Wactivities Category

Candy Cane Sunset

It may not get easier than this WhyNotters, so grab your candy cane, a shallow dish or plate and some water, ’cause it’s Candy Cane Sunset Experiment time! What to do: – Unwrap that Candy Cane and place it on your plate. – Pour some water over it… Then watch in WONDER! If I knew […]

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Cold Rocks

Hello WhyNotters! Welcome back to your weekly, Wednesday Wactivities. Most of you Willa and the Whynots fans are somewhere in the US where it is shockingly cold. This week’s Wactivity is one I heard of ages ago but was waiting for just this kind of weather to do it. See, the Polar Vortex is good […]

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Color Magic

This is an easy-peasy wactivity that takes a little faith and a lot of patience! What you need: Three clear cups, food color, water and 2 paper towels (a tray is nice to catch any food color drips). And, of course, one wacky experimenter!! What you do: – Put water in 2 of the cups. […]

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Color Scatter

An easy, fast, repeatable activity to keep the scientist in you busy! What you need: ~ Whole Milk ~ Food Coloring ~ Dishwashing soap ~ A shallow pan or dish What to do: ~ Lay down a thin-ish layer of milk ~ Drop food coloring in helter-skelter. ~ When you are ready, add drops of […]

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Cork Creations Craftivity

Sometimes you need to step up and make life a little more jazzy. We own these fully functional cork trivets but they were just oh-so-plain. Life is waaaay too interesting and entirely to important to have things that make you feel just “Eh.” So I decided to change my destiny! (Or at least the destiny […]

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DIY Corn Wactivity

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we bring you some DIY corn that is fun, fabulous, and decoratively functional! What to gather: – Paint in corny colors – Paper plate or other paint-OK surface – Bubble wrap, little bubbles – Paper: white + green – scissors – Glue (stick or liquid) & one Wacky WhyNot […]

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Duct Tape Luggage Tag

It’s fun, it’s functional, it’s fabulous… and it’s your weekly Wactivity, WhyNotters! What you need: – Duct tape (in whatever colors you fancy) – Scissors & one wacky Whynotter! What to do: – I got the basic ‘how to’ from this video Take a gander and you’ll get the idea. But I made some modifications. […]

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Awesome Egg Exoskeleton

This is one of those wondrous wactivities that has a lil something for everyone. Like crafts? Gotcha. Love to make a mess? This is for you! Into cool, controlled implosions? Sign on up! What you need: ~ Balloons (even tiny water balloons will work) ~ Water, flour, and a whisk ~ A shallow dish, like […]

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Funky DIY Flubber

These days, I’m a writer but I’m also a stay-at-home-mom and a former kindergarten teacher. It takes a lot for homemade science stuff to impress me. So be impressed when I say: This. Is. Awesome. The final product is super fun, of course. But in this case, the magic that happens along the way is […]

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Homemade Ice cream

I scream, You scream, We all scream for Homemade Wactivity Ice cream! (now in non-dairy too!) Ice cream made at home in plastic baggies? Why Not! We even tweaked the recipe for our non-dairy eating friends and, let me tell you, it is DELICIOUS even dairy free. So grab your baggies and get to shakin’ […]

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Jet Pack Jollies

It doesn’t get easier than this, WhyNotters! All you need to make these at home is a spare bottle (we used old sippy cups), fire hued tissue paper, rubber bands, and some willing stuffed WhyNotters! Crumple the tissue paper, stuff it into your cup, then use the rubber bands to strap those jet packs on! […]

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M&M Treat Trial

Taste your delicious results after putting your skills through some trying trials! That’s right. After your trials you get to enjoy the experiment! What will you need? Just 5 things and the lab participant! 1 Straw 1 Bowl 1 Timer or something that can count down from 10 Construction Paper And of course, M&M’s at […]

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Nutter-Nana BonBons

This is a delicious, not-too-terrible-for-ya DIY treat. What you will need: – Aluminum foil & a cookie sheet – Access to some freezer space – Bananas – Creamy peanut butter – Chocolate chips & a microwave safe bowl – Toppings (Optional – we tried pink sea salt and sprinkles ) and, of course, one Wacky […]

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Peep Popcorn Palooza

Watch out, WhyNotters, this Wactivity is a choose your own adventure kind – one that is bound to make you say yum. Peep lover or peep avoider, this one is deliciously worth a try. Why not? What you need: ~ popped popcorn poured into bowls + cookie sheets for cooling (I lined mine with parchment paper […]

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Rockin’ Recycle Ornament

Easy, peasy decoration and/or gift for this Weekly WhyNot Wactivity What to gather: – Empty one paper towel or two toilet paper tubes – Paint/markers/glue & glitter/stickers or something to decorate them – Scissors – Stapler – A bit of string &, of course, one wacky crafter! What to do: – Decorate your tubes however you […]

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The Search for Bottled Treasure

Have a scavenger hunt while sitting still! How in the world is it possible to have a scavenger hunt if you’re sitting still? Is that even possible? With Wactivities, anything is possible! Also, because this hunt is in a bottle. Become a pirate and search for your buried treasure in a bottle! What you’ll need: […]

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Secret Oreo

Shhhhhhhh….. Can you keep a secret? I hope so. ‘Cause this wacky activity (=wactivity) is secret on two levels. (1) The outcome has secret Oreoes hidden inside! YUM! (2) This recipe is SO stinkin’ easy, but takes so crazy good that folks think you are some kind of baking genius, so let’s just keep it […]

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Shock & Awe Brownie Baking

Ok, Whynotters, I am one of the first folks to say that if you are going to make desert to eat, then MAKE DESSERT, don’t tinker with recipes to make it all ‘healthy’ or whatever, let it be desert. But I just had to try this recipe for healthier brownies and… SHOCK & AWE, they […]

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DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Spring is finally, finally really and truly here, WhyNotters! To celebrate, here is a very springy, nigh on summery Wactivity to decorate your doorsteps and delight your inner DIY-er. What you need: ~Cornstarch ~ Water ~ Something to paint with ~ Something to mix in Optional: Food coloring & of course, one wacky activity doer! […]

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Squeaky Clean

What you need: – A new bar of Ivory soap – a Microwave-safe plate – a Microwave &, of course, one wacky, WhyNot experimenter! What to do: – Unwrap your brand new bar of Ivory soap. **optional, cut in half or into quarters for more surface area – plop it on your plate and pop […]

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