Bee Craft

To celebrate May Day, we made a bee craft and practiced our use of glue sticks. Without bees, there would not be flowers. They are so important in cross pollination and reproduction of flowers.


Critical Skills to learn before going to Kindergarten.


Gluing is a critical skill preschoolers should learn before going to elementary school. Some other skills according to Education.com included but not limited to:

1. Writing

2. Letter Recognition

3. Beginning Sounds

4. Number Recognition and Counting

5. Shapes and Colors

6. Fine Motor Skills (like holding a pencil)

7. Cutting

8. Reading Readiness

9. Attention and Following Directions

10. Social Skills

A great tool that Education.com refers to a lot is Play Doh because it develops fine motor skills and is a safe object to practice cutting.

Once the bee was assembled, my kiddos ran around the room pretending to be bees. They built a hive aka fort. After resting in the hive, they ran from toy to toy collecting pollen.

I precut all the shapes so they just had to assemble the paper with glue.

Supplies:

  • Yellow paper for the body
  • Black paper cut into strips, triangles, mini rainbows for the mouth and antennas
  • Parchment, tracing or velum paper for the wing
  • Glue sticks

Building Rollercoasters

For the last day of January, we received our Stem Club toy from Amazon. This month we received the Roller Coaster Challenge by ThinkFun.


Thrill Ride Building Game


Game time. My daughter loves this game. While playing, she asked me if I liked the game too since it is similar to my favorite game Mouse Trap. Not sure if it is my favorite game but I remember being obsessed with playing Mouse Trap as a kid. I recently gave my girls Mouse Trap as a Christmas gift.

This game was amazing because it is challenging and educational. There are 40 roller coaster challenges to solve starting at easy level going up to expert. My daughter completed the easy levels with little help from me. She is doing math and engineering problem solving to figure out the different post and track configurations.

Once she thought she constructed a successful roller coaster track, she gave the little roller coaster car a push and watched it go.

Toward the end of the easy level, the challenge includes a loop the loop. I think my daughter finished the first 9 challenges so she can try the loop the loop.

We didn’t get a chance for free-form play yet but I’m sure my daughter will be excited to mix tracks up and be creative.

Star Activities

Today, my family and I took down the remainder of the Christmas decorations at our house and it made me feel a little sad that the holiday season was over but I reminded myself of the fun we will get to explore this year with interesting kids activities and excursions.

As a way to symbolize looking to the future, my daughter and I took a look at one of her Christmas gifts. Scientific Explorer’s My First Science and Space Kit available on Amazon.

Photo courtesy of Amazon

My daughter was so excited to build her own constellation and have the starry night glowing in her room. This kits includes:

  • 2 constellations discs
  • 2 sticker sheets
  • solar system poster
  • star film set
  • solar system film set
  • space projector
  • Plus 9-page activity guide to follow

During the summer, my friends and family get together to participate in some fun crafts and activities with the kids. Lately, I’ve been thinking one week we should study space and dedicate one day to each of the following topics; sun, moon, star constellations and solar system. Based on my research for fun crafts and activities, I came across an article with these type of activities: 50+ Awesome Space Activities for Kids by Gift of Curiosity. The article break the activities down into different parts of space which is exactly what I was looking for. Yeah!

Some solar systems activities include:

Puffy paint solar system that you can stick onto your windows from School Time Snippets

Some moon activities include:


Some sun activities include:

Some constellation activities include:

Hope you found a fun space activity for your kiddos. This summer I’ll show you the activities we decided to explore. Happy January!

Salt Crystal Leaves

I apologize for being a day behind. Yesterday was my grandma’s funeral and I was a little distracted. But I’m feeling better today. Rejoicing in her life and spending time with my kiddos.

My daughters and I were all about crafts and experiments today. One fun and beautiful experiment is salt crystal leaves. You do not have to collect leaves for this project as I once thought you did with the word ‘leaves’ in the title.

We started by finding a large leaf outside to trace but it ends up being a ruff outline because the leaf is too soft to run a pencil next to. Then we cut out the leaf but you can really cut out any shape. The final product is so pretty that this would be an excellent opportunity to cut out a heart too.

While cutting out the paper, add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of salt then bring the mixture to a boil.

Did you know? The usual boiling point of water is 100°C or 212° F. The more salt added to water, the more you raise the boiling point.

Taking a picture of clear salt in clear water is hard so I skipped it and here we are pouring the boiling saltwater onto the paper leaves. I added too much water to my pan of leaves so now I recommend just adding enough that the paper is covered.

Lastly we waited for the water to evaporate. I accidentally poured some saltwater onto the craft paper. The spot ended up so glittery. I wish I could get a good picture of it.

Check back tomorrow for a final project picture.

Little Bins for Little Hands blog has some other great tips for this project, checking it out.

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.

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