Pumpkin Race

It’s the Great Pumpkin Race Charlie Brown style!!! Snohomish School District students from 1st to 6th grade have the opportunity to participate in this fun and quick race.

Each kid gets a ribbon, cookie and Gatorade. Everyone has to register the week before at their local school and each grade runs a different distance.

  • 1st grade – 800 meters (2 laps)
  • 2nd grade – 800 meters
  • 3rd grade – 1200 meters (3 laps)
  • 4th grade – 1200 meters
  • 5th grade – 1600 meters (4 laps)
  • 6th grade – 1600 meters

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of the race get a pumpkin. What fun!! I look forward to seeing my kiddo run it next year and beyond!

Computer Science- Coding Your Name

Review

Today is day 30 of the 30 day 4h challenge. To celebrate the last day, let’s review the last 29 days before seeing today’s ‘code your name’ activity.

  1. Bird Feeder
  2. Plant a garden
  3. Visit the farm
  4. Zoo Excursion
  5. Nature Walk
  6. Raising Butterflies
  7. Mason Jar Garden
  8. Pressed Flowers
  9. Card Making
  10. Chemistry
  11. Egg Drop
  12. Boat Races
  13. Lemonade Stand
  14. Lemon Battery
  15. Volunteering with Animals
  16. Thank You Letter
  17. Homeless Care Package
  18. Helping Senior Citizens
  19. Cooking New Foods
  20. Kids Yoga
  21. Gratitude Journal
  22. Meal Planning
  23. Food Drive
  24. Trash Pickup
  25. Art in the Park
  26. Campfire
  27. Crayon Candles
  28. Bath Bombs
  29. Robotic Hand
  30. Coding Your Name

The Activity

To celebrate the 30 day ‘inspired to do’ calendar, 4‑H and Google are launching an exciting National Youth Science Day challenge called Code Your World. This new challenge starts tomorrow, October 1, throughout the whole month for ages 8-14. For more info, click here.

4H offers you a Code Your World kit to get ready for National Youth Science Day.

As for today’s activity, ScienceFriday has fun examples coding your name using UTF-8 binary code.

What is the UTF? The name is derived from Unicode  Transformation Format – 8-bit and has been dominant character encoding for the World Wide Web since 2009.

We started the activity by folding a piece of paper into a grid. 8 squares across and 8 lines down. We only need 7 for my daughter’s name.

Then she drew a line for each 1 and 0 making up her name. Blue represents 0 and orange represents 1.

For example, the letter j is 010010010 which is the first letter of her name and mine.

Can you figure out the other letters of her name? Here is a key to help you by ScienceFriday.

Finished

Chemistry – Bath Bombs

Review

Just 2 days left of the 4H photo challenge. Today’s challenge is to create a bath bomb and give it to someone.

Check back this weekend for the last 2 days of challenges. For the whole calendar, check out my original post here.

The Activity

For a birthday gift, my daughter received this bath bomb kit, ALEX Spa DIY Bath Bomb available on Amazon. Thank you, Helen, she is super excited to make a bath bomb.

She starts by mixing the dry ingredients together. Add baking soda, cornstarch and epson salt to a large bowl.

Next, the mixture needs some water, essential oils and vegetable oil to hold it together.

Once the mixture was smooth, she added succinic acid before dividing the powder into bowls and adding food coloring.

Lastly, she added the dyed mixtures to a mold to dry. Jillian made a bath bomb for her kindergarten teacher as a thank you for everything she goes.

Science- Lemon Battery

Review

Today is day 14 of the 30 day 4H challenge to inspire kids to do. Unfortunately, we fell a day behind and didn’t make the lemon battery as suggested by the 4H 30 challenge calendar, check it out here.

The Activity

Here is a link to the 4H website with detailed instructions how to preform this activity. It was pretty easy. We didn’t use a penny or alligator clips. My husband informed me about this cool device we own called a digital multimeter, Cen-Tech 11 Function Digital Multimeter with Audible Continuity. Below is a newer modal.

On the multimeter, we set the maximum current that can be measured on the device to “200m” DC Amps range. Then we tested a few different fruit around the house starting with a lemon. The reading read for the lemon was around negative 89. The reading was constantly changing like the electricity changes through the wires in our house.

We tested a nectarine which read negative 60. The nectarine is slightly larger than the lemon.

Finally, we tested a yellow zucchini which read around 19. No negative.

Did you know? Zucchini are actually a fruit because of the seeds inside their center.

My husband and I held each end to read the electricity moving through us. Very interesting activity.

Engineering- Egg Drop

Review

4H’s daily challenge is accept and conquer an egg drop challenge by designing and creating a container that will prevent your egg from cracking when dropped from let’s say the second story of your house. To check out future and past challenges look at my earlier post, 4H 30 day challenge, or go to 4H.org to learn about the chance to receive a $10,000 scholarship.

The Activity

Egg drop is a great activity that promotes creative thinking and problem solving. We used K’NEX to create a vessel to protect our egg. K’NEX are a great engineering educational toy. They come to tons of different kits so kids can build cars to trains to planes. Oh my.

My daughter created this rectangle container with support braces on each side then I helped her attach the egg inside with a twist tie and egg carton holder.

The Result

A broken egg. Sorry to say it didn’t serve the fall from the second story but it was great fun trying.

Chemistry – Sour Milk

Review

This summer we hosted a play date with sciences experiment activities and today being 4H’s day to be inspire to do chemistry; I thought I would reflect on those chemistry experiments.

As I feel I say in every post, you can find the 4H 30 day challenge in one of my earlier post about the 30 day ‘inspire to do’ activities. 4H suggests a chemistry experiment called Fizzy Foam or you can try Sour Milk below.

The Activity

As part of our Amazon STEM subscription, we received this science kit with great basic science information and tools to slightly more advance chemistry experiments.

Photo provided by Kids First Science Laboratory Kit

One fun experiment is making ‘sour milk’. When we first did the experiment, we used 1% milk causing the liquid not to separate like the picture. Thus we recommend using whole or cream.

Warning the milk smell awful when it is mixed with vinegar. The liquid begins to kirtle and you can see the chunks in it. Not very appetizing.

Did you know? When the protein in the milk meets the acid in the vinegar the liquid begins to separate. Casein is the protein in milk and cheese.

Chemistry- Pressing flowers

Review

Pressing flowers is today’s 4H challenge. It specifically says to press wildflowers in a book to log and preserve them but we’ll see how it goes. For the whole list and an update on all my 4H challenges, check out my earlier post about the 30 day ‘inspire to do’ activities.

The Activity

This time of year Washington state doesn’t have many perennials still blooming. We found hydrangeas in our yard but otherwise we had some annual flowers that we just planted for the fall in bloom. Neither being ‘wildflowers ‘ but the hydrangeas in my yard are very meaningful to me being that they were in my wedding.

So we picked the hydrangeas removing as much of the stems as possible and layered them down on a paper towel. Trying to make an even layer.

Lastly we payed another paper towel on top followed by some heavy books.

Did you know? Paper is essential pressed plants together. Sort of like this project.

Update:

After a day under a book, we removed the presses flowers and leaves. Then we researched some project to use the flowers with. This is what we found:

Craft 1

We decided to place them in between 2 pieces of glass. Then using a glass permanent marker we wrote ‘love’ on top.

Craft 2

Check out this craft at my newer post – Art – Card Making.

Agriculture – Mason Jar Garden

Review

Today’s 4H challenge is plant spices in Mason Jars then try recipes that include these spices. Click here to check out the full list.

The Activity

As many of these activities go, I modified it slight to demonstrate that my kids can regrow some types of vegetables by just placing it’s base in water. We are trying to regrow celery.

The website, wakeup-world.com, has a great article about different vegetables that you can regrow in your kitchen. These vegetables include but not limited to:

  • Bok Choy
  • Leeks
  • Scallions
  • Onions
  • Fennel
  • Lemon grass
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Ginger
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mushroom
  • Pineapple

Step 1. Cut the celery about 2 inches from the bottom of the stock.

Step 2. Place celery base in about 1 inch of water.

Step 3. Place in window (not direct light) and watch grow.

How easy was that. We’ll update you on the progress of the celery over the week.

As for the second part of today’s challenge, ‘explore recipes that include celery’. We make chicken stock from celery, carrot, onion, garlic, salt/pepper and chicken bones. Plus water of course.

Did you know? Chicken stock is made mostly of chicken bones where chicken broth is made mostly of chicken meat.

Sheknows.com has 5 great broth/stock recipes that include my favorite chicken stock recipe. I simple add a little oil to a large pot followed by the garlic, celery, carrots and onions then brown the vegetables until golden. This step really add color and more flavor to the stock. Last I add a whole chicken’s bones and enough water so the chicken is totally covered. Bring the pot to a boil then place on low for 6-8 hours.

My oldest daughter has made the stock with me before. I just have to make sure she doesn’t touch the pot. Once the stock is done, we strain out the chunks and can use the stock as a base for many soups. Recently, I let my daughter add any fruit or vegetables to the new soup she was inventing. The soup was the sweetest apple and onion soup I’ve ever tasted. She would not try to when it was done but I did. Next time she will need to taste it too.

Updates:

Day 1 – It incredible to see how fast that celery regrow.

Day 2 – The middle is about a centimeter taller today.

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Raising Butterflies – Book Reviews

Review

Day 6 of the 30 day 4H challenge is raising butterflies. Check out the whole challenge in my earlier post or at 4H.org.

The Activity

We had the wonderful opportunity to raise butterflies earlier this year. Watching the process of metamorphosis is amazing. Today we won’t be raising butterflies again just reviewing our experience through pictures and books.

A couple of great books:

    Caterpillar to Butterfly by Laura Marsh at National Geographic Kids
  • This is a great book for beginner readers. It has great pictures of each stage of the butterflies life cycle.
    • Explore My World; Butterflies by Marfe Ferguson Delano with National Geographic Kids
  • As most National Geographic Kids books go, they have beautiful pictures. This books goes into detail about butterfly’s food among other things.
    • Butterfly Book by Michael Berestain
  • This book has beautiful drawing of each stage of the metamorphosis stages. I like the description of different species of butterflies.
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