So a theme....well, I decided to go with an EGGstravaganza party! What more fitting right near Easter than lots of experiments, crafts and craziness around eggs??? To begin the egg madness, we started with learning a little about density. We took three cups of water and three raw eggs. We put one egg in plain water, one egg in heavily salted water and then the last egg in salted water but then added slowly to the side, more unsalted water. It made the third egg float in the middle of the cup between the salted and unsalted water. Pretty easy and cool. We talked about the Dead Sea and how the density of salt water causes things to float or become buoyant.
Then we went on to our funniest part of the morning for us adults - learning how to peel an egg "the Russian way". Each child got a hard boiled egg and taking it gently, they cracked the top, then cracked the bottom. Carefully, they peeled a small hole at the top and then a large hole at the bottom, the size of the egg's bottom. Next they were told to put the egg with the small hole side, up to their mouths and blow as hard as they could, to see if they could pop the egg out of the shell! This got hysterical very quickly for us adults. The kids couldn't create a seal to blow the eggs out, so we got involved trying to help them. Well, only one adult was able to do it - twice! The laughs were plentiful! There was force and mass - a little review from the year - but we were laughing to hard to point any of it out!
The next thing we did was to try and get an egg in a bottle that was too small for it! This required hard boiled eggs, bottles with various sized openings, but none big enough for the egg to easily go into and some paper towels with a lighter. Each kid had a peeled hard boiled egg and a bottle. Then the adults went around and lit a piece of paper towel on fire and put it into the bottle once it burned well for a minute or two and quickly placed the hard boiled egg on the opening. The fire consumed all the oxygen in the bottle and with the egg blocking it from getting more oxygen, it created a vacuum, which then sucked the egg into the bottle! This worked for some of the bottles and not for others as well. The opening had to be big enough but not too big and the fire had to burn long enough in the bottle to make this work well. The kids enjoyed it and it was fascinating to watch.
After that was done, I asked them if Mrs. Leonard should be brave and break out the RAW eggs! They of course, thought it was absolutely necessary, so I did and we moved onto the next set of EGGstravagent demonstrations - but outside!! I'm crazy, but not THAT crazy! LOL
So we decided to test everyone's strength and see who if anyone, could crush an egg in their bare hand! Well, NO ONE! The kids even wanted to bring Brittney out to try (I guess they decided all us adults were wimps, comparatively). However, no one could do it....not even Ms. Brittney! This was fascinating to the kids and it led to the next "trick" which was to STAND on eggs and see if they would break! So out came my two dozen eggs and I placed each child on top of them for 10 seconds, to see if they would break. They of course, did not! So we talked about why the eggs were so strong and how we see humans build structures in this shape because of it's strength! Well, that wasn't good enough because they all thought Mrs. Leonard should certainly try standing on the eggs and see if she would break them. (Perhaps they wanted to see if I need to lose weight? haha) So the ladies gently lowered me onto the eggs and then CRACK, CRACK, CRACK! I went right through them and the kids thought THAT was hysterical and I had egg all over me (wasn't the first time though -haha)!
So it only made sense that after you crush eggs all over your husband's back porch, you must get out some "fizzy eggs" to clean it all up! So I broke out the "magic fizzy eggs" for the kids to mess in next. These eggs were made by taking baking soda, water and dish detergent. The girls had made them earlier in the week. You just take 1/3 cup of baking soda and add a tablespoon or two (to correct consistency) to form an egg. Once the egg is formed, you poke a hole in it and put a little bit of dish detergent in it and then put some more of the baking soda egg around it, to cover it. When it's time to reveal their magic, you need vinegar and water. So we took glass dishes and each team got a fizzy egg and I went around and poured vinegar water into the pan while they watched as the eggs fizzed and foamed up. The kids enjoyed playing in them and when they were done, we threw the remains over the egg on the porch to clean it up! If I had used dye they would have been pretty and colorful, but the dyes are not my favorite thing and certainly make ADHD worse - so we had "ugly eggs"! haha
We were done outside and headed back inside to do one of the two projects I had planned for the kids. The first project, was making colored egg cards to give away. They are a great sensory activity and come out very pretty. Once they are dry, the kids can decorate them further and write on them to give to friends or relatives for the Holiday! You only need poster board, shaving cream and paint colors. Draw eggs to the size you want and cut them out of the poster board. Then take shaving cream and spread it over a plate or large dish and take various colors of paint (I used tempura paints) and squeeze small amounts of various colors, all around the shaving cream. Next you take a craft stick or knife would work, and swirl the paint colors around to make a pretty swirly design. Once the swirls are to their liking, then dip one side of the poster board eggs into it and take it out. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe off the excess. You have a pretty egg to give away!
The final craft, before we enjoyed all of our Easter treats that everyone brought, was to make a Jesus craft for the Easter season. I took a cardboard box and cut squares about 10"x10" and then took 4 small tiles (like a backsplash would be made from) and some paints with a glue gun. The kids painted the cardboard background a color and then each of the tiles were painted a color to match the poem I had written. The tile and the poem were hot glued onto the cardboard.
The poem said:
- Black is for the sin we made
- Red for the blood He gave
- Brown for the cross He bore
- White for sinner's no more
Once the final craft was done, we headed to the table to eat all the yummy's that the Moms had made and I had a few goodies for the kids to end the Wonderful Wednesday year! It was a terrific year of Wonderful Wednesday's and I'm already writing next year's plan for Cycle 3 and hoping to release that for sale in May! I love these kids and the Moms, it is a tremendous blessing and humbling to be able to do this with them each week during our CC year. God is good! I hope you have a Happy Spring and stay tuned for this summer!
If you liked what you saw in Cycle 2 for Wonderful Wednesdays, then take a look back at what we did for Cycle 1 the year before! You can peruse through the past two years of activities and ideas and create your own fun for this summer!
If you have been doing a Wonderful Wednesday where you live, then I would love to see you link-up at Wonderful Wednesday's Link-Up!