R Week

R Week…..  I keep telling myself better late than never with getting these up.  You’ll see how behind I am posting this when you notice we were doing 4th of July activities….. oops.  This was such a fun week though and I can’t wait to share some of our ideas with you!  There was one fail mixed in, but the girls didn’t seem to mind. 🙂

R is for race cars and road!  I cut out some black strips of construction paper (road pieces) for Abby to glue inside her letter “R.”  Then she glued on some small, white rectangles to complete her road.  With the help of a few race car stickers, it was finished!

R is for Road

Although this lunch made me feel a little lame, the girls were thrilled with their rainbow lunch.  I realized after taking this picture that it would have been way cooler if I had arranged the food in the order of the rainbow.  I would have fixed it, but my girls were having meltdowns in the background while they waited, oh so patiently, for their food.  It was probably 11:30 a.m. for crying out loud!!

Rainbow Lunch

While we’re on the topic of food….  what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than by making festive rice krispies treats?!  The girls enjoyed whipping these up with me, although their real excitement shone through as I was dumping sprinkles on top.

Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treat Cooks

Rice Krispie Treats are good!

That’s all I did here – made rice krispies, spread them in a greased dish, and poured on some blue and red sprinkles in rows on top.  We’re all about fast and simple around here.

4th of July Rice Krispie Treats

Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats

Abigail’s tracer and handwriting “Rr” sheets.

Rr Tracer Page

Rr Writing

What begins with the letter “R”?

What Begins with R

Since we have quite the herd at our house (haha… A really sweet, older man at church always asks us, “How’s the herd??” and I find it really funny!) and they are all on the young side, we opted out of fireworks again this year.  It’s a tradition we’d love to start up at some point, but really…. when at least 50% of our kids are going to be in tears the whole time and 100% will be on the drive home, well… it’s just not worth it yet! ha!  But, what is the 4th of July without some rockets?!  We made our own and enjoyed a nice daytime display (front row seats!) from our deck.  We used mini M&M containers and Alka-Seltzer tablets for this exciting activity found on Playdough to Plato.

Alka-Seltzer Rocketships

I broke the little, plastic connection piece between the lid and the container, so the lid could be completely removed.  Then I let the girls decorate their rockets with star stickers while I made the cone tops out of thin cardboard (cereal box).  I covered them in aluminum foil and used a glue gun to attach them to the end of the container opposite the opening.

Rockets

Alka-Seltzer Tablet Rockets

Alka-Seltzer Rockets

We headed outside for the rest of the experiment.  I taped an Alka-Seltzer tablet in the inside of each lid.  Then I held the containers while the girls dropped a couple teaspoons of water inside.  They popped the lids on, set them on the deck railing, and we all enjoyed the show!

Alka-Seltzer Rockets!Alka-Seltzer Rocket Ready

The best part of this activity is that you can repeat it as long as you want (assuming you have enough tablets!).  Until the tablet is gone, you can keep adding water and letting it blast off again and again.  You may need to eventually clean and dry the lids before continuing, simply because if the lid isn’t sealing well to the container the air will leak and you won’t get an explosion.  The girls had SO much fun with this and so did their parents!  We launched the rockets again, and again, and again!

Alka-Seltzer Rocket Launch 1Alka-Seltzer Rocket Launch 2

Alka-Seltzer Rocket Launch 3

I thought this was adorable.  Abby came up with the idea of doing a rock science experiment, “because rock starts with ‘R’!!”  They filled their bucket up with water and took turns dropping rocks in to see whether or not they would float.  They were soooo excited to tell Daddy about their idea when he got home.  Too cute!  And yes, they were soaked by the end of this.

Rock Experiment - Sink or FloatRock Science

We tried another experiment later in the week: Bobbing Raisins!

Bobbing Raisins

Before you laugh too much – yes, I know they are bobbing in a green liquid.  It’s some kind of carbonated green tea something or other.  All you need for this experiment is a carbonated drink (preferably a clear liquid like Sprite), raisins, and a clear glass.  We actually never buy pop and I didn’t see a way to get just one small can, and this tea thing was really cheap so I went this route.  We could still see through it decently.  The girls dropped their raisins in and then watched as they would bob up to the top of the glass.  Once they made it to the top, the little air bubbles sticking on them from the carbonation would pop and they’d sink back to the bottom again.  The girls would get pretty pumped when they’d see a raisin start its trek to the top!  Of course, this only remained a hands off activity for about 30 seconds. haha

Bobbing Raisins ExperimentBobbing Raisin

Rainbow bracelets were a big hit.  The girls each got to pick a pipe cleaner and thread on fruit loops (er…. fruit spins?).  When their pipe cleaners were full, I twisted them into bracelets and they got to eat their afternoon snack off them.

Rainbow Bracelets

Rainbow Bracelets are Yummy!Rainbow Bracelet

The Rustic Run was a fun race for Abby!  She enjoyed running it with two of her favorite buddies!

Rustic Run

This would have been really exciting, but turned out to be our fail. haha  The girls were going to make their own raisins.  They washed and plucked a plate of grapes and we set them on a plate to dry out.  It really was starting to work, but Cabz thought it took too long and didn’t want the girls to eat them by the time they were becoming raisins.  I think it would have gone better if I had a place to set them in direct sunlight.  Unfortunately, we didn’t really have a good spot, so it did take way too long.  Oh well.  The girls didn’t mind too much when I gave them a handful of raisins out of our container instead.

Washing Grapes

Washing & Plucking

Washed Grapes

I love letting the girls paint, because they enjoy it so much, but I have to say I felt like a genius when I realized I could have them paint rocks OUTSIDE, in their swimming suits!!!!!

Rocks and Paints

Rocks & Paints

Rocks & Painting

I mean, how perfect is that?!  Go ahead, make a disastrous mess and then hop in your pool and the house is saved!  WINNING!!!!!!!

Rock Painting

Rock Painting is Fun

We read “Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister, followed by some celery/fish scale stamp painting.  It worked out well since I had some aging celery in the fridge I hadn’t gotten to.

Rainbow Fish

Rainbow Fish Painting

Last, but not least….  Balloon Rockets!!!!!!  We all loved this one.  It’s just so satisfying to watch the balloon go shooting all the way to the end of the string in a matter of seconds.  All you need is a balloon, tape, half of a straw, and a long piece of string.  I blew the balloon up first and had Abby pinch the end to keep the air in while I used a couple pieces of tape to attach the straw.  Then, I slid our string through the straw and tied both ends to stuff in our yard.  We blew the balloon back up and let it rocket to the other end!  I’m still curious how far it could go, because we ran out of longer stretches to try in our yard!  This, and the Alka-Seltzer tablet rockets were definitely some of my favorite things we’ve tried!

Balloon Rocket Launch

Balloon Rocket

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