One of my favorite science museums in the world is the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
They have been very generous and posted what they call snacks that feature simpler ways of creating many of the displays you’ll find at their fabulous museum.
I would like to share a few with you that focus on the topic of light.
Try out a few activities that feature sound.
Singing Glasses – make a stemmed glass “sing”
Screaming Cup – Use a piece of string to make a cup “scream”.
Water Whistle – Use a glass of water and a cut straw to make a “whistle”.
Short videos make it easy to see the science in each activity.
Here’s the fifth in a series of fun, at home resources
I want to share from SteveSpanglerScience.com.
He’s posting fifty experiments for fifty days starting yesterday 3/23/20. Check them out!
I picked activities that worked for a variety
of ages and with simple materials you might find at home.
I suggest many extensions to challenge
kids as they do science (and make the activity
take a bit longer).
Use sleeves from take out coffee OR scraps of paper to make an optical illusion.
Stare at an image and when you look away you’ll see something very different.
Create an illusion of a pumpkin and then use an image you choose to create a new illusion.
Use wet gloves to bounce bubbles!
Create bubbles inside bubbles!
If you have the supplies you might create bubble cubes or bubbles snakes.
Lots of bubble ideas!!
Try a few activities with water.
You’ll need a wrapped straw, a few toothpicks, and a penny.
It helps if you have an eyedropper, too!
What to do with kiddos who are
suddenly at home for a week or two?
Check out these GREAT activities from
an amazing site that lets you read
about and then watch simple activities.*
This is a fun activity that recycles household materials,
it’s easy to add variations that can challenge older
or more capable children while still fascinating younger children.
I’ve found online resources and
hope you have time to check them out!
An extraordinary resource from Dorling Kindersley!
It has info about the arts, coding, history, language arts, math, science, sports, and MUCH more.
Great images and simple formatting can make this easy to share with children of any age!
Write Wacky Web Tales
Print and illustrate a story.
Change the words in the tale.
Print again, maybe make a book?
This was a favorite of one of my very capable kindergarten students.
It’s great for any age!