My planned plop to get the week started? Natural clay. I bought it at Michael's Craft store..it comes in a plain white box and runs about $7.00, but I used a 50% off coupon and got it for the lovely cost of $3.50. I'm not talking about Crayola clay, or any other name brand -- this is just "boring" old gray natural clay. This stuff is heavy...so be warned before you pick up the box, the box is not all that large, I was shocked by how heavy it was.
I plopped the chunk of clay in a large tub with a smidgen of water in the bottom just to keep it moist. I also added the ice cream scoops (these things are great for EVERYTHING...I found mine at the Dollar Tree), and about 50 sea creature beads in the tub as well. Off to the side, I had a fairly good sized bucket of warm water for washing hands.
|Colored vinegar, pipettes, baking soda and a spoon|
|The very beginning of the volcano fun|
|The "volcanoes" with baking soda in them awaiting the colored vinegar!|
|"COOL!" "WOW!" "AMAZING NITA!!"|
|Awesome for eye-hand coordination and strengthening|
those oh-so-important muscles needed for writing!
I cannot begin to tell you how exciting it was to create volcanoes and watch the pretend lava flow. The colors were gorgeous against the drab gray clay. Since it was so incredibly windy out, I scooped the baking soda into the holes, but they did the drilling, and the vinegar themselves.
|Having explored baking soda and vinegar in her hand before, |
and knowing how cool it felt, Ella wanted to try it again
|When the clay was so full of baking soda and vinegar,|
I dumped it out and rinsed it all with water.
We then smoothed it out and started all over again!