Wednesday, May 05, 2010

WFMW: Summer Activity Ideas and Blog Frog Question

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For backwards edition, my question concerns Blog Frog. I just joined a few days ago and haven't had the time to really look into it any further. I've already started receiving emails that so-n-so is your new BF friend --people I have never even heard of. What is that all about? I would love to hear comments from those of you who've joined. What do you like about it and how has it enriched your life?

**Oh, and my vacuum is about to suck its last breath --will you lovely ladies please tell me which vacuum moves you the most?!! (Unfortunately I can't afford a Dyson, either.)

With summer just around the bend, I wanted to pass on a few ideas that might be fun for your kids. We've done all three already.
#1 Do an ant experiment

You will need a few paper plates, some jelly, and other products like toothpaste, dish soap, etc.
Drop a large spoonful of jelly in the center of each plate. Let one plate have jelly only. The ants will have a party over this one for sure. Squirt a ring of toothpaste around the jelly on another plate, and squirt a ring of dish soap or another product of your choice around the jelly on the last plate. (Your kids can do as many plates as they like with all kinds of products, but we just did these 3.)

Set plates outside preferable near an anthill. The purpose of this experiment is to see if ants will cross certain products to get to the jelly. It was really fun to watch. You can view our experiment here if you like.
#2 Do a cricket experiment

You will need a glass jar with a lid and a live cricket.
Poke holes in the lid for air. Catch a cricket, which shouldn't be too hard to do in the summer, and place it in the jar. Screw on lid. Watch the cricket moving around for a minute, then put the jar with the cricket in the refrigerator for a couple of hours or until the cricket stops moving. Even though he may appear dead, he isn't. Take the jar out and set it on the table. Observe as the cricket slowly begins moving again.

The purpose of this experiment, other than the fact that it's cool, is to show kids that crickets and other insects are cold-blooded. To view our experiment, you can go here.

#3 Read a fun book out loud
A few months ago, I read a short fiction novel, Rosie Fights the Twisted Wind by Tad Troilo, to my 3 children ages 4, 8, and 10. Afterward, we did a project and made "soil suds." It was yummy! To find out what soil suds are, you'll need to read the book!!

Here is a photo of our version of "soil suds."

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Jen said...

I've wondered about Blog Frog too! I've been tempted a couple of times to join in the BF community but since I don't know anything about it I haven't! If you find anything out, pass the info my way!!

Ames said...

As far as a vacuum...we just recently had to purchase a new one too. We went with the Oreck XL from Costco. It is not as expensive as the Dyson but it did cost a little more then I wanted to pay. (About $250...I think) I have had it a few months and I have to say that I am very impressed with it. It does the job and so far worth the money.


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