Fun with straws and more

When I created the new schedule for the boys I put a project in each day. For the next few weeks that means only Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But soon it will be a daily thing.

This week I decided to do some science fun with them. On Monday I gave each of the boys a cookie sheet, a glass of water and a straw. Then asked them if they could get the water into the straw without using their mouths. They came up with some creative attempts.
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I then showed them to put their finger over the top to create a suction. With this they got to explore air pressure. I then gave them each a straw with a cut in it so they could see if they could still use it drink with. They then tried again with a straw with a piece taken out of it.
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While there was water on the tray we also used the straws to push the water across the tray by blowing through the straws. Did I plan to do all this to begin with, nope! I had a few thoughts in mind and just went with what the boys were interested in doing and expanded upon it. We talked a bit about air pressure, air flow and suction.
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On Wednesday I decided to continue using straws but this time to do an art project. Again I gave each of the boys a cookie sheet. This time I mixed together water, bubble solution and paint. They then used the straws to blow bubbles.
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This didn't actually paint the way I expected it to, I guess the balance between the three was off. But they had a blast and the pictures actually came out pretty cool. They certainly had fun working on it, and isn't that the real reason for doing projects at home?
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On Thursday after school, Blake and Colby watched Mickey Mouse Clubhouse's Mickey's Round Up. In this episode the characters have to round up the numerals 1-10 because they had escaped. After they finished watching it, the boys decided they wanted to make an art project based on the episode. I found some foam numbers that I had and gave them each the numerals 0-10, a piece of construction paper, glue stick and markers and set them free. They had fun deciding how they were going to "round up" the numerals on their paper.
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I posted last night a project I did a few weeks ago with the boys on color mixing. Check it out if you want another fun project.

Hope you find a fun project to share with your children this week.

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3 comments:

  1. You are totally awesome! I need to do some fun stuff with the boys to keep them entertained as the summer comes to an end. Thanks for the ideas!

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  2. Wow Lori, you are puttin' me to shame ;) We don't do too many projects around here, but my boys would love the bubble blowing one...I'll have to try it!

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  3. Thanks for these ideas!!!

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