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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 LEGO Batman Movie Blind Bags

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DESCRIPTION AND DOT CODES SHEET
Blind bags can be a lot of fun.  Sometimes you want to be surprised while other times you want to find a specific character in your bag.  This video shows how you can guess the bag's contents without opening it.  For the LEGO Batman Movie Each collectible minifigure (CMF) blind bag contains special pieces that are unique to that bag.  Also, there are codes printed into the bottom seal of each bag which giveaway the contents.  In addition to watching the video you will want to download Jay's dot code sheet.

VIDEO


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PHOTOS
Some of our favorites from the LEGO Batman Movie Series 2 Blind Bags are the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Surfer Batgirl.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Butter from Whipping Cream

Summary

We made butter from Heavy Whipping Cream.

Materials

Heavy Whipping Cream
Jar with tight fitting lid
Lots of excess energy!

Video: How to Make Butter


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Poem: Go Water

Go Water!

by Jay

Go Water Go go Go water Such a beautiful flow The end of the waterfall White as snow

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Playing Paleontologists

Digging for Dinosaurs (Candy)

Summary

Jay and Harm pretend to be paleontologists and carefully uncover a dinosaur fossil (made of candy).  Video also demonstrates how the parents prepared this fun activity.

Materials:


  • Gram Crackers
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Pudding (optional)
  • Dinosaur fossil mold
  • Dish or pie tin

Video


Monday, April 17, 2017

DIY Pallet Bridge

Summary

We built a bridge using recycled building supplies. Our foot trail crosses a small creek which made it unusable parts of the year. A few pallets, beams, and precast pier blocks made an easy foot bridge and allows us to use the trail year-round while keeping our feet dry (although the kids seem to still end up in the mud ). We've even seen deer crossing on our bridge.
Be sure to watch the video at the end of this post for a project time lapse.

Supplies

  • Beams
  • Pier blocks
  • Fasteners
  • Pallets
  • 2x6 boards

Video



Detail

Step 1: Use a shovel to clear away soft topsoil and clear a flat area. Place a pier block on the cleared areas. For maximum bridge height, measure your beams and place the piers blocks near where the beams will end and estimate the width.
Step 2: Set the beams and attach to the pier block flange using nails. The beams should be shimmed with boards so that they are approximately level.
Step 3: Attach the pallets to the beams. We set our pallets so that the outside 2x4's are flush with the beams. We also left enough room on each end for a 2x6 step.
Step 4: Add a rail to the bridge by cutting two pallets in half and attaching the halves to the beam and deck pallets using nails. The nails have to be driven at an angle.
Step 5: Add a rail to the bridge by cutting two pallets in half and attaching the halves to the beam and deck pallets using nails. The nails have to be driven at an angle.
Step 6: Attach a 2x6 to the beams at each end, if necessary. We didn't plan ahead for this step and had to make it work in a less than ideal way. Ideally your step would bear on the beam instead of being attached to the bottom of the beam.
Note: You can see here that we used pallets that are more sturdy than the average pallet and have smaller gaps. Harm may not get her boots on the right feet but she's not going to fall between boards.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow Volcanoes: Intro to Chemical Reactions

Summary

We learned about chemical reactions by mixing baking soda with several liquids to see what would happen. These tests were conducted in small mountains made of snow in hopes of creating a snow volcano.  The eruptive effort was successful.

Materials

Snow
Baking Soda
Water
Oil
Vinegar
Bottles

Video