Friday, October 11, 2013

The Car that Went Nowhere

For part of our summer learning sess, we made rubberband cars. The kids colored and labeled their wheels and they were so excited to put it together and race. I saw a video online and thought this was going to be such a fun project. But sometimes the things you see on TV doesn't always work out in real life. No matter how much we tweaked it, it just wouldn't budge. So the kids were gracious. They ran around the house and played. Just being together was enough!!! 


They did such a good job coloring and designing. So creative these kids!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Rock Candy

During the summer, we got together with some friends and did a little learning. I saw this on Pinterest and it reminded me of my 2nd grade class. I don't think it was edible, but it was still pretty cool to watch it grow. Maybe we were just growing crystals as oppose to rock candy. Who knows, that was quite some time ago. This however is devourable! Although I have to say it uses a lot of sugar! It puts into reality of how much sugar is in our candy that we buy from the stores. Since we don't see the process, we don't think about it. It definitely made me rethink candy. 

We made a simple syrup. Rolled our chopsticks in sugar. Poured some of the syrup into our jars, mixed food coloring into it, stuck the chopstick in with a clothespin to hold it from hitting the bottom of the jar and that was it! The instructions said to let it sit in a sunny spot uninterrupted for a week, but ours were not growing big enough. We let it go to 3 weeks and it was perfect then!  

Magnus with his favorite color.

Our friend with his all mixed up.

A cutie with hers!

Cutie's sister with hers!

And of course Soph's.


I loved this project, but my tongue did not. I made the mistake of rubbing this on my tongue and the rough edges were not kind to it. Maybe I'm not cool enough to eat this!!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Gone Fishin'

We took the kids to Hagemann Trout Farm to do some fishing. Their website basically said that it would be a guaranteed catch. I was excited to have Magnus try his hand at fishing. He has wanted to do it for quite some time, but time was never on our hand.
I imagined that he would be coming home with enough fish that I would have to freeze some for later. High hopes! It ended up, Magnus and his dad fished for 3 hours with help from various people there, switching to different parts of the lakes, and even help from the owner. He got 1. It was about 6 inches long. He was so excited. I'm thankful he caught something! We came home and he was thrilled to cook up his catch!

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