Jan 142016
 

Snow balls that don’t freeze fingers?  Sometimes winter fun needs to be brought indoors at Camp Grandma.

In the 1960’s, my husband and I bought wooden skis and leather boots that were aptly nicknamed “ankle busters.” Newlyweds learning a winter sport with friends in Green Bay, Wisconsin evolved into three generations of skiers heading for the mountains in Utah.  The skis are now fiberglass and the boots mold comfortably to your legs.  Our skulls are also well protected with padded helmets and stylish goggles that don’t frost up.


When the weather won’t cooperate, it’s time for Camp Grandma and some fun indoor science projects.  Let’s make snow balls that won’t melt or freeze cute little fingers.
Snow Ball Craft Ingredients
Ingredients:

-Body Lotion, 20 ounce bottle

-Corn Starch, 16 ounce box

-Peppermint Extract

-Large mixing bowl

Pour the corn starch into a large bowl and add half the bottle of lotion.  The peppermint extract gives a nice smell, but isn’t necessary.


This is where stiring and squishing comes in. Keep adding lotion to the mixture until the dough is moldable.


Your hands will thank you for this softest snow ball making project ever.   It’s time to add button eyes, sticks, and anything else that a snowman needs to wear. Store the dough in zip lock bags for future play times. Add some lotion if it becomes too dry.

Our next science project involves snow ball dough that creates foaming bubbles and erupts like volcanos.
Snow Ball Shaving Cream Ingredients

Ingredients:

-Baking Soda, large box

-Shaving Cream, approximately 1/2 can needed

-Glitter

-Vinegar, large bottle

-Koolaid, packets

Pour the entire box of baking soda into a large bowl.  The kids will love squirting shaving cream, that mostly ends up in the bowl and then squishing to mix and mold.

Place the snow balls on a plastic plate or tray that has sides, to keep the liquid from spilling.  Spray or pour vinegar on the baking soda mixture to create your own erupting and foaming bubbles.


The snow balls will look really cool by sprinkling blue Koolaid powder and glitter over them. This works better than food coloring, since it won’t stain little fingers.  Keep adding more vinegar onto the baking soda mixture and the fun lasts until the vinegar is gone.

I bought all these ingredients at the dollar store, for a day of very inexpensive science fun.  Is making snow that won’t freeze messy?  Absolutely!  I just made sure the grandkids washed up before receiving my Camp Grandma hugs.

Jul 182014
 

Welcome to Camp Grandma’s Gassy Balloon Show, brought to you by my Science Guy Grandsons.  Nearby is Copper, our sulking grand-dog, since this project didn’t include snacks.
Camp Grandma Science Project Camp Grandma Science Project 1 Camp Grandma Science Project 3
Camp Grandma Science Project 2 Supplies needed:
Plastic Water Bottle
Vinegar
Baking Soda
Balloon
Funnel
Food Coloring (optional)

1). Pour 1/4 cup of Vinegar into an empty plastic Water Bottle.

2). Insert a Funnel into the Balloon.

3). Pour 1 Tablespoon of Baking Soda into the Balloon through the Funnel.

4). Remove the Funnel and carefully attach Balloon to the Water Bottle without letting any Baking Soda spill into the bottle.

5). Lift the Balloon up so the Baking Soda falls into the Bottle.

Now the fun begins!  Watch the balloon inflate.

My Science Guy’s project is a success.  The Vinegar and Baking Soda react when mixed and produce Carbon Dioxide gas.

This bubbling gas causes the balloon to inflate.

After the bubbling action stopped and the balloon deflated, the Science Guy’s were ready to add a few drops of food coloring to a fresh mixture.

This made for some interesting green bubbles that re-inflated the balloon.

How many times did my Science Guys try this project?

Hint: A quart of vinegar makes for a fun afternoon.

Isn’t science a gas?

My thanks to Life Is Peachy for this great science project idea.

Jun 272013
 

When the grandkids come over, my kitchen becomes “Camp Grandma” and today we created homemade erupting volcanos.volcano with sand decoration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items needed:  a round pie plate with heavy duty tin foil, a small glass bottle, lots of newspaper and paper toweling, and coarse sand for that earthy look.  This play dough recipe worked great when shaped around a glass bottle to look like a volcano.volcano tutorial

Homemade Play Dough Recipe
2 cups  Flour                 1 cup Salt
2 tbl. Vegetable Oil        2 cups water
4 tsp. cream of tartar
Pour all ingredients into a large pot.  Stir constantly over medium heat until a dough ball forms.  Knead dough until the texture matches play dough (1-2 minutes).  Store in a zip lock bag or plastic container.

shaped volcano with lintThe play dough packed glass bottles are then placed in the tin foil covered pie pans for mess control.  Some dryer lint soaked in white glue was packed on the volcano for decoration.

Insert a funnel into the glass bottle and pour in 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda.  Mix 6 drops of dish soap and 4 drops of red and yellow food coloring to 2 cups of vinegar.

The grandkids played for hours with their volcanos and eventually used an entire gallon of vinegar.  Total cost for this project was less than a few dollars, but time spent was priceless.

Volcano's re-erupting volcano erupting

Jun 052013
 

I hated scrubbing bathroom showers and tubs.  None of the purchased bathroom cleaners worked quickly.  Then I read about a very inexpensive cleanser combo, that turns this yucky job into a quick and easy task.

Shower cleaning ingredientsThe recipe calls for one part Blue Dawn dish soap and one part vinegar mixed together.

Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a spray bottle.  Spray it on the tub or shower, wait an hour and then wipe the soap scum off.

shower after cleaningI’ve found that heating the vinegar first and then adding the blue Dawn eliminates the waiting time.

I bought a nylon bath cloth to make the scrubbing even easier.

Another great idea was to pour the vinegar and soap mixture into a ketchup bottle, so you can squirt it on the tub and also around the toilet bowl.  It will drip down the sides for a heavy duty scum cleanup.

Cleaning the scum off with the shower doors closed, works best while taking a shower.  I won’t go into that, because then pictures might be expected.

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