Pumpkin Coloring

Not being in the mood to carve pumpkins we got out the colored markers.  We colored in the front yard and back.

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JJ wasn’t happy about being left out.

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Done! Time for a cute picture with all the kids and pumpkins.

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Well, at least this picture is good for a laugh.

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Ribbit

Daddy brought home a surprise.

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A green American Tree Frog had made its way to my hubby’s work.  Poor frog had an injured leg so he got a new home with us.  Girls named him Ribbit.

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We all learned about Tree Frog habitat and diet.  The kids also learned how uninteresting it can be to have a nocturnal pet (to quote Lulu “he doesn’t move”).  It was quite fascinating to watch Ribbit hunt and catch food.  That was probably our favorite part of having him.

Ribbit stayed with us for a few weeks.  Then I realized I do not want to keep a pet long term that requires live food.  We found another loving home for Ribbit.  It was fun while it lasted.

24 Hour Pet

I was talking with my parents when Kiki rushed in the house, “we found something from the sea!”  This is the Midwest, we’re nowhere near a sea.  I couldn’t fathom what she meant.

They found this little guy on the sidewalk!

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So we learned about crawdads/crawfish/crayfish habitats and what they like to eat.  Amazingly it was still alive the next day so we turned it over to a good home.

 

Floating Oranges

Fun Jar Activity:  See if an orange will float or sink.  Then eat it 🙂

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The girls each thought the orange (we actually used a clementine) would sink so I said it would float.  I won.

As we were eating it Kiki went to put an orange slice in the water.  I stopped her and asked if they thought it would float or sink.  Both girls said float so I said I thought it would sink.  I won again.

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Then we threw in pieces of the peeling and watched them float.  We speculated about why the peeling made the whole thing float when what was inside sinks.  I hadn’t really thought about this before so it fascinated me.

Tornado

Fun Jar Activity:  Learn about tornadoes and make one in a bottle.

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First up was watching some youtube clips of tornadoes.  Then we discussed them a little bit.  We have never seen a tornado in person (and I’ll die a happy person if that stays true), but I have seen the aftermath when helping with tornado relief work.

Then it was on to the fun part.  I had to look  up to see how to do make a tornado in a bottle.  There seemed to be two ways.  First way we tried was putting water in a jar with a little dish soap and glitter.  Then you swirl it around until you see a tornado.  Easy.  Kids liked that one.

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The second way was what I originally had in mind when I came up with the activity.  Every time I looked it up they always talked about using a special connector piece for the two bottles.  Well, I didn’t have that so we experimented to see if we could get the same effect without it.

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This wasn’t very successful.  We might have gotten water all over.   Still, they had fun with it.  I think their favorite part was dyeing the water blue.