Here is the back story to this post! I don’t have a Pinterest account yet. Jenna keeps telling me I have to go over to the darkside and join but so far I have resisted the temptation. I’ve resisted for a number of reasons but the biggest reason is I know I would spend way more time there then I should. I already spend enough time in front of this computer. I don’t need another reason to sit here.
But I do understand the idea of wanting to save something so that you can have it for later. I know there have been a number of times I’ve seen something on a blog and thought it would be fun to do with Amara. Now, if I could just remember where I saw that idea.
So instead I started a great big pink sticky note on my desktop! I love sticky notes — the electronic kind! Now when I find an interesting post with a craft idea or recipe that Amara and I could try I add it to the sticky note on my desktop labeled “Ideas for Amara”. I figure the best way to avoid boredom is to have lots of ideas on hand.
Speaking of boredom, we had a Sunday morning like that a few weeks ago. Amara didn’t know what she wanted to do so I showed her my sticky note! We got to the one that read “Colored baking soda!“. Connie had posted it on Family Home and Life and you could see her little eyes light up. We went to the blog post, looked at the pictures and talked about doing it but first…
“Grandma, can I show you an experiment with milk, food coloring and dish soap?”
Sure, why not! So we went to the kitchen and she poured out a little bowl of milk, added one drop each of 3 different colors and then the magical drop of dish soap! The dye just exploded and it really was beautiful and fun to watch. So of course we had to do it again for Grampy! She explained to us that it has to do with the fat content in the milk. I just know it was pretty!
“And since we have the food coloring out can we try that baking soda idea you found Grandma?”
This was really a lot of fun to watch, too! Have you ever done a baking soda and vinegar volcano? It was much like that but with colored lava. We had 6 little bowls of vinegar, each dyed a different color and two large paper plates filled with baking soda. She used little plastic spoons to drop the vinegar on to the baking soda. She had little explosions of different colors!
She had a blast watching the way the bubbles foamed. So did I. We were never able to get the color of the baking soda to stay as dark as the vinegar or as dark as it started out when she poured it on to the white baking soda but it made it even more fun to keep trying! We discussed getting tiny droppers and doing it again and seeing how precise she could be. Mommy and Daddy were very impressed with what she had created.
Thank you Connie, for such a fun idea!