Sylvia and I have been finding inspiration in The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do. There are over 50 activities in this book, and I'll share with you our three favorite from the last couple of days.
Ayla kept stirring hers and we noticed that it did not foam up nearly so much. We talked about why that might be (the gasses releasing instead of being trapped in the bubbles).
2. Sylvia and Ayla also enjoyed the floating ball game. We made small funnels out of thick paper and taped them to the end of bendy straws. We crumpled tinfoil into small balls, and used the power of our breath to send each ball into the air. Then we played around with the amount of force that we put into each breath. With just the right amount of steady air pressure, we could keep the tinfoil ball in the air for a couple of seconds.
3. The dangly monkeys started out more like a craft project than a science project. I drew a monkey shape on thick paper with curved arms and tail, making sure that the limbs hooked around so that the monkeys could hang on a seesaw. Camille helped me trace and cut them out and Sylvia decorated them with markers, pens, and stickers.
If the girls hadn't wanted to do the crafty part of this, I would have just drawn 'snakes' with a curvy tail for the balancing play.
This book in general leans more towards crafty, than straight-up science, which is right up Sylvia's alley these days. Being unschoolers, I don't plan out lessons for anyone to complete, but I love it when we can make stuff, learn stuff, and have fun all at the same time. Where have you been finding inspiration lately?
This post is linked over at the Homeschool Coop: Tuesday Tutorials ~ Science,
and Natural Suburbia: Creative Friday.