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
Today we listened to Pete The Cat & the Great Leprechaun Chase on YouTube. (Wonderful resource when libraries are closed due to the Corona Virus).
Categories: Activity, Theme Day
Tags: Activities, Appreciating Nature, Chalk, Creating, Fine Motor, Holiday, Homeschool, Independence, Learning, Patience, Problem Solving
Both my kids like using the dry erase markers so we got a couple of the Dry Erase Pockets. We have used these for many activities. The nice thing is you can or a paper inside & they can write on top of it, erase it, do it again, but not change the original. Continue for examples of use!
I like that after school we get snacks & then head outside to play. Today (like many days) we brought out the chalk. This is a fun way to incorporate play and learning.
Let’s start out obstacle course!
It is the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. So we decided to do a unit on it. Keep reading to see the activities we created!
Categories: Cardboard, Crafts, Imagination, Science, Theme Day
Tags: Art, Cardboard, Friends, Imagination, Learning, Science, Theme
We love being outside and having unstructured playtime. But we also like to try & get in some structured learning sometimes. These last few days we did this with sidewalk chalk.
We are working with A to practice her reading. And we notice that if there is a break between days she is fairly resistant to it right now. So, to offer her opportunities for success I am trying to make some short interactive options. Keep reading to see some of the ways we have incorporated chalk.
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!
With our part day school we find ourselves with some small chunks of time that are enough to do something but not enough time to really go home. Or, we need an activity to help them as I am making dinner. So I have created some File Folder Activities. These are things that they can do which are all contained within a file folder.
I printed off different activities (found a lot of ideas on Pinterest), laminated the pieces, taped them to the inside of a file folder, and then used Velcro dots so the pieces can move around but also stay in place.
Today we had friends over and experimented with fun art. We started with white tiles from Home Depot (A whole $0.08 each!), Sharpies, and Rubbing Alcohol. First we drew on our tiles with our Sharpies.
Then we used eye droppers to drop 91% Rubbing Alcohol on our tiles.
Which then lead to experimenting with ways to move the rubbing alcohol around the tile. We tried blowing, straws, tilting, & paper towels.
(A then had a blast making art on her tile and then making art on paper towels. She has a large stack of them saved up, wait till you see her custom wrapping paper!)
Then we learned that we could do a later of maker and then rubbing alcohol, let it dry, and then add another drawing on top. Stencils worked great for adding the additional images.
And one of the best things we learned through this process was, if you don’t like it, just add more rubbing alcohol to the tile & wipe it dry!
Here are some of our masterpieces!
After these have dried I will seal them with a coat of Polyurethane and add some felt to the bottom.
Categories: Art, Uncategorized
Tags: Art, Creating, Curiosity., Drawing, Fine Motor, Friends, Homeschool, Imagination, Kids, Learning
We enjoyed another one of our Kiwi Crates today. This one was about arcade games. A was so excited about this she started it first thing in the morning in her PJ’s. 🙂 The first step she started was creating a pom pom guy.