Tuesday, November 30, 2010

24 days to Christmas "Good Deed Jar"

24 Days to Christmas
Good Deed Jar

This is what we are doing in place of an Advent Calendar. We are counting down to Christmas by doing "good deeds".  This is a list of 24 simple acts of kindness we plan to each complete prior to Christmas.
Each day we will complete an easy task, then  write down on sheets of paper the deed we completed that day and place the paper in the jar. 
On Christmas Eve, we will place our "good deed" jar under the tree as a gift for Santa.

Here is a list of our 24 "Good Deeds":

24 Days til Christmas
Good Deed Jar

1. Tell someone you are proud of them.
2. Send an encouraging card to sick child through MakeaChildSmile.org
3. Smile and say hello to a stranger
4. Buy a co-worker lunch, coffee or a snack (or bring a friend a snack at lunch)
5. Recycle
6. Drop some extra change in “give a penny, take a penny jar”
7. Write a co-worker or friend a handwritten thank you note
8. Give someone a hug
9. Send a Thank you note or card to someone in the military LetsSayThanks.com
10. Leave 50 cents in a vending machine
11. Give someone a compliment
12. Forgive someone you have been holding a grudge against
13. Open the door for a stranger
14. Pick up liter on the ground
15. Drop an anonymous “Have a great day” card in a neighbors mailbox
16. Let a stranger ahead or you in line (driving, store, school, anywhere)
17. Leave your mail carrier or garbage man a thank you note
18. Say a prayer for people you know who are sick or hurting
19. Give an extra large tip to a waiter or waitress
20. Give away books or magazines to a charity or hospital
21. Clean out toys or clothes to give to a charity
22. Spend extra time playing with your pets
23. Surprise someone in your family with helping with chores, cleaning or just a note of thanks
24. Call up a relative or friend just to say “hello”

“Today give a stranger one of your smiles….It might be the only sunshine he sees all day….”

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Science Party

 Warning:This is going to be an extra large post. I gave my nephew a "Science Party" for his 11th birthday. After hours of research, it came out amazing! I hope this posting will help anyone plan  a "cool" party for boys or girls (including adults!)
 Welcome to "Trevor's Mad Lab"...you do need to be organized,  I recommend the dollar store for the tinfoil tins and other goodies
 the dining room area was the "Lab Cafeteria", I found sticky skulls after Halloween and put them on water bottles
 This was our "Sugar Molecules" or sweet table. the cake was from the Family Fun site, 2 bundt cakes with a glass flower vase in the middle. When we sang Happy Birthday, I added water and dry ice to the vase for a smoking beaker cake.
 Most of the candies and sweets were found after Halloween on sale!

 In our family room, I took down all photos from the shelves and hung reusable hooks and displayed the "lab coats" and goggles. Goggles were bought from Stevespangler.com
Lab coats were extra large t-shirts cut down the middle with name tags.
The Mad Scientist names were: Dr. Strangelove, Dr. Jekyll, Dr. Hyde, Dr. Frankenstein, Dr. Einstein. Dr. Evil, Dr. Doofenshmirtz.....have fun with this!

 This was a great touch...I hung in all the doorways a clear garbage bag shredded to divide the "Lab"
 the Lab decorations were ball jars with dye and dollar store bugs, etc.
Note the "Haz Mat" red bags, I asked my doctor for the bags!

 Halloween skull came in handy!
 Halloween Stickers were perfect for this party!

 First experiment: Screaming Balloons
 We made Lava Lamps

 Insta Snow was amazing and a huge hit! (Ordered this)
 Atomic Slime another hit!

 Now it was glow stick science.
 Next came "Dry Ice Fun"

 This was great. Dry Ice Bubbles

 Time for explosions...
 A must do...Alka Seltzer rockets! (had to order the film canisters!)

 Last, but not least, diet coke and Mentos!
I recommend ordering the Mento Geyser packs from Stevespangler.com

 Time for the Cake....just add dry ice! a smoking cake....

Happy Birthday Trevor!