Can Crusher Experiment

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Another experiment from the Steve Spangler website and you can find it HERE.

This experiment definitely requires adult supervision. All you need is an empty soda can, rinsed out. Add one full tablespoon of water to cover the bottom of the can. Place a bowl of cold water next to the stove burner you’ll be using. Heat the can on the burner. When you see steam rising from the can, give it a minute longer to get nice and hot. Take a pair of tongs (wear gloves for added safety) and in one smooth step, grasp the can with the tongs and flip it into the water, with the opening of the can hitting the water first. This is what happens:

Here is another go:

As you can see, Marcus had to try this several times:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to anyone reading this. We are back in our apartment in Lima, Peru. Back to the land of Spanish, speed bumps and aggressive driving. Here are some things I am especially thankful for at this time-

Spending Thanksgiving with my amazing husband. We’ve been apart for 4 long months.

Being able to eat a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day because we were able to smuggle canned pumpkin, canned green beans, French fried onions, cream of mushroom soup and Stove Top stuffing in our suitcases (all of which do not get imported here).

Having a sweet and honest maid who is also a good friend to me here in Peru.

Things I’m thankful for, other than friends and family, that living in Peru has made me extra appreciative-

Hot water whenever I need/want it.

Clean tap water.

Brown sugar and chocolate chips, although we have managed to stock up, from trips back and forth to the states, 10 bags of chocolate chips and 4 bags of brown sugar.

More than 3 choices of cold cereal (or chips or bread or soda or…you name it).

Finding jug milk in plentiful supply in any and every store.

Freely finding and buying cosmetics and over the counter medicines without having to go to a pharmacy or through a sales rep, who firsts jots down what I select, and then requires me to pay for it and then retrieves it for me as I’m on my way out of the store.

Light-Relight Experiment

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This experiment requires adult supervision. Your child will need two tall glasses, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, baking soda, dry yeast, a teaspoon for measuring, a craft stick and matches.

First, add one teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of yeast to each glass and mix well. Second, add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to one glass and a small amount of white vinegar to the other glass. The vinegar is the extinguisher and the peroxide is the igniter. Light the end of a craft stick and follow Marcus’ example in the video.

Early Christmas Decorating

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We are nearly packed for our return to Peru. Next week, we’ll be back in our apartment in Lima. We’ll spend Thanksgiving and Christmas there. We plan to visit Cusco and Machu Picchu in December.

I love to decorate for Christmas, but we didn’t have the movers pack our holiday containers since that seemed like too much to bring to Peru. Since I’ve been home, I decided to put Christmas up a couple of weeks ago so I could enjoy it while I was here. It’s the first time ever that I’ve decorated for Christmas before Thanksgiving.

I have 4 display cut-outs around my fireplace. They are fun to decorate. Remember my Christmas craft
from an earlier post? It inspired me to put together a woodland theme.

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Wish me luck back in Peru. I’m actually looking forward to the simplicity of our lifestyle there. Do you ever feel like you’re rushing around too much? That’s how I’ve felt these past several months. There’s just been so much going on here. But in Peru, my life has this way of slowing down. It’s really nice! Hey, thanks for stopping by. ūüôā

Greek Mythology Unit- Week 1

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I’ve been so consumed preparing to move back to Lima, Peru, in 9 days,¬†that I decided to wing our Greek mythology unit and just jump in with both feet.

Marcus and I are using this book-

Treasury of Greek Mythology

National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology. I really like this book because of its elaborate, beautiful illustrations.

This week we read, starting at the beginning of the book, about Gaia (Mother Earth), Uranus (Father Heaven), Cronus (Titan King), Zeus (King of the Gods) and Hestia (Goddess of the Hearth).

We also discussed our personal religious beliefs verses what the ancient Greeks believed. We believe in a perfect godhead made up of Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. We worship our Heavenly Father, and pray to Him in the name of Jesus Christ. We know that Jesus Christ created this earth, under Heavenly Father’s direction.

Marcus has also been learning a little about ancient Greece, in his distance history class, using this book-

Encyclopedia of World History

The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History. His crafts this week were inspired from this book.

First he created this paper Greek vase-

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He made this by coloring an entire sheet of white cardstock with crayons and then painting over his coloring with black tempura paint with a drop of dish soap mixed in. Once that dried, he etched his vase and cut it out. Marcus featured a Cyclops on his vase.

Maybe next time, we’ll try this more elaborate way to create an etching-

Crayon Etching.To learn how to create a vibrant Crayon Etching like this one, see the step-by- step tutorial and photos on the How To Arts and Crafts.com website.

He also created these Greek tragedy and comedy masks-

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We followed the examples from Mrs. Crosbie.

Craft Night

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I love to host craft events with a small group of women in my neighborhood. My friend, Steph, has a lot of wood just laying around at her house and she gets her husband to cut it for us. In the past we created this laundry sign, which now hangs in my laundry room-

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Last night, in my kitchen, we created this set of fall pumpkins-

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We also took these owls that I purchased from Walmart in the craft department-
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and transformed them. I wish I had thought to take pictures of all 5 as they were each¬†very unique (just like the women who designed them). I was having too much fun to even think about my camera, though. Next time I’ll have to remember to pull out my camera and take pictures from start to finish. But, here is a picture of my owl-DSCN2589

Craft events are a fun way to get together with friends and create something with our own hands, which is very satisfying.