Aubrey started preschool 2 days after her 2nd birthday. 2 weeks later, she was already enjoying her first school event – Halloween. There was a sign-up for different things to bring and I picked juice boxes. In parenthesis there was a note it must be 100% juice. When at the store, had a slight freakout over which juice to choose. So, I did what any normal person does and picked the Juicy Juice boxes for the bright colors and simple design. Oh, and the fact that 100% juice was mentioned right on the front. Since that party, every time we sign up for treats, I sign up for juice, and I bring in a pack of Juicy Juice (apple variety). I think I might live on the edge and bring some grape this week for Dinosaur week (spoiler alert preschoolers!!)
While setting goals with my Powersheets, I included one about letting Aubrey have fun and get messy. Yes, I am that mom that is constantly in search of paper towels to wipe Aubrey or Luke off while they’re playing outside because I don’t want them too dirty. Crazy, I know. And you know what’s a great way for Aubrey to get messy and have fun? With the insane amount of Crayola items available at Walmart. (And I might be known to have only in the past own the Color Wonder paper. But we ventured out of the box for some Mother’s Day crafts).
There were almost too many things for me to sort through. I had a mini SQUIRREL episode as I looked over the paints, markers, crayons, more paints, more markers, more crayons. But I chose something pretty awesome. And I think Aubrey had a BLAST. Even if I did wipe down the paint palette between each art piece and cover her table with a trash bag. I can only handle so much change at once.
We started off with a sponge-brush because I wanted to keep things clean. Obviously preschool taught her that finger paint is SO.MUCH.MORE.FUN.
She had such a great time and I really did enjoy watching her get dirty. She especially loved squishing her hands directly into the paint and making handprints all over the canvas. And just like Crayola promises, everything washed out. And that cute paint outfit? We both decorated a white tee and shorts and it’s now her get messy, get creative outfit. (check out the video at the bottom of the post!)
I wanted to make a cool science experiment to show Aubrey how the plants drink water. Our vegetable garden has grown so much and I wanted to demonstrate how colored water could affect flowers too. So I tried 3 different things. Only one partially worked. I don’t think I’ll be doing any off-the-cuff experiments again. I’ll just go to Pinterest.
Round 1. Water and Crayola Sidewalk Chalk. I cut a piece off of purple & blue, used a meat tenderizer to grind it fine and added water. After a few days, the flowers were still white. The chalk doesn’t absorb into the water. Chalk is not a good method to dying flowers.
Round 2. I used Juicy Juice as a suggestion from Instagram. After 3 days, the flowers were still white. I would have let them sit longer but I didn’t think they would change color. So, apparently juice is great for drinking but not for dying.
Round 3. Water & food dye. By the end of day 1 – the left flower sported some blue tips. And after a long 2 days, the purple had a tiny bit of blue showing as well. I’m not sure how the flowers could have become more colored, but maybe there’s a 4th method I should look into 🙂
Not sure how much Aubrey really grasped all of that, but she did enjoy seeing the colored liquids. I moved on to something she WOULD understand – Juice Pops! While shopping at Walmart I grabbed the popsicle molds to use with Juicy Juice. I added some chopped peaches to the base of some molds and added the fruit punch to freeze. I also made some plain apple juice ones for Luke (which I have now devoured). They’re quick treats to make when you are having your own #UltimatePlaydate with some of the neighborhood kids. Since all the juices are 100% juice, I have no problem with Luke or Aubrey having one as their outdoor snack after nap time. Heck, I even enjoyed one during their nap the other day.
And if you want to know about the Fabric Markers, check out this Instagram video!
And for a limited time, Juicy Juice and Crayola are including coupons on some of their products for you to create some masterpieces of your own and enjoy a cool drink too!
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