Friday, August 1, 2014

"I Spy" Sports Slime

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It's getting to be sports season again, and though we don't really have any favorites around here (go, {my favorite sports team}, GO!) it's still fun to create projects to learn about them and pretend that we know something about sports. Using just a few ingredients, we decided to make some "I Spy" Sports Slime! For you homeschoolers, this makes for a great science project!!

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Making slime is pretty simple, and my daughter loved helping! To make this "I Spy" Sports Slime, all you need is:

Elmer's Clear School Glue (5 oz)
1 1/2 tsp Borax (use 1 tsp for more "gloopy" slime)
Elmer's Board Mate® Glitter Set
Sport-Themed Buttons

*You can add in food coloring if you want colored slime, but when we tried it, it was a total fail. The slime was a beautiful bright pink, and so were my hands for the next couple of days. We couldn't play with it at all without getting food coloring everywhere. So, if you want color, I'd recommend using the Elmer's Classic Glitter Glues instead as another option for a colored slime.

**This slime is NOT edible and the buttons could be a choking hazard, so I don't recommend letting small children play with it. Be sure to wash your hands and work/play space well after playing.

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To make the "I Spy" Sports Slime, pour the entire container of glue into a large bowl. Pour some warm water into the empty container, put the lid back on, and shake. This will get all the excess glue out of the bottle and will measure the water you need. Pour the water into the glue and stir until combined. Add in the buttons and glitter (we used the entire silver container) into the glue mixture. This is where you could use colors for your favorite sports team or let your child get creative and add their favorite colors in.

In a separate cup or bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 1/2 teaspoons of Borax. Stir until the Borax is almost dissolved.

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While stirring the glue mixture, slowly pour in the Borax mixture. The glue will start to get really thick and clump together. So much so, that you'll need to use your hands to mix it all together. Pull the clumps out and squish them together in your hands. Keep squishing it together with your hands and kneading until it's smooth and no longer sticky.

It should be similar to play dough, but will slowly "melt" when it's not being moved around. My daughter compared it to the scene in "Frozen" when Olaf starts melting by the fire...

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Now your kids are free to play! Stretch it, squish it, and have fun! Since the slime is clear, you can easily see all the sports buttons. My daughter loved playing "I Spy" with different sports balls, and counting how many of each she could see after kneading the slime around.

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The slime is moldable, but won't hold it's shape for long! Squish your hands into it and leave a hand print, or create a shape and watch it melt into a blob. Your kids will be entertained for quite a while. 

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Another fun thing to do with the slime is to hold the blob up in the air and watch it ooze back down to the table top! Count the sports balls as they fall, or name the kind of sports balls you can see as they go. The possibilities for play are really endless!

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The "I Spy" Sports Slime fit comfortably into a quart-sized Ziploc bag. It should stay good for quite a while as long as you keep it sealed. I've also heard that keeping it in the fridge will help it stay good longer.

I am part of the Elmer's Crafty Mamas Blogger Crew and have received supplies and compensation, but the ideas and opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Free Printable Back to School Bingo

I can't believe it's already time to get the kids back in school! There's always a little excitement when it comes time to start a new school year, but for the most part, we are all a little sad to say goodbye to summer. This Back to School Bingo should help the kids get ready for the new school year and could be a fun way to break the ice with a new class on their first day back!

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Just like my Halloween BingoThanksgiving BingoChristmas BingoEaster Bingo, Birthday Bingo, and Summer Bingo, I'm sure this version will be a hit with everyone, young and old!

Download the Back to School Bingo Set
(single PDF file includes 8 Bingo cards and calling pieces)

I've gotten a lot of requests to make more than 8 Bingo cards for larger groups that will be playing Bingo. To help solve this problem without having to create a whole bunch of card designs, I've put together a version that will make it easy for everyone to customize their own Bingo card.

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Print out the Blank Summer Bingo Set, which comes with a blank card (with the "free" space already added), all 24 Bingo pieces, and the calling cards. Print out the cards on cardstock, and the Bingo pieces on cardstock or regular copy paper.

Cut the Bingo pieces by following the lines. Glue the pieces wherever you want on the card with glue stick or Elmer's glue until all the spaces (except the "free" space) are covered. This would be a fun activity for older kids to do all on their own. Younger children will need some assistance with the cutting, but my daughter had no problem gluing all the pieces down herself.

(single PDF file includes blank Bingo card, Bingo pieces, and calling pieces)

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Game Instructions 
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares: buttons, candy, beans, M&Ms, wrapped candy, cereal, or any other small items work great!
2. Give each player a Bingo card and markers (or put your own together with the DIY set). Have each player put a marker over the free space.
3. The caller will draw a calling piece and announce the item on the card. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), they call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you post this on the internet, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to my blog.

Download Instructions:
On the top left under "File", click the "Download" option. A pop-up window should appear. Make sure the "Save File" option is selected, then click OK to download.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the Bingo cards and calling pieces on cardstock and then laminating. All files are 8.5x11 inches and put together in a single PDF format.

Have fun!! Would love to hear from you if you play using my printable!

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