Jul 29, 2013
Today's Topic: Will it sink or float?
tubs of water
items that may sink or float (light bulbs, full can of soda, pencils, keys, paperclips, balloons, plastic eggs, whatever you have on hand. It will either sink or float or do something interesting halfway between.)
foam sheets cut into triangles for "sails"
Arthur's dream boat / Dunbar, Polly <div style='clear:both;'> </div>
Captain Small Pig / Waddell, Martin
Jul 26, 2013
Measuring liquids is wet, messy math!
Today's Topic: Measuring Liquids
Funnels (optional, but very helpful!)
As many of the following as you can gather:
-measuring cups (both liquid and dry work well, plastic recommended)
-baby bottles with measurements on the side
-children's medicine syringes, spoons or the cups that come on top of a bottle of children's tylenol
-mixing bowls with measurements
-plastic or cardboard pint or quart containers
-plastic cups in various sizes and shapes (to do a more simple "which one holds more?" test)
How do you measure liquids? / Adamson, Thomas K.
This is a great non-fiction book about the topic! All of the fiction titles I found were way too long for read-alouds. This one keeps it simple, includes a few experiments and has a hint of a storyline with high quality photographs of an African American family measuring liquids in several different settings (more vs. less, measuring medicine, etc.)
Jul 25, 2013
Salad spinners and coffee filters make fun art outside the kitchen!
Art Projects: Spin Art & Coffee Filter Color Blending
salad spinners (I found mine at thrift stores and library staff donated a few)
small, uncoated paper plates (or cardstock cut into circles small enough to lay flat in the bottom of your salad spinner)
small squeeze bottles
liquid watercolors or food coloring
Monsters love colors / Austin, Mike
You are my sunshine [sound recording] / Mitchell, Elizabeth
Jul 18, 2013
Shiny, happy paintings add an interesting texture element.
Art Project: Painting on Foil
paint (we used regular tempera)
containers for paint
water to wash brushes between colors (optional)
Mouse paint / Walsh, Ellen Stoll
(not the best book-to-project match, but I did give the kids three colors of paint to mix and play with.)
Jul 16, 2013
Today's Topic: Drip, Drop
bowls of water
plastic or styrofoam egg cartons, small paper cups, bowls, other small containers to drip into
towels (or do this one outdoors)
Rain! / Ashman, Linda
update 3/2017: Newer book that would work great as the elephant sucks all the water in the bathtub up through her trunk, then squirts it back out. --
Get out of my bath! / Teckentrup, Britta
Jul 13, 2013
Summer Special: Wormapalooza!
What it is: a multi-station celebration, a festival of fishbait, a wonder of wigglers!
The stations at my library were: bendy beaded worms, wiggle worm stick puppets, a die-cut worm pencil decoration aaaaand... live worm racing! (instructions for each of these after the jump or follow the links as given)
Jul 8, 2013
Wonderworks: Bubble Science
--a clear plastic tub and a smaller cup
--small paper cups
Pop! : a book about bubbles / Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker