It’s raining…and raining…and raining. Flood watches and warnings have become the norm—and it’s not going to stop raining any time soon. If you’re a homeschooling parent, your kids have been stuck inside long enough that they’re likely either climbing the walls or driving you up them.
What’s a mom to do?
Sometimes, you play in the rain anyway. Seriously. You grit your teeth, take the kids outside, and even though you all get wet, you decide that it was more fun than staying in the house for another minute—and everyone’s better for it!
If you’re worried about ending up out there too long, try a brief activity that will let you all get some fresh air, get a few giggles, and, in the long run, result in happier kids and mom: baking soda bombs!
Step 1: Make your “time release package.” Wrap a tablespoon or so of baking soda up in a paper towel or napkin. Make sure it can’t drip out, or you’re going to end up setting off your “bomb” too early!
Step 2: Fill a plastic sandwich bag with about ¼ cup water and ½ cup vinegar.
Step 3: Go outside. Do not combine the two parts yet!
Step 4: Have one of your kids pinch the bag about halfway down, so that they will be holding the “package” out of the vinegar. Insert the package, making sure to balance it on their fingers, and zip the bag closed. Note: if you don’t zip the bag properly, the reaction won’t be nearly as cool. Pay attention to what you’re doing.
Step 5: Release the package, set the bag on the ground, and step back. You get an awesome baking soda reaction that will explode the plastic bag!
Each time we did this, we got a slightly different reaction depending on how tightly wrapped the package was, how long it took the napkin to disintegrate, and how much baking soda went into the napkin. Be prepared: if you do it once, your kids are going to want to do it a few more times!