The kids and I decided to make some snow today. This was super easy to do. Simply dump a box of baking soda into a bowl and add about 2/3 of a can of shaving cream. Stir together well. We added some silver glitter to it to give it that sparkly look. The result was cold and a lot of fun to smash together. We were even able to form some snowballs out of it.
Now, I only had one kind of shaving cream in the house that I'd gotten for another craft. This kind was heavily scented and our son didn't care for the scent at all (neither did I). When you buy some, I recommend getting it unscented if you can.
When they were tired of playing with the snow, I gave them both large bowls of vinegar. Because what happens when you combine baking soda and vinegar? Bubbles, bubbles, everywhere! I think the kids enjoyed making volcanoes with the mixture more than they did playing with it in the first place. LOL
It was a great way to spend an hour or so on a windy Sunday.
In anatomy, the kids are studying the cardiovascular system. To help them remember the four chambers of the heart and the main veins and arteries coming out of the heart, we decided to do a project that was suggested in the textbook we use.
We used graham crackers for the four chambers of the heart. Then I mixed up some frosting to help illustrate the oxygenated and deoxygenated blood. Marshmallows were used for the veins and arteries coming out of the heart.
Both of our kids had a lot of fun with the projected and it really helped them to remember facts about the heart that they might not have otherwise. Plus, it tasted pretty good, too!
We love homeschooling!
Our family homeschools. Our son (almost 9) has been very interested in human anatomy lately, so that's where our focus has been in science so far this year. This week and next, we are studying blood (his favorite part of anatomy, next to the skeleton). Our daughter (3 1/2) comes running when we pull out the human anatomy textbook.
Today, to help illustrate the main components of blood, we made our own! I was looking forward to this project and even wrote up a sheet of paper with facts for each component. I have to say, it came out even better than I expected.
We used Karo syrup for the plasma, Red Hots for the red blood cells, a Smartie for a white blood cell, and then sprinkles for platelets. The kids had a blast, Xander was responding to questions about each of them, and I thought they turned out really neat looking.
I love hands-on learning!
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