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Making Learning Fun with Summer Activities

Jun 13, 2018 12:00 AM

Summertime fun means endless days outdoors and countless hours spent in the pool. Don’t forget to apply waterproof sunscreen and have your kids wear sunglasses and a hat whenever possible. Youngsters who don’t know how to swim or are beginner swimmers should always have a life vest or another floatation device. Styrofoam noodles are also fun to play within the pool. Not only do kids like to squirt water out of them, but they are a fun, useful floatie.

One fun experiment you can do right in your backyard is a sink or float experiment. Here is the equipment that you’ll need:

  • table or another firm, stable surface
  • masking tape or blue painter's tape
  • water
  • a piece of paper or notebook (optional)
  • a large tub of water, or an old aquarium/terrarium
  • various objects to put into the water - some suggestions are different size rocks, a piece of wood, rubber balls, plastic fork, aluminum foil and apples or oranges

Directions:

  1. Set the tub on the table and secure it with the tape to ensure that it doesn't move.
  2. Fill the tub about half to three-quarters of the way full of water.
  3. Next, place the various objects into the water one at a time.
  4. Document which items sink and which items float. If the kids are not writing down the results, have them tell you which items sank, and which ones floated.

You can wrap up the “lesson” by reading the book Who Sank the Boat? By Pamela Allen. The website ScienceNetLinks.com (http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/sink-or-float/) has additional instructions for this experiment.

Another idea is to let your youngsters build their own boat. Check out this website for inspiration (https://inspirationlaboratories.com/how-to-build-a-boat/).

Everywhere you go, whether it’s the bank, or the mall, or the pool, these daily activities with your children can be a learning experience for them. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to teach them how to incorporate life skills into these outings. How about asking them to determine the savings on a sale sign as you shop at the mall? If your children are very young, ask them to help you count coins or dollar bills. Do this kind of fun, meaningful activities with your kids and they will be ahead of the game. Kids are thirsty for knowledge and are always looking to discover new adventures in the world around them.

Are your children interested in the sciences, or in becoming a detective when they grow up? Or maybe you want to peak their interest in the sciences. Why not enroll them in one of our Summer Camps? Two camps are for children ages two through five years old, and the other camps are for kids in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Some of the themes are Red Hot Robots, Secret Agent Lab, and Earth, Space and Beyond. Do any of these sound like they would suit your children? Call us or visit our summer camp page to register.


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