Easy Magic Slider Notes 

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My kids and I love magic slider cards but the YouTube tutorials I found looked pretty labor intensive.  Allie wanted me to make her one but I knew I did not have the patience for a complicated craft. So for her first day of first grade I decided to surprise her with an easy-to-make magic slider note in her lunchbox.  She was so excited and your kids will love them too!

Here’s what you need:

  • cardstock
  • free lunchbox note printable here
  • sandwich size Ziploc bag
  • black permanent marker
  • clear tape
  • Post it pulls
  • scissors

Here’s how:

  1. Cut out printables along with a blank piece of cardstock (to place on top)
  2. Tape the printed note on the back and place in Ziploc bag
  3. Place blank card on top of printed note
  4. Cut Ziploc bag around note and tape one side to make a pocket
  5. Place Post-It Pull on back side of blank note
  6. Trace outline of image with permanent marker on plastic
  7. Voila! EASY magic slider card for a surprise lunch note!

How to video:

What’s the science? Magic slider is a type of optical illusion. Put these together with your child and see if they can figure out how to do it without the instructions. It will inspire their curiosity which of course is what science is all about!

I hope you love these cards and they put a little magic into their school year!

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Fishing for Ice

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I have just found the easiest way to entertain kids while waiting at a busy restaurant. And I know this is short of a miracle because now you can entertain AND educate while you wait on your food.

All you need is a glass of ice water, salt, and a string.  Lay the string on top of the ice. Shake a little bit of salt on top of the ice and string. Count to 5 and voila! You’ve fished and caught ice!  We spent several minutes trying to see how many pieces of ice we could lift out of the water.

Check this out:

So how does this happen:

Salt lowers the freezing point of ice. When you shake a bit of salt on an ice cube it melts. Meanwhile the water in the string freezes and sticks to the ice. Simple science magic at it’s finest!

On a personal note:

We had an amazing fishing trip down to Rockport, TX. It brought back a lot of memories of fishing with my family as a kid and hanging out with friends.

Here is a picture of the sunrise when we snuck out super early to go fishing. All the kids were still asleep and needless to say it was quite peaceful.

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Then later in the week we fed the seagulls and Allie melted my heart when she said it was her favorite part of the trip. That’s my girl…

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I hope you’re having an amazing summer! And you can thank me later when fishing for ice has given you some peace at a restaurant!

 

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Rain in a Jar

rain in a jarSchool was cancelled today due to flooding in Houston and surrounding areas. So we entertained ourselves with a little fun and easy science experiment to explain rain falling from the clouds. The experiment was really quite mesmerizing and all you need is shaving cream, food coloring, and a jar of water. Check it out.

The best thing about doing this experiment with a 6 year old is that she busted out into song when it started “raining”.  Then promptly says, “Hey, let’s make lightening in jar!” and I say nervously, “That would be hard to do!”

Enjoy this easy experiment and stay safe Houston friends!

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Ice Cream in a Bag

icecreaminabagHave you gotten a little nervous knowing that there are less than 40 days left in the school year? I have. Last year I was really on top of my game and I compiled a Science Bucket List that kept my kids entertained throughout the summer. But there were a few experiments that we never got around to. I can’t believe we didn’t try the Ice Cream in a Bag because it is super simple and extremely tasty! My kids LOVED it!

I remember now why I added this experiment to last summer’s list because Blue Bell stopped production of their ice cream due to a major quality control issue. I can tell you now – this ice cream isn’t Blue Bell but it’s pretty darn close!

Here is a video showing you exactly how to do it and give you some tips on how to make it an awesome science experience for the kids!

What you need:

  • 1 gallon Ziploc bag
  • Two sandwich sized bags
  • Ice
  • Rock salt
  • Sugar
  • Ice Cream Flavor – I used vanilla but you could try peppermint extract or chocolcate
  • Half-n-half

How to do it:

  • Liberally mix half-n-half, sugar, and flavoring in a Ziploc bag
  • Place this Ziploc bag in another bag so it is ‘double bagged’ and has less of a chance of getting rock salty-ness on it
  • Place the double bagged cream in the gallon size bag with ice and rock salt
  • Press most of the air out of the gallon size bag
  • Proceed to let the kids shake it, toss it back and forth to each other, or do the ice cream dance for up to 15 minutes
  • If the ice melts and the ice cream hasn’t formed yet – add a bit more ice and rock salt
  • Keep shakin’

Science Q&A with the kids:

While you are waiting for your amazing ice cream, here are a few questions to ask them to get the science conversation started.

Why do we add rock salt? It lowers the freezing point of ice and makes it even colder. Ice can go from 32°F to to 17°F if you add rock salt!  (Be careful handling the bag of super chilly ice.. it could hurt your hands!)

Why does ice cream form? In order to melt, the ice takes away heat from something else – in this case the cream. This is why the cream forms a solid.

What happens to the outside of the bag? If you live in a humid area like Houston be prepared for a wet bag – it’s the  moisutre in the air (humidity) that forms condensation on the outside of the bag

You’ve GOT to try this one and let me know how it goes! Stay tuned for my 2016 Summer Science List that I will compile for you! Until then.. enjoy this ice creamy goodness!

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