Monday, April 28, 2008

Lots of cool crafts

Sorry that I have been away for a couple of days. We have been busy. Well to be truthful we had been busy, but in the last couple of days I have not felt like blogging. This is the first time that this has happened since I started blogging and I think that it is a little weird. But if I am truthful with you (and I hope to always truthful) it is because in the last couple of days I have found that the postpartum depression is sneaking back in. I am fine, but just a little down in the dumps. I have been wanting to write a big long blog about postpartum depression, but have not found a way to do it yet. I will write more about it later. Now on the the fun/ busy stuff we have been up to.

We went to our friends house to spend the night (we left the house on Friday first thing and got back about 9pm on Saturday). It was GREAT!!! We had so much fun and we did lots of fun crafty things.

Here is the book we used for a couple of them. The book is GREAT and has lots of cheap, fun, things to do. We have this one and a second one by the same people. I highly recommend this book to parents that want to do crafts/experiments with their kids. Big thanks you to Maria how gave us this wonderful book.

The first thing that we did was make funny putty. (just like silly putty)

All you need is:

1 Tbs. liquid starch
food coloring
2 Tbs. white glue (we used both washable and non-washable and the non worked better, but they will both work)
Ziploc bag or plastic Easter eggs (ours had holes in them so we did not use them.)

You can add glitter if you want, but be for warned that when you use the funny putty the glitter will come off on your hands.

You will also need 2 small bowls for each kid that you are making it with. (Metal bowls clean easier)

Mix the glue and the food coloring in one bowl and add the starch to the other bowl. Slowly pour glue into the starch.

Let sit for a couple of minutes. (for the next part if you have small kids you might want to do this yourself)

Mix the starch and the glue together. A ball will start to form (if the stuff is to liquidity then add more starch and if to stiff add more glue). This part might be hard to get the stuff just right, but just stick with it. We ending up putting a lot more starch in to make it work, but stick with it because it will work!

Way cool!! Fun to play with. (note if it sticks to the kids hands to much when they are playing with it, add more starch)

Then next thing we did was an Instant Volcano. This was from the same book.

You will need:

2 small paper cups
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup vinegar
food coloring (they say red, but we did it a couple of times and I think it is just as cool with blue or any other color your kid LOVES)

Put baking soda in cup.
Cut hole in top of the other cup about the size of a dime.

Add vinegar to top of cup slowly. (note here, if you do this more then one time and the baking soda sticks to the walls of the measuring cup when you add the vinegar the reaction will happen in your cup, and on your floors, thank God we where at a friends house;)

Watch kids love it!

The last craft was not from the wonderful book, but just tye-dye fun.

Get shirts ready, how ever you like they will be wonderful as long as you have fun doing it!
But do make sure that you put something on the table to soak up the mess it may make.

Mix dye with water (read the instructions, as I do not remember how we did this;)

Put colors on as you want them. (Can you tell that I am making this up?)

Let sit for a couple of hours (we let them sit for a day in plastic bag because I forgot them...opps).

I washed mine with some salt in the water to help set the colors.

Now on to just some cute photos from the weekend:

Monster number one. (singing fee fi fo fum)

Monster number 2.

What else can I say about this?

When he put this on he said, "this is just like my daddy's"

Goldfish eating.

King Ada (that is what the kids where calling her).

Fun was had by all!!!!

This last photo is from today. Ada is trying to pull herself up and she is not far from it.

Oh I almost forgot I got some REALLY cool fabric to make some tote bags with. I can not wait to start making them.


Stephanie said...

Holy blog post, batman!

Looks like lots of fun. I hope you had a good evening and got some time to relax.


Sarah and Jack said...

Oh, excellent! Thanks for the tip.