[If you don't want to read my update and want to get straight to the monkey PROJECT madness, skip to SUPPLIES in middle of this post. No feelings hurt. I respect your precious time. BUT if you are a wee-bit curious, read the next bit.]
All right, I’ve had a few inquiries about the monkeys and our Net hiatus this year. I appreciate the warm encouraging words and requests for MORE monkey togetherness projects from this ummm rather quiet blog, so for YOU and the lovely children in your life, I am recommitting to Monkey Chi and shall be sharing some more fun, colorful, and nature-infused ideas in the months to come.
Not to bore you too many details regarding my hiatus, but I MUST share a little because it’s been an amazing year of action and growth AND support from the Raleigh/Wake Forest/Apex communities. I’m SOOO grateful! This year I activated my own monkey CHI creative powers and started a little program called Creative GIRL, offering playshops and retreats for girls and women, supporting personal creativity and self and community acts of kindness.
In 2014 I aspire to get non-profit status and hope that in addition to working with girls in my daughters’ school, I’ll also be working with economically-limited girls in my community. (Ok, a bit of a plug, but we’ll need business sponsors and I’ll need a lawyer. If you are interested please email me. I need all the help I can get to help as many girls as I can.)
My new aspirations have left me little-to-no-time to reflect on the togetherness projects my family tries to fit in, let alone to post here. BUT this too is shifting. Regrouping and shuffling and I hope to be posting more often, esp. when my heart has something unique to share. There are thousands of AMAZING blogs out there for family crafts and creativity and I’ll be sharing a page with many links for your perusal, but my site is a little different intention. (If you are ONE SUCH blog author, email me as I’m starting a list of blogs and would love to include your.) The projects I personally share try to align with the creativity, presence, Earth, conservation, reusing stuff, and sharing original ideas.
SOOOooooo, it’s in this energy that I’m about to share our latest Togetherness Project, an idea I’ve not seen out there. Twinkle and Sonshine helped me with this one. This activity will put the kids to WORK and they will have so much fun, they won’t even realize that thanks to ME and this monkey toot– you shall have clean toilet bowls! EeeeeeeeEEEE!
baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
assorted food coloring, a small separate bowl for each color. (Add a little water so there is enough to get into a dropper.)
large baking tray with sides, or tub
dropper or straws
(for later you’ll need distilled white vinegar)
This post is dedicated to all the Mamas and Papas out there, who –like ME–have renounced daily toilet bowl cleaning to spend more time WITH kids.
Give your monkeys a dropper or straw. For dropper, they’ll just simply squeeze and fill bulb with color, then drop all over the BS, to make a picture. (If using a straw, they can fill by placing the end of straw in the bottom of the bowl and placing a finger over the top of straw to catch the liquid.) Carry it over to the BS and release.
Play with your monkey and experiment dropping the colors on top of each other in the BS.
When finished, take all the BS and put it in a bag with a 1/2 cup measure. Monkey will then put BS in the toilet (ok, I’m starting to get giggles about all the BS flying in this post… LOL!). Following the BS, and using a different 1/2 cup measure. monkey will add about 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to the toilet. There WILL BE a mini volcano bubbling in your toilet. Those bubbles are cleaning and germifying your commode, while your monkey deeeeEEEEEeeeelights! Get the toilet bowl scrubber out and this concoction will offer light abrasive friction, adding to the cleanability of this project.
Simple, yes? Fun? EeEeEEEEeeee! Yes! Science experiment like, yes, happy MONKEYS? Yes! and even more awesome, CLEAN TOILETS wtihout all those dangerous, nasty bad-for-the-frog chemicals.
Ok, ok, I know … YOU (and the frogs) want to thank me, right?! To that I say “Don’t mention it” but actually I mean … DO MENTION IT!!!! to everyone you know! Please help us add to the monkey fanbase: Follow and Share Monkey Chi on Pinterest and Monkeys on Facebook. PINney and LIKEy.
But most importantly, get off the computer and enjoy those little monkeys now. Science has proven that time is speeding up.
love, blushing & flushing,
becky & the monks