Peachy’s Nautical Adventure

Now that the cold weather has asserted its intention to stay, I find that I am missing the warm days of summer. Gone are the days of throwing on a pair of sandals and heading outdoors. Now getting ready to go out is a process involving boots, sweaters, hats, mittens, and winter coats. It’s quite the ordeal.

When I start to feel the winter blues, I look back on the summer I’ve had and the memories I made with mommy and daddy. Today I want to share with you another instalment of “things I did this summer” to bring a bit of sunshine into your day. This time I want to tell you about my adventures at sea.

It was a warm and clear morning when mommy got me out of bed early, stuffed into a clean diaper and change of clothes, and bundled into the waiting car with my bottle of milk. That’s not how most mornings go and I was somewhat surprised while I drank my milk on the go. A short while later I found myself at a coffee shop trying to eat an early breakfast while watching mommy and daddy discuss what they may have forgotten to pack over coffee and sandwiches.

Soon we were on the road again and I knew it would be a long trip when daddy strapped my tablet to the seat and mommy turned on my favourite show. Too excited to sleep, I happily watched my show while the car sped along the highway. About an hour later the car began to slow down and shortly afterwards we pulled into a gravel parking lot. I was ready to get out, stretch my legs, and explore.

I was very surprised to find that my grandma and grandpa were waiting for me to emerge from the car. Of course there was a big fuss made over me and lots of hugs and attention lavished upon me. That’s just the way it is when grandparents are around. I generally don’t mind but this time the attention was keeping me from exploring my strange surroundings.

I soon managed to wiggle free and set off to investigate everything I could get my hands on. Mommy didn’t let me stray far from her but I soon discovered a huge pool of water nearby. I desperately wanted to dunk my hands in there but mommy wouldn’t let me get close enough and I had to settle for nothing more than a good look.

While mommy worked hard to stop me from exploring too much, everyone else was busy carrying things, talking, and making a great deal of noise around me. It was somewhat distracting and I didn’t get that much exploring done before mommy stuffed me into a strange vest and fastened a hat on my head. I wasn’t a big fan of the vest as it was very bulky and made sitting cumbersome.

Peachy's first time on a boat

This is different!

I didn’t have much time to object the existence of the vest before mommy brought me over to a wooden walkway that she called a dock. Soon we were standing next to a very peculiar vehicle that seemed to be bobbing on the surface of the water. Mommy called it a boat as she lifted me over the edge of the dock and into daddy’s waiting arms.

I sat with daddy in the front seat and soon the boat began to glide away from the dock. We proceeded slowly along the pool of water and from inside the boat I noticed that the edge of the water was surrounded by trees. A couple of minutes later the pool opened up into a larger body of water where the trees were much further away. Mommy said we were on a lake and that the boat would take us across the water to our destination.

Once we were on the open water the boat picked up speed and we flew along while I looked out the window in amazement. I wanted to get a better look around me and I insisted that I stand in front of daddy instead of sitting on his lap. It was a much bumpier ride than in our car and I was thankful that daddy kept his hands around me to help keep me on my feet. I was still in awe when the boat began to slow down and creep along towards a large clump of trees.

The boat stopped and I was once again hoisted over the edge into a pair of waiting arms. Before I knew it my feet were back on solid ground again and the dreaded vest was finally removed. With only a quick look around me I knew we were in a forest but unlike all other forests I had seen, this one had no trails or paths, only trees, grass, and bushes.

Peachy in the woods

Where am I?

Mommy insisted that I hold her hand the entire time, but I still managed to do a bit of looking around while everyone else took our cargo out of the boat and set up a sitting area among the trees. Next the coolers came out and lunch preparations were underway. Soon we were all sitting around having a well-earned meal.

Even though I was anxious to resume my exploring, I was hungry after all of the morning’s activities and I did take a small break for a bit of food. After a refreshing drink of water I was ready to get back to the business of having adventures. Since we were surrounded by water, mommy didn’t think it was safe for me to explore on my own but luckily there were four people there that took turns trying to keep up with me.

I ran around in circles and tugged on the arm of the adult designated to keep me safe at the time. I saw birds perched in trees and squirrels that chattered away at each other. There were many small objects on the ground for me to pick up and examine. I climbed over rocks and fallen trees. I tried to get my hands in the water but that was a bust so I gave up on the idea. There were plenty of other things to explore.

Once all of the adults were thoroughly exhausted from trying to keep up with me, we packed up our stuff and got back into the boat. I didn’t object to leaving and I was even patient with the horrible vest that was once again strapped to me. I like the boat and I was looking forward to going for another ride on the water.

Peachy sitting on a fallen tree.

Getting the hang of things now

The second time around was just as amazing as the first. This time I was slightly less shocked at the experience and this allowed me to absorb more of what I was seeing. The water splashed around us and the trees on the shores appeared to speed by. Most of the boat was covered but the sections that were open let a refreshing and misty breeze to come in.

Much too soon we were back at the dock where we started our adventure and the commotion of getting all of our stuff transferred back into our car began once more. While that was happening I explored and played with a dog that belonged to one of the other boats. It was a very friendly dog and we had a lot of fun together.

Once all our gear was packed into the car, it was time to go. Since dinnertime was approaching, instead of beginning our long drive home, we went to my grandparents’ house which was only a few minutes away. I played while dinner was prepared and by the time it was ready I had a good appetite.

After dinner there was a bit more time for play and then it was time to hit the road and head home. I had a pretty exciting day and I made no objection to being strapped into my car seat. I didn’t even need the tablet and I was happy to sleep the entire way home. Even though it was exhausting, I had a great day.

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Dry Leaves and Flashy Trees

Autumn brings us fickle weather. This year we have had unseasonably warm temperatures. Up until a week ago it has felt like summer was never going to end. Then, suddenly and without warning, the cool weather has descended upon us and it really does feel like a different season now.

The green trees have suddenly changed colour and dry leaves have appeared on our lawn overnight. Mommy, daddy, and I spent the week visiting some of our favourite parks to enjoy the fall colours while they last. The show that the trees put on every autumn is spectacular and we managed to take some very nice photos.

Peachy posing for a photo

I’m ready for my closeup

I was somewhat surprised to be stuffed into a sweater and warm pants for our first outing, but by the time we arrived at the park I was glad to be bundled up. There was quite the nip in the air and I could feel the cold on my hands and face. I had grown accustomed to the warm air of the summer months and this new development was not something I was expecting.

Luckily I was much too busy to allow the cold to bother me. There is no time to be cold when there is exploring to do. Our first stop was one of my favourite wooded areas which we frequently visited in the summer to feed the ducks. It is full of trees and there are a couple of small ponds which I love to explore. I am forever tempted to stick my hands in the water but mommy is always watching closely and she is there to stop me in time.

Peachy at her favourite park

I’m so close to the water!

Even though I didn’t manage to get near the water, I still had a lovely time with mommy and daddy. We took a nice stroll and there were plenty of things to catch my attention as well as plenty of opportunity for running around. I was a very good girl that day and I paid attention to mommy and daddy while straying off the path only a couple of times.

Since I was so well behaved and I always came back to the path when asked to do so, I was allowed full freedom to explore without having to hold anyone’s hand. I loved it and after such a positive experience I was quite inclined to be a good girl more often. On the way back to the car we walked near a road and of course both of my hands were firmly wedged in the palms of mommy and daddy, but I didn’t mind since at that point my hands were quite cold.

The next outing was to another park area with a large grassy field surrounded by trees. It was getting later in the day and the sun was beginning to set. The lighting only served to bring out the orange colours in the trees. It was very pretty and the open field gave me a lot of space to run around.

Peachy running at the park

Look at those colours!

Since I was being a very good little Peach once again, mommy and daddy brought me over to a little playground around on the other side of the trees. It’s tucked away and not many people seem to know that it’s there. I had the whole place to myself and I made the most of it by going down the slide as many times as I could.

It was another chilly day and mommy put my hood up to keep my ears warm. The hood helped but by the end of it my hands were cold once again. Even though they were cold, I wasn’t quite ready to leave and I was very glad when a bunny popped out of the bushes causing mommy and daddy to stop and watch for a while.

Peachy sitting on a rock

I could stay here all day

I could have continued to play well into the night as the park is well lit but I must admit that my cold hands were glad to be back in the warm car, even if the rest of me was less enthusiastic to be leaving. On the way home my tummy began to complain of hunger but luckily dinner was ready for us when we walked through the door. All that fresh air had worked up quite the appetite and I ate a good piece of roast along with a decent helping of potatoes and some vegetables too.

The trees are shedding their leaves every day and it looks like autumn won’t stick around for very long. Soon the rustling of dry leaves under my feet will be replaced with the crunch of snow. It’s a shame the fall doesn’t last longer. I’m glad that we are making the most of this beautiful time of year.

I have a little gift for you which I hope will remind you to get outdoors and relish the colourful trees while you can. It’s a fun activity that you can download, print, and enjoy. I hope you like this autumn themed printable.

Autumn Maze

Click here to receive the Autumn Maze download.

This activity was sent to us by our friends at Education.com. Fall into learning with this fun Autumn Maze worksheet! For more activities for preschoolers, go to Education.com.

A Day at the Beach

Although we’ve had an unseasonably warm September and October, the signs that summer is turning into autumn can’t be ignored. I’m generally an optimist and I don’t mind the changing of the seasons. It gives me an opportunity to experience something different and the changing landscape keeps things interesting. Green grass and heatwaves are giving way to cool mornings and rustling leaves.

As much as I am interested to see the trees change colour and I’m looking forward to going hiking in the woods and stomping through piles of dry leaves, there are things about summer that I will certainly miss. Those hot days were the perfect excuse to venture to the water park and pool days in the backyard aren’t very likely to happen now.

What helps leave summer fun behind is the fact that I really did make the most of the summer months. Mommy, daddy, and I had plenty of summer activities on our calendar and we squeezed as much fun as we could out of the warm weather. One of my favourite days was my first ever outing to the beach.

Peachy's sand castle

The beach awaits!

It happened in August during our summer holidays. Mommy and daddy had been planning our beach adventure since the beginning of summer. On a beautiful summer day we packed up the car and hit the highway in search of adventure. The drive was over an hour long and I was very thankful to have my tablet in the car so that I could watch my favourite shows.

Thanks to the on-board entertainment, the drive didn’t seem all that long and before I knew it the car pulled into a parking lot and mommy and daddy began unpacking the car. We parked right next to the beach and soon I had my toes in the sand for the very first time. It was a bit difficult to walk on at first but I quickly learned how to compensate for the sand shifting under my feet.

A short walk later and I was on the beach with the water stretching out before me and glistening in the summer sun. The water that I could see is part of Georgian Bay. The name of the beach is Wasaga and it is located in Simcoe County. Stretching for 14 kilometres Wasaga Beach it is the longest freshwater beach in the world. It was beautiful!

We found a good spot on the sand and set up our little camp with a blanket, a small tent in case I wanted shade, my stroller, and all of our beach gear within easy reach. Mommy got me changed into my bathing suit and as soon as she released me I jumped up and ran down the beach to explore with mommy in pursuit behind me.

Peachy at the beach

Splashing in the shallows

I ran up and down the beach for a while before heading for the water. I dove right in with no hesitation and splashed in the shallows. Then I took off to where the water was deeper but mommy stopped me insisting that I don’t know how to swim. How do we know that I can’t swim if I’ve never tried? Maybe I’m an excellent swimmer. Mommy was insistent that I stay in the shallows and I eventually agreed.

After a good deal of splashing about mommy and I played with a ball for a bit. After more running around and visiting our beach neighbours I sat down to play with my bucket and shovel. I have a good assortment of buckets, rakes, and shovels so mommy, daddy, and I were able to build some sand castles together.

Peachy playing in the sand

Sand castle in progress

Then more running around and back in the water. This time daddy came with me and I brought my surfboard. It was impossible to stay on it and the surfboard seemed determined to escape. I spent a fair bit of time chasing after it. It’s a very good thing that it floats and is bright coloured for easy retrieval. Next came more running around and then mommy said I had enough sun for a while and that it was time for some food.

I sat in my stroller to eat and mommy put the top down so that I was in the shade. I had a grilled cheese sandwich with potato wedges and a refreshing drink from the cooler. I’ve had this meal before but somehow it tasted better than ever and I ate a lot. After a good meal it was time for a little break and I leaned back in my stroller and watched the people walk by on the boardwalk.

Peachy relaxing at the beach

People watching

After letting my tummy settle I was ready for more running around. Mommy said I could have a bit more fun in the sun but that I had to make the most of it because it would soon be time to head home. I didn’t waste a moment and packed in as much running around, splashing about, and playing in the sand as I could.

Then daddy took me down to the water and gave me a good rinse. He carried me back to the blanket where mommy was waiting with a towel, a clean diaper, and a fresh change of clothes. Soon I was clean, dry, and ready to go. We headed back to the car to prepare for our departure.

Peachy going surfing

Hitting the waves once more for the road

I got comfortable in my car seat and watched while mommy and daddy loaded our stuff back into the car. Mommy said that she would get my tablet out so that I could watch my shows on the way home. I never did see that tablet. I was asleep before the car started moving and the next thing I remember daddy was carrying me into the house.

I loved my beach day! Sand is fun to play with, water has always been one of my favourites, and the beach has ample space for running around. I can’t wait for my next beach adventure.

Peachy Plays Baseball

I did many fun things over the summer holidays and I had many new experiences and exciting adventures. Some days mommy, daddy, and I went exploring distant places and making fun family memories. Other days we explored a bit closer to home but we didn’t cut back on having fun.

One of the best things about exploring around our neighbourhood is that when we discover amazing new places, we can easily go there again. In our local travels we love to visit different community parks to see what they have to offer. We made a great discovery when we stumbled upon the Sonoma Heights Community Park.

It’s a large park with many activities for the whole family. When we arrived I immediately spotted the water park and playground next to the parking lot. I was eager to get in there but mommy quickly squashed my hopes by informing me that we did not bring my bathing suit. That was a bit of a disappointment and I made mommy promise me that we would return one day a bit better prepared.

We detoured around the water park area to see what else we could find. My disappointment quickly melted away as I discovered how much room to run around the Sonoma Heights park has. There is green grass as far as the eye can see with paved walking paths that are very stroller friendly. Of course I quickly diverged off the path and headed for a fenced in area.

I located an opening in the fence and found myself in a strange place. It was a large area, square on two sides and rounded on the other end, like a quarter of a pie. Where the two straight lines meet is an area covered in some sort of reddish substance resembling fine gravel, while the rounded end is grass. I’m familiar with grass but the reddish substance was new to me so I took a close look.

Peachy exploring a baseball diamond

It feels funny

Once mommy and daddy caught up with me they told me this was a baseball field and that people play a sport called baseball here. I had never heard of baseball before but I was up to the challenge and ready to give it a chance. After all, I may be new to baseball but I’m an expert at play.

After dusting the reddish substance off my hands I jumped up ready to play. Once again I was advised that we were not prepared for baseball as we didn’t have the necessary equipment. One disappointment per day is all I am willing to put up with. I was determined to play baseball one way or another.

Peachy Plays Baseball

Ready to play

Daddy showed me the lines painted on the reddish substance and the bases at each corner. Then we walked over to the middle and daddy explained the pitcher’s mound and what role the pitcher plays. All these explanations made me somewhat confused. Seeing my bewildered expression, daddy took me to the outfield and explained that this is where all sorts of running around happened. I’m good at running around and I immediately found my love for baseball.

I ran to one end of the field and then the other. Daddy tried to keep up but I’m too fast for him. Clearly I was winning at baseball. Next I headed for one of the bases careful to avoid mommy in case she had plans to snatch me up and put an end to my fun. That’s when I spotted something on the field.

I paused briefly for a closer look. It was a bird! I took off in pursuit. I ran as fast as my feet would go and I almost had him but at the last moment the bird opened its wings and flew away. I waved goodbye to him as I watched him go with a touch of disappointment.

Peachy runs after birds on a baseball diamond

Chasing birds

The feeling didn’t last long as I quickly spotted another bird and took off in pursuit. It turns out that baseball involves lots of birds if you know to look for them. I spent a good half hour chasing the birds and although I didn’t manage to catch any, I’m still fairly certain that I won at baseball that day.

After chasing the birds I was a bit tired and I allowed myself to be strapped into my stroller. Mommy and daddy took me back to the path and we had a nice stroll. We saw a tennis court, several soccer fields, and lots of pretty things to look at.

Before heading back to the car, we found a bench and I had a nice snack. Baseball sure works up an appetite. We then headed back to our car to get ready for home. Even though Sonoma Heights Community Park is only about a 10 minute drive from home, I fell asleep on the way. Apparently baseball is pretty exhausting.

Wet and Wild Water Park Adventures

The best thing about summer is the water park down the street. It’s located at the park where I have been enjoying the playground since spring. I was a frequent visitor last summer as well, but I was too little and spent my time watching from the safety of my stroller.

That’s not the case this year. Now that summer is in full swing and complete with heat waves, I have been running with the big kids and making use of everything that playground and water park has to offer. We’re really lucky to have such an amazing play friendly area that close to our house and we don’t even have to pay to use it.

The playground is pretty great with its swings, slides, and various structures for me to explore, but it doesn’t compare to the water park area. There are colourful poles and tubes that shoot and spray water, a misting tunnel, a turtle with water coming out of its back, a structure with overhead buckets that can tip over and soak you when you least expect it, giant cattails that spray water out of the top, and a few surprises that pop up from time to time. Best of all, there are puddles everywhere!

For extra fun, each of the water park structures and components turns on and off periodically to keep you on your toes. One moment you’re enjoying the misting tunnel when it suddenly shuts off. You take off for the cattails in pursuit of the refreshing water you see raining down. You’re half way there when a geyser suddenly erupts out of the ground right before you. It’s great fun and I could easily spend most of the day there.

Peachy playing at the waterpark

Here I am waiting for the water.

When I’m not exploring one of the features of the water park, or running around to catch the water that’s raining down all over the place, then I’m splashing in one of the puddles. There are some really good puddles next to the drain areas. My personal favourite is the huge puddle in the corner. It’s practically knee-deep! At least it’s knee-deep for me. I get in there, stomp around, and reach down to slap my hands on the water’s surface. I spend at least half of my time at the water park in that puddle.

The whole time I’m playing mommy is patrolling the perimeter of the water park trying to keep an eye on me without getting herself overly wet. Sometimes she succeeds and comes home relatively dry. Other times mommy gets too close and is caught off guard by the row of nozzles hidden on the ground next to the giant puddle. Just like all the other features at the water park, these nozzles like to blast out water when you’re not looking.

The water park is where we go on really hot days. I would like to go every day but mommy says the water is too cold to enjoy unless it’s a very hot day. Hot days don’t make the water any warmer but then it feels refreshing instead of making us feel cold. I never feel cold. I’m too busy running around.

Mommy monitors my time at the water park carefully and doesn’t let me stay there for more than an hour. There is no shade at the water park and mommy doesn’t want me to get a sunburn. Every time we go mommy starts to worry about me after about thirty minutes but I’m always having way too much fun to go home. Somehow I always manage to convince mommy to give me that full hour of outdoor fun.

Every time I’m at the water park I feel full of energy but once we get home I’m completely drained. After a quick rinse in the tub and a snack, I like to have a nice nap. Those naps after the water park are the best. I never sleep better!

Kitchen Helper

One of my favourite things to do is helping mommy in the kitchen. Mommy tells me that I’m a very good helper and that makes me feel very useful. It’s a great feeling and it motivates me to help out some more. I know mommy appreciates my help and company.

I like to help with the dishwasher. I’m good at taking dishes and cutlery out of the machine and stacking them on the floor. I’m great at splashing around in the residual water that ends up on the open door of the dishwasher. Sometimes I even help load the machine by tossing some of my toys in there.

Once we have the dishwasher loaded and the kitchen tidy, mommy and I get cooking. The first step is to rummage around in the refrigerator. That’s where the food comes from and we can’t cook without food. The moment mommy opens the refrigerator door I run over and get to work.

Mommy goes for the chicken and I grab a box of some sort. I shake the box for a moment but it’s not as satisfying as I hoped so I toss the box on the floor. Mommy searches in the pantry while I continue working in the refrigerator. We work side by side to get the job done.

I spot a cucumber. I love cucumbers! I grab it and take a bite. The cucumber is surprisingly tough and covered in some sort of plastic film. Not as tasty as I remember cucumbers to be. Very disappointing. I guess it’s just not cooked yet so I toss it aside and move on to something else.

I see cheese and I suddenly get a craving for the stuff. I try to grab it but it’s in some sort of plastic compartment that I can’t get open. I give up on the cheese and go for the egg carton instead. I pull with all my might and wrestle the egg carton from its place. That’s when mommy intervenes by grabbing the carton and she puts it back in place.

Peachy is the kitchen helper

How do you get the cheese out?

Mommy gives me a look and asks me to close the fridge. I hesitate and consider my options. If I close the fridge I won’t have access to all the goodies inside. If I don’t close the fridge mommy will do it and I still won’t be able to get at the stuff inside, on top of not having the satisfaction of closing the fridge. I back up, get a good hold of the door, and slam it shut. That felt good!

Next mommy searches around in the drawers and cupboards. She pulls out a cutting board, roasting pan, small pot, knife, brush, and wooden spoon. I get the small pot and wooden spoon while mommy occupies herself with the rest of the items.

While mommy washes and chops, I bang the pot with the wooden spoon. I get pretty good sound out of that thing. I begin to wonder what other sounds I can make. I use the spoon on the tile floor, then the oven door, followed by mommy’s leg. The oven door made the best sound so I go back to banging on that for a while.

I enjoy the sounds I’m making but it feels like something is missing, so I begin to sing. I don’t let my lack of words stop me from singing. I don’t see why I should. Singing is making music with your mouth and you don’t need words for that. After a moment mommy joins in with some mouth music of her own and we sing together while I keep the beat with the wooden spoon.

Once I get bored with singing, I toss the wooden spoon and come over to see what mommy is doing. There’s a lot of chopping going on and I demand a taste. Mommy tells me that she is chopping potatoes and that raw potatoes are not tasty. She reaches into the cupboard, pulls out a baby biscuit, and offers me that instead. I take the biscuit and sit on the floor to enjoy it while I watch mommy continue with her chopping.

By the time my biscuit is gone, mommy is done chopping. She arranges the potatoes around the chicken in the roasting pan while I watch. Then she asks me to stand clear while mommy opens the oven and puts the roasting pan in. As soon as the door is closed I rush over to peek through the window.

It’s dark in there and I can’t see a thing. I complain to mommy and she turns on the light. I look through the window again and sure enough, the roasting pan is indeed in there. I watch it while mommy washes her hands. It’s not doing anything and I quickly lose focus.

Mommy picks up the cucumber I had tasted and gives it a rinse. Mommy pulls out a clean cutting board and a peeler. I know the cucumber is about to be made tasty so I hurry over and demand a piece. Mommy makes me wait while she peels the cucumber and chops off a manageable piece which she cuts into quarters. She hands it to me and I give it a taste. That’s good cucumber!

I ask for another piece and munch away on that while mommy keeps slicing. Then I ask for several more pieces and I keep crunching while mommy chops up other vegetables. By the time mommy is done, I have eaten a quarter of the cucumber. It was a big cucumber.

Mommy puts the vegetables aside for later and she tells me that it’s time for a break. I’m pretty full and a bit tired so I follow mommy into the living room and climb onto the couch next to mommy. We watch TV for a bit until daddy comes home. Then it’s dinner time and we eat the meal that mommy and I prepared. It’s a satisfying feeling to watch people enjoy the meal you made.

Guest Post: Dragon Eggs Activity

I enjoy doing activities with mommy and daddy. We put on hand puppet shows, play hide and seek, and even dig for treasure in the backyard. Activities are fun, exciting, and sometimes I even learn something along the way.

Peachy is ready to do a new activity

What are we doing today?

Mommy does another kind of activity called arts and crafts. I’m a bit messy and don’t follow directions very well, so my involvement in arts and crafts is generally limited to sitting on the floor next to mommy while I wave around bits of fabric and put pieces of paper in my mouth. I may not be ready just yet but mommy thinks that soon I’ll be big enough to get involved in some arts and crafts of my own.

Choosing an arts and crafts activity for a little person like me isn’t easy. It has to be fun and within my scope of abilities so that I don’t get discouraged and frustrated. Above all it has to be safe for me to do. Mommy always says that safety is a priority.

While mommy has been contemplating what an appropriate first craft project would be, we got an email with a guest post idea which first perfectly with this topic. This activity is easy to do, fun, and safe with adult supervision. I think this would be a perfect craft for me to try and you might like it too.


Activity: Dragon Eggs

Encourage imagination and creativity with this magical craft that lets your child make and design his very own dragon egg. A far cry from your standard Easter eggs, these fantastical creations must be peeled to reveal their enchanting wonder.

Dragon Eggs

Pretty!

What You Need:

  • Eggs
  • 2 pots
  • Stove
  • Water
  • Ice
  • Tongs
  • Food colouring
  • Coffee cups
  • Vinegar
  • Plate
  • Paper towels
  • Spoons
  • Timer

What You Do:

– Have your child place 6 eggs in a pot of cold water.

– Put the pot on the stove and turn the burner on high.

– When the water comes to a full boil, have your young chef set the timer for 13 minutes.

– When the timer goes off, have your child create an ice water bath. All they needs to do is fill up the second pot with water and ice.

– Carefully use the tongs to transfer the eggs from the hot water to the cold water.

– While the eggs cool, mix the dye by having your child count out 20 drops of food colouring into each coffee cup.

– Your child should add one tablespoon of vinegar and ½ a cup of room temperature water to each cup.

– When the eggs are cool enough to handle, have your child tap each egg on a hard surface. Tap and turn, tap and turn until hey have gently cracked the entire shell. There should be little spider web cracks running everywhere.

– Let your child place each cracked egg in a cup of dye. If the water does not cover the top of the egg, gently add a little more water.

– Ask your child to line a rimmed plate with paper towels.

– When the eggs have been in the dye for 15 minutes, have your child check one to see if it is dark enough. It may take up to 30 minutes to get a darker colour.

– When the eggs are dark enough, your child can remove them from the dye and place them on the plate.

– The magical colour of these eggs fades after they have been peeled. Have your child call everyone to the table and help them peel the eggs, revealing the dragon pattern to their special guests.


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