Sunday, December 12, 2010

Birthday Science

My oldest son turned 7 on Friday!

Wow, I can't believe I have a 7 year old!

I love him to pieces...more than he will ever know!

All he wanted for his birthday (or Christmas) was 120 count Crayola crayons.

He was so excited to open his present! He has the love of arts and crafts like his momma! :)

For his birthday, he had 3 friends over to EAT, PLAY and SCIENCE.
This sweet boy also loves school! And one of his favorite subjects is science!

I'll share with you a couple experiments we did.
They are easy to do at home with stuff you have around the house!

Color Changing Milk

What you need:

Milk (whole or 2%)
Dinner plate
Food coloring (red, yellow, green, blue
Dish-washing soap (Dawn brand works well)
Cotton swabs

1. Pour enough milk in the dinner plate to completely cover the bottom. Allow the milk to settle.

2. Add one drop of each of the four colors of food coloring - red, yellow, blue, and green - to the milk. Keep the drops close together in the center of the plate of milk.

3.Find a clean cotton swab for the next part of the experiment. Predict what will happen when you touch the tip of the cotton swab to the center of the milk. It's important not to stir the mix. Just touch it with the tip of the cotton swab. Go ahead and try it.

4. Now place a drop of liquid dish soap on the other end of the cotton swab. Place the soapy end of the cotton swab back in the middle of the milk and hold it there for 10 to 15 seconds. Look at that burst of color! It's like the 4th of July in a bowl of milk!

5. Add another drop of soap to the tip of the cotton swab and try it again. Experiment with placing the cotton swab at different places in the milk. Notice that the colors in the milk continue to move even when the cotton swab is removed.

A fun project to do! Even my hubby was impressed!

 Sharpie Pen Science

What you need:

Pre-washed white fabric
Sharpie permanent markers (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)
Plastic cup
Rubber band
Rubbing alcohol (70% from the drug store)
Dropper bottle or medicine dropper

1. Place the plastic cup inside the middle of the fabric. Position the opening of the cup directly under the section of the fabric that you want to decorate. Stretch the rubber band over the fabric and the cup to secure the shirt in place.

2. Place about 6 dots of ink from one marker in a circle pattern about the size of a quarter in the center of the stretched out fabric. If you like, use another color marker to fill in spaces in between the first dots. There should be a quarter size circle of dots in the middle of the plastic cup opening when you are finished.

3. Slowly squeeze approximately 20 drops of rubbing alcohol into the center of the circle of dots. DO NOT flood the design area with rubbing alcohol. The key is to drip the rubbing alcohol slowly in the center of the design and allow the molecules of ink to spread outward from the center. As the rubbing alcohol absorbs into the fabric, the ink spreads in a circular pattern. The result is a beautiful flower-like pattern.
4. Apply as much or as little rubbing alcohol as desired, but do not let the pattern spread beyond the edges of the cup. Allow the developed design to dry for 3 to 5 minutes before moving on to a new area of the fabric.

You can decorate a t-shirt, pot holders, is recommended to heat set the color for 15 in the minutes for these certain items that you are going to wash time and time again. As you can see in the picture above, we made little ornaments with embroidery hoops.

These projects make great activities to do with yours kids as you are cooped in for the winter!

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  1. Oh how sweet! Happy Birthday to him! Time sure does go by fast doesn't it. I am so glad that you able to share his special day together doing things that he loves!! :)

  2. Happy Birthday, Kellon!! It looks like a great time!!

  3. That is so cute that he wanted crayons! What a fantastic birthday party idea. I'm filing this one away for when my girls get older. Love it!

  4. Hi Kindra- I just wanted to let you know that lately all of your text in blog posts is really light pink and really hard to read. I'm not sure if that's on purpose or maybe my computer is just doing something weird but anyway, not a complaint just making you aware!
    This looks like a fun project.


  5. I've been looking for something to do with the grandkids over the holidays. As usual -- Great ideas!!

  6. Oh what fun! Definitely something the kids would enjoy.

    Happy belated Birthday to your son! How sweet that he only wanted 120 ct. crayons. I can remember my daughter only wanting "the box of crayons that had the sharpener in the back and that is all". He is a cutie!


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