Reusing Jar Candle Tops

I’ve had 4 Yankee Candle jar toppers sitting in my kitchen drawer for about 6 months. Every time I open the drawer I think I need to throw them away, but you know me; I just couldn’t do it.

I finally found a use for them! Call me crazy, but it worked well :-)

This was great for The Older! Since one of the aspects of his PDD includes the inability to eat foods that have touched each other, I was able to serve him grapes that were in their own little container. He loved how “different” this was, and he actually ate every single grape. I’m going to try this with all different fruits and see if I can get him to try other varieties than just apples and grapes ;-)

Make Your Own Slime

This was by far my favorite easy science experiment that we’ve done! The kids both had a blast, and their smiles and laughter did my heart a world of good after the week we’ve had.

There are 2 different ways I found to make “slime,” so I thought we’d do both and see which we liked best (and why).

The first slime consisted of:

  • 1/4 white craft glue
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup liquid starch
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Bowl
  • Spoon for mixing

First we put the glue in the mixing bowl, then added the water. We stirred that together, then added 6 drops of red food coloring. Once that was mixed we added the starch and continued to stir.

The kids loved this, and they spent a lot of time stirring it around. They even added some Little People to the mix!

The next slime experiment consisted of:

  • White craft glue
  • 2 disposable cups
  • Cup of water
  • Borax powder
  • Plastic stirring spoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Food coloring (optional)

We filled one cup with water (about 3/4 of the way to the top) and added a tablespoon of the Borax powder. We stirred that well, then set it aside. The other cup we filled with about 1 inch of the white craft glue, and then we added 3 tablespoons of water to the glue and stirred it. We added the food coloring here, stirred that, and then added the Borax mixture to that (1 tablespoon). After stirring that we let it sit for about 30 seconds, and the slime appeared! ( See top picture)

The Older and I talked about polymer, liquid vs solid molecules, and why combining different things create or change the form of what you’re working with (for a better description of the science behind this, search the internet for age-appropriate explanations of polymer).

The general consensus was that the Borax slime was “more fun” and “easier to play with.” However, they both spent a great deal of time going from one result to the the other, stretching, molding, and generally trying all sorts of things with each. The Older even touched both slimes which is a huge step for him considering his PDD; he refused when we first started, but by the time the last cup of the Borax slime (he made 4, LOL!), he managed to place a fingertip on the yellow :-)