Odd title, right? The "fun mommy" is a regular series I want to do. I am homeschooling a 16yo, a 12yo, and I have a 6yo. My young one's schooling doesn't take long and since he is home with me all the time, I need fun things for him to do with his days. So that's what the series is for - fun things to do with your young ones.
As for the "cool stuff table", we have a little kids table in our den. It is home to, well, cool stuff that we have going on at the moment. I will share these as we update as well. Right now the cool stuff table is home to:
Plants that Little Bill has started. Bill accompanied me to a shopping trip to Home Depot. He found these Veggie Tales seeds kits and was thrilled, so I bought a few of them for him. It comes with seeds, a little cup, dirt, and a plastic top to make a greenhouse for the seed to grow. It was $1 for each type of plant. So we have pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and watermelon seeds growing in little greenhouses on our cool stuff table.
Grow-a-Crab - Bill bought a little squishy crab thingy (very technical here) from the quarter machine at our grocery store. You put it in water and it expands to 600 times its size. So also on our cool stuff table is a small cup of water with our now-large squishy crab in it. If you take it out of water it shrinks back to tiny again, so ours lives in the water for now.
We found a crystal-growing kit for $2 at our local dollar store, so we set that to growing and put it on our cool stuff table.
My brother got these for his daughter and passed a ziplock baggie full along to us since he had so many. These Orbeez are truly mesmerizing. At first they are tiny -smaller than peppercorns, and hard like plastic. But when you put them in water, they grow like crazy and become small marble-sized gooey balls. They come in lots of colors. When you let them dry, they go back to their original state again. You may know these as a dirtless planting medium, but now they put them in fun packages and sell them to kids for fun. We have a container of these on our cool stuff table, and sometimes they are dried up and sometimes they are in water and gooey.
These are a mix of educational and frivolous, and they don't require a lot of time once they are started, but they are fun and Little Bill enjoys them all.