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BABYSITTING IDEAS


THE MAGIC KETCHUP EXPERIMENT What we need:

FUN

1. A liter plastic bottle 2. A ketchup packet 3. Salt

What we do:

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Remove any labels from the bottle and fill it all the way to the top with water. Remove any labels from the bottle and fill it all the way to the top with water. If the ketchup floats, you’re all set - go to step 4. If the ketchup sinks in the bottle, go to step 5.

For the floating ketchup pack simply screw the cap on the bottle and squeeze the sides of the bottle hard. If the ketchup sinks when you squeeze it, and floats when you release it, congratulations, you’re ready to show it off. If it does not sink when you squeeze it, try a different kind of ketchup pack or try a mustard or soy sauce pack.

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If the ketchup pack sinks, add about 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of salt to the bottle. Cap it and shake it up until the salt dissolves. (Kosher salt will keep the water from getting too cloudy, although it will usually clear up over time if using regular table salt.)

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Continue adding salt, a few tablespoons at a time until the ketchup is just barely floating to the top of the bottle.

Experiments

Once it is consistently floating, make sure the bottle is filled to the top with water, and then cap it tightly. Now squeeze the bottle. The magic ketchup should sink when you squeeze the bottle and float up when you release it. With some practice you can get it to stop in the middle of the bottle.


LAVA LAMP IN A BOTTLE EXPERIMENT

ROCK CANDY EXPERIMENT

What we need:

What we need: 1. A wooden skewer (you can also use a clean wooden chopstick) 2. A clothespin 3. 1 cup of water 4. 2-3 cups of sugar 5. A tall narrow glass or jar

1. A clean 1 liter clear soda bottle 2. 3/4 cup of water 3. Vegetable Oil 4. Fizzing tablets (such as Alka Seltzer) 5. Food coloring

What we do:

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Clip the wooden skewer into the clothespin so that it hangs down inside the glass and is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the bottom of the glass. (as shown)

Pour the water into the bottle.

Remove the skewer and clothespin and put them aside for now. Pour the water into a pan and bring it to boil.

Pour about 1/4 cup of sugar into the boiling water, stirring until it dissolves. Add food coloring if desired. Keep adding more and more sugar, each time stirring it until it dissolves, until no more will dissolve. This will take time and patience and it will take longer for the sugar to dissolve each time.Be sure you don’t give up too soon. Once no more sugar will dissolve, remove it from heat and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes.

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NOTE: While it is cooling, some peole like to dip half of the skewer in the sugar solution and then roll it in some sugar to help jump start the crystal growth. If you do this, be sure to let the skewer cool completely so that sugar crystals do not fall off when you place it back in the glass.

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Carefully pour the sugar solution into the jar almost to the top. Then submerge the skewer back into the glass making sure that it is hanging straight down the middle without touching the sides.

Use a measuring cup or funnel to slowly pour the vegetable oil into the bottle until it’s almost full. You may have to wait a few minutes for the oil and water separate.

Add 10 drops of food coloring to the bottle (we like red, but any color will look great.) The drops will pass through the oil and then mix with the water below.

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Allow the jar to fully cool and put it someplace where it will not be disturbed. Now just wait. The sugar crystals will grow over the next 3-7 days.

Break a seltzer tablet in half and drop the half tablet into the bottle. Watch it sink to the bottom and let the blobby greatness begin! To keep the effect going, just add another tablet piece. For a true lava lamp effect, shine a flashlight through the bottom of the bottle.


SLIME EXPERIMENT What we need:

STATIC BALLOON EXPERIMENT What we need:

1. 1/4 cup of water 2. 1/4 cup of white craft glue (like Elmer’s glue) 3. 1/4 cup of liquid starch (used for clothes) 4. Food coloring (optional) 5. Mixing bowl 6. Mixing spoon

1. An empty soda can 2. blown-up balloon 3. A head of hair

What we do:

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Pour all of the the glue into the mixing bowl.

Pour all of the water to the mixing bowl with the glue.

Stir the glue and water together.

Add your food color now - about 6 drops should do it. Now add the liquid starch and stir it in.

It should be nice and blobby by now. As you play with your slimy concoction, it will become more stretchy and easier to hold. Explore your slimy creation and store it in a zip bag when you are not using it.

Place the can on its side on a flat smooth surface like a table or a smooth floor. Rub the blown up balloon back and forth through your hair really fast.

Now the fun part - Hold the balloon close to the can without actually touching the can. The can will start to roll towards the balloon without you even touching it! Try This Too: While you’ve got the balloon out, tear up part of a tissue into tiny pieces about 1/4 inch (.5 cm) big. Rub the balloon in your hair again and bring it close to the tissue pieces. They will be attracted to the balloon and then jump away.


PLASTIC MILK EXPERIMENT

CHICKEN IN A CUP EXPERIMENT What we need:

What we need:

1. A plastic drinking cup 2. Yarn or cotton string (nylon string will not work well) 3. 1 paper clip 4. Paper towel 5. A nail 6. Scissors 7. Water

1. One cup of milk 2. 4 teaspoons of white vinegar 3. A bowl 4. A strainer

What we do:

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Heat up the milk until it is hot, but not boiling.

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Cut a piece of yarn about 20 inches (40 cm) long.

Ask an adult to use the nail to carefully punch a hold in the center of the bottom of the cup. Tie one end of the yarn to the middle of the paper clip.

Push the other end of the yarn through the hole in the cup and pull it through as shown in the picture. Get a piece of paper towel about the size of a dollar bill, then fold it once and get it damp in the water. Now it’s time to make some noise! Hold the cup firmly in one hand, and wrap the damp paper towel around the string near the cup. While you squeeze the string, pull down in short jerks so that the paper towel tightly slides along the string. If all goes well - you hear a chicken!

Carefully pour the milk into the bowl.

Add the vinegar to the milk and stir it up with a spoon for about a minute.

Now the fun part, pour the milk through the strainer into the sink - careful it may be hot! Left behind in the strainer is a mass of lumpy blobs.

When it is cool enough, you can rinse the blobs off in water while you press them together . Now just mold it into a shape and it will harden in a few days. - Cool!


LAVA IN A CUP EXPERIMENT What we need:

MILK AND SOAP EXPERIMENT What we need:

1. A clear drinking glass 2. 1/4 cup vegetable oil 3. 1 teaspoon salt 4. Food coloring (optional) 5. Water

1. A flat tray (like a cookie baking tray) 2. Food coloring (at least 3 different colors) 3. Whole milk 4. Liquid soap used for washing dishes

What we do:

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Fill the glass about 3/4 full of water.

Add about 5 drops of food coloring - I like red for the lava look. Slowly pour the vegetable oil into the glass. See how the oil floats on top - cool huh? It gets better.

Now the fun part: Sprinkle the salt on top of the oil. Watch blobs of lava move up and down in your glass!

If you liked that, add another teaspoon of salt to keep the effect going.

Carefully pour the milk into the tray so that it just covers the bottom Add about 6-8 drops of different colored food coloring onto the milk in different spots

Add about 5 drops of the liquid soap onto the drops of food coloring and watch the show! To clean up, simply pour the colored milk down the drain. (don’t drink it!)


BOMB IN A BAG EXPERIMENT

DIET COKE AND MENTOS EXPERIMENT

What we need: What we need: 1. One small zip-lock bag - freezer bags work best. 2. Baking soda 3. Warm water 4. Vinegar 5. Measuring cup 6. A tissue

1. A 2-Liter of Diet Coke 2. Mentos

What we do:

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Go outside - or at least do this in the kitchen sink.

Make sure you are doing this experiment in a place where you won’t get in trouble for getting Diet Coke everywhere.

Put 1/4 cup of pretty warm water into the bag.

Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the water in the bag.

Put 3 teaspoons of baking soda into the middle of the tissue

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Wrap the the baking soda up in the tissue by folding the tissue around it. You will have to work fast now - partially zip the bag closed but leave enough space to add the baking soda packet. Put the tissue with the baking soda into the bag and quickly zip the bag completely closed.

Put the bag in the sink or down on the ground (outside) and step back. The bag will start to expand, and expand, and if all goes well...POP!

tand the Diet Coke upright and unscrew the lid. Put some sort of funnel or tube on top of it so you can drop the Mentos in at the same time (about half the pack is a good amount).

Now the fun part - Hold the balloon close to the can without actually touching the can. The can will start to roll towards the balloon without you even touching it! Time for the fun part, drop the Mentos into the Diet Coke and run like mad! If you’ve done it properly a huge geyser of Diet Coke should come flying out of the bottle!

NOTE: I have a season of MythBusters with a Diet Coke and Mentos episode!


FLUBBER EXPERIMENT

MAKING BOUNCY BALLS EXPERIMENT

What we need:

What we need:

MIXTURE ONE: 1. 1 1/2 C warm water 2. 2 C Elmer’s Glue 3.Food Coloring

1. borax (found in the laundry section of the store) 2. cornstarch (found in the baking section of the store) 3. white glue (e.g., Elmer’s glue - makes an opaque ball) or blue or clear school glue (makes a translucent ball) 4. warm water 5. food coloring (optional) 6. measuring spoons 7. spoon or craft stick to stir the mixture 8. 2 small plastic cups or other containers for mixing 9. marking pen 10. watch with a second hand 11. metric ruler 12. zip-lock plastic baggie

MIXTURE TWO: 1. 3 tsp. Borax 2. 1 C warm water

What we do:

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Stir Misture One together in a bowl.

Stur Mixture Two together in another bowl.

Pour Mixture One into Mixture Two.

Play with the flubber in your hands for a few minutes to dry up the final product.

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Label one cup ‘Borax Solution’ and the other cup ‘Ball Mixture’. Pour 2 tablespoons warm water and 1/2 teaspoon borax powder into the cup labeled ‘Borax Solution’. Stir the mixture to dissolve the borax. Add food coloring, if desired. Pour 1 tablespoon of glue into the cup labeled ‘Ball Mixture’. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the borax solution you just made and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Do not stir. Allow the ingredients to interact on their own for 10-15 seconds and then stir them together to fully mix. Once the mixture becomes impossible to stir, take it out of the cup and start molding the ball with your hands. The ball will start out sticky and messy, but will solidify as you knead it. Once the ball is less sticky, go ahead and bounce it! You can store your plastic ball in a sealed ziploc bag when you are finished playing with it.


DINOSAUR FEET What we need: 1. Sponges 2. Empty tissue boxes 3. Tissue Paper 4. Glue

What we do:

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Glue on scraps of tissue paper onto the empty shoeboxes.

CRAFTS

Cut triangles in sponges.

Glue these sponge toes onto the edge of the tissue boxes.


NAIL ART


TiISSUE BOX MONSTER

PIPE CLEANER MAGNET JAR What we need:

What we need:

1. Pipe Cleaners 2.Jar 3. Magnet 4. Scissors

1. Paint or Spray Paint (a color for the base, or for decorating the box) 2. Empty tissue box 3. White construction paper or foam 4. Empty egg cartons 5. Googly eyes (optionals) 6. Hot glue

What we do:

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Cut pipe cleaners into little strips.

Put pipe cleaner strips in jar and close.

With a magnet, raise and lower the pipe cleaners by rubbing the magnet up and down the outside of the jar.

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Paint or spray paint the tiessue boxes

Decorate the box with polka dots, stripes, or other designs.

Cut and draw a line of teeth.

Cutt some slots from egg cartonss, and attach googly eyes if desired. If not, you can draw on some eyes with a marker. With a hot glue gun or craft glue, assemble your monster.


PUFFY PAINT IN THE MICROWAVE

BUTTON BALLOON BOWL

What we need:

What we need:

1. 1 tablespoon self-raising flour 2. a few little drops of food colouring 3. 1 tablespoon salt 4. Thick paper or cardboard 5. Paint Brushes or Q-tips

1. Buttons 2. Baloons 3. Glue

What we do:

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Combine all ingredients in a little bowl.

Then add some water to make a nice smooth paste. Paint away on a nice thick sheet of cardboard (if you don’t have enough paint brushes use cotton buds - they work really well).

Microwave the design on high for 10 - 30 seconds until the paint puffs and it’s all nice and dry.

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Blow up a baloon.

Glue buttons closely together on the balloon. Wait for the glue to dry fully.

Pop the balloon.


MELTED CRAYON CANVAS What we need: 1. Canvas or poster board 2. Crayons 3. Glue 4. Blow Dryer

What we do:

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Glue crayons to a canvas or poster board.

With a blow dryer, hold the canvas at an angle and melt the crayons. Glue objects to the canvas, if desired.

RAINBOW RICE JARS What we need: 1. Rice 2. Ziploc Bags 3. 2 T food coloring 4. 3 T rubbing alcohol 5. Jars or clear containers 6. Materials to decorate jars with

What we do:

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Combine all ingredients in Ziploc bags (different bags for different colors) and mix around. Set rice out to dry. Put into clear containers or jars in layers, or all mixed around.

Decorate jars with ribbons, markers, or paints.


FACE PAINTING


MELTED CRAYONS ON ROCKS What we need: 1. Rocks 2. Crayons 3. Aluminum Foil 4. Baking Sheet 5. Oven 6. Pot holders

What we do:

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Collect rocks with a smooth, flat surface.

On an aluminum-foil lined baking sheet, bake the rocks in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Peel the paper off crayons to be used.

Holding the rocks with a pot holder, “paint” the rocks with the crayons.

ACTIVITIES


HOMEMADE MINI GOLF COURSE What we need: Empty containers from around the house such as -large trash bags -empty cans -empty jars -garden hoses -golf balls -golf clubs, sticks, or brooms

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Draw circles with chalk on the sidewalk, or tape colored pieces of paper on the grass. Create a spinner for the Twister game.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS Ideas:

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Leave a letter and a treat for the mailmain.

Make cards for elderly patients at a nursing home and deliver them. Leave money in a vending machine with a note.

Deliver baked goods to local librarians. Hide a dollar bill in a toy at the Dollar Store. Mail a treat or card to friends or relatives. Ding dong ditch a neighbor and leave a gift. Collect carts from the parking lot at a grocery store.


GLOWSTICKS IN THE BATHTUB What we need: 1. Glowsticks

BALLOON AND PLATE PING PONG What we need: 1. Paint stirers or popsicle sticks 2. Balloon 3. Paper plates 4. Tape

What we do:

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Close all bathroom doors or cover windows.

Put glowsticks in the bathtub.

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Tape paperplates to paint stirrers. Blow up balloons. Play ping pong :)


BALLOON PINATA What we need: 1. Candy 2. Balloons 3. Large sheet of paper or posterboard to secure baloons to 4. A pointy object like a dart

What we do:

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Blow up baloons and insert a piece or two of candy (or other object) into each baloon. Secure the baloons on a piece of paper or posterboard --perhaps in some sort of shape. Put this piece of paper propped against the wall, or outside on the grass, and throw the pointy objects to pop the balloons.

MONSTER TOAST What we need: 1. 1/4 cup milk (2% or whole milk is best) 2. Bread 3. Butter 4. Food coloring 5. Paint brush

What we do:

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Pour milk into different containers and add a different food coloring to each container of milk. Paint a monster face on the piece of bread. Toast.

Butter to emphasize the color. Eat with cinnamon sugar if desired.


HOMEMADE CARNIVAL GAMES

DRIVEWAY TWISTER What we need:

What we need:

1. Sidewalk Chalk 2. A spinner

1. Soda or water bottles 2. Hulla Hoop 3. Pool Noodles 4. Household materials

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Draw circles with chalk on the sidewalk, or tape colored pieces of paper on the grass. Create a spinner for the Twister game.

Using the different materials, create carnical games. Try a ring toss, where a hulla hoop or ring is thrown around bottles. Try constructing a tower with rings or holes to try to launch a pool noodle through.


BACKYARD BOWLING What we need: 1. Bottles 2. Food Coloring 3. Water. 4. Ball

GLOW IN THE DARK BUBBLES What we need: 1. Bubble solution 2. Glow sticks 3. Jar

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Fill bottles with colored water. Set up the bottles like bowling pins in the driveway. With a kickball, or other ball, try to knock the pins down.

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Pour some bubble solution into a jar or clear container. Cut open the glow sticks and pour them into the bubbles so you can blow glow in the dark bubbles.


ALPHABET SNACKS What we need: 1. A flat surface 2. Candy such as licorice strings or pretzels 3. Knives

AROUND THE CITY PHOTOGRAPHY What we need: 1. Camera 2. Car

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Sort and pull apart any food needed like licorice strings.

Form letters of the alphabet or words with these food items, cutting if necessary.

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Take pictures of buildings, signs, and different shapes that could represent letters around Old Dublin, or other areas. Print these pictures, create a word, and frame it.


MONKEY BAR WATER BALLOONS

LASER MAZE What we need: 1. Streamers 2. Tape

What we need: 1. Water balloons 2. Monkey bars

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In a hallway, tape streamers in a criss-crossing pattern. Navigate through the hallway without touching any of the streamers.

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Fill balloons with water. Tie or tape the balloons to monkey bars. Try to bust the balloons through throwing darts at them, or by going through the monkey bars.


OTHER IDEAS

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Neighborhood Kick-ball tornament

Go “Creeking� Grocery Store games like scavenger hunts or capture the flag.

Playing in sprinklers

Write a music spoof and make a music video.

Pool games Trampoline games

Take pictures of all our fun summer adventures, and create a scrapbook.

Make dinner, a fun dessert, snack, or summery beverage.

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Sidewalk chalk drawing or driveway dot games or hang man.

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