Color Magic

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This is an easy-peasy wactivity that takes a little faith and a lot of patience!

What you need:Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 4.32.32 PM

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. Leave the third cup empty (this is part of the magic!)

– Chose two colors. Add one to each of the water-filled cups.Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 4.32.49 PM

– Roll up two paper towels into long, snake-like thingies.

– Put one paper towel roll-up into each of the colored water cups and let the other end hang over into the empty cup in the middle.

– Then sit back, relax, and let the magic happen!

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(NOTE: this is an exercise in patience, like real scientists! Ours took over night to get the full effect but eventually you will see the water and the color migrate up the paper towel and drip into the empty cup!! Your colors will mix too!)

Color Scatter

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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 the dishwashing soap and watch the colors scatter!!

Wanna change it up? Why Not?!

– what happens if you toss in glitter? or float a toy boat on top?

– try with low fat milk (spoiler – it won’t work! This has to do with what the soap is trying to do to the lipids (fat molecules) and low fat milk doesn’t have enough to make it work! — for more on this check out the source for the inspiration)

Cork Creations Craftivity

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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 of the overly dull trivets.)

What to gather:

~ grab a cork something that is too plain for your fabulous self.Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.48.05 PM

~ grab some paint. Paint markers would work or you could do what we did and grab a stencil and some acrylic paint.

~ get some sealer (spray stuff works well)

~ one crafty, wacky WhyNotter (of course!).

What to do:

~ Decorate to your heart’s delight!Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.48.17 PM

We stuck with a single color theme but you could go wild with these. And if trivet’s ain’t part of your weekly wildness (I know, I know, crazy stuff) note that this would work with any cork base.

In fact, here is an inspiring tutorial on how to make cork coasters, should you so choose!

DIY Corn Wactivity

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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 DIY-er

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– Swirl your corny color paint together

– Cut a piece of bubble wrap the size that makes sense for your plate.

– Gently push the bubble wrap, bubble side down, into the paint.

– Lift it up and use it as a stamper on your white paper.

REPEAT until you’ve done all the white paper you want.

– Let it dry!

– Cut out oval, corn shapes (we cut a first one free hand then used it as a sample to trace for the other ones).

– Cut V shapes out of your green paper (again, you can use your first one as a tracer for the rest).

– Glue the green on to the while and, voila! Corn!

Feeling Wacky? WhyNot!

– Make a bunch and staple them onto a paper plate to make a wreath.


– Pass them out at Thanksgiving and get everyone to write what they are thankful on them.


– Write guests names on them and use them as place cards on your Thanksgiving table


– Add glitter to the wet paint after you stamp it! Glam it up!


– Tie string to them and then hang them from a hanger or sticks to make a mobile


What can you think of? Tell us!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Duct Tape Luggage Tag

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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. Why not, right? Here’s what I did:

– I made the fabric like they do in the video, overlapping 3 pieces of duct tape face up, then layering another three face down.

– I then trimmed it into a more traditional tag shape

– To keep my personal info more personal, I made a flap by laying one piece of duct tape face up and another on top face down with a little bit (maybe a 1/4 inch) of the sticky stuff sticking up uncovered. (it’s in the picture)Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 2.02.20 PM

– Then stick that new strip on top of your tag and write your info underneath.

– Since my hole punch is on the fritz, I just cut a diamond shape for the hole and strung my duct tape string through that!

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-Voila! A new luggage tag for holiday travels and/or anytime adventures!

Note: this makes a great gift too!!

Awesome Egg Exoskeleton

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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 a cake pan

~ Yarn & Scissors

~ Wax paper

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And, of course, one wacky activity doer!

What to do:

~ Spread out the wax paper to keep your work table clean (or as clean as possible, this is about to get MESSY!)

~ Whisk up one cup of flour with 3/4 cup water in a shallow dish. Add water as needed until you get a mix about the consistency of good ole Elmer’s School Glue.

~ Cut long lengths of that yarn. (We did 2-3 feet worth, but don’t worry about being precise, you can always use a second or third piece on a balloon, as needed.)

~ Blow up your balloons to whatever size you want. We kept ’em small and moulded them a bit to be more egg shaped, but you do what works for you. No wrong way to do this! OPTIONAL: if you want to trap goodies inside your exoskeletons, put the toys or cubes or whatever in before you blow the balloon up!

~ Soak one piece of yarn at a time (to avoid tangles) in your flour/water goo.

~ Once it’s good and soaked, wrap the yarn around the balloon, wiping some of the goo off the yarn as you go. Make awesome web-ish patterns (remembering that if you are trapping something you need to be sure none of the inter-string holes are too big.

~ Set aside to dry.

~ Repeat the process for all of your balloons.

Let them dry overnight, remembering to turn them after a few hours to let all the parts dry all the way.

~ When they are totally dry, take those scissors and snip the balloon carefully (don’t cut your yarn web!). Watch the balloon pull away in a cool, slow-mo implosion!

~ Sneak the deflated balloon out one of those handy holes and, voila! You have a cool egg exoskeleton!! If you make a bunch, you have a cool, spring center piece!

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 12.38.24 PMNote: there are lots of ways to do this and you can see where we got our ideas and inspiration on the Wactivity Pinterest page!

Funky DIY Flubber

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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 almost funner. (yep, I said, it – FUNNER).

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– 1 cup of washable glue (think school-kind)

– 3/4 cup cold water

– Food coloring (optional)

– 1/2 cup hot water

– 1 teaspoon Borax (found in the laundry aisle or on!)

&, of course, one wacky experimenter

What to do:

– Pour the glue, the cold water, and the food coloring (if you so choose) in a bowl. Mix it really well. Then set it aside for a second.

– Mix the Borax and the hot water in a separate bowl. Again, mix it ALL the way.

– Then, and this is where the “magic” first happens, slowly add the glue mixture to the borax mixture and stir! (it’s cool, you’ll see)

– Pour off any extra water, play and enjoy!

Make it Wackier? Why Not?

– Add glitter! I tried to but, because it was just that kind of day, I couldn’t find it.

– Hide pony beads inside the finished product and search for the hidden treasure!

– See if it will pick up newsprint like silly putty (I have no idea! Tell me if you try!)

– Sculpt a tall tower then stand back and watch what happens

– What happens if you freeze it? What happens when it thaws?

Wactivity: the morning after. (AKA: Flubber follow-up). Look how the air bubbles get trapped. Spontaneous stalagmites! Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 3.14.06 PM

Source on the Wactivity Pinterest page! Enjoy!

Homemade Ice cream

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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’ WhyNotters, this one is not to miss!

What you need:

– A gallon sized and quart sized zip-top baggie per WhyNotter

– Sugar & Vanilla

– Half and Half (or Milk + Whipping cream) for dairy eaters, Almond Milk for non-dairy friends

– A BUNCH of ice

– Coarse Sea Salt (or rock salt if you have it)

– 6 minutes of silly shaking

– Optional: other mix-ins/flavors, we used cocoa powder, smashed berries would be good too!

& of course, Wacky Whynotters!

What to do:

– For each serving, pour 1 cup of your “milk,” 2 TBS sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla and any other flavors your choose into your quart sized bag. Zip tight!

– Fill the big gallon sized baggie about half full with ice + add in 1/2 cup of rock salt. Pop in your zipped tight quart bag and zip the big bag tight.

– Set your timer for 6 minutes and shake those baggies silly (we strongly suggest singing “Shake, Shake, Shake, – Shake, Shake, Shake, -Shake your Ice Cream, Shake your Ice Cream”

Unzip those baggies eat and enjoy!!!!!!

p.s. this is a great thing to bring on a camping trip… fresh ice cream with s’mores? Yes please!

p.p.s. you can find similar recipes all over the place. My specific inspiration is on my Pinterest page. The non-dairy version is our own (as far as we know!).

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! BLAST OFF!Jet jollies

M&M Treat Trial

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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 least a serving size worth (For a healthier version, try peanuts or corn pops!)

Step 1: Put different colored construction paper down on a flat surface so the colors are overlapping.

Step 2: Scatter the M&M’s all over the construction paper.

No order here, just scattered so some blend in with some of the construction paper

Step 3: Set the timer to 10 SECONDS and hold the straw in your hand. Patiently wait for someone to start the timer.

When the timer starts, you’re going to use the straw to pick up the M&M’s one at a time and put them in the bowl. BUT HOW!?…

Step 4: GO! With one end of the straw in your mouth, touch any M&M with the other end of the straw. Now try slurping up the M&M. It won’t actually go up the straw, but it’s like a vacuum so the M&M sticks!

Step 5: Carefully, BUT QUICKLY move the straw and release the M&M into the bowl by turning your mouth-vacuum off.

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your time is up!

When time is up, count how many made it to the bowl. Then, start over!

Try this for 3 trials to compare results! Remember which trial you got the most M&M’s and eat that many! …And now gobble the rest. Because they’re a delicious treat, and you’ve worked hard for them! Enjoy!

Were some trials easier than others? More difficult?

Too easy?! Step it up!

To make this experiment more difficult try it with less time on the clock! Also, try replacing the construction paper with a busier page of colors like from a magazine. This will create more chances for the M&M’s to blend in with the environment.

Try this!

Instead of racing against the clock and recording just your times…..invite another person (or 10)! You might need more M&M’s, but the more the merrier. No worries, in the end everyone gets to enjoy the trial treat!

Nutter-Nana BonBons

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This is a delicious, not-too-terrible-for-ya DIY treat.

What you will need:

– Aluminum foil & a cookie sheetScreen Shot 2014-09-22 at 5.27.24 PM

– 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 WhyNot Creator!

What do to:

– Cut the Bananas into rounds of even-ish thickness

– Put the foil on a cookie sheet. Then spread your banana rounds into a single, no touching layer and pop that whole thing in the freezer.

– Patiently wait for them to totally freeze (an hour or two)

– Once frozen, take those rock hard banana rounds out and spread the peanut butter on them – making little banana & PB sandwiches (this is a yummy place to stop and taste!)

– Put your PB sandwiches back on the foil-lined cookie sheet and freeze ’em up (again, patience required – I know, it’s worth it, I promise!)

– When those are frozen solid, take your chocolate chips and put them in a microwave safe bowl. Cook them for 20 seconds then stir. Repeat until you have ooey, gooey chocolate soup!

Here comes the messy (and delicious) part!

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– Dip your frozen PB & banana sandwiches in the melty chocolate. Put them down on your foil cookie sheet to dry/cool.

If you want to do toppings, drop ’em on while the chocolate is still melty so it will work like glue.

Eat and Enjoy! WhyNot!

Store any extras in the fridge or freezer.

Wanna try to take it further? Change it up!

Try it with Nutella or another awesome spread.

How does jelly work?

How about M&Ms for a topping?

Peep Popcorn Palooza

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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:

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 11.35.24 AM~ popped popcorn poured into bowls + cookie sheets for cooling (I lined mine with parchment paper to avoid a clean up. Tinfoil would work too)

~ peeps (whatever color/animal your heart desires)

~ butter (just a bit)

~ other awesome add-ins (e.g. I did Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs (YUM!)Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 11.34.59 AM in one batch and mini chocolate chips in another. Other ideas: nuts, M&Ms, skittles, gummy worms, whatever!)

~ & one or more Wacky WhyNotters!

What to do:

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 11.35.42 AM~ melt your butter over medium heat in a pot (nonstick is great but whatever works)

~ when it’s melty, toss in about 4 peeps, any color/animal

~ keep stirring the poor peeps while they do the Wicked Witch of the West melting routine (don’t let ’em burn)

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~ stir

~ make into little balls (like I did with the chocolate chips) or other shapes (notice those FANCY birds eggs, yep, you too could strive for such edible art!) and let them cool on the covered cookie sheet.

~ eat and enjoy!

Want to take it further? Mix it up! Why not?

– what happens if you blend peep colors?

– what else could you pour it on? (Cereal, perhaps?)

– YOU tell me, what else can you think of?

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Note: I changed it up a bit, but you can find my source inspiration on the Wactivity Pinterest page!

Rockin’ Recycle Ornament

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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 like. Glam it up, Why Not?

– Cut them into about 1 inch wide circles

– Staple 5 circles together, one to the next in a circular fashion.

– Run some string through the middle to hang it by and decorate away!!!

See, so EASY!

When you finish this one, please share a pic!

The Search for Bottled Treasure

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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:

• 1 Used Water Bottle or Jar (or something clear)

• Uncooked Rice

• Teeny Tiny Items (list below)

• And last, but certainly not least, 1 Pirate

Step 1: Make sure the bottle or jar is EMPTY, and you’re clearly able to see into the bottle.

Step 2: Fill the empty bottle or jar THREE-QUARTERS (3/4) FULL with the uncooked rice.

Step 3: Add a variety of teeny tiny items into the bottle or jar.

Step 4: Seal the treasure with the top, and shake or twist the bottle to find all of the treasures!

This is a great activity for a long car ride! Try it out and let us know what treasures you searched for in your bottle! Enjoy!

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Keep track of what treasures you put in the bottle! Try using at least 5 items for small bottles, and at least 10 items for bigger bottles. If you don’t have rice, try something similar like Orzo, or another small pasta!

Teeny Tiny Items:

Coin, Hair clip (bobby pin or barrette), button, small leggo piece, action figure, key ring hoop, Barbie doll’s hair brush, safety pin, peanut, sunflower seed, small army man, marble, paperclip, and many more!

Secret Oreo

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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 a secret between us that it’s really really easy, K?

What you need:

~ One box of your favorite brownie mix (I strongly recommend Ghirardelli Double Chocolate – and no, they are not a sponsor, and, yes, I would welcome them).

~ A Bunch of Oreos, whatever stuff level & size you prefer.

& of course, one wacky baker!

What to do:

~ Prepare the brownies as directed on the box (do all the preheating, pan lining, etc that they say). Once you are done mixing it the prescribed 50 times, now comes the magic:

~ Pour only 1/2 of the batter into the pan.

~ Cover the batter with a layer of Oreos. Nestle ’em right in there. You’ll see I went crazy with two sizes.

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~ Then pour the remaining batter over the top.

~ Bake as directed. Cool as directed (waiting is the hardest part!)

Then slice and enjoy your secret Oreo stash!

Want to get really Wacky with it? Try other kinds of cookies, or candies or treats. Let me know how it goes!

Inspiration found on the Wactivity Pinterest page!

Shock & Awe Brownie Baking

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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 are really, really good. So don’t balk too badly at the ingredients, just give it a try. Why Not?!?!


1 (14 oz) canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained (I know, I know, roll with this – I promise, they taste goooooood!)

2 large eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder (I did 1/4 cup regular cocoa powder and 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder)

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk (or dairy, or soy)

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground coffee or instant coffee

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips plus a handful or two, divided (Hershey’s)

Optional: Peanut Butter Chips

What to do:

~ Preheat the oven to 350° F.

~ Grease a nonstick 9 x 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray and then line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang sticking up on all sides.

~ Throw ALL the ingredients excel the chocolate/PB chips into a blender! Blend the heck out of it – really let it get nice and liquified (no one wants to find an identifiable bean in their food).

~ Toss in some of the cup chocolate chips (and PB chips, if you so choose) and stir them in. (You could pour the mixture into a bowl first but I just stirred in the blender thing, less to wash!)

~ Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips (and PB chips, if you like) evenly over the top of the brownies.

Bake the brownies until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 to 32 minutes.

Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing them into squares.

Bit into them and experience much Shock & Awe!!!

Good, right?? Surprisingly, actually good!

Note: this recipe was adapted from this deliciously inspiring site. I cannot wait to hear what you think of these and what additions/changes/improvements you make on the recipe!

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.

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 1.47.31 PMWhat you need:


~ Water

~ Something to paint with

~ Something to mix in

Optional: Food coloring

& of course, one wacky activity doer!

What to do:

~ Mix cornstarch and water in your “something to mix in” – it’s about Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 1.47.49 PMequal parts but I suggest going light on the water, you can always add more. Mix and add – more water if it’s too thick, more cornstarch if it’s too thin, until you get to a paint-like consistency (or until you are just too excited to wait to paint, whichever comes first).

~ If you want, add in some food coloring. For those of you working on color theory, this is a nice time to see what happens when you mix red and yellow, etc. The food coloring is totally optional though, painting with white is cool and interesting too.

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The inspiration for this is on the Wactivity Pinterest page!

Squeaky Clean

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What you need:

– A new bar of Ivory soap

– a Microwave-safe plate

– a Microwave

&, of course, one wacky, WhyNot experimenter!

What to do:

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– 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 it in the microwave for about a minute and a half

– Watch and be amazed!!

(feel free to touch it, smash it, and even wash with it after… it’s cool feeling and it still works!)

What’s happening & other things to try:

Try this #1: grab a bar of Ivory and another bar of any other kind of bar soap. Plop each into a glass of water… see what happens!

The Ivory bar floats, right? That’s because it has little, teensy, tiny bubbles of air trapped inside. Those make it float. Those also explain what’s happening here.

Microwaves work by heating up water molecules. As the bar heats up, those little bubbles of air expand and gently explode, creating the new fluffy shape. Cool, right?

Try this #2: try putting some drops of food coloring on first… I’ve never tried this. Let me know what happens!

SUPER Sweet SUPERsize Me Experiment

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What you need:

– Gummy Bears (yum!)

– Water

– A container

optional: a rule and/or food scale

&, of course, one wacky Whynotter!

What to do:

– If you opted for a ruler and/or food scale, take the measurements of your gummy bear. How long is it? How tall? How wide? How heavy? Record this intel somewhere safe.

– Then pop your gummy bear in a container of water. I suggest one bear per watery container (but, heck, see what happens if you dump a bunch in one… why not!)

– Wait (oh, the patience step… always the hardest)

– In a couple of hours, take your growing bear out and remeasure. Pop it back in and wait…. Repeat as you like.

– End result? One SUPER sweet SUPERsized bear!

Other things to try (Why Not!?):

– Does it work the same with other liquids besides water? Milk? Soda?

– Does it work the same with other gummy things? (I’ve heard worms don’t do it… I wonder why, don’t you?)

– Does the temperature of the water make a difference?

– What can you think of to try that I haven’t??

Veggie Stampin’

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A fun, creative way to use those otherwise composted end bits of veggies!

What you will need:

A bunched veggie – we used celery

A way to cut the bottom bit off (get a grown up if needed).


Something to put the paint on – wax paper works great!


+ one Wacky Creator!

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1) Cut off the bottom of your celery

2) Put out the paints you want to use

3) Stamp away! (EASY-PEASY!!!!!)

Feeling Wacky? Amp it up!

Try other veggies – lettuce? how does broccoli look?

Mix up the paints!

Add marker or crayon to your drawing!

Try getting some fabric paints and add some creative stamps to dishtowels or pillow cases (with appropriate approval first, of course).

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