Saturday, August 31, 2013

Kite fun with Kiwi Crate

 We have discovered a great, great product, loaded with fun, and perfect for the homeschooling family that lacks the time to put together arts and craft projects.  It is Kiwi Crate.
It has themed monthly projects.  This month's theme was flight.
 Today was made kites.  Everything comes in the crate, including the tape, scissors and markers.
It also includes a fun little magazine. 
In this crate we made rockets, kites and four different flying contraptions.
 I love how everything needed is in the crate.  We just opened crate and got busy.
It is well worth the price, in fact we have subscribed, so we will get a new box monthly.
I also ordered the sibling pack for a low cost, but I don't know if we really need it, because there are plenty of supplies for Luke and Kim to use together.
We can't wait until September's Kiwi Crate.  The theme is modern art.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The sun is going down on summer

 The summer days are coming to a close as the sun goes down on our local beach.
 New haircuts
 You can't escape me, Laura!

 Amy stills loves trying to dig to the deepest hole of the season.
 Now that's the way we roll, Laura!
 Did he learn to float this summer?
 Mark and Amy, still digging.
 That's getting pretty deep.
 Luke couldn't reach the bottom of the hole, I forbid the kids from lowering him in to touch bottom.
 Beaches are only open for 3 more days...this may be our last splash of 2013.
We even got Daddy out to the beach today....complete with boots on..sitting under a shade tree.

Which is more dense, salt water or fresh water?

 This is a quick and easy experiment to test the theory that salt water is more dense than fresh water.
All you need is:
clear cups
food coloring
 For a simple control, we filled on cup with fresh water and then watched while we added the food coloring.  The colors mixed pretty quickly.
 Then we took another cup of water and added salt....Luke wanted to add a lot of salt, so we discussed the difference between a saturated and super saturated solution.
 He mixed and mixed the salt and water....after a while we decided it was so super saturated we needed to dump off the saturated water into another clear cup, leaving a lot of salt in the bottom of the original cup.
 We then added fresh water ice cubes to the salt solution.  They floated at the top of the salt water and began to slowly melt.
 Next, drop about 5 drops of food coloring into the cup....the food coloring remained entirely at the top of the cup in the fresh water and ice cubes.
At this point I felt we needed another "control" we got a glass of fresh water, added ice cubes and then food coloring. 
 The kids were amazed at how fast the food coloring squeezed between the ice cubes and colored all the fresh water blue.

 Conclusion, salt water is much more dense than fresh water, in fact, the salt water never allowed the food coloring to reach below the ice cubes, and as the ice melted the blue color remained at the top of the cup in fresh water.
Another successful science experiment!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pixley Falls State Park

 We finally had Daddy all to ourselves today, so we headed out on a picnic.
We tried a new spot:  Pixley Falls State Park
 After having a flat tire after church, we were very happy to reach our destination.
 Because of the flat tire it was well past lunch time.
 Everyone was hungry and happy to eat before heading out on a hike.
 Amy, sending Kimberly into the berry bushes to pick her some wild raspberries.
 Since it was a pretty steep hike everyone had a partner.
Amy and Kimberly
 Laura and Luke
 Mark and Grace
 and Mom and Dad.

Way up a little waterfall 

 We did discover a new flower to us: agrimony
 Our first peak at the 50 foot Pixley Falls.
 White Admiral butterly
 We made it!!  For full disclosure...the walk to the bottom of the falls is very short.
 The best smile I can expect from this 8 year old.
 Pictures don't do it justice....there is A LOT of water going over this falls.
 All can all take off your shoes.
 Daddy showing the perfect way to skip a stone.
 12 feet
 Climbing the falls
 Kimberly with her "king of the rock" face

 Two crazy men that went behind the waterfall
 Look mom!! I made it to the top of the big rock!
Lake Delta dam....If you zoom in, you can see the two teeny tiny people fishing in the bottom right corner of this picture.