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The Inventor Kit
by Kas Winters
The inventor's kit
has been a big hit in our family. To make one, I
covered a shoebox with Contact™ paper and made a label on my
computer. Then I filled it with a variety of "goodies". Here is a
list of possibilities: empty spools (wooden or plastic), clothespins
(spring-clip or regular), drinking straws, pipe cleaners, wire,
string, paper clips, foil, sand paper, craft sticks, tape (different
kinds), spring clips used to hold stacks of paper together, cotton
swabs, wooden beads, miscellaneous pieces of wood, pieces of craft
foam and felt, rubber bands, twist ties, wooden pieces in various
shapes, metal and plastic rings in various sizes, push pins, safety
pins, screws, bolts, nuts, washers, nails, toothpicks, beads of all
sorts, buttons, paper fasteners, index cards, paper plates, magnets,
glue, bamboo skewers, cardboard tubes, pieces of corrugated
cardboard, and anything else you might find in your "junk drawer"
such as parts of broken flashlights, knobs, assorted pieces of metal
and plastic and such.
kids made all kinds of "inventions" and spent hours--even days at a
time--immersed in ways to create interesting things that were based
on their own exciting ideas!
Watch a Meteor Shower
by Kas Winters
For a good view, get away from the
city lights if possible and plan on staying up late. For a summer
meteor shower, you can beat the Perseid
Meteors which are visible between July 17 and August 24th,
are great between the 8th and 14th of August and usually peak about
August 11th or 12th. I have read that you can see 50 or even
hundreds in an evening, but the most we've ever seen is about 25.
Even if you just see a couple it's exciting. The darker the sky, the
better the chance you have of seeing more.
Meteor showers take place between November 14 and 21st,
peaking about the 17th. They are followed by the
Geminid Showers from December 7 to he
17th. Look UP!!
Have a Dinosaur Day
by Kas Winters
Many children love dinosaurs and there
are so many ways to learn about them and experience them! Here are a
few you can try.
These are everywhere and range
from simple plastic or rubber dinosaurs to wooden skeletons that you
can assemble yourself.
We have a set of dinosaur cookie
cutters which I have seen available in several places over the
years. If you don't want to take time to make cookie dough from
scratch, just get a package of refrigerated cookie dough and roll is
out and use some dinosaur cookie cutters. Decorate with sprinkles
(before baking) or with icing and sprinkles after baking.
A Dinosaur "Dig":
This one takes a little planning
and work, but it's worth it. Children usually have a great time
digging and finding. When you have a chicken or turkey meal, save
some of the larger bones. Clean and dry them. Then find a spot in
the yard or use a tub and make up some mud by mixing dirt and water.
Bury the bones in the mud and let it dry. When it's dry, give a
child or children some small garden trowels and let them dig for
bones. (For a cultural archeological dig, you can bury pieces of
clay pots. The small pots can be purchased at craft stores for less
than $1. Add in some pieces of metal or even a couple of pennies,
bust for fun.)
As you can see in the photo above, you, too, can have a dinosaur
dinner. We used lots of green vegetables for a salad and cooked too.
The baked potatoes looked like rocks and dessert was dinosaur
cookies. The main dish? Well, with a little imagination, dinosaurs
can taste just like chicken!
The Legend of Dynamite George
The Mining Pack Rat
by Carroll Bennett
by Kas Winters
Have fun with planes. Find a place
to park reasonably close to an airport and watch planes take off and
land. (We used to go the the airport itself, but with security
issues, find a parking lot no too far away.)
Make paper airplanes. You can
stick with a simple, basic design or get creative. There are many
books available in stores and on-line with paper airplane patterns
or you can just experiment and see what works. (With older children,
try to figure out "why" or "how" they work!)
Fly gliders, remote control planes
or other toy planes. Build planes and models from kits. Add
cardboard wings to a box and fly your own imaginary plane.
Make an airplane sandwich by
cutting the sandwich as shown and rearranging the pieces to look
like an airplane. Makes lunch fun!
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