Patapsco Park – Cascade Trail

Addalyn hates to hike. She would rather do anything in the whole world before going for a hike lol. When I told her we were going on a hike today she was less than pleased. I assured her it would be a tiny hike to a big waterfall and she reluctantly agreed. We headed to Patapsco State Park. Patapsco has many areas and sooo many different hiking trails and things to keep you busy. We explored the Cascade Trail in the Avalon area today.

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Getting there:
After paying your 4$ (honor system) at the guard shack you will be at the Avalon area. You will drive about 2 minutes and turn left at the end streets splitting. Follow the road past the picnic and playground and drive about a mile and half until you reach a parking area on your
left and the swinging rope bridge on the right. You will find ample parking. You can park at either end of the parking lot but if you want to park close to the closest entrance to the
trail park at the very beginning of the parking lot. You will walk straight up the incline to the falls. (about a 5 minute walk)

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I suggest water shoes as the bottom of the falls are rocky.

 

Be sure to bring toys and tools to dig in all the mud!

 

 

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When you’re all done playing be sure to walk right across the street to the swinging rope bridge.

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Go have an adventure and be sure to come back here and let me know how it was!

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How to: Cupcake Decorating Station

We spent our Valentines Day at our homeschool event! I was incharge of the make your own cupcake station. So if you’re looking for a super easy mess free cupcake decorating station? You’ve come to the right place! Kinley being homeschooled means 47 kids between the ages of 6-11.

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I needed to figure out a way for the younger kids to be able to be self sufficient and allow the older kids the chance to be creative. I purchased two packs of party bags, cups, and lids from party city.

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I sorted out the toppings and icing into cups. In each bag I included 3 cups (sprinkles, candy, and icing) along with the spoon to spread the icing.

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It made for a super easy day for me. I didn’t have to stand guard over the topping, no worries over the amount of icing, and the clean up was a breeze.

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Cupcakes and kids. Is there a cuter combination?! This is the face of an 8 year old who stuffs a whole cupcake in their mouth lol.

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Valentine Volcano

We made a super simple volcano for our Monday science experiment. Volcanoes can be time consuming and require lots of prep but this recipe is quick and easy. Bonus – you probably have most of the ingredients!

 

This science experiment works great in a discussion on reactions. We followed this experiment with a discussion with what would happen if you left an ingredient out or changed one. The foam we created was safe to touch as it is simply water, oxygen gas, and soap. So both girls had fun exploring the texture of the foam!

Science behind the Valentine Volcano:

The reaction is summarized by this formula: 2 H2O2  –>  2 H2O + 02.

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) naturally breaks down into water and oxygen.  It’s stored in opaque containers to help slow down this process.  The catalase (yeast) speeds up the reaction.  Dish soap catches the oxygen and makes bigger bubbles and the food coloring makes it look cool.  The girls loved feeling the bottle and how warm it was. The foam and bottle feel warm because the reaction is exothermic–it releases energy as heat.

Ingredients:

  • Soda Bottle
  • Pan to catch the foam
  • 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide *** at least 6%
  • 1 teaspoon Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of warm water
  • 4-5 drops of food coloring
  • Couple of drops of dish soap
  • Funnel

In our house we of course started by making our soda bottle pretty. Lots of hearts.

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Next, we used our funnel to put one cup of Hydrogen Peroxide into the soda bottle.

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We then added the food coloring and dish soap to the bottle.

In another container we mixed the yeast and warm water and poured that into the the soda bottle.

 

Then, FOAM!

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Snow Day!

We finally got a bit of snow! Not much. Just enough to ruin our great plans today. I’m stuck in the house with these three all day…So whats a mom to do?! Pull out all her tricks…

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Kinley woke up ready to head out. She loves playing in the snow. I am so thankful Addalyn and Ruby do not! This mama can gather together some Tupperware and utensils and sit and relax in the nice warm house.

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Ruby likes to sit and eat the snow and Addalyn made a snow cake lol. Kinley shoveled the snow and then threw it at the window at them.

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We did the normal math and reading for the day and decided to mix things up for science. Kinley learned about the lifecycle of a snowman. We’ve talked a lot about solid, liquid, and gas but this was an awesome experiment to demonstrate gas.

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We started off with building a snowman and talking about how he was a solid.

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She turned the burner on and our ‘little friend’ as she called him quickly became a liquid.

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She then tried to catch him in the gas stage before he disappeared. Poof. Our little friend went from solid to a liquid and disappeared as a gas.

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They were a bit burned out from painting pictures so I pulled out the tempera paint and dish soap and make window paint. All you do is add a squeeze of dish soap to a little bowl of tempera paint and Voila! Window paint!

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Thats how we kept busy on this cold, cold, snowy, day!

What are your favorite kid activities for a snow day?