Messy Playdate 2013

I wrote last week about the first messy playdate we hosted, and how I thought it might become a bit of a summer tradition. We hosted our second messy playdate since that post and, again, it was a hit. Things were a bit different this time. We had less children, less space, and new stations. A couple of the children were a bit cranky for unrelated reasons, but at the the end of the day, I’d do again next year in a heart beat!

Here was our set up this year:
Messy Playdate 2013 from Suzy Homeschooler (1)
Chemistry lab. Half the colored liquid in the divided tray is water, the other half is vinegar. The bowls hold baking soda, cornstarch, and baking powder. Also available are small cups, spoons, and eye droppers.
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Frozen vinegar cubes and tray of baking soda. Idea from Inspiration Laboratories.
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Ice blocks with toys inside, rock salt for melting the ice and freeing the toys.
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Ocean pool. Noodles dyed green, plastic sea creatures.
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Construction pool. Cocoa puffs, dump trucks, mega bloks.
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Dinosaur pool. Damp moss and plastic dinosaurs.
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Red, yellow, and blue ice cubes. (These were promptly dumped into the shaving cream and the result was really cool!)
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Snow pool. Half shaving cream, half fake plastic snow, Christmas-y confetti.
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Tub of water balloons and spray bottles.
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Hand/foot painting station.
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Frozen jello cups. Idea from The Imagination Tree.
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Playdough baking station. (The only station I didn’t manage to get pictures of before the children descended upon it.)
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Playdough, silicone baking cups, cupcake pan, heart shaped cake pan, cookie cutters, ice cube tray of “sprinkles” (ie: silk flowers, buttons, beads, confetti, fruit loops, pom poms, foam shapes, googly eyes, etc..).

Here are some snap shots from the playdate:
Messy Playdate 2013 from Suzy Homeschooler (14) (painting with feet)
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Messy Playdate 2013 from Suzy Homeschooler (23) (noodle fight!)
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And my personal favorite photo of the entire day:
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How awesome are these cupcakes?!

2 Comments to Messy Playdate 2013

  1. The Monko says:

    wow what fun, you really went to town. I love the vinegar icecubes and baking soda, thats a brilliant idea – does it take a little while to start reacting?

    • Go big or go home, lol. Seriously though, it was alot of fun to plan and set up. There are so many possibilities that it is hard to choose which ones to have and which ones to put aside for next year.
      In regards to the frozen vinegar and baking soda, there is some very slight foaming almost immediately, but it took a few minutes of manipulating the cubes and warming them up in our hands before there was any real fizzing. When the children first started they just thought it was normal ice and were enjoying the coldness (very hot day), they were pleasantly surprised when the reaction started.

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