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The Inventor Kit

inventorkit 

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.

Our 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.

Leonid 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.

 

Dinosaur toys:  These are everywhere and range from simple plastic or rubber dinosaurs to wooden skeletons that you can assemble yourself.

 

Dinosaur cookies: 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.)

 

Dino Dinner: 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

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AVIATION FUN!

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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