Kids Play Box http://www.kidsplaybox.com Fun And Easy Kids Activities Tue, 12 May 2015 22:40:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.5 Make an illuminated card using a paper circuit http://www.kidsplaybox.com/illuminated-card-paper-circuit/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/illuminated-card-paper-circuit/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:28:21 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14602 Many thanks to Galileo Learning for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to think like a innovator!

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Make an illuminated card using a paper circuit

Many thanks to Galileo Learning for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to think like a innovator!

We are just a month away from summer! End of the school year initially means a giant sigh of relief, yes? No more “brainstorming” lunches, drop offs, pick ups, school work, homework, assignments, book reports for a good 3 month period. Except this “yahoo” moment lasts probably a week. Then we start thinking about the days and days we have to engage the kids until school year begins. Well, now I’m all for having the kids figure out their summer schedule. Go out, bike, play, hike, explore like we did during our childhood. Unfortunately we live in a different world now! How many of us can honestly go all morning without checking in on our kids. While having the kids come up with their own ways to fill up their summer time, it is also beneficial to make sure they don’t get into a summer slump!

This is where Galileo Summer Camps come in. With facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, these guys know all the ways to keep kids from Prek to 8th grade engaged and learning. The camps encourages the natural curiosity of children and creates a fun environment for them to follow their interests. To prevent your child’s “summer slump” how about taking a look at what Galileo Summer Camps has to offer?

Some of the highlights of their camps

  • Hands on Approach
  • Focus on S.T.E.A.M
  • Love for learning
  • Follow the campers’ passion

This year the summer camp feature four fresh themes, each adapted for three different age groups:
1. GALILEO ROCKS: Music-Inspired Art and Instrument Engineering
2. DESTINATION SAN FRANCISCO: Art and Engineering in the City by the Bay
3. GALILEO MAKERS: DIY Art and Real-World Inventions
4. MOUNT EVEREST EXPEDITION: Himalayan Art and the Science of Scaling Mountains

To feature in today’s post and to give you a snap shot of all the awesome hands on activities the campers will be doing, we were sent materials for a fun circuit activity. We made illuminated cards.

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We were sent an instruction page { link below} and we created a basic circuit using copper wires, LED lights and a cell. We purchased extra lights to make the art pop even more. The kit came with 2 heavy paper as well for the kids to create art. However my daughter had a “Starry Night” art she made at school. We used the instructions to make a circuit and have the LED light pop in the place of the stars. Starry Night comes alive!!

circuit

Lit up Starry Night

PicMonkey Collage

Make use these clear step-by-step tutorial to make your own illuminated card. These downloadable PDFS page has additional set of activities that you can do with your child. Extra S.T.E.M fun!

Included in the pdf will be a material list and GIA (Galileo Innovation Approach) based Instructions to create you own Illuminated card (please note that this project requires some items that may have to be purchased to complete – copper wiring / led lights -).

Download the PDFs here

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Science Experiments for Kids : Inclined Plane Experiment http://www.kidsplaybox.com/science-experiments-for-kids-inclined-plane-experiment/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/science-experiments-for-kids-inclined-plane-experiment/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 23:19:39 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14592 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

We did a simple yet popular science experiment for kids to demonstrate the mechanical advantage of using an inclined plane. { All science experiments for kids here}

Materials

Wooden Plank Rice/Beans Plastic bag Rubber band Tape Measure Stack of Books

set up

Our load is going to this sack of rice.…

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Science Experiments for Kids : Inclined Plane Experiment

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We did a simple yet popular science experiment for kids to demonstrate the mechanical advantage of using an inclined plane. { All science experiments for kids here}

Materials

  • Wooden Plank
  • Rice/Beans
  • Plastic bag
  • Rubber band
  • Tape Measure
  • Stack of Books

set up

Our load is going to this sack of rice. Place a good quantity of rice in a plastic bag and tie a heavy duty rubber band around it. Then take another rubber band and cut it. Now tie this cut rubber band around the plastic bag and suspend the bag.

Load = rice bag

Work = to lift it up to the top of the book stack

bag of rice as load

Scenario 1:

Pull the bag of rice using the rubber band to the top of the stack of books. The rubber band stretches showing the amount of effort needed to get the work done.

work done with inclined plane experiment

Measure the stretch of the rubber band as soon as the bag hits the top of the stack of books.

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Scenario 2 :

Now place the load at the bottom of the wooden plank propped against the stack of books {this is your inclined plane}. Pull the same load using the rubber band over the inclined plane. Visually you can see that the rubber band is not stretching as much as it did when you tried to pull it up without the use of an inclined plane.

advantage of using simple machines

To make things clearer, measure the stretch of the rubber band once the load reaches the top. It will be lesser than the measurement you got in scenario 1.

kids science experiment

Scenario 3:

Here we are making the effort needed for the work even lesser. We use a smoother inclined plane, a foam board. Prop the foam board against the same stack of books. Pull the load up against the board to the top of the stack. Measure the stretch of the rubber band and you will see that the measurement is even lesser than the measurement in scenario 2.

Why? In Scenario 2, the wood offers some resistance to the load being pulled. There is some amount of surface friction. In the third scenario the surface friction is drastically reduced by using a much smoother material as an inclined plane. In effect you are using lesser force over the same distance as scenario 2.

Other than the material itself, more importantly if you compare the pictures, the the angle of inclination is much lower when I used the foam board. Simply put, the foam board is not as steep as the wooden plank. BUT the distance traveled by the rice bag will be higher. HOWEVER, the effort needed to pull the load will be smaller. That’s your trade off.

Smaller amount of effort needed over longer distance makes life simple- the basic idea of simple machines.

kids science experiment

To put things in perspective we did the same experiment on a larger scale for better understanding.

We tried to lift a big box of books to the height of the slide. The effort needed to accomplish the work was very high.

incline plane experiment

Then the same box was lifted to the same height using the inclined plane

sciene of INCLINED plane

What is happening there?

The rubber band experiment is just a simplified demonstration.

In real world, simple machines like the one demonstrated above makes us humans exert as little effort as possible. At what cost? distance !  At the end, work done { Force * Distance} will be the same. But life will be much easier with simple machines since the force exerted is much lesser.

If you want to calculate the actual mechanical advantage of using an inclined plane you do so by dividing the measurement you get in scenario 2 or scenario 3 by the measurement you get in scenario 1. In our case it was { 24/20} { Slope / Height}

Find out how inclined planes uses less force over a longer distance

 

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Spring Art for kids : Spring themed DIY wall art http://www.kidsplaybox.com/spring-art-for-kids-spring-themed-diy-wall-art/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/spring-art-for-kids-spring-themed-diy-wall-art/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:21:03 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14554 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

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Spring Art for kids : Spring themed DIY wall art

Create gorgeous spring art and turn it into wall art while collaborating with the entire family. Use watercolors and a fun poster board.

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A while ago we made a fun turkey handprint family art that is still hanging in our family room. Today’s post is about an awesome spring art project you can do with multi-colored rainbow poster board and some fab watercolor techniques.

Materials {Affiliate links below for your reference}

Spring Art

We used our favorite vibrant liquid watercolor paints in spray bottles to get wonderful textures. The children also used pipettes to spread the watercolors over card stock paper. Any heavy paper will work. But watercolor paper is probably the best route.

The kids mentioned that their favorite method was spraying watercolors on our heavy paper.

spraying colors

Use rubbing alcohol  to get this amazing texture. Spray first and then drop rubbing alcohol. Our texture on watercolors post has a detailed tutorial.

KIDS WATER COLOR ART

Check out our post on salt painting to see how we achieved this texture.

SALT PAINTING

This is what happens when you don’t blog as soon as you finish the art project. I don’t even remember how we achieved this one. But I know we used spray bottles. If I have to guess, I think we did a regular watercolor wash first and layered it with watercolors from a spray bottle.

spray art

This is wet on wet method. First we sprayed the heavy paper with regular water. Then used the liquid watercolors to paint on the now wet paper. Then the kids simply splattered some color over them.

ART FOR KIDS WITH WATERCOLOR

All the watercolor art together. We made plenty more!! You can also drop some paint using pipettes on the paper and move it around by gently moving the paper. Let all the painted paper dry for a while.

KIDS ART WATERCOLORS

The kids and I cut out all the paper painted with watercolors. There were flowers, stems, leaves, sun, bugs. The 6 year wanted a rainbow as well! We weren’t able to fit that one in. So if you are doing this project a rainbow would be a fab addition.

Cut out the painted paper and now they are ready for a funtastic spring art project.

materials for spring art

So I found this awesome multi colored poster board at Target a long time ago and instantly knew what to do with this. These come in 2 packs and the other multi colored poster board is perfect for a desert scene { which we plan to do shortly}

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DIY Wall Art : Spring Art with various watercolor techniques

The children spent time laying out the art on the poster. This was the best part! Well there were many arguments { read fights!!} as to where each flower or bug should do. But they are all part of collaborative art projects. Live and learn! This spring art project gave the kids lot of opportunities to connect with each other, problem-solve, visualize and exercise their fine motor skills and spatial skills.

WORKING ON SPRING ART PROJECT

The entire process of placing the objects was enjoyable. Good chance to talk about seasons, parts of a plant, parts of a flower, photosynthesis. I love the way art projects are not only calming and fun but often times they end up as a gateway to explore and learn advanced concepts. Isn’t it amazing?

process of making spring art

Clearly your Spring Art will look MUCH better if it is framed in a nice chic white frame and hung over a comfortable couch in your family room. { That’s my vision!} I’ll probably get to it some day haha.. Right now 4 pieces of tape is holding the wall art up and my kids couldn’t be any prouder of our work!

wall art kids

What’s not to love about collaborative kids art project that instantly turn into a gorgeous wall art for your home.

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More inspiration!

I LOVE the spring glyph made by fellow RAM {Rockin’ Art Moms} Meri Cherry

Chelsey { another RAM woo hoo!} has this adorable adorable water color spring art project as well.

Jeanette has some amazing watercolor techniques for you to try.!

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Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt http://www.kidsplaybox.com/fine-motor-activities-mini-alphabet-eggs-hunt/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/fine-motor-activities-mini-alphabet-eggs-hunt/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:41:18 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14526 Use small styrofoam glitter eggs to make a fine motor activity. Egg hunt sensory bin for kids

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Today we share a simple Easter themed fine motor activity with lots of literacy thrown in.

{All our fine motor activities here}

{All our Easter activities here}

Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}

Clear bin Easter Grass Mini styrofoam eggs Circle Paper Punch Tweezers   materials for easter egg hunt in a bin

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Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt

Use small styrofoam glitter eggs to make a fine motor activity. Egg hunt sensory bin for kids

This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

Today we share a simple Easter themed fine motor activity with lots of literacy thrown in.

{All our fine motor activities here}

{All our Easter activities here}

Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}

materials for easter egg hunt in a bin

We added a set of tweezers to up the challenge. I found mine at a Teacher Supplies Store. Amazon carries them as well.

set up fine motor egg hunt sensory bin

Using a black permanent marker, I wrote down the letters on the eggs. { Involve an older child for this part} I made multiples of the vowels. I also made lower case letter eggs for a future matching activity.

Fine Motor Activities : Mini Alphabet Eggs Hunt

Then it’s time for the fine motor egg hunt. Lots of opportunities for vocabulary and conceptual learning. Using the tweezers to pick up the alphabet eggs was a big challenge which was little bit frustrating for the 4 year old. She was in a hurry to find the next letter. Using the tweezer  really helped her slow down and focus. We went hunting for the eggs in the alphabetical order.

hunting for eggs easter fine motor activity

So what do we do with the found eggs? Another mini fine motor activity was in place for that.  I brought out muffin tin and cut out a bunch of super imperfect circles using colored paper { now this when I’d love to have a Circle Paper Punch!!} I wrote down the letters {both upper and lower case} on the circles.

letter recognition

After she found a certain letter egg she would place them in the corresponding slot in the muffin tin.

egg hunting fine motor play

Best way to do this and not simultaneously not overwhelm the child is to just do a few letters you are currently on and make a bunch of the same letter eggs. Just A-H on in one session. Then flip the circles and make the next set of letters/

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A book filled with playful science and math activities

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Small World Play: Rainforest in a box http://www.kidsplaybox.com/small-world-play-rainforest-box/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/small-world-play-rainforest-box/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:00:59 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=8789 Create a fun rain forest in a box for a pretend play session and a fantastic learning opportunity.

We still have the big box! In fact we made this rain forest even before our box throw ball painting and our glow in the dark box fun.

If working with an older child, you can easily make the 4 layers of a rain forest and make the activity realistic.…

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Create a fun rain forest in a box for a pretend play session and a fantastic learning opportunity.

We still have the big box! In fact we made this rain forest even before our box throw ball painting and our glow in the dark box fun.

If working with an older child, you can easily make the 4 layers of a rain forest and make the activity realistic. For a 4 year old I think just a lot of dense vegetation is enough. Besides it was my 4 year old’s idea to make a giant “rain forest in a box” and I’m pretty sure she did not have “learning the layers of rain forest” in her mind when she suggested this project! So we kept it simple, fun and primarily focused on storytelling with animals.

What we did

With our stash of small branches from our nature walks my preschooler and I taped them to the insides of the box. I lined the floor of the box with a simple play mat made with a regular white paper painted with brown and green paint.

pretend play rainforest

Next we set our paper roll trees. Those are kitchen rolls with tissue paper leaves. My 4 year enjoys making simple crafts - simple being the key and we  love our paper rolls crafts.. To make sure the trees don’t tilt down during play time we put down play dough and it held up the trees.

tree crafts

To create a water body I cut out a blue poster board and we added a few rocks along the edges. >As with many small world play setups, I set out the materials needed to play and the kids explored and enjoyed making an animal scene. You can also see a white yarn hanging for the monkeys..

set out materials

[It was pretty difficult to take pictures during playtime.]

playing

We used our SAFARI TOOBs and other stuffed animals we had on hand to make a fun rainforest scene

close rainforest scene

Here is our creation. This child of mine has a deep passion for creating animal habitats! If you have kid like that at home, this activity  will keep them entertained for a long time. After creating the scene, playing and making up animal stories inside the box was the highlight. By the way Diego ( from the tv show) was mentioned during play time many times.

rainforest craft

Animal habitats sensory/small world we have shared

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Earth Day Art with puffy paint Earth http://www.kidsplaybox.com/earth-day-art-with-puffy-paint-earth/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/earth-day-art-with-puffy-paint-earth/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:02:54 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14514 Simple Earth Day Craft and art for younger kids with a quick puffy paint recipe.

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Talking about our planet has become quite easy with the 6 year old since they cover quite a few aspects of it at school. …

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Earth Day Art with puffy paint Earth

Simple Earth Day Craft and art for younger kids with a quick puffy paint recipe.

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Talking about our planet has become quite easy with the 6 year old since they cover quite a few aspects of it at school. Like many Kindergarteners she has a good grasp of the Solar System and the our planet’s position there. However understanding the environmental conservation aspect of the planet is still a work in progress. While we still talk about the importance of saving our trees, recycling, reusing and generally cleaning up our space we have a long way to go.

Today’s Earth Day Craft and art uses simple materials

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Use a white paper plate and cut out a world map template. The template is really not necessary but my daughter wanted the map inside. So we gave that a go.

earth day craft with shave cream

For the simple puffy paint we used equal parts white glue and shaving cream { Our 1 minute puffy paint recipe post has tons of details about it}

creating earth with shaving cream

We used our favorite gel food color {linked above} to get nice bright colors.

painting with shaving cream puffy paint

If working with younger kids on this Earth Day Craft you could also make green as opposed to just giving them green puffy paint.

earth day puffy paint

Older kids will enjoy talking about the landmass and the water bodies on the planet. Simple questions may arise as to why they are using green for the land instead of brown.

earth

Some kids would want to use their fingers to create their Earth Day art and that’s ok. It is all about exploration!

earth day craft for kids with colored shaving cream

I just love the peaks and the textures this simple puffy paint recipe produces.

earth day art with puffy paint

Let the paper plate Earths dry for a while. Once dry you will see the nice and puffed up paint up close. They make beautiful wall art if you want to display them.

wall art for earth day

If you leave your shaving cream for about 3 days, the puffy paint will go flat and it will eventually dry. However the kids did a cool thing – they were able to remove the map we had painted over since the glue apparently did not do a good job. Once you gently remove the map off the paper plate you will get a beautiful Earth art with lots of texture.

earth day art craft for kids

art for kids for earth day

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Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

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Math Activities for Kids : Exploring Volume http://www.kidsplaybox.com/math-activities-kids-exploring-volume/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/math-activities-kids-exploring-volume/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 16:36:05 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14495 We had this great opportunity to participate in BonBon Break’s “Fill your Bucket” campaign in partnership with OurPact App. What does “Fill your Bucket” mean to me?

As a hands-on mom who loves hands on math activities and enjoys playing and creating with her kids, I immediately thought that the “Fill Your Bucket” concept lent itself into a fantastic math lesson exploring volume and capacity.…

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Math Activities for Kids : Exploring Volume

We had this great opportunity to participate in BonBon Break’s “Fill your Bucket” campaign in partnership with OurPact App. What does “Fill your Bucket” mean to me?

As a hands-on mom who loves hands on math activities and enjoys playing and creating with her kids, I immediately thought that the “Fill Your Bucket” concept lent itself into a fantastic math lesson exploring volume and capacity.

Read more about our fun math activity on BonBon Break..

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Save the bunnies: Easter science experiment http://www.kidsplaybox.com/save-the-bunnies-easter-science-experiment/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/save-the-bunnies-easter-science-experiment/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:20:58 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14483 Wonderfully fizzing sensory science which works as a great Easter sensory activity for kids. A great way to experiment acid-base reactions for kids.

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Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}

 Muffin Pan Food Color Baking Soda
Vinegar Citric Acid Lemon Juice

Ever we did our soapy sculptures activity with frozen bubble bath, the kids have been enjoying playing with those “soap cakes”.…

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Save the bunnies: Easter science experiment

Wonderfully fizzing sensory science which works as a great Easter sensory activity for kids. A great way to experiment acid-base reactions for kids.

This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

Materials {affiliate links below for your reference}

Ever we did our soapy sculptures activity with frozen bubble bath, the kids have been enjoying playing with those “soap cakes”. Visit the post for detailed directions. Since we had one more muffin tin filled with soap leftover we decided to experiment with the colorful soaps. { Check out our colorful rainbow lemon eruptions science as well}

Instead of playing with more frozen soap, I decided to add some baking soda to it. I removed about half of the soap from each slot of the muffin tin and replaced with baking soda to fill up the slot and nicely mixed it up. I also added a few toys in there. { Remember that the toys you add may stain. So choose wisely}

making the soapy cakes for easter activity

I placed the muffin tin in the freezer until the soap+baking soda cake freezes up. I used a knife to slighly loosen it up and popped them all off.

making baking soda and soapy cakes for sensory science

Place them all in a clear container for some science experiments and sensory activities.

easter science for kids

I partciularly loved this cute bunny sitting in s a soapy baking soda cake.

bunny sensory science for easter

We also trapped a bunch of fairies, flowers and a Chima figure. {Ewar?}

trapping chima guys for sensory science

Then it was time for experimentation. I gave the kids a squeeze bottle filled with vinegar, a bottle of lemon juice and a cup of citric acid. You can do this sensory science with just vinegar as well.

You can first sprinkle the soap cakes with citric acid to start the fizz. Then the kids squirted some lemon juice over them.

flower is trapped

Then they finally went at it with vinegar. The fizzing and foaming action is slow but steady and lasts for a long time. Don’t expect an instant fizzing like our regular baking soda and vinegar reaction experiments. Since a larger quantity of baking soda is frozen along with soap it takes a while for the vinegar to start the reaction. But the foaming lasts a LONG TIME!

sensory play for spring

Adding the bunnies and flowers turned out be great since this can probably work as a wonderful Easter activity for kids.

vinegar sensory play

The foaming soap cakes are such a pleasant site!

sensory easter play

Here are the bunny, flowers and fairies being rescued with the help of some fizzing and foaming action from the vinegar.

sensory fun for easter

Half fizzed soap-baking soda cake with a still-stuck fairy.

trapped fairy

I had my child wait a few seconds before squeezing some more vinegar. This gives the soap cakes and the vinegar a chance to react. They also experimented with sprinkling citric acid and squeezing lemon juice.

all the colors sensory play

 

Quick run down

  • Take a muffin tin
  • Add bubble bath soap and fill up half of each slot
  • Add baking soda for the rest of the half
  • Mix in food coloring and gently mix
  • Add some small toys
  • Place the muffin tin in freezer until the contents freezes up
  • Remove the soap and baking soda cakes
  • Squirt vinegar and lemon juice on them and watch the cakes fizz and foam

Stop by Fun at Home with Kids for their beautiful Foaming Treasure Stars post with a slight twist. You won’t be disappointed!

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Science for Kids : Easter Science with Peeps Boats http://www.kidsplaybox.com/science-for-kids-easter-science-with-peeps-boats/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/science-for-kids-easter-science-with-peeps-boats/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:04:04 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14448 Turn those funny and adorable peeps into boats. Hands on science for kids in this fun Easter Activity for kids. 

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Alright folks, the peeps have hit the stores! Playing with marshmallows is fun.  …

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Science for Kids : Easter Science with Peeps Boats

Turn those funny and adorable peeps into boats. Hands on science for kids in this fun Easter Activity for kids. 

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Alright folks, the peeps have hit the stores! Playing with marshmallows is fun.  Here is a fun science project for Easter. People are going to start pounding the peeps, nuking them, cutting them and what not! I love peeps science and peeps experiments and generally all hands on science for kids. But we however are simply going to float our marshmallow peeps and make peeps boats.

Float or sink science experiments are great fun and a fantastic starting point for kids to start exploring density and displacement. Today’s post will give you an opportunity to combine those concepts as well as others if need be { center of mass, wind movement, lift}

 Easter Activity For kids : Peeps Boats Experiment

Materials {affiliate links are provided below}

First lay out your peeps along with supplies needed to make the sails

Peeps Boats Experiment

Foam sails, card stock paper sails, regular white paper sails, fabric sails, tissue paper sails. Explore making sails with different materials. The kids can even cut their own sails and personalize them.

Then attach the sail to the toothpicks using glue or tape. The placement of the sail on the toothpick is up for exploration. Try different positions with your kids. { too high, too low, just right}

materials for peep science

Now time to make the peeps boat. Attach the toothpicks to the peeps. Again here the position of the toothpick on the marshmallow is up for exploration. Depending on the material used for the sail the center of mass may have shifted. For some peeps the toothpick’s position on the head makes the boat stable. For most it will be in the center near the belly of the bunny. Explore!

science with peeps

Time to set sailing. My 6 year made a few paper sails and tissue sails and got her peeps ready for the sailing action.

try different sails

At the heart of science is experimentation, and that’s exactly what we did in this hands on science project. She made 2 sails – one paper and one foam to see the difference. { You could do felt and fabric sails}

marshmallo boats

Place them in a bowl of water if playing with 2-3 peeps.

peeps experiment for floating

But we went to town in this science experiment and made plenty of peeps boats. We needed a larger container.

sail the peeps boats hands on science

Place your boats gently in the water container and observe them.

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How to turn this fun Easter Kids Activity into a fun science experiment

By asking questions!

Start off with the basic ones

1. Why does the peep float?

2.Explore making sails from different materials

The kids used regular white paper, card stock paper, tissue paper and sparkly foam. While the foam was the most eye-catching it made the boat heavier.

3. Which sail { paper, tissue, foam or even fabric} is the best choice for making the most stable boat?

4. Why?

5.  Why do the sails have to be triangular?

Try making different shaped sails

6. Does the position of the toothpick matter?

Try placing the sail at different places 

7. What’s happening to the balance ?

8Explore the effect of wind 

Grab a table fan and gently blow air on the water

Thanks for reading

Check out Lemon Lime Adventure’s post on a fun Peeps Experiment

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Easter crafts and activities for kids can’t get easier! Use sandpaper and fluorescent chalk to create a wonderful glowing chalk egg art. 

Well we are in March and let’s get started with some fun spring activities.…

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Easter Activities for Kids : Chalk Egg Art

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Easter crafts and activities for kids can’t get easier! Use sandpaper and fluorescent chalk to create a wonderful glowing chalk egg art. 

Well we are in March and let’s get started with some fun spring activities. For those that plan ahead, today we are sharing a beautiful Easter art project using 2 supplies – sandpaper and fluorescent chalk.

Materials {affiliate links included below}

materials for chalk art

After exploring sandpaper and various other materials in couple of our previous posts  { sandpaper and chalk art & sandpaper and fabric art} we decided to put a seasonal twist on it and create a cute little glowing egg garland. Visit out original sandpaper and chalk post for a detailed description of the project/

Easter Activity for Kids – how to create Easter art with fluorescent chalk

Use a simple egg outline printable and cut your sandpaper into small oval shapes. Set out your glow chalk and plug in your black light. { We love this backlight we purchased from Amazon and have already used it in our glowing puffy paint art earlier} Now to have fun with this Easter art you DON’T need a backlight. Scroll down and you will see the egg garland looks gorgeous in daylight and will make a your home  festive

GLOW CHALK

Since we have our backlight we did our art project with the light on and it surely did double the fun.I love that this chalk is really UV reactive . The colors fluoresced beautifully.

create egg art with glowing chalk on sandpaper

Both the kids and i enjoyed creating patterns on our sandpaper eggs.

chalk glow for easter

My 6 year old was all into creating faces and not into making traditional patterns on the eggs.

chalk eggs

My 4 year and I did a few egg patterns and all the while she couldn’t stop talking about the glow.

glow eggs

We just kept reminding the kids to not really press the chalk on to the sand paper. Don’t forget to buy low grit sandpaper and not heavy one. The chalk won’t last if the paper is too coarse.

kids art easter craft

Making the Easter Art Egg Garland

As I told you without the blacklight the eggs still look beautiful. Once you pick up the eggs some of the chalk dust does fall off. But not much honestly {the label says it is dustless}

easter art with eggs and chalk

I wouldn’t lay on the chalk too light either. Just find a good balance.

egg art

String them on some baker’s twine and admire their beauty!

easter craft bunting with chalk and sandpaper

They look great as a banner on a plain wall too.

easter egg banner

Simple Easter activity that kids will enjoy.

sandpaper art bunting for waster

I think the best way to enjoy this Easter art project is to have the kids create their eggs under black light and then simply hang it on your wall.  The colors are too good! Just for fun, turn off all the lights after dark and flash some backlight it and enjoy.

Thanks for reading

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Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released!

A book filled with playful science and math activities

SCIENCE BOOK

Check out our resourceful e-book filled with many preschool play ideas.

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We have also collaborated on another e-book with simple and practical baby play ideas.

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