It’s been crazy this semester. Driving to Fort Myers 5 days a week (as opposed to my usual 2) is every bit as brutal as I thought it would be. My life used to be so neatly compartmentalized, each role that I play reserved for a specific day. On Mondays I stayed home with the kids all day and went to work at night, on Tuesdays and Thursdays I was a college student all day etc…NOW I find myself sometimes doing all three things in one day. It’s weird, and overwhelming. I must say that I much preferred it the other way, I don’t know why compartmentalization made things so much easier for me, but it definitely did.
Of course I feel most guilty where this crazy life schedule takes away from time with my kiddos. Jace starting VPK this year adds a-whole-nother layer to this dynamic. So when I DO get to hang out with Jace and Zo, I try to do something fun!
When we all had yucky colds a few weeks ago, I spent like 4 days at home, but definitely not doing anything fun with the kids. So one of the days I decided to put together a little Pinterest inspired “craft” for them, to break the monotony of naps and cartoons.
This one is easy peasy, folks. All you need is
- Baking Soda
- Food Coloring
- Paper plates/spoons/straws/ anything of your choice, really!
I made up 4 different bowls of colored vinegar, think Easter eggs.
Then I coated the paper plates with a layer of Baking Soda, think Scarface. 😉
We all know what happens when you mix Baking Soda and vinegar, yes?
It fizzles and sizzles. AKA two year old magic.
They used straws and spoons, but mostly spoons once they realized that the more vinegar they applied, the more bubbles they were rewarded with. haha. But they were initially very intrigued that they could keep liquid in the straw by keeping their finger plugged over the top hole. Yay, Science!
It was a great little activity to get them to forget about being sick for a while. They soaked through 4 plates each before I finally had to cut them off. haha!
The kids and I really enjoyed this one, and it is super easy and can be done with things that you likely already have around the house. It even has some educational value. These are the best kinds of crafts, am I right moms? 😉