Welcome to another week of summer break!
I hope you had a chance to get outside and enjoy the sunshine this weekend! This week, I wanted to focus on art projects that also incorporate science! There may be a few ingredients needed that you don’t have on hand, so feel free to look ahead at the ingredients list!
Monday July 20th: Make your own bouncy balls!
LIFE’S CAROUSEL has a great 3 ingredient recipe for making your own bouncy balls that actually bounce! No corn starch needed!
What you will need:
- 1/2 Cup of Warm Water
- 1 TBSP of Borax
- 1 to 2 TBSP of Clear Elmer’s Glue (or Elmer’s Clear Glitter Glue)
How to make the bouncy balls:
1-Stir together the 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of borax, until it is completely dissolved (add more water if it doesn’t all dissolve). If the water is hot, allow it to cool.
2-Slowly pour your desired amount of glue into the bowl of borax solution. The more glue you use, the bigger the ball! If you are not using glitter glue, you can add glitter at this step!
3-As soon as the glue hits the borax solution it will start to harden. Gently squeeze and squish the glue ball until it is no longer sticky. Remove from the borax solution and roll between your hands to make it ball shaped.
Boom! You have a bouncy ball! Enjoy and be safe!
Tuesday July 21st: Moon Sand!
Moon sand is a shapeable craft that is less messy than an open sand box and can be used inside the house! You will need:
- 8 cups all-purpose flour (not gluten free)
- 1 cup baby oil or another oil that you’d prefer (coconut oil works!)
How to make moon sand:
- Put all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
- Using a dough blender or whisk combine the baby oil and flour well. It can take 5-10 minutes 10 minutes to get everything completely incorporated.
- Put it in a large container outside, and let your children play freely with it.
For a bonus adventure, you can bury small toys in the sand and use paint brushes brush away the sand for your own archeological dig!
Wednesday. July 22nd: Homemade crystals!
What you will need:
- Borax, Sugar, or Salt
- Food Coloring (optional)
- Pipe Cleaners
- Wooden Spoon or Ruler
- Tall Glass or Mason Jar
Follow this link to see which option is best for the ingredients you have on hand!
Thursday July 23rd: Layers of the Ocean in a Jar!~
What you will need:
- A large glass style jar 30 oz or bigger (mason jars work well)
- Vegetable Oil
- Dawn dish soap
- Light corn syrup
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Black, blue and dark blue food coloring
- 5 paper cups
- 5 plastic spoons
1- Making the trench layer: Measure 3/4 cup of corn syrup, mix with black food coloring and pour into the bottom of your mason jar.
2- Making the abyss layer: Measure 3/4 cup of dish soap and slowly pour into the bottom of your mason jar on top of the corn syrup.
3- The midnight layer: Measure 3/4 cup of water, mix with dark blue food coloring and carefully pour into the bottom of your mason jar on top of the dish soap.
4- Twilight layer: Measure 3/4 cup of oil and pour into the bottom of your mason jar on top of the water.
5- Sunlight layer: Measure 3/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, mix with light blue food coloring and pour into your mason jar on top of the oil layer.
Friday July 24th: Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag
ICE CREAM IN A BAG INGREDIENTS
Saturday July 25th: Exploding Lemons!
Ok this one is FUN! I tried it out tonight… I wish I had grabbed more lemons! What you need:
- Lemons (grab a few!)
- Baking Soda
- Food Coloring
- Dawn Dish Soap
- Plate, Tray, or Bowl
- Craft Sticks
- Lemon Juice (optional: pick up a small bottle or use the juice from another lemon)
Follow the link HERE for instructions!
Sunday July 26th: take it easy today!
Today is a day to reset and enjoy time outside with family. Try to limit screen time and spend time talking to people in your home. You can go for a long walk, read your favorite book, or spend time together preparing a meal. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy the sunshine and have a relaxing day!