Monday, February 2, 2009

Some VERY FUN Projects we have been included

Here are just a few things we have been doing...
1.) We made homemade chalk-Yes it works JUST like store bought. I will upload pictures once I get around to it. :)

Here is the recipe:

Materials needed:

1 cup plaster of Paris 1 cup water Powdered tempera paint Mold for chalk (small paper cups, ice cube trays, tissue rolls, etc.)Mixing bowl and spoon ( I used a plastic edd carton! they look like the chalks you can buy around Easter time)

What to do:
Step One: In a large bowl, mix the water and plaster of Paris together.
Step Two: Add the powdered tempera paint to the mixture.
Step Three: Once the paint has been mixed in well, set it aside for a few minutes.
Step Four: Pour the mixture into the mold and let it dry. This can take anywhere from several hours to a day (or maybe longer), depending on the size of the mold. Remember: The bigger the mold, the longer it will take to dry.
Step Five: Once the mold is dry, remove the chalk. If the chalk is still moist, let it air dry for another 24 hours.
Now your kids can have a blast drawing with the chalk they created. Anything they draw will be washed away by the rain, so don't worry if they accidentally get some on the side of your house!

MAGIC OOZE: This was a very very cool science project. Even Matt was stumped and played with the stuff. hehe.

Here is what you do:

we put our cup of water in the bowl and we added cornstarch until we couldn't stir it anymore. Now we have our ooze. Aviva poke the ooze with your finger really fast. Tell me how it feels? Hard. Hard. Now I want you to poke it really slow you can put your hand in there. How does it feel now? Ooze. You can play with it now pull it out and you can take a spoon full of it. Put some more in your other hand. Move it from hand to hand. Issac Newton a scientist from the 1700 hundreds describe the properties of ideal fluids. Scientist has found that not all fluids behave like Newton's ideal fluids. Scientist named this fluids non newton fluids. Our ooze behaves a little like a liquid and a little like a solid it is a non newton fluid. When you are finish enjoying your ooze make sure you throw it away in a plastic bag in the garbage. Do not pour it down the drain it will clog your pipes.

Bird House: Food is scarse in the winter here in the north for the birds. This also goes great if you are participating in the Back Yard Bird Count from February 13-16th!

Here is how we made ours:

To make a Milk Carton Bird Feeder, you will need:
milk or juice carton
craft knife or scissors
wax pencil or crayon
ruler or straight edge
two small lengths of double-sided tape
two bamboo skewers or straight, small diameter twigs to use as perchs
bird seed
hole punch
twine to make a hanger
Milk Carton Bird FeederInstructions:

1. Use the wax pencil and ruler to draw the shape of the opening on the front of the milk carton, as shown in the diagram at right. The opening looks like the outline of a house with a peaked roof. You should allow about two inches at the bottom of the carton to hold a good amount of seeds.

2. Use the craft knife to cut out the opening. Younger children will need an adult to help with this part.

3. Using the top of the peak as a center point, fold the piece of milk carton that you just removed in half along its length. Make a half inch cut from the point of the peak down the center fold. Fold up a half inch flap on either side of this cut, as shown in the diagram at right.

4. Attach a length of double-sided tape to each flap.

5. Insert this roof piece into the top of the opening and use your fingers to press the flaps against the inside of the milk carton until the double-sided tape holds securely.

6. Poke a bamboo skewer or thin straight twig through the wall of the milk carton, just below the left side of the opening. Repeat on the right side. Poke skewers all the way through and out the back wall of the carton. This keeps the perches straight and secure.

7. Use a hole punch or a skewer to punch two holes through the top line of the carton.

8. Thread twine through the two holes to make a hanger.

9. Fill the bottom of the feeder with nyger seed or a small bird seed mixture. Hang your milk carton bird feeder from a tree branch that you can reach easily when you need to add more bird seed.Suggestions:If you plan to do a lot of bird watching, hang the feeder in a spot that you can see clearly from a window. If the bird feeder is some distance away, use binoculars or a spy glass to see the birds up close.Buy a good bird identification book and keep a record of all the species that turn up at your backyard feeding station. Record the date that you saw each bird, whether it was a male or female, or a pair of a birds. You may also want to add other observations about their size, appearance, special markings and behaviour. Research the birds that you see to find out what types of foods they prefer, or experiment by offering different types of bird seed in your bird feeder to find out for yourself.

The kids are also currently working on their Civil War lapbooks along with their daily work.

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