Oobleck with a Twist

Oobleck with a Twist

I am on a roll with this whole “messy play” thing.  You see, I hate messy play, but I am slowly getting over it all in my older age. My kids are enjoying my newfound attitude about the mess. 

Recently we gave the famous Oobleck a try. It’s been around since I can remember, the basic recipe is the one with cornstarch and water, but there are many others out there that produce a more slime-like result.  We have those on our list to make soon!

We used 2 cups cornstarch and 1 cup water to begin with.  I made 2 separate dishes, one for Ladybug and one for Krash. They enjoyed the basic recipe for quite awhile before we twisted things up one by one.

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Our first addition was food coloring, Ladybug chose pink and Krash chose blue.  After they got it all mixed in, we did some color mixing!  I added a blue drop to hers and we watched it become purple!

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One of the fun things was to see how when moving our hands slowly through it, they would move freely and easier.  When we tried to move our hands quickly, it got firm and was difficult.  To illustrate this further, I gave each of the kids a small animal to experiment with.

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We then added water beads!  We had a batch that was about 2 weeks old, and we added a handful!

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Then, towards the end, we added some shaving cream just to see what it would do to the mixture!  By this time Pac had joined us, those are his hands!

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It made the mixture more foamy & puffy, she loved it!

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Over an hour later, the girl was still going strong after both boys had moved on.

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By this time she had named it her “swamp.”

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She took over both bowls and continued playing for a total of almost 2 hours!

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By the end it was a sloppy mess and she loved it!  The mixture itself changed a lot with the addition of shaving cream and the broken up water beads {they squished some of them apart}.

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In the end, my entire island was covered in the gooey mess, but that’s OK.  It all came clean and we had fun!  Even my hands were stained pink from playing with them!

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I am glad God is allowing me to get over my mess-phobia, we are having a lot of fun and I know this kind of play is awesome for my sensory seeking girly.  She absolutely loves messy play, beyond how either of the boys ever were. They are enjoying messy play now more than they ever have, I think their sister is inspiring them!

See more of our Messy Play & Sensory Fun ideas here!



See our guest post from John Bowman, author of Montessori at Home!, all about sensory experiences here!Montessori Minute


Stay tuned to see what we did with the leftover mixture!  Hint-we didn’t throw it out!

Art, Nature, Africa, Sensory Bins & MORE!

This sale is now over.

Omnibus 2013


So, I bought my own copy of the 2013 Homeschool Omnibus bundle last night and have been downloading and looking through the many resources I didn’t already own!  What a blessing!

I somehow missed a few favorites when I first glanced at the list, I just realized that You Can Do It Too! is included!  This is the eBook I contributed to!  We also have Discover Africa, and will be using it later in the year for our Africa Continent Box!  My friend Maureen’s Nature Study Printables for Preschoolers is fantastic, we already had that one too! I have just begun glancing through Through the Seasons with Chalk Pastels, Homeschooling 101, and Sensory Bins.  These look like awesome resources along with the 85 other resources included in the bundle this year!  There are so many on my list to browse through soon!

See all of the other 85 ebooks included here

This sale is now over.


See my original post here, it has more details!

2013 Homeschool Omnibus eBook Bundle

Please find the 2014 Omnibus HERE!

Sorry for the mis-link in my recent newsletter, it should have gone here!


The 2013 sale is now OVER!

The 2013 Homeschool Omnibus bundle is incredible! I am honored to have two of my digital bundles included, which are valued at $10/each making just the value of my items alone $20 and the entire bundle of over 90 digital products {eBooks, curriculums} is only $25!!!!

In the 2013 Omnibus, you will find Animal ABCs and You Can Read!

Animal ABCs   You Can Read Sight Word Program


You’ll also find my pal Jolanthe’s Weekly Homeschool Planner,  Erica’s Letter of the Week, and God’s Little Explorers from my friend Stacey!  Just these alone are worth over $60!

The sale is now over.

A few basic details:

  • The sale will last only six days. It begins at 12:00am ET on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 and ends at 11:59pm ET on Sunday, August 25, 2013.
  • The price is $25.00 {for a value of $590}
  • All products are directly linked below so you can easily browse to see if this is something you would like to own.
  • Immediately after purchase you will be presented with download links. Your download links will also come in an email to the email address associated with your PayPal email. Make sure you have access to that email before you purchase.
  • The download links for the eBooks will be valid only through September 2, 2013, so you must be sure to download all files before midnight ET on Monday, September 2. Please remember to back-up your files as well. iHN and the authors cannot send you copies of eBooks that have been deleted or lost.
  • Each of the eBooks in the Omnibus is copyrighted by the original author. Your purchase does not entitle you to share the files or upload them anywhere online where others can access them.
  • I am not in charge of any troubleshooting, iHomeschool network is handling all of that!  See a detailed FAQ page on the main Homeschool Omnibus webpage!

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Additional Resources: Codes and Links Provided After Purchase


  • From Fortuigence: Get kids ready for writing! Grab access to a short online course that supports you in setting a powerful setting for your kids to become strong writers. A $79 value — yours free!
  • From A Plan in Place: 10% off entire order.
  • From Heritage History: download one free book of your choice, worth $1.99.
  • From WriteShop: 15% off storewide.
  • From A+ TutorSoft: 20% off your entire order.
  • Also from A+ TutorSoft: download a free ($21.99 value) math supplement that helps to build a strong foundation and close learning gaps for struggling students.
  • From Bright Ideas Press: Free media shipping with an order of $30 or more.
  • From Real Life Press: 15% off entire purchase in the store.
  • From Shining Dawn Books: Get 30% off ANY order through the end of August, 2013.
  • From Kirsten Joy Awake: Download a free copy of Bible Writer: Volume 1, an all in one Bible Memory and Copywork curriculum.

Questions regarding downloading, or any other problems should be directed straight to iHomeschool Network, they are handling the details of the sale.  Find the FAQ and Contact information here on their website.

2013 Homeschool Omnibus Coming Soon!

You may remember the BIG Homeschool Omnibus eBook bundle from last fall, if not…stay tuned!  The 2013 Omnibus with over 90 eBooks {e-Curriculums} are included this year! 

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Two of my products are included, can you see which two in the graphic above? My two products alone are valued at $10 each, and the ENTIRE bundle is selling for $25!  This is an amazing deal!

Next Tuesday, August 20th, the Homeschool Omnibus will go live. Stay tuned!  It is only available through August 25!

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Draw, Write, Now Book 4 Printables

Draw, Write, Now Book 4 Printables 

I am continuing to plow through creating the Draw, Write, Now printables and recently got book 4 completed and will be completing the rest of the books, I promise!

Book 4 has some fun themes; The Polar Regions, The Arctic, The Antarctic . If you aren’t familiar with Draw, Write, Now, you can see the post I wrote last year when we gave a set away and learn more about them!

You may remember me sharing Book 1 last year, and the printables to go along.  These printables are exactly the same, two different options.  One for tracing, one for copying.  Both have the same drawing space.

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Visit the new webpage I created to host these printables to download this set and the book 1 set!Draw-Write-Now-Printables42

Thanks to Barker Creek Publishing for their permission to share these with my readers!

They have also offered my readers a special discount code to use on their website, for ANYTHING you purchase! 

Now through December 31, 2013

use code: 1PLUS1

for 15% off of your total order from Barker Creek! 

I am so thankful for this offer and hope it blesses many of you who would like to order these books, or other wonderful items from their website.  If you’ve never been to www.BarkerCreek.com be sure to visit!