Walking Water

Hi Friends! I wanted to share with you this fun experiment my daycare littles and I started on Monday! I saw a video on this floating around on Facebook the last week or so and thought we would give it a try. It was simple for me to set up and yet fun for them to watch.

Walking Water Jars
Walking Water Jars

To start you will need 7 clear cups or jars. I used 7 half pint mason style jars so the cats couldn’t tip them over! Yes, that happens in my house on a regular basis~Winkie has even mastered tipping the cup over just enough to get a drink then setting it upright again! We filled every other jar/cup with water, I filled them up about half way. Then use food coloring to color the water in the 4 jars/cups that have the water, we put 3 drops of color in each jar/cup of water. You can use any color you want but I’m thinking the liquid food coloring is your best bet compared to the gel food coloring.

Our color choices!
Our color choices!

Next we took paper towels and folded them in half and cut them and then folded them in half 2 more times the long way and then folded them in half to make a V shape. We then measured the height of the jars and cut the paper towels down so they would touch the bottom of the jar but so the point of the paper towel wouldn’t be sticking up to much. We put one end in the jar with water and the other end in the empty jar and repeated until the last jar. Each jar will have 2 ends of paper towel in them except the end jars that will just have one paper towel.

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Now it’s time for the fun! Every hour or so the kids would come back to the table to see what our jars were doing. The water will start walking up the paper towels and will go to the jars that are empty. About 24 hours later our empty jars had water in the them that were colored with a mixture of the 2 jars on each side! This was a fun experiment and they were able to do some guessing on what the colors would be when 2 colors mixed together. It was also pretty mess free which is an added bonus for me when I’m taking care of 10 kids plus dealing with the cats wanting to drink from the jars!

View from the top!
View from the top!

Let me know if you try this experiment with your kids or grandkids!

Much Love,

Amy

 

Rainy Day Memory Project

Hope you guys had a great weekend! It was so nice to get some projects done around the house and meet up with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins that were in Kansas City for the weekend! I started working on a little memory gift for them and because I  am a perfectionist   wait till the last possible second to finish a project had to get it completed Saturday morning! I took a recipe that was our great grandma’s and that was written in my moms handwriting to create this board for all of us!

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My friend Holly passed away this past summer and she LOVED to bake, a friend of hers posted on Facebook how she took one of Holly’s recipes and framed it then hung it with a burlap bow in her kitchen. I loved that idea and wanted to create something similar for my moms side of the family. This was the perfect recipe because it was in my moms writing, it was our great grandma’s recipe plus the recipe gets amazing reviews when I’ve made it for friends and family! I couldn’t find enough large chunky frames at the thrift store and since I was planning on painting them didn’t really want to spend $10-$15 per frame when we had barn wood left from a bed Adam made. You could use a frame or any wood you have laying around your home!

To get started cut your boards to the size you want. My recipe card ended up being about 7″ and my boards are about 9″ tall and just over 5″ wide.

All the cut boards thanks to my hubby!
All the cut boards thanks to my hubby!

Next, I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased some burlap ribbon, cream colored cardstock and clips to hold the recipe. They had everything on sale so my total spent was under $10 for six of these boards!

Love the colored lace with the burlap!
Love the colored lace with the burlap!

One roll was enough to complete 5 boards. My Hobby Lobby had several different colors of this lace burlap to pick from or you could use a favorite ribbon!

For me the hardest part was making a decent copy of the 3×5 recipe card that was written on both sides! It took me several tries but I finally mastered it! Now, just don’t ask me to quickly figure it out again!

This took some patience on my part!
This took some patience on my part!

Thankfully our scanner has measurement marks inside so once I figured that out it started to line up easier and then my only issue was figuring out which way to flip the paper before putting it back in the printer to have the second side of the recipe copied!

Finally! The finished recipe!
Finally! The finished recipe!

Thankfully I was smart when I started and hadn’t tried all these copies on my precious cardstock! Regular printer paper is so much cheaper if you make a mistake at first and have to trash it! After I had all the copies I cut them to size and placed them all under something heavy so they wouldn’t try to curl on me.

Next I took my ribbon and measured around the front, sides and part of the back of my board. Then I cut the ribbon and used a hot glue gun. This worked perfect and thankfully I didn’t even burn myself one single time on this project! I think that is a new record for me!

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This is the back...I didn't wrap it all the way around but you could if you wanted.
This is the back…I didn’t wrap it all the way around but you could if you wanted.

After I let the glue dry for about an hour it was time to pull out my cute little clips! This is when I realized I made a mistake in buying the cute LITTLE clips! They were so little it looked horrible! So AJ and I made a quick trip to Walmart since Hobby Lobby is 25 minutes away and it is then I realized Walmart doesn’t sell any cute clips no matter what size you need!!! Thankfully I found thumb tacks and so we purchased those and headed home to complete our memory recipe board!

The finished project!
The finished project!

I absolutely love the way it turned out! Using four thumb tacks worked out perfectly so the recipe card wouldn’t try to curl up and I love the rustic look of the barn wood! My mom grew up on a farm so I think the barn wood adds an extra memory into it! My cousins and aunt loved theirs and I’m excited to have mine displayed next to the barn wood silverware tray Adam made me several years ago!

What did you guys do this weekend?

Much Love,

Amy