Showing posts from August, 2018

Guar Gum Grinch Slime

Dragonfly and I have been having so much fun exploring the awesome slime chemistry from Little Bins for Little Hands.  At least a few times a week, we test out a new recipe and get our hands dirty together.  It's great bonding time and mess-free (yes, really).

A few weeks ago, Little Bins posted a brand new slime recipe involving guar gum.  This plant-based, gluten-free food thickener is perfect for making glue-free slime.  Dragonfly couldn't wait to test it, so we ordered the guar gum from Amazon right away.  Fortunately, the other ingredients in this slime are the normal ones for slime- food coloring, baking soda, and saline solution- so we already had them in the house.

I noticed from reading the post on Little Bin that we use more guar gum than they do.  She uses 1 teaspoon of the powder, and we used 1 tablespoon.  The larger amount made it harder to incorporate into the water (we used 1 cup of warm water), but it did make a very stretchy, juggle-ly slime.  It was very fu…

School Supply List for Homeschooling

It's back to school season again!  Or as homeschoolers like to call it "NOT-back-to-school" time.  Social media is full of posts, memes, and videos complaining about how expensive school supplies are for traditional schoolers.  Few people think about what homeschoolers need for their education.  The home-school combines all the classroom needs and all the student needs into one big list.  The homeschool should have it all!

The Basics

Like all school children, homeschoolers need fresh pencils, lots of glue sticks, scissors, and other ordinary supplies.  Take advantage of Back-to-School sales to get good deals on crayons, pens, and notebooks.  Unlike most school kids, homeschool families should also grab a few hundred sheets of computer paper for all the printables, a new Instant Ink compatible printer with free ink, and lots of liquid glue for slime experiments.

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Math Class

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When Life Give You Lemons... Fun Lemonade Ideas for Kids

Next Monday (August 20) is National Lemonade Day!  It's a perfect day to celebrate the end of summer and to raise a sweet and sour glass to many summers to come.  For homeschoolers and teachers, I've included many books, activities, and other things to help you turn the day into a learning adventure.  This post was so much fun to make, and I hope you enjoy it!

Book!  Books!  Books about lemonade!  Most of these are early reader ones for elementary kids.  Some of them even include math concepts!

Lemonade Stand Cookbook
Lemonade for Sale
Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink
Caterina and the Lemonade Stand
Lemonade in Winter
Olivia Opens a Lemonade Stand
Froggie's Lemonade Stand
Berenstain Bears Lemonade Stand

Sensory Play
Lemons are so cheery that they draw you in for playtime, plus they smell amazing!  As well as drinking lemonade, your kids might enjoy pouring and dumping lemon-scented rice, squishy yellow play dough, or making a lemon explode.

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Go Back to School with Instant Ink

We recently got an Instant Ink compatible printer for our homeschooling.  I had been putting off buying ink on our old printer for several months, not wanting to put out the money to purchase new cartridges.  Then, I heard about a great deal on a new HP printer.  For the price of two cartridges for the old printer, I bought a brand new wireless printer with 10 months of free ink!  I've wanted a wireless printer for a long time, so it's even more perfect.

The printer is part of HP's Instant Ink program, a subscription service where ink is automatically sent before you need it (amazing!).  When you sign up for the program, you chose how many pages of printing you think you'll use a month- 30, 100, or 300.  Every month, your printing allowance starts over.  When the cartridge gets low, HP automatically sends you new ink.

Never run out of ink again!


- Big, Big Savings!
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- The Ink Gets Sent Before You Need It
never run out again!

- Wirele…