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03
Mar

Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano

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My kids love anything scientific. Reactions that they don’t expect amaze them and this baking soda and vinegar volcano experiment did not disappoint. This month Netflix is featuring a number of movies and shows that feature “science fair fun.” One documentary that is a great example is Deadliest Volcanoes: Nova, which showcases some of the most fascinating volcanoes from around the world. I really wanted to try experiment with the kiddos and I figured this would be a perfect opportunity – make the volcano and then watch the show.

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What You’ll Need

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For the volcano:

4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups of salt
4 tbsp of vegetable oil
2 cups of water
Brown gel food colouring
1 plastic bottle
1 baking pan

For the eruption:

Warm water to nearly fill your plastic bottle
10 drops of red food colouring
6 drops of dishwashing detergent
2 tbsp of baking soda
1 cup of vinegar

How To Make It

1. Make the dough for the volcano. Mix 4 cups of flour with 2 cups of salt. Add 4 tbsp of vegetable oil and 2 cups of water. Stir until well combined. If the dough is not smooth and firm, slowly add more water 1 tbsp at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

2. Once the dough has come together, add some brown gel food colouring and knead it into the dough until well combined.

3. Place an empty plastic bottle in the centre of a baking pan. Wrap your dough around the plastic bottle to create a volcano. Make sure you leave an opening at the top, where the opening in your water bottle is.

4. Fill your water bottle about ¾ full with warm water. Add 10 drops of red food colouring, 6 drops of dishwashing detergent and 2 tbsp of baking soda.

5. Grab a cup of vinegar and let your kiddos slowly pour the vinegar into the opening in the volcano and watch the magic happen!

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How It Works

The combination of baking soda and vinegar create a chemical reaction. This reaction creates carbon dioxide gas which is also present in real volcanoes. When the carbon dioxide gas is produced, pressure builds up inside the water bottle. The pressure is released when the gas bubbles out of the volcano and creates cool red lava.
This super cool volcano is a classic science experiment that never gets old and will delight and amaze your child. Give it a try! I bet they’ll love it.

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04
Feb

Reach for the Stars Banner

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It is my absolute pleasure to tell you guys that I am teaming up with Netflix to provide inspiration for crafts and recipes each month that will be tied to specific Netflix movies and TV shows. This month’s theme is “create your own destiny” and features great shows such as Ever After High, Mako Mermaids and Richie Rich. These shows feature extraordinary kids doing exceptional things, and provide inspiration for kids to explore and pursue their interests.

This ‘reach for the stars’ banner is a great craft that your kids will be sure to enjoy. It inspires them to think about things that they want to do and things they aspire to be. My daughter and I have watched the entire first season of Mako Mermaids on Netflix this past month. It features three outcast mermaids who display strength, bravery and courage as they strive to get their home and pod back. My daughter is pretty much glued to the screen. It’s so nice to watch a show with my daughter that features smart, strong women – something my daughter can aspire to be. This banner allowed by daughter the opportunity to think about the things that she wants to do and be, and display them in a beautiful way. Here’s how we made it….

What You’ll Need

A variety of stars cut from patterned cardstock paper in different sizes
Glue
Ribbon
Photos of things your kids want to be/do
Optional – stickers, markers, glitter glue, etc. – anything to “pretty” it up

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Some of the things that Kirsten wants to be – an awesome dancer, an artist, a musician, a teacher, a soccer player, a swimmer, a good student at school, a good friend.

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How To Make It

1. Lay your ribbon out on the floor in a straight line. Glue your stars onto the ribbon until you have used up all your stars. Allow to dry.

2. Glue your pictures onto the stars – 1 picture for each star – or write words of encouragement. Allow to dry.

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3. You can leave your banner as is, or you can pretty it up with stickers, jewels, glitter glue, etc.

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You can hang this banner in your child’s room – I like hanging it above their beds. This will help them visualize the things they want to be, and help them ‘Reach for the Stars.’

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02
Feb

Valentine’s Crafts for Kids Round-up

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I apologize for the lack of new content lately, but the kids have kept me so busy with their extracurriculars every evening that I can barely find the time to even think of making new crafts let alone make them, lol. It’s a pretty good thing that I have loads of fun stuff deep in the archives of this blog that I can bring out and show you guys. I did a little round-up of some of our favourite Valentine’s Day crafts that we’ve done over the past 5 years on this blog. See something you like? Just click on the link below to see the full post and instructions!

I “chews” you gumball machines

Valentine’s watercolour painting

Perler Bead heart rings

wax paper and crayon hearts

handprint/fingerprint love blossom tree

Beary cute Valentine’s plates

tissue paper hearts

apple cinnamon hearts

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28
Jan

Winter Watercolour Snowmen

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If you’re stuck inside on a cold and blustery day, this Winter Watercolour Snowman craft will help keep your little ones busy. It’s fun to make and beautiful to look at. Get all the details over at CBC Parents.

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