Remember when I had planned all sorts of "themed" art projects. The key to theme week is to have everything on hand. It kind of puts a damper on craft time when you don't have all of the supplies that you need.
I came to science theme week unprepared. I planned to make homemade slime, but I forgot that I haven't found Borax yet. I also forgot that I needed Alka-Seltzer for the lava lamps and glycerin for the giant bubbles. So I improvised...here are the results from the re-titled "Mommy is Unprepared and has had a Headache all Week Long" craft week.
Let me attach a HUGE disclaimer to this project. This was fun...until it wasn't. I was prepared that it would be kind of messy - it just ended up being messy in a different sort of way than I had planned.
Watercolor Paper (or any thick paper)
Non Toxic Paints
The goal of this is to blow bubbles with the straw and then pop them on the page. We had two problems...I don't think our paper was thick enough, so we didn't get very good bubble images AND Nicole accidentally took a drink of the soapy paint. You can probably guess what happened next. Luckily we have a leather couch...or it would now be a lovely shade of strawberry red. Needless to say...Nicole is slightly skeptical of Mommy's craft ideas. She told me this was NOT a fun craft. I agree - I felt/feel horrible. Word to the wise...three may be too young for this one.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Obviously depending on the age of your child, these could be as simple or elaborate as you'd like. I found these cute mini-birdhouses in the Michael's $1 section. Easy and fun...and they in no real way link to the science theme. I just didn't have anything for her to do on Thursday afternoon.
I forgot to take pictures, so you'll have to use your imaginations.
This wasn't quite as exciting as I'd hoped. After all of the fizzing, Nicole asked, "What happens next? When is going to be magic?" I guess I should have made a paper maiche volcano or something. :)
Next week will be better. :)