September 18, 2011
August 17, 2011
I used to use a tarp stuck down with tent stakes but, well, you can see what happened. Every time I watered the lawn I got a mosquito breeding puddle that started to grow slime and when the wind blew the tarp wouldn't stay down and blew all over.
Here is my solution:
I used a piece of shade fabric and stapled it to the sandbox on one side with a staple gun. On the other side I sewed a pocket and slid a piece of PVC pipe in it and put end caps on. I bolted some tarp hooks to the side of the box and now all I have to do is slip the pipe under the hooks and it stays. Then I can roll it up out of the way while B. is playing. You have to make sure it's nice and snug so it stays on the hooks.
August 16, 2011
Fill a clear container with water, taller works better, I used a glass mason jar. Put about 2 Tablespoons oil in a small bowl. Drip a water based food coloring in the bowl with the oil. Stir rapidly with a fork to form small bubbles. Dump the oil in the water and watch the show.
August 14, 2011
and viola! We noticed the color didn't start coming out until B. had stirred for a while. The site I got the experiment from said if you are doing it with a large group you can put water in some of the cups so the kids wonder why it worked in some and not the other. We did it with 5 different colors and when they were all done B. started spooning color from one cup into another to see what happened.
August 13, 2011
August 7, 2011
Most of my left over fabric was too small for mini bolts so I made mini mini bolts and put them on a CD shelf.
The pieces that were too small for that ended up in an over the door plastic shoe hanger.