Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Campout Under the Stars and Big Bubble Study


It's Summer Time!! So we decided to make some giant bubbles. I figured that we could use this opportunity to learn something as well.:)
We looked up a recipe for giant bubbles and tried the mixture. Below shows the ingredients for the bubble solution.
Moroni mixing the solution.

The recipe for the solution is 6 cups of water, 1/2 cup dish soap, 1/2 cup cornstarch,  1 Tbl baking powder, 1 Tbl glycerin.
It was pretty easy to mix up the solution. You have to make it before hand because you need to let it sit for 1-2 hours before you use it. You can save it for later as well, you just need to stir it for a good few minutes before you blow bubbles.  It took five minutes to make the solution.
We hypothesized what we thought would happen. How big would our bubbles get?

We thought that they would get as big as a cantaloupe.
As you can see the bubbles got pretty big. We created our own bubble wands out of copper wire. We tried to make different shapes of bubbles by making different shaped wands, but they all produced round bubbles. It was windy so we blew the bubbles in the garage. We blew bubbles, made wands, and studied bubbles for 40 minutes.

This activity would be difficult in the classroom. The appropriate age would be Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

 After blowing the bubbles we decided to try blowing colored bubbles. We added a small spoon full finger paint to the bubble solution and blew the bubbles onto a large sheet of paper. The color was not very evident, so we decided to finger paint on the paper. Tristan loved the finger paint. We painted for 20 minutes.

Moroni mixed colors and created some neat new colors.

Finger Painting and coloring mixing would be great for Kindergarten. It would also be a great activity for team building. 

Then we decided to try spin art with some household items. This took a problem solving process. We hypothesized what would happen if we squirted some paint in this pan and spun the lazy susan. Nothing happened to the paint, it stayed still. Then we decided to thin the paint. We used a dropper to add a few small drops of water on each squirt of paint in the pan. We tried spinning again. This didn't change much. We decided to spin the lazy susan faster. It still didn't do anything. 

We got another tupperware and cut a hole in the bottom center of it and stuck a Dremel through the hole. We put the piece of paper with the squirts of paint and a few drops of water inside the tupperware. We turned on the Dremel and it spun the tupperware much faster. We got some great spin art projects. We learned that to make spin art you have to have a high speed  spin and thin paint. This process took us 40 minutes.

You could do spin art in the classroom with salad makers. You would need to have just a few kids at a time so you would have to have it as a center. This activity would be great for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

 After painting we talked about the properties of bubbles. We examined the large bubbles we created and tried to recreate them. We used colored chalk and black construction paper. The kids created some great art. We did this art project for 20 minutes.
Bubble painting was great. you could examine pictures of bubbles as a class and then have the students use techniques to create bubbles with their characteristics. This activity is great for 3rd grade.

Campout Under the Stars!

We did not actually camp out;) we did some great activities with a camping and star theme. 

Galaxy Jars!

We made glow in the dark jars. We talked about day and night and the children painted jars how they wished and made some of their own constellations on them with glow in the dark paint. 

Moroni's galaxy jar.

We ran out of yellow paint so Taylie did some experimenting with mixing. We talked about primary colors and tint and shade. We experimented by adding white to see what would happen. She came up with a great yellow color for her sunshine.

Taylie painted stars to make a constellation. 

Our galaxy jars. These jars took us 30 minutes. We used tole paint and small paint brushes and glass quart sized jars.
The galaxy jars ended up coming out all very different,  that is a good sign. This project would be great for mothers day or fathers day. The children could make personalized gifts while still focusing on learning. This activity is great for Kindergarten through 3rd grade and above.

Constellation Structures!

We studied star patterns and made constellations out of spaghetti sticks and mini marshmallows.

Simple constellation cards.
We worked on constellations for 20 minutes.
I really enjoyed this activity. This is great for 1st through 4th grade. Students get a more hands on approach to star patterns.

Campfire Snacks!


We made these cute campfire snacks, the kids could make these themselves with a little bit of help.
Here is what we used:
Fruit roll up
pretzel sticks
saltine cracker rounds

spread nutella on the cracker
put a ring of grapes along the outside of the cracker
have the fruit roll up cut into pieces
put 3 fruit roll up pieces into the middle of the cracker
break the pretzel sticks into smaller pieces and put them between the grapes and fruit roll pieces.
There you have it, a little fire pit. yum!
After some prep, these thematic snacks took 15 min for everyone to make, eat, and clean up.

This was a great thematic snack idea. You could use this for a camping theme and have the children put them together themselves, great for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. This is also a good fine motor skill activity.

Constellation and Star Art!

We used black construction paper and colored chalk again to make these star art projects.
The children used star stickers to create patterns and then connected the stars with lines using chalk.
We also worked on proper form when writing letters.

These are great for pre-k through kindergarten. You can have the stars already on for the first letter of each chid's name and then have some more star stickers available for them to make their own creations. 
Then we created our own star galaxy art.

Here is Taylie's big dipper and her bakery oven picture. She got very creative with this little oven picture.
We spent 20 minutes on Star Art. This activity would be great for children from Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Star Gazing Center!

I put together this little star gazing fort for the kids to feel like they are outdoors under the stars. They can look for star patterns and read camping and star books with flashlights in small groups or pairs.
I created this fort out of a water heater cardboard box, some white christmas lights, a knife, and a sheet. (The sheet does not completely cover the fort, you can always see inside.) This could be used in a reading corner during a star or camping unit in the classroom for kindergarten through 3rd grades. However, I would probably use pvc pipes and fabric to make little tents instead. They are smaller and take far less time to create. I spent 1 1/2 hours building this fort.
I cut small holes in the cardboard by sticking a sharp knife into the box. I cut the front part of the box off and put it on top. I stuck a light from a sting of icicle lights into each hole and plugged them in. Then I put an old sheet on top of the box.
The kids had a great time playing in the hut, they searched for star patterns and drew them with chalk on the cardboard for 10 minutes.

Reading Time!

We read the book Camping Out, the kids loved the book with Clifford in it.
Then we stayed in a circle and played the "Going On a Bear Hunt" We stood up and did all the actions to the song and sang it together. This is a great activity to get kids moving. This activity is best for Kindergarten through first grade.
The story time and bear hunt took 25 minutes. We did the bear hunt song twice. The second time around I had the kids made up the actions for the song. 

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