you think you would need. You would think by my 3rd food coloring activity this summer, that I would have learned this by now. Maybe next time I will add more coloring than I think I need.

Friday we had a super busy day. This was the first full day of extraordinary internet service. We were all so excited that we spent a little bit of the morning on Barbie.com. Ok, Alyssa did that and I played around on Pinterest on my own computer. So sue me. I was excited to have flawless service.

Today was Easy Bake Oven trial day. I had gotten an Easy Bake Oven from a co-worker, and we have been eager to try it for quite some time. I found some easy bake recipes online, and we got busy. Problem was that I wasn’t quite sure how it worked. Enter GOOD INTERNET! I could actually download a PDF file. I found the directions for the oven online and we were in business. While I was figuring all of this out, I decided to get Alyssa started on a new project, Light Bright, because she was getting pretty bored of “helping” me look up how to work the Easy bake oven.

Last summer I found the Light Bright at a yard sale for $2. She LOVED it. We put the Easy Bake Oven project on the back burner while she finished her Light Bright picture. When I say she loved it, I mean I probably could have saved a pretty penny on her birthday present and just given her this. (Mental note for next year…)

Here is her exquisite pegged masterpiece:


And this is it in the darkness of the bathroom (Where it may or may not still be 5 days later):


She had fun with the Easy Bake oven too, but it seemed a little dull compared to the amazing Light Bright. The “cake” that came out was really gross looking  lovely and she had fun decorating it. She thought it was the most delicious thing in the world. I did not share those same feelings. I think I will stick with Betty Crocker.


All of these fun events happened by 11:00 a.m. That is one busy girl!


We decided to spend our afternoon at the fair. It was a little rainy, but that kept the crowds away. I didn’t take many pictures, but here is a cute one:







What’s a blacksmith’s favorite type of music?

I had a week off, which has caused me a bit of delay in posting. Alyssa had Girl Scout Camp. To help curb her boredom yesterday, we played with baking soda and vinegar (or “viginer” if you are Alyssa). I put a baking dish of baking soda in front of her and we made a few containers of colored vinegar. Much like the problem with the finger paints, I did not put enough color into the vinegar at first. You should definitely put in a LOT of color. Way more than you think you need. Then I gave her a dropper and showed her how to use it. Image

I turned it into a real science lesson with a hypothesis and everything! She predicted it would turn watery when she used a dropper to put colored vinegar into the baking soda. She was so surprised to see that it bubbled. We talked about the whole hypothesis thing, but it is summer after all. Who wants to be bothered with too much learning?

It kept her interest for a really long time. She liked putting one color on top of another to see the reaction and the color difference. She asked if she could pour the whole cup of vinegar into the bowl. From there it kind of turned into a mess. But it was a really great science-y mess. She tried one thing after another, and eventually just stirred a bunch of things together and made what she said looked like baby food. That lead to a hilarious video that I will post later.

She and Uncle Chris played Temple Run on the iPad. This was her high score:Image

Today I watched Alyssa and Nick for a little while this morning. I had great plans to have a nature hunt outside and then to view what they found with a smart scope, which magnifies what you are looking at on the computer. Not quite as magnified as a microscope, but still pretty cool.

I didn’t want to be too gung-ho with the whole nature walk idea, so I let them come in and play for a bit. Then I said “Let’s go outside for a nature hunt!” I have done this with Alyssa before, where she goes around the yard and collects things like weeds and leaves and takes them home. Last year we glued our nature to paper. The possibilities are endless. Today was a flop. The second we went outside, Nick said, “I want to go inside! I don’t want to have a nature hunt!” When a 2 year old says what he wants, there’s not much getting around it. I managed to convince him to put a very pretty leaf into his bag. It lasted a minute, and then he turned his bag upside down and insisted we go inside. Alyssa was able to collect a few things while I was distracting Nick in any way I could imagine. We ended up bringing these catchy-throwy things inside to play so we could put an end to the whining.Image

Then we watched the Sword in the Stone and had lunch. Alyssa spent a good part of her time playing with stickers that you put in numeric order and they make a picture.


Maybe I should start changing this blog to Aunt Katie, Alyssa and Nick’s summer of fun!




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