It is not quite spring, but we all wish it was Right? So just in case you are wondering what to do with your garden or if you do not have one how to get your toddlers and preschoolers to understand gardening with no soil around… I present you a Potato.
Yes a simple potato is all you need to teach your kids about gardening and food. It would help if it was an older potato or few, with some bumps coming out of it. Enough bumps that may make you skip it in your next mashed potato recipe.
All you have to do is place it in a glass container, preferably helped up by some toothpicks. Unless you have other contraptions.
Well technically it does not even need to be glass. Anything you have that can hold water, recyclable or not will do.
Place in a water and wait
or more. In all reality all these were placed in water at the same time, meaning 5 weeks ago. I am not sure what made some grow faster then others. I think our indoor cat had something to do with it, but that is another story after all.
Before putting them in a soil we will have a little discussion about potatoes, roots and stems. What do you think?
My tween came home with a Science Project. Something about dropping an egg from 20 feet (6 meters) without breaking it. So we thought about it, well to be honest she thought and what else to spark childs imagination then balloons and flying. We have all seen UP, right?
So we took some balloons, packaging and string
Since it seems that we do not have any paper or other packaging at home we used felt and cheese cloth. I am sure that the cheese cloth is what made all the difference.
We tied it up in a one neat package
and then we weighed it.
Helium lifts 1 gram per liter. On average 1 baloon contains 14 liters of helium (being 15 cm round).
Meaning: about 30 grams is 1 oz, the package weighted 1 lbs (12 oz)… so 30 x 12 = 360 grams or liters needed.
360 needed/ 14 in each balloon= 25.71 balloons. My daughter wanted to make them float so 25 would be perfect
Except we didn’t have any helium balloons, only lung air ones, hardly considered hot air.
Dropping it off 10 ft at home did not break it.
Just to be certain it will not happen she tied 7 to the top and 2 on the bottom as buffers. Then placed the experiment in her warm 70 deg room for few days. Finally it arrived at school, where it has been waiting to be tested for over a week. The balloons have deflated, and I sure hope the teacher decides to skip it this time since I would not want to be around when that month old egg breaks the fall.
We surely did learn some science though.
Sometimes you have those days when you run out of fun ideas. When you no longer have the energy to run to the store for more crayons, coloring pages, paint or whatever else you may need for the next craft. Whatever you need must be found in your cupboards right now.
Two stirring spoons and a little plastic strawberry
Or a ball was enough to provide the kids with an hour of entertainment
each defending their own imaginary goal
and trying to score on one another
and when the fun of the game wore off
they moved it to the dining room table
and when that became too tiring
We were left with the old chase around the house without dropping the ball game. Ready, Set, Go !!!