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DIY Paint: Scratch and Sniff Paint

Now that the weather is warming up the yards are looking much more beautiful, and the little in-home artists we always seem to forget we employ are looking to get their paint on. If you are like me and you don’t always have paint on hand (it goes bad when I do so why keep it forever?) then you just might want to look in to trying this fun tutorial. Not only can you and your kids make paint, you can make paint that is scratch and sniff. Now once your paint dries you can enjoy how it looks, and how it smells.

I cannot take credit for this amazing idea. But I can take credit for finding it. Growing a Jeweled Rose is an amazing website with all sorts of activities aimed at entertaining and educating kids. This fun and unique tutorial will also you to actually create scratch and sniff paint that can be used to paint the most beautiful picture. It is even non-toxic and completely edible, so if like me you have a small toddler looking to get in on the fun it is “ok” when he very suddenly sticks the whole paintbrush in his mouth.

scratch and sniff paint

Head on over to Growing a Jeweled Rose now and see their full tutorial. While you are there you should check out some of their other incredible tutorials. You and our kids just might find some activities to keep you busy this Spring Break.

STEM Activities: Experimenting with Weather and Lightning!

STEM has become such an important part of science in classrooms around the country. It is not only a very important part of our current lifestyle, we use science and technology in nearly every major job now, it is also such an important part of our daily lives. This moths fun STEM activity deals with weather and lightning. Since everyone has to live in the weather, why not take a moment to get better acquainted with how it works and why its important?

This months STEM activity is from Learn Play Imagine, a great blog written and created by Mom Allison. Her little weather experiment is so much fun your kids will want to do this everyday. Not only does he teach us how lightning is made, with her instructions you and your kids can actually CREATE lightning at home.

STEM - Weather and lightning

Allison and Learn Play Imagine shares some incredibly cool insight in to lightning and weather with this experiment. We highly recommend heading over to her page to fully understand the experiment and to see step-by-step tutorial with a Youtube video to give you guidance to complete the experiment in full.

Don’t forget to check out some of Allison’s other great experiments and blogs while you are there.

Check out these 10 myths about lightning for you to share with your kids while you work:

MYTH 1 – LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES THE SAME PLACE TWICE 
Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building was once used as a lightning laboratory, because it’s hit nearly 25 times per year, and has been known to have been hit up to a dozen times during a single storm.
MYTH 2 – LIGHTNING ONLY STRIKES THE TALLEST OBJECTS 
Fact: Lightning is indiscriminate and it can find you anywhere. Lightning hits the ground instead of trees, cars instead of nearby telephone poles, and parking lots instead of buildings.
MYTH 3 – IN A THUNDERSTORM, IT’S OK TO GO UNDER A TREE TO STAY DRY
Fact: Sheltering under a tree is just about the worst thing you can do. If lightning does hit the tree, there’s the chance that a “ground charge” will spread out from the tree in all directions. Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties.
MYTH 4 – IF YOU DON’T SEE CLOUDS OR RAIN, YOU’RE SAFE 
Fact: Lightning can often strike more than three miles from the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or even the thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the Blue,” though infrequent, can strike 10?15 miles from the thunderstorm. Anvil lightning can strike the ground over 50 miles from the thunderstorm, under extreme conditions.
MYTH 5 – A CAR WITH RUBBER TIRES WILL PROTECT YOU FROM LIGHTNING 
Fact: Most vehicles are safe because the metal roof and sides divert lightning around you. The rubber tires have little to do with protecting you. Keep in mind that convertibles, motorcycles, bikes, open shelled outdoor recreation vehicles, and cars with plastic or fiberglass shells offer no lightning protection at all.
MYTH 6 – IF YOU’RE OUTSIDE IN A STORM, LIE FLAT ON THE GROUND
Fact: Lying flat on the ground makes you more vulnerable to electrocution, not less. Lightning generates potentially deadly electrical currents along the ground in all directions, which are more likely to reach you if you’re lying down.
MYTH 7 – IF YOU TOUCH A LIGHTNING VICTIM, YOU’LL BE ELECTROCUTED
Fact: The human body doesn’t store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid.
MYTH 8 – WEARING METAL ON YOUR BODY ATTRACTS LIGHTNING
Fact: The presence of metal makes virtually no difference in determining where lightning will strike; height, pointy shape and isolation are the dominant factors. However, touching or being near long metal objects, such as a fence, can be unsafe when thunderstorms are nearby. If lightning does happen to hit one area of the fence. For example, the metal can conduct the electricity and electrocute you, even at a fairly long distance
MYTH 9 – A HOUSE WILL ALWAYS KEEP YOU SAFE FROM LIGHTNING
Fact: While a house is the safest place you can be during a storm, just going inside isn’t enough. You must avoid any conducting path leading outside, such as corded telephones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, plumbing, metal doors or window frames, etc. Don’t stand near a window to watch the lightning. An inside room is generally safe, but a home equipped with a professionally installed lightning protection system is the safest shelter available.
MYTH 10 – SURGE SUPPRESSORS CAN PROTECT A HOME AGAINST LIGHTNING 
Fact: Surge arresters and suppressors are important components of a complete lightning protection system, but can do nothing to protect a structure against a direct lightning strike. These items must be installed in conjunction with a lightning protection system to provide whole house protection.

 

Knock-Knock: Who’s There?

We hit that stage. You know the stage. The Stage where everything is a punch-line. My kids have not stopped telling jokes in weeks. And after everything they say they add, “get it?” No, I don’t get it. Some of their jokes are so bad I want to cry. I want to scratch my head. So I did what I had to do. I broke down and talked jokes with them. I explained how a joke has a punch-line, and that it is the punch-line that makes the joke funny. Then I shared a few of my own favorites. You know those cheesy, corny ones that every parent has hidden in their arsenal. But those got old fast. REALLY FAST. That was when I went looking for some help.

Super Duper Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids. This fun little paperback has brought hours, and I do mean hours, of entertainment to my kids. But they weren’t just funny to the kids. Some of these jokes have actually cracked me up. Now when I pick them up from school I can hear them in the back of the car trying to make one another laugh. They share their favorites with me. It has even made the rounds in our bedtime story routine. Together we read our favorites, try them out on one another, and then laugh ourselves silly.

Knock-Knock Jokes

If you are looking for another way to connect with your kids this is definitely it. Jokes are the perfect way to connect. Everyone loves to laugh. Laughing is also a great way to relieve stress, so why not find more reasons to laugh? This book is easily accessible. We found it online, but a friend found it in her local library. The kids even found a copy in their school library. If you are ready to have some good old fashioned laughs with your kids, then you should definitely check it out.  It will have you all in stitches.