Make some noise!

With Independence Day right around the corner, Jackson and I decided to make some noise makers today. Our neighborhood does a huge block party that day and an amazing firework display at night. For a HOA funded firework display this thing is better than some city firework shows I have seen.  This year we will be taking our wagon and walking to the lake so little man has something to sit on while we wait for the fireworks. But why not have some noise makers to keep him entertained as well on the 10 minute walk? OOoo.. this reminds me, we can do something to decorate the wagon too =)

Anyways, I went into my craft room (that is in huge need of organization) and tried to find things that I already had. What I found was: construction paper, bells, pipe cleaner, popsicle sticks, and tape. 

I had no idea what I was going to be doing before starting this. It just kinda happened and Jack could help in every step along the way. Well not cutting the stars. But he did help cut pipe cleaners.

Step 1:

Take your pipe cleaners and cut them to about 2- 2.5 inches long. At one end of the pipe cleaners tie on one of the jingle bells.


Don’t let your son steal your jingle bells. He will put up a playful fight to keep them 😉 And even lick them so you don’t want them back… hhaah



Step 2: 

Draw and cut out your star shapes.  I didn’t measure or anything. I just drew stars large enough to fit over the popsicle sticks. There are two stars so that it makes a pocket to slide over the top of the sticks.  I taped 2 sides together at this point to keep them together.


Step 3:

Tape your pipe cleaners to the top front side of the sticks.


Step 4: 

Slide your star on top of your stick. Tape the star to the stick as well as tape the rest of the sides together to have it closed.



Make some noise!!!




Fireworks in a Jar!

Science can be truly fun. In my opinion it is usually the experiments that are my favorite part of science.  Experiments for kids open up a whole new world full of wonder and excitement.

Fireworks in a Jar would be great to teach kids ages 2+ about how oil doesn’t mix with water.  I got this idea from I Can Teach My Child.  Action Jackson loved it so much we did it 3 times!

What you need:

  1. Clear jar or glass of warm water
  2. Small dish or bowl with about 1-2 TBSP of oil (Veg. oil works just fine)
  3. Food Coloring! At least 3 different colors
  4. Fork to stir

 Step 1: Fill your jar or glass 3/4 full of warm water.  Add oil to your small dish.


Step 2: Add your food coloring to your oil. About 3-4 drops of each color. We used 6 colors on the 1st go round. Eventually will turn your water black. If you want to be able to see fireworks better, use maybe 3-4 different colors. 



Step 3: Gently mix food color and oil using your fork.



Step 4: Slowly pour your oil into your water, something your child can help you do. 

IMG_3071 6 different colors, turns the water very dark


Viola! A quick science experiment where your child can do at least 90% of it!