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.

Mar 152013
 

I’m finally old enough to get a discounted Ski Lift Ticket.  Women usually don’t tell their age, but  I’ve earned these bragging rights.  I’m 70 years old and saved $25 on my ski pass.  Yeah, baby!Senior ski ticket

Not too long ago if you were still skiing at age 70, resorts would give you a free lift ticket.

According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), the percentage of baby boomers ages 55 to 64 on the slopes has more than doubled in the past 10 years, with the number of skiers 65 and older rising as well.

Ski areas want them to return with their grandkids and are enticing them by charging the same price as a young adult ticket.  Other ski areas call you a senior if you’re between 65 and 69, but if you’re 70 or older, they call you a “super senior,” which entitles you to a bigger discount.

With the millions of baby boomers still skiing or snowboarding, how long will these discounts last?  According to the NSAA, some ski areas are already eliminating the senior ski pass or moving the senior discount age to 80 years old.

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