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Home science experiment: Elephant Toothpaste - kids go crazy for this one and you can make it REALLY big if you want to.

More STEM Skill Activities: Elephant Toothpaste Experiment

Happy Friday pals.  Any big plans for the holiday weekend?  We’re going to finish up last minute details on the house and hopefully get it on the market next week.  This won’t be my first time selling a house but it will be the first time doing it with kids in tow – I’m nervous!


Who has tips on balancing having a home on the market and having kids home all day every day for the summer?  I’m all ears!

In other news – you guys seemed to really like the Gum Drop Engineering project I shared earlier this week so I thought I’d give you a peek at a 3rd STEM skills activity I put together for eHow recently. (#2 being the Inventor’s Box, in case you’re keeping track.)

I can’t take credit for this one.  I’d seen the classic Elephant Toothpaste Experiment floating around on pinterest several times but it was when the kids and I actually saw it performed in person that I decided I really wanted to try it at home.

We were at the Pacific Science Center and students from the University of Washington had taken the place over with all sorts of hands on exhibits.  The fast-acting reaction fascinated my kiddos and they had handy recipe cards to repeat the experiment at home so I figured, why not?

To try it yourself, you can find full instructions here.  (Hint: Use regular over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide and then do it again with 6% hydrogen peroxide that you get at beauty supply stores.)

Finally today – I’ve been chatting away over on Sulia again.  Here’s what we’ve been talking about this week:

Happy 3 day weekend guys!



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Georgine May 24, 2013 at 9:27 am

When we sold our home, we had a 1.5 year old and a not quite 5 year old. It was summer and thankfully, both girls went to “camp” three mornings each week at their Montessori school. That, a house keeper and a two hour heads up from the house showing scheduler helped a lot. What stunk is the riding around in thee car while people looked at your home with two kids, two dogs and 90 degree heat. Though there were some showings where the people were two houses down and wanted to stop by- I saiid sure, but we weren’t leaving because we were doing art and the kids were a mess or the baby was sleeping. The people that truly like your house will still like it even if there is a cat hair tumbleweed on the stairs. My sister sold her home to the family that saw it while her kids were eating sauce-y pasta..


Emily May 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

My mom gave me these tips when we put our house on the market while I was in the hospital with our newborn:
1. People look in closets, but they never look in the dryer. Stash clutter there.
2. Keep an empty plastic bin under the beds – another good place to quickly stash clutter when you need to clean & get out of the house quickly.


Carolyn @ The Pleasantest Thing May 29, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Good luck! I don’t have any tips, but I think the stashing clutter comment by Emily is inspired! :0


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