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Science Fun with Flashlights for Kids

Science can happen in unexpected places and times, like the closet before supper. With a new birthday gift, the kids had science fun with flashlights.

science fun with flashlightsLittle Sister got not just one, but two flashlights for her birthday, just in time for summer camping. Great minds must have been in tune thinking about what a preschooler could use that was both playful and practical. A couple of days later, while playing with the new gifts, the kids needed a room that was dark. Since it was still daylight, the only dark place was the closet. So that’s where they played.

science fun with flashlightsFirst, they had fun just shining the flashlights around. It made the clothes seem almost alive when they appeared out of the dark. They shone the flashlights on the wall and made various shadow puppets with hands, feet, or other body parts. Little Sister liked to wiggle her fingers and see how the shadows would move.

science fun with flashlightsBig Sister noticed that hands appeared much, much bigger when she shone the flashlight on the ceiling. We talked about why that could be. Little Sister wasn’t interested in figuring that out, but was quite impressed that her hand could be “big like a monster.”

science fun with flashlightsThey also figured out that two flashlights made two circles so they moved their flashlights to try and ‘get’ the other person’s circle. This was a fun game, and even though the space was small, they managed to be fairly physical. There was a fair amount of giggling and squealing too.

It was impossible to take a photo of these circles dancing around all over in the closet, plus it was pretty crowded with me in there trying to take a picture. I gave up on that part.  Even with the door opened the picture is very blurry!

When the party balloons finally deflate, we might try stretching them over the top of the flashlights to see if we can make colored lights. Guess we’ll need to go back in the closet. Can your child have some science fun with flashlights?

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Science Activities about the Body

Kids love to learn what they can do and learning about ourselves is very important, so let’s do some science activities about the body. This idea comes from a parent who works at home who shared the following photo. That means it’s kid-tested and both child and parent friendly. She and her son created a little book called “Things I Can Do.”science activities about the body

We can start this activity by listening as a child says to us, “See what I can do.” This can happen in any room in the house or outside. It could be balancing on one foot, climbing up the monkey bars, bouncing on a trampoline, or hanging over the edge of the bed. As we watch and listen, we can acknowledge their effort with “I see what you can do,” or “I hear what you can do.” We can take a photo or ask kids to draw a picture of what they can do. Once we have photos or drawings, these can be glued onto stiffer pieces of paper. Kids can either print themselves or we can write for them.

science activities about the bodyWe can encourage some discovery and exploration by asking what legs can do, what can arms do, and what other body parts can do. Bodies can bend, stretch, and reach for the sky. Bodies can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell. Playing with a ball is a form of science as kids figure out they can kick, throw, roll, catch, and chase balls. Besides sports, bodies can do art. Hands, fingers, brains, and eyes help as kids draw. Writing a name is something else that kids can do. Building with blocks and putting a train track together are more things.

Science is not just experiments. It is also learning about us and our world. As parents and caregivers, we give kids science kits and tools, but we have the best science material with our own bodies. There is always something new to discover. What a wonderful idea for some science learning. Science activities about the body are also lots of fun. What things can your child do?

Kids’ Science Activities with Paper

Some of the most ordinary, everyday items do not need magic wands to be transformed into fun. Here are some amazing science activities with paper for kids. Abracadabra is purely optional.kids science activities with paper

Kids discover all on their own that a piece of paper held flat and dropped will sort of float down to the floor. For some reason, this needs to be tested over and over, but that is proof how kids are natural and constant  scientists.

kids science activities with paperAdults can take another piece of paper and crumple it up into a ball and ask kids what will happen when they drop it. What would the paper ball do if it’s opened up and smoothed out? Will it float down or drop? Kids of course need a different paper so they can crumple it. Will the crumpled paper that’s smoothed out float again?

cutting paper snowflakesFold and cut paper into a snowflake and try that too. Make sure there’s lots of scrap paper handy for this science fun. One thing about paper snowflakes, they do not melt no matter the temperature outside. It’s always exciting to see how a few holes can change an ordinary piece of paper.

http://123kindergarten.com/2014/07/12/paper-airplane-kids/Another fun thing to do with paper is to fold it into a paper airplane. There are step-by-step instructions and photos in this post on paper airplane fun. When doing this outside, it’s okay if it’s windy.

For kids that are really interested, check out some different designs of paper airplanes. They can create three or four versions and try for themselves which ones fly better.

kids science fun with paperPaper that is wet is not the same as paper that is dry. In a pan, bowl, or other container of water, kids can see what happens to a big piece of paper. Will it float or does it sink? How about if a piece of paper is torn into little bits before it’s put into water? What about a ball?

Kids will think of their own science activities with paper and come up with questions. We don’t have to know all the answers for them, just encourage them to keep exploring and discovering. What does your young scientist like to do with paper?

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Science Fun with Magnifying Glasses for Kids

Just the thought of doing science with kids can be pretty scary for parents but it’s easy for kids to have some science fun with magnifying glasses. Kids are born scientists and love to explore and discover. Good, sturdy magnifying glasses are available at toy stores or online. Office or reading magnifiers will also work … Continue reading Science Fun with Magnifying Glasses for Kids