After listening to the podcast How To Turn Failures Into Robots from Big Life Kids Podcast S was inspired to create a boat out of a plastic bottle.
So we did a bit of brainstorming & then found this video on YouTube. So S wrote down the materials needed so we would be ready for the morning. Rice, 2 pencil, 2 foam, bottle.
Categories: Crafts, Homeschool, Nature, Science
Tags: Activities, Appreciating Nature, Craft, Creating, Curiosity., Follow Directions, Homeschool, Learning, Nature, Problem Solving, Science
Bonus: no prep or materials needed!
Today we did a Sit Spot at home. This is where you have each kid pick one spot to regularly sit and look, listen, smell, & feel the surroundings. This is a great way to connect with your surroundings.
We have had some crazy weather lately, so we decided to do a unit on weather.
Today was no exception. Sunny & warm 1 minute, then dark & bad storms the next. And then not even 10 minutes later back to sunny & clear like nothing happened.
So we took these moments of rain to come in & start our unit. As expected today we started with rain.
We started with a basic “what is weather”. Then who studies weather. Next we talked about how they use tools to make their predictions. Next we talked about rain, precipitation, and how it is measured. And then we ended by making our own rain gauge.
(Caption: Tools. Rain gauge. And a picture of our rain gauge.)
Instructions for the Rain Gauge:
* 1 – 1 liter bottle.
* Sharp knife
* Cut off top of bottle (around 4″ or so)
* Turn the top upside down & place it into the bottle.
* Line up the edges & tape in place.
* Use a ruler to mark intervals on the side of bottle. (0 at the bottom & go as high as you like).
* Place it outside & wait for rain.
A did a great job paying attention and engaged. (Took about 20 minutes). But of course the sun was back out by the time we were done. But now we are prepared for the next rain!
Some days I have some fun activity planned for A & S. And some days we just do instructured free play.
I truly love listening & sneaking glimpse at the kids when they are playing. (I try not to interrupt too much when I can help it.) There is so much (& researched backed) that they are learning through play.
Cardboard boxes have always been a big hit with us (see activities like Bulldozer), but they don’t always need to be elaborate creations. Lately A & S & friends have been using simple boxes for tons of imaginary play. This includes: speed boats, restaurant, trains, spaceships, etc.
We decided it would be a fun day to paint, but wanted to try something new. So, after a bit of Googling we decided to try painting with coffee.
I made up 3 cups because I didn’t want to miss out on the fun! Then we grabbed some leaves and acorns with our paper & paint brushes and got to playing!
Today we cleaned up our front area and collected all of the sticks that A has collected. So with these sticks we decided to build a house from the sticks. Then of course we added all of our collected evergreen branches.
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With these rare extra nice Spring like days in February, we have gotten outside top enjoy it. I am trying hard to instill a love of nature in my kids. I feel that it is very important to care & appreciate our world. I also want them to enjoy it so they can come & love going to the National Parks, Camping, & overall love being out there.
So, we have gone exploring! Some days it is right behind the house, other days it is to some of the local parks. I try and make sure we have times that that can set the pace and the route. It is really neat to see what catches their eyes!
I would call these trips a success!
SKILLS: Nature, Independence, Observing
We have a friends birthday coming up and I decided to make a Let’s Go Exploring bag. I learned that I create much like I live my life….I an idea in my head, figure out a few of the details, and then pretty much just wing the rest. And for the most part I am pretty happy with the results. 🙂
First the bag. I saw a few patterns/ ideas online & decided to pick little parts of each. The bag is made out of 1 leg of a pair of cargo pants & 1 men’s shirt. (Thank you Goodwill). Since I didn’t really plan it out, it turned into a messanger bag instead of a backpack. Other than that I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Next, the binoculars. Many thanks go to my neighbor for helping figure out how to create the vision in my head. The main part is from PVC pipe. Then we had to figure out how to attach spacers & the strap. (Thank you Goodwill for the belt we used as the strap.) I am very happy with how these turned out! (The kids were sad they could not play with them! )
Then we just added a drawing pad and a couple nature scavenger hunt activities. Happy birthday & adventuring B!
Today, mid November, was in the 70°’s . So I & the kids headed up to the Smithsonian National Zoo. There were a fair amount of field trips there, but it was never too crowed.
We started off in the Asian Trail with the Elephants, Pandas, Red Panda, & the Otters. From there we wandered some of the big cats, zebra, & others. Then we found our way to the American Trail. We spent a long time watching the Beaver & Seals.
After a bit of lunch we strolled around for a bit mre before heading home. Both A & S fell fast asleep on the way home. 🙂
What a great day & A is already asking to go again!
SKILLS: Appreciating Nature
Tags: Animals, Nature, Zoo
Today we spent over an hour outside playing in the leaves. And all of this was lead by A. I love watching and participating in all of her stories and adventures.
At one point we were all sitting on the ground and we were pretending to roast marshmallows for the birds. It does not matter if I understand all of the thoughts & stories in her head. It does matter that I encourage and play with her!
We also spent time raking, scooping, pouring, throwing leaves in the air, making music, & talking about the different seasons/ weather. What a great day!
SKILLS: Imagination, Loving Nature, Storytelling, Learning Seasons, Gross Motor, Fine Motor.