Craftivity Corner

Creative crafts, book suggestions, and tips to make time for learning in your busy day.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I found an old book of mine in a box that is filled with old school science experiments. Probably a book my brother or sister got in a book order in the 80's. I thought I'd check out what it has to offer. I'll post about the book if there end up being any good ideas!

I really want to encourage our B's love of science, she is a natural at it. She's always asking questions and wondering how things work. It will be a good lesson for her and her brother about the scientific process and a great lesson for me in patience!!!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

After observing my own two kids, I really think there are some kids who have more "scientific minds" than others. T. has very little interest in the causes and effects of things--the process, etc. and she's often very impatient. L. has always been focused on taking apart things, asking questions, and trying to make sense of it all. So Summer Science will hopefully nurture in L. these qualities, and encourage more of this in T.--we'll see!

mouse's picture mouse

I'll be checking out those links today--yesterday's plans of having no plans ended in tears and frustration, so I'm trying to come up with at least a couple little things today.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm sorry your day was stressful and tearful. I've found that even assembling the items for a project/experiment is exciting enough, even if the experiment doesn't end EXACTLY the way you anticipated! So even if the Clouds in a Bottle didn't work out, it was engaging and fun to try it out.

rochesternative's picture rochesternative

A fun activity: get a ROLL of mint Mentos and a two liter bottle of diet Coke. Drop Mentos into bottle quickly and step back to watch the explosion. If you time it right it can go 15 feet up! I do it with my pre-k class every summer. Prepare to hose people down afterward!

If you get COLORFAST sand, choose a primary color, then get liquid watercolor in another primary color. Put a couple of drops of paint in bottle with water and sand and shake. You should get a secondary color that separates out so you can do it again and again.
Also shaker bottles are totally fun. The best bottles I've found are like scope or pepto-bismol (with the child-proof lid) have your child choose some plastic or metal treasures, add corn syrup, water and oil + foodcoloring if you like and shake it up! Some shaving cream adds a nice touch to although it is difficult to get in the bottle!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Great ideas! We've never done the Mentos activity at home, but L.'s done it at school before. Thanks for the reminder to try this one at home!