Mad Science Birthday Party

I am so very excited to be working on a mad science birthday party this time around… super heroes were getting a little redundant (although it was nice to reuse supplies). We have not had the party yet and we are still in the planning process but I will try to update this as much as possible so I can share everything – including pictures with the parents.

Invitations:Cameron 9 Birthday Invite

I made birthday invitations using Word and borrowed pictures from Google. A necessity for the invitation was green slime, beakers, and a little mad scientist. I happened to find a graphic that reminded me of my son Cameron – red hair and blue glasses. I spent my lunch break messing around with the limitations of Word and found that when I went to print the picture or save it as a PDF, everything would move out of place. I’m hoping to figure out a better solution so I can post the template for others to use – but in the mean time I took a screen shot of invitation, using Snipping Tool, and saved it as a jpg. Voila! I now have an icon for our Facebook invites and a copy to print for the school friends.

Cake:

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We made a green slime monster birthday cake with eyeballs and worms sticking out. It was a relatively easy and fun cake to make.

I used half a ball cake pan for the top, and then 2 round pans –  9″ & 7″.

Trimmed the sides to make it the layers more flush and added fondant (not necessary at all with this cake but I had leftover green fondant from the ninja turtle cake anyways).

Spray the cake with butter flavored pam for a shiny effect

Added gummy body parts and worms with toothpicks. Everyone loved being able to pick which body part they wanted.

 

Mad Scientists: Each child got a lab coat, name tag, goggles, and gloves

Lab coat:

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We bought men’s plain t-shirts (Hanes) and drew a lab coat in front – collar, buttons, and pockets. I added labels with a logo and Cameron’s Mad Labs where an embroidered company would normally be.

These were quite helpful considering some of the experiments got messy and instead of the kids coloring their clothes they got these dirty instead.

Name Tags:

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The name tags were the first part of the event. The kids were to write their name on the top and then create their monster picture in the orange box. I found these awesome little create-a-monster books with about 4 pages of stickers with different monster body parts. http://www.amazon.com/Create-Monsters-Sticker-Activity-Stickers/dp/0486475158/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411390905&sr=8-1&keywords=create+monster+book

Instead of putting some generic picture of a barcode I decided to make a QR code that linked the parents to this site, where I will eventually have pictures of the event. :) You can create your own QR code or barcode at http://www.barcodesinc.com/generator/qr/ at no cost and just copy the image for your invitations or name tags.

Goggles and Gloves:

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You can order both of these online – like Amazon and I found it easier to have most of the items delivered to my house even if it ended up costing a little more. They also sell cheap safety glasses and gloves at the dollar store.

Link to kids colored safety glasses – http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Glasses-Intruder-Multi-Color/dp/B002KA00KS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411390498&sr=8-1&keywords=kids+safety+glasses

Link to blue disposable gloves – http://www.amazon.com/Liberty-T2010W-Industrial-Glove-Disposable/dp/B00C9P9ALE/ref=sr_1_3?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1411390606&sr=1-3&keywords=T2010W+Nitrile+Industrial+Glove%2C+Powder+Free%2C+Disposable

Games /Activities/ Experiments:

1) Edible DNA Structures

After googling these later, we could have done this a little better with licorice but the kids still had fun making them and then eating after they were done.

2) Lava Water Bottles

3) Sand Volcanoes

4) Dissolving Dinosaur Eggs

5) Bouncy Goo Balls

6) Elephant Toothpaste

7) Diet Soda and Mentos

We ran out of time and didn’t get to do the dissolving eggs, bouncy goo balls, or elephant toothpaste but I will still post pictures and information for those experiments.

Summary:

The party went great and 2 hours just wasn’t long enough for all the fun we had planned. I made a schedule to keep track of which experiments we were to do and a list of what I need to buy.

PARTY SCHEDULE

MATERIAL LIST

 

Back again!

Oh boy! We have been so busy having fun I did not realize I stopped posting what we’ve been working on.

So many projects and birthdays to upload, and so little time. So for now I will just focus on our latest and greatest – the mad science birthday party!

We have had a birthday themed with almost every super hero you can name (the life of a mother with 3 boys) so you can only imagine my excitement for something different! We have been planning a ton for this science party and I will be sure to upload many free templates to create your own party.

What I’m working on now…

After reading a book with my children we saw a page with starfish, jellyfish, seahorses, etc. and the kids proudly looked up at their jellyfish paintings hanging up on the wall.

Per request of my son Cameron, we will now be adding to our sea paintings and will try to create seahorses. The kids decided they want a sea theme in their room so you can expect to see various sea crafts coming up in the near future as we slowly change their room.

I will be sure to post a page about the jellyfish paintings because they turned out amazing!

Halloween Decorations!

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It’s that time of year, and for my family that means Halloween. We love Halloween so much we actually decorate more for Halloween than Christmas. This year will be adding a few new DIY Halloween decorations; Window Monster Shadows, Giant Ceiling Spider, Happy Halloween Banner, and Stick Vase.

What does your family do to get ready for Halloween? Do you make any decorations yourself? If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

Window Monster Shadows

I just started making these last night and will post pictures tomorrow!

These are so simple to make yourself and a fun way to decorate your house for Halloween.

What you need:

  • Black Posterboard/Construction Board
  • Tissue Paper
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Directions:

Step 1: Measure

Measure the width of your window pane. Mark with chalk on the bottom the width you will need for your monster on the posterboard.

Step 2: Draw

Draw your monster with the chalk within this width constraint. I would recommend making the monster as large as possible.

Step 3: Cut

Cut out the monster silhouette, eyes, and mouth if drawn.

Step 4: Accent

Tape tissue paper to any openings on the monster. Example, Eyes and Mouth. To add depth, use (2) colors of tissue paper for the eyes. Place one color on top of the other.

Step 5: Tape

Tape monster in window pane with chalk showing on the inside of the house.

Depending on the lighting you have inside of your house, you may or may not need additional lights near the window to help show the monsters. I added some white Christmas lights under the curtain rod (behind the curtains). This way I can have my curtains closed but the monsters are still lit up.

Alternative: If you have some sharp scissors, make the monsters out of cloth. Use an old sheet or buy one from goodwill. You could pick black, color, or a fun pattern. This will allow you to store the monsters easier and be more durable for reuse year after year.

The busy life of a mom

The life led by moms now (and I’m sure then too) can lead to quite a crazy, hectic, and busy life. I have recently discovered I cannot do it all! This has become quite a harsh reality for me, and quite hard for me to accept.

I want my children to have all the opportunities possible, but this involves me driving everywhere all the time for soccer, tball, football, swimming, library, park. And dare I try to open up the world of dance, karate, gymnastics, or piano. Currently only my oldest is in the sports but being in multiple sports is becoming quite a pain. I have no idea if I can handle all 3 boys doing it at the same time.

Now outside of my children, let’s consider what I want to do with my time outside of my full time job (which is actually taking up more like 50 hours a week and not 40). I would love to keep up on my blog, actually finish the million of art/craft/cooking projects I had planned, read the whole book for my monthly book club, workout/exercise every day, and go back to school so I can have a job I would love.

Here I am actually attempting to do all of the above (seriously!) and I am so worn, and often irritable. So obviously I have pushed myself too much and I am slowly accepting that I cannot do everything. But now how do I decide what is most important? I am at a loss, but I will let you know if I figure out how to do it all.

Oh, just an FYI there should be more recipes coming up as the discovery of my sons milk intolerance has esculated to an extremity. If all turns out good I will have creamy pasta sauces, no sugar or sugar substitute cookies, and imitation ranch dressing. All dairy free and low cal!

Icecream Alternatives

I recently discovered my youngest son is lactose intolerant and I haven’t quite got the hang of making milk alternative foods. We were visiting the grandparents and of course they wanted to give the boys some ice cream- as my dad was handing my youngest the ice cream cone we realized he couldn’t have it. So we had to take it away- now it seemed like we were punishing him and we had to adapt quickly. Banana cone! We put part of a banana in an ice cream cone and top it with some peanut butter. He was just as happy as the other boys.

This got me to thinking what if we mashed up the banana and froze it so it would be more like ice cream- or maybe just the fridge? I will testing this theory out with some fruits in the next couple weeks to see if I can come up with a healthy lactose alternative.

Leave a comment if you have any suggestions!