hands on : as we grow http://handsonaswegrow.com Hands on kids activities for hands on moms. Focusing on kids activities perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:32:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 String a Line to Matching Pairs for Sight Words http://handsonaswegrow.com/string-line-matching-pairs-sight-words/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/string-line-matching-pairs-sight-words/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:35:00 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=40647 Matching pairs like this doesn't have to be just about sight words! Replace the sight words with letters, numbers, or even with beginning letter sounds.]]> Henry’s been flying through his sight word lists lately.

I’ve been so proud of him. Some we haven’t even practiced at home, he’s just learning them so quickly on his own at school.

But I like to bring what he’s working on at school into the house so that I can see how he’s doing first hand.

I made a simple sight word activity for him to connect matching pairs. It’s basically a simple worksheet made big on our floor to get him involved instead of ‘doing work’.

To set up, I wrote his current list of sight words on sticky notes, twice, and placed them in two separate lines, or columns, on the floor.

Use string to connect matching pairs of sight words (or letters, numbers, etc)

I got out some of my favorite craft supply, painter’s tape. Along with kids scissors and a bundle of yarn.

Henry did the rest.

He started at the top of the column on the left and found its sight word matching pair in the column on the right.

We did a similar sight word match like this on the wall! Check it out!

Connect matching pairs with string - use for sight words, letters, numbers, anything!

Henry cut the yarn and taped it to the first sight word.

He unrolled the yarn to the matching sight word pair across to the other column, cut it, and taped it to make a sight word match!

And repeat through all the sight words!

Connect matching pairs (of anything) with string - use for sight words, letters, numbers, anything!

Some of the sight words he knew right off the bat, some he asked.

I didn’t quiz him, or made him sound them out.

I tried to remember that these are sight words and its all about memorization, so if he didn’t know them, I simply just told him, ‘Its walk’, and encouraged him to tell me the word back when he found its match.

Matching pairs of sight words with string

Matching pairs like this doesn’t have to be just about sight words!

Simply replace the sight words with letters [could be upper and lower case], numbers [or even number and dots to match], or even could do beginning letter sounds [match 'a' with 'apple'].

Leave a comment below telling me what kind of matching pairs your kids would make.

And it doesn’t have to be this big either, I love No Time for Flash Cards rhyming version of this that she does using a peg board! Simple and great using those rubber bands for fine motor skills.

More move and learn ideas from my move and learn co-hosts:

Henry is 6 years old.

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Painting Ideas for Kids with 50 Tools, Methods & Recipes http://handsonaswegrow.com/50-paint-activities-tools-methods-recipes/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/50-paint-activities-tools-methods-recipes/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=8680 These are 50 creative painting ideas for kids, including many tools, methods and recipes to get your mind rolling with creativity!]]> There are so many painting ideas for kids! Painting is such a staple for art activities with most kids.

Painting is often the first exposure children have to art. Which isn’t surprising. There’s a million different ways to do it!

Its time to be creative with the kids in a way you’ve never been before!

50 different painting ideas for kids to try - different tools, methods and recipes to use!

Even though kids love painting, it can become mundane for the child [not to mention yourself] if all that’s ever used is a paintbrush and paper. And where’s the creativity in that?

Pablo Picasso said it best:

“All children are artists.
The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

How shall we keep our children as artists as they grow?

A few new ways to paint couldn’t hurt, could it? Grab a new tool to paint with, or a new method of painting, and get creative today!

Here’s 50 creative painting ideas for kids, with tools, methods and recipes to get your mind rolling with ideas! Like I said, there’s a million ways to paint, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Creative tools for painting ideas for kids

28 Different Ideas for Painting Tools

Introduce new tools to use with paint and your child will jump at the opportunity to get creative! Get creative yourself with what you use. Find something lying around the house and ask yourself, “How could we paint with this?”!

  1. Paint with a sponge! Make a rainbow on the sponge if you’re feeling super creative.
  2. Add a stencil to the mix. Sponge paint over it to make instant pictures!
  3. Reuse bubble wrap. Paint on it, make prints, whatever suits you!
  4. Water is an awesome means of painting. There’s something magical about it as it dries up!
  5. Use a paint roller. Kids love to do things just like Mom and Dad! [From Experimenting Mom]
  6. Finger paint. An obvious one, but I often forget this easy peasy creative activity!
  7. Paint something big, like a window!
  8. A no mess, toddler approved option is baggy painting! Add an object to the baggy and go!
  9. Use odds and ends to paint with. Such as spoons and forks from the last birthday party.
  10. Get moving while you paint! Throwing ribbons is a great option for older toddlers and preschoolers that have the urge to move!
  11. Along the lines of the ribbon painting, but with a sliding twist, symmetrical string painting. [From Preschool Powol Packets]
  12. Roll things! Like plastic Easter eggs or balls!
  13. Use your child’s interest to paint. Vehicle painting is a huge hit here!
  14. Use your hands and fingers to make prints!
  15. Raid your kitchen! Kitchen utensils have great painting potential. [From Crayon Freckles]
  16. Blow paint with straws!
  17. Use Q-tips as mini paintbrushes. [From Make and Takes]
  18. A super fun and magical twist is magnet painting! [From Rockabye Butterfly]
  19. Kids love to squirt things! Try using a cleaned medicine syringe. [From Our Feminist Playschool]
  20. On that same not, eye droppers are another fun tool to paint with! And works their fine motor skills! [From Picklebums]
  21. Use a paper plate to make spin art.  [From Putti's World]
  22. Splat painted paghetti! Its a wonderful sensory activity too![From Smiling Like Sunshine]
  23. Roll it with rolling pin! [From Casa Maria's Learning Zone]
  24. Paint with themselves. That’s right. Use the entire body and really get into the painting! [From Carrots are Orange]
  25. Go on a nature hunt and paint with your findings! [From Mommy Labs]
  26. Make your own bingo/dot markers! [From Growing Play]
  27. Paint with sticks! [From Toddler Approved]
  28. Paint with frozen paint-cicles!

Fun methods as painting ideas for kids

8 Different Ideas for Painting Methods

New methods of painting is almost as effective as new tools to paint with! Kids get a kick out of jumping or running and creating something while doing so!

  1. Salad spinner painting. A few drops of paint and spin, spin, spin!
  2. Use a box or container and some toys and shake, shake, shake! A great method for newbies, or toddlers, to painting.
  3. Pour paint over an object. Get really creative with the colors and make a rainbow! [Dilly Dali Art]
  4. Blow colored bubbles and make prints! [From The Chocolate Muffin Tree]
  5. Swing it! Make a pendulum and paint from it! [From Getting Messy with Ms Jessi]
  6. Hold it up and let the paint drip. [From Childhood 101]
  7. Squirt and squish paint in contact paper! [From Familylicious]
  8. Use spray bottles and squirt colored water to paint something!

There are many more methods of painting that also get your body moving shown in the Big, Big Art Collection.

Homemade painting recipes and more painting ideas for kids

14 Different Homemade Paint Recipes

Making your own paint is super easy. Pretty much add food coloring to anything and you’ve created a painting medium. Try some of these tried and true recipes for painting with your kids and you’ll never be short on paint again!

  1. For versatile fun and great for toddlers who still put things in their mouths, try an edible finger paint recipe.
  2. Another edible finger paint, but super, duper simple is yogurt paint.
  3. Instead of chalk,  sidewalk paint to paint the driveway.
  4. Same as above, but with a fun fizzy twist is  the fizzy sidewalk paint.
  5. Paint all you want and then make it puffy with this microwave puffy paint recipe! [From Tinkerlab]
  6. Scrub a dub in the tub and get creative with shaving cream bath paint. [From The Imagination Tree]
  7. Add even more fun to the tub with a glowing bath paint. [from Growing a Jeweled Rose]
  8. A shaving cream alternative and edible version: whipped cream paint. [From Three Bears Get Crafty]
  9. The kids will have a blast painting themselves or each other with a body paint recipe. [Modern Parents Messy Kids]
  10. Or try a recipe one that’s meant for the face! Face paint recipe from Superheroes and Princesses.
  11. A staple painting would be watercolors, try making your own with this watercolors recipe. [From Creative Jewish Mom]
  12. An easy glue paint recipe. [From Pink and Green Mama]
  13. A condensed milk paint recipe! It’s so shiny! [From ECE Made Easy]
  14. window paint recipe that contains soap so its makes for easy cleanup, and clean windows!

I am constantly inspired by painting ideas. I have an ongoing list of ways to paint on my “Painting Like an Artist” board on Pinterest. For this list of activities, I also dug into my “Kids Art in Every Form” board, as well as “Craft Recipes for Kids”.

Told you! Look at all the painting ideas there are for kids! Once you start, you won’t stop!

Do you have any painting ideas for kids that they love?

 

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‘Claw Grabbing Machine’ to Strengthen Fine Motor Skills http://handsonaswegrow.com/strengthen-fine-motor-skills-clothespins/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/strengthen-fine-motor-skills-clothespins/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=40464 Clothespins are great to strengthen fine motor skills for kids. Use them in an activity to transfer objects, also known as the 'claw grabbing machine'!]]> What does the Claw Grabbing Machine have to do with trying to strengthen fine motor skills? Well, its all about how the child looks at an activity that makes it a success!

I needed a last minute, quick activity for George to do that wouldn’t take long.

We were planning to head out in the morning right away after Henry left for school, but I had to make a quick phone call first and George wanted and activity to do while I was on the phone.

Yay! Great, because that keeps him occupied and I love that he asks to do an activity.

But I hadn’t planned on being around so didn’t have much in mind.

I ended up grabbing some pom poms out of our craft cupboard, along with some clothespins.

I was thinking a simple transfer game that also strengthened his fine motor skills and hands in the process by opening the clothespin as well as hand-eye coordination to pinch the pom poms.

Strengthen fine motor skills using clothespins - aka the 'claw grabbing machine'

I set out a bowl and put the pom poms in it and a skinny cup [a bottle with a thin neck would work too] for him to transfer the pom poms.

We’ve done a fine motor activity with pom poms using tongs in the past.

George wasn’t too excited until I realized it was much like the claw grabbing machine that you find in arcades. This happens to be the only arcade game my kids have played, and Henry as done it successfully while George has yet to grab a stuffed animal to win.

Transfer pom poms to strengthen fine motor skills

I mentioned that to George and it was instantly an exciting game to try.

He dipped the clothespin in the bowl to pinch a pom pom.

Pinching the clothespins was actually quite hard for George.

Strengthen fine motor skills by transferring pom poms with clothespins

Not all clothespins are created equal. We went through my bag of clothespins to find an easier opening one for him because some were quite stiff.

Once he got the hang of the clothespin he went right at it with no problem. Dipping his ‘claw’ into the bowl and pulling out his prize!

He dropped it in the cup as his prize for later!

Clothespins are a wonderful material to strengthen fine motor skills for kids

It sounds so silly that the same activity can instantly be turned around with a simple wording of what they’re doing. Making it something relate-able to them makes all the difference.

More ways to strengthen fine motor skills:

George is 3.5 years old.

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Fort Magic Shape Tunnel Races http://handsonaswegrow.com/fort-magic-giveaway/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/fort-magic-giveaway/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:45:00 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=40617 The boys have been loving their Fort Magic Kit! It definitely is the ultimate way to build a fort! Endless possibilities equals some super happy kids.]]> The boys have been loving their Fort Magic Kit! It definitely is the ultimate way to build a fort!

Endless possibilities equals some super happy kids.

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Its been such a fun toy to have around the house. I’m so excited to be working with Fort Magic again to share their awesome toy for kids. Plus, we have another giveaway for one of their kits! Enter to win below!

Fort Magic has had some big news lately. They recently got awarded Dr. Toy’s Best Classic 2014 Toy Award, so head on over to their Facebook page and tell them congratulations.

The kit comes with a book full of ways to build a fort, different ideas, concepts and blueprints for all the different ways to build forts. You can see the submarine and ‘mansion’ fort we built, but lately, we’ve been exploring what else we can make with the forts.

While the boys have their own pretend play with the fort pieces themselves [think swords, sprinklers, water pipes and plumbing], we also build simple forts and tunnels for simple play!

Check out our latest Fort Magic forts! It was all about shapes. We set up 3 tunnels for the kids to crawl through.

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A triangle tunnel, ‘circle’ tunnel, and a square tunnel.

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All three boys raced through the tunnels, each claiming their shape.

circle-tunnel-shape

It was a fun way to reinforce shapes for George and even a quick introduction to the shape names for Louis.

All in time, he’ll be learning them all too quickly!

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I love the diversity of Fort Magic! We can make it be whatever we want it to be and use it in our activities too.

smiles-tunnels

My kids and I are not the only ones that love this ultimate way to build a fort!

Check out all the Fort Magic customer reviews to see how much other families love to build a fort with Fort Magic! There’s some excellent tips for building forts on the Fort Magic website too.

Watch the video below for a quick glimpse of how the kids build a fort using Fort Magic.

A Chance for your to win a Fort Magic Kit!

You get a chance to win the Fort Magic kit as well, or you can buy Fort Magic here.

Fort Magic is so generously giving away one of their kits, valued at $199, to a hands on : as we grow reader.

Ways to enter to win your very own Fort Magic Kit:

Tell us in the Rafflecopter form entry below that you did the following.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: Thanks to Fort Magic for sponsoring this amazing giveaway! Let them know on their Facebook page how appreciative we are!

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Decorating Pancakes Easter Egg Style http://handsonaswegrow.com/decorating-pancakes-easter-egg/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/decorating-pancakes-easter-egg/#respond Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=40542 Decorating pancakes will be fun for the kids to make them look like Easter eggs! A fun breakfast idea for Easter morning and works on fine motor skills.]]> For the past couple of weeks I have been playing around with decorating pancakes for Easter.

Making egg shaped pancakes turned out to be harder for me than I would like to admit.

When the opportunity came to team up with International Delight, I knew right away that the spout on their bottle would work perfect to pour pancakes and help me make the best shapes eggs for the kids to decorate!

Decorating pancakes as Easter eggs!

International Delight bottles are great for so many different kid activities, like a DIY telescope, or even a vase for Easter flowers!

It turns out the pour spout works great for pouring pancake batter into a hot pan, too!

I felt like I had so much control over where the batter would land. Perfect!

International Delight bottle makes pancake pouring easy

Once I mastered the Easter egg pancake, we turned breakfast into activity time for the kids.

To set up a pancake decorating station you’ll need a few things:

  • Pancake mix: Use your favorite pancake recipe or a mix.
  • International Delight bottle: I’m so excited about this! Can you imagine the uses? The kids can get involved and make their own pancakes. Mixing batter once and keeping it in the fridge so Daddy can make fresh pancakes after we’ve all eaten. And for taking premixed batter camping?!?! YAY!
  • Frosting: We mixed powdered sugar with a tiny bit of milk. Make sure to add only a little milk at a time, the frosting gets really runny, really fast.
  • Food coloring
  • Plastic baggy: Sandwich size worked well for this. Or you can use a plastic pastry bag [affiliate link to support hands on : as we grow].
  • Sprinkles
  • Hungry kids: Although you don’t want them to be too hungry or they won’t make it all the way through the decorating. My kids each ate a pancake before we started [that was a good way to get rid of the practice pancakes].

Decorating pancakes as Easter eggs!

Just let them decorate pancakes!

I filled the plastic baggies with colored frosting.

When the kids were ready, I cut a small corner of the tip of the bag. Make sure the hole is really small. You can always make it bigger if not enough frosting is coming out.

Figuring out where and how hard to squeeze is a little bit of a challenge [in a good way, of course]. For younger kids try guiding their hands until they can feel where to put pressure. Then let them take control.

Decorating pancakes as Easter eggs!

Time for sprinkles! I like to fill a cup with sprinkles, instead of giving them the entire bottle. [We use less that way.]

decorating--easter-pancakes

All that’s left to do is gobble up those delicious [and adorable] Easter pancakes.

Have your kids had fun decorating pancakes?

Be sure to check out all the Easter IDeas that International Delight has on their Easter Pinterest board!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Our Most Used Kids Craft Supplies: A Look in My Cupboard http://handsonaswegrow.com/look-craft-cupboard/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/look-craft-cupboard/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:02:00 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=39382 What kids craft supplies I recommend for doing activities with young kids. A comprehensive list of our most used craft supplies.]]> Ever since asking hands on : as we grow readers what supplies you have on hand most of the time, I got a lot of requests to share with you what kids craft supplies I recommend for those of you starting out doing activities with your kids.

I have a lot of odds and ends in my craft supplies, from brands sending me random stuff to try, to me getting supplies here and there to try it for an activity or craft.

But there’s only a few craft supplies that I buy for the kids over and over again, that I make sure I have on hand in my craft cupboard.

A list of kids craft supplies that gets used over and over for many activities

What kids craft supplies are the most used and I buy over and over again?

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One time purchases, or rarely have to restock [these last a long time!]:

  • A roll of butcher paper or art paper. Its usually about $30-$40 for a roll of butcher paper, but I just finally used my first roll up after using it for more than 3 years. It lasts a long time.
  • Ribbon, yarn and other strings. I bought 4 bundles of yarn a couple years ago and have barely scratched the surface of them, but they come in handy a lot!
  • A good pair of kid’s scissors. I think for any age kid, I believe George started cutting at 18 months. But definitely for those two and older. Let them cut, supervised, and you’ll be surprised at their ability!
  • Paintbrushes
  • Clear contact paper. I’ve probably bought a roll of contact paper 2 or 3 times in the last 3 or so years. Its great for beginner toddler crafts and art projects, but also great for window art! Always love contact paper!

I make sure to restock these craft supplies all the time:

My list of kids craft supplies that gets used over and over for many activities - including toys we use and stuff around the house

Those are my most recommended supplies to have on hand and keep on hand to do probably 90% of the activities that we do.

I do tend to used a lot of items from around the house too though that don’t belong in my craft cupboard.

Toys around the house come in handy a lot [the kids love it when we incorporate toys into activities]. But also supplies from my kitchen cupboards and pantry are reused all the time. I sometimes do grocery shopping with activities in mind!

Quick tip! Don’t go by this list of toys to do activities with your kids. Find the toys your kids are interested in and bring those into your activities! They’ll be excited!

Toys in the toy box we use for activities:

Stuff around the house I make sure to have some on hand for activities:

  • Q-Tips [cotton swabs]: I use them as paintbrushes sometimes.
  • Cotton balls: These are a great alternative to pom poms.
  • Scotch tape: I always need more! My kids like to just play with it by itself, but you always need it to hang up their artwork!
  • Permanent markers [Sharpies]: I tend to use these a lot myself as I get activities ready.
  • Rice, Oatmeal, Salt, Flour: All come in handy for sensory activities or making our own paint.
  • Baggies or Ziploc Bags: Great for no mess painting or sensory activities.
  • Lots of measuring cups and spoons. These are always handy for sensory tubs.
  • Dish soap: Its just great to have on hand for clean up, but also can make foam or bubbles with it.
  • Of course, we did through our recycling bin to upcycle whatever we can!

Odds and ends kids craft supplies that we don't use ALL the time, but do use occasionally, they're good to have on hand if you have the room.

Then there are the craft supplies that are in my cupboard, but don’t get used all the time for our activities:

They do get used in some activities, so if you’re in a position to diversify and have the room to store these supplies, choose a few of these that suit what you’re looking to do with your kids!

  • Pipe cleanerswe used them as a fine motor activity sometimes.
  • Craft stickswe made cool Christmas tree ornaments from them!
  • Buttons: I can’t seem to keep my button stash stocked as much as I like with cute buttons. When I do have cute buttons on hand we use them up fast. We tend to use them instead of glitter or sequins.
  • Pom poms: They’re great for simple embellishments for crafts, but most of all they’re a fun fine motor activity for toddlers.
  • GlitterI try to avoid glitter whenever possible, but its great to have it around to embellish the occasional craft.
  • Glue sticks
  • Golf tees: we use these to hammer into Styrofoam when we have it. However, this is the most common thing that hands on : as we grow readers do not have in their house! This is also something we wouldn’t have either if I didn’t buy them to do activities.
  • Shaving Cream: its great for sensory play and making marbled prints.
  • Googly eyes: they’re great to have on hand for the Halloween season to make monsters!
  • Sequins: I actually dislike sequins almost as much as glitter. But again, they’re great to embellish crafts at time.
  • Beads: I kind of loathe beads because they seem to roll everywhere whenever we get them out. But they’re great for beading and making simple jewelry. We have some letter ones that have added learning opportunities.
  • Magnets: There are many magnetic activities I’ve found to do, but haven’t had much success with them with the magnets that we have. So these mostly sit in our cupboard. They came in handy for our interactive snowman though!
  • Hot glue gun: This is more of a mom craft supply than a kids craft supply, but I’ve seen many crafts around where kids use them too [be sure to get a low temp one for the kids]. We just haven’t yet. Soon!
  • Clothespins: We’ve used them a number of times, its just not something I get out a lot. I love them for fine motor activities.
  • Rubber bands: I finally bought a rubberband ball and its coming in handy, but haven’t had the chance to really use it yet. Our favorite way so far is a very simple activity to just wrap rubber bands around!
  • Straws: We’ve used them for painting activities, but also love to blow pom poms around with them!
  • Coffee filters: They’ve come in handy for numerous crafts, especially flowers. However, this is something I found most of you do not have [almost half of you] so we’ll be using it less and less, especially since we wouldn’t have them if I didn’t buy them for crafts either.
  • Sponges: I just bought a pack of regular kitchen sponges that I have some of them cut up for painting projects. They get used over and over again.
  • Stickers: I don’t ever seem to buy stickers for the kids, they get them for birthdays and holidays and whatnot. They come in handy for busy activities to do when they’re waiting for something.
  • Tissue paper: I tend to save tissue paper from birthdays and put it in the craft cupboard. Its a great pair to contact paper for window crafts.

FYI: A shower curtain or old sheet comes in handy for messy play too.

That’s about it. I hope I didn’t miss anything, but if I did I’ll come back to add to our list of favorite kids craft supplies.

What is on your list for supplies that you use the most when doing activities or crafts with the kids?

 

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“What Dissolves in Water?” Experiment for Kids from the Pantry http://handsonaswegrow.com/kids-what-dissolves-in-water-experiment/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/kids-what-dissolves-in-water-experiment/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:30:00 +0000 http://66.147.244.106/~handsoo6/?p=344 Find out what dissolves in water! This is a fun experiment for preschoolers to predict and observe what will dissolve and disappear in water and what won't.]]> This is a fun experiment for preschoolers to predict and observe what will dissolve and disappear in water and what won’t. Find out what dissolves in water! 

I’ve mentioned before that Henry’s really been into experiments lately.

He’s created his own experiment as well as begs for others to do quite often.

Like I mentioned in the how to become hands on post last week, I go to Pinterest for a lot of my ideas. On a whim when Henry asked for an experiment to do, I checked out my ‘All Things Play’ board and this post popped up:  Does it Dissolve? from The Picky Apple.

So we simply set up a dissolve experiment station with stuff from the pantry.

What dissolves in water? A simple experiment from the pantry.

I found a few things in my pantry that might dissolve, along with a few that I knew wouldn’t dissolve:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Orzo Noodles
  • Cornmeal
  • Oatmeal
  • Colored Sprinkles

Use pantry goods to see what dissolves in water

I started out setting out two pitchers of water to have Henry use each one to predict that it would dissolve or not and pour it in the corresponding pitcher. But right off the bat, he predicted wrong, and realized how hard that was going to be to tell if the next one dissolved or not.

So, instead, I filled up seven different plastic jars with water.

Equipped Henry with a funnel and a couple wooden spoons.

And let Henry have at his experiment.

The experiment to see what dissolves in water

He predicted before pouring in each one if he thought it would dissolve or not and then observed to see what happened after he stirred for a bit.

He was wrong a lot. And I’m so glad it didn’t upset him.

He did really like when something changed the color of the water, though.

Some changed the color, or made it foggy, but still didn’t dissolve.

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And the sprinkles were, of course, the most fun to watch.

See if sprinkles dissolve in water

They changed the color of the water, but the sprinkles still didn’t dissolve.

Watching sprinkles dissolve in water

I had a hard time choosing what to use for our experiment… I’m curious what other items we’d have to ‘test’ out.

What do you have in your pantry to dissolve?

Henry was 3.5 years old.

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