Spring is slowly peering around the corner. The days are sunnier and longer and my day lilies are showing their beautiful green tops. I tend, though, to forget Spring’s harsher attributes–wind and rain–and am easily discouraged when they pop up on my precious weekend days.
Sophie shares my dislike and our challenge (which we wholeheartedly choose to accept!) is to find something, other than movies, to take our minds off the overcast skies. One solution: pulling out the Christmas gifts that got filed away in the after-holiday reorganization. Sophie got two awesome science kits that have led to hours of enjoyment and that create the perfect rainy day fun times. The experiments and ingredients are simple and the results super cool (even when they don’t exactly turn out).
If you want to avoid buying a kit, I also found this website with great science activities for kids. I have to say, though, that I’m pretty sold on the boxed product– it’s awfully nice to have most of what we need already assembled!
WARNING: These activities do require parental involvement. If you want to sit on the couch reading or watching the Housewives of Orange County, you may need to to find a different activity, like coloring or Phineas and Ferb reruns.
Here’s Sophie creating a volcanic reaction using her Mind Blowing Science kit:
Sophie also got this fun Spa Science kit:
Our first spa experiment was making bath fizzies. We were supposed to take the “dough” we made and roll the pieces into balls that would then harden into what you’d expect a proper fizzie to look like. Ours actually melded together on the plate, making a large, rock-solid pancake. Sophie still wanted to use it in her bath so I had to chip off little pieces using a kitchen knife (safety first!). We finally gave up and submerged the plate in the tub. It fizzed in all it’s glory–could not have been better!
Don’t blame the recipe–I’m sure it had much more to do with the chefs. Either way, fun times were had by all.
Happy rainy days, everyone!