So, in cleaning out and getting rid of things that are way too young for the Beans these days, I came across a small box of cards. They’re rather magical cards, I think. Not magical in the beanstalk and golden hen way. Rather, they’re like Mommy magic. I’m sure we got them for a birthday or other gift-giving opp somewhere along the way. I have no idea who gave them to us and wish I did because they deserve a big mommy thanks. If I could find them, I’d buy them in bulk as gifts because they’re awesome.
The cards are little science/art projects that you can do. They’re fun, the ingredients are reading available, and the kids love them. You can see them here (50 Science Things to make and do). They include things like making a movie (you know like when we were kids) by drawing small pictures on a notebook of paper and flicking them really fast), mixing vinegar and oil together to understand the properties of things that don’t actually combine (and making a nice salad dressing), making an acrobat out of card stock and modeling clay to demonstrate gravity (the base weighs more than the body), making a spider that goes up and down his web (friction). My favorite so far was the one we did yesterday… using marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti, we learned about shapes and which ones are stronger. The best moment? When, just after an explanation of one of the concepts JujuBean says, “Wow, Mom, you’re really smart.” Thanks Usbourne… you’ve fooled my kids into thinking mommy’s got science brain.
In honor of short exam days, we’re doing a science project a day… and it has been fun! I encourage you to grab your own set of science cards and have a ball with your kids. The activities don’t take alot of time and make learning new ideas fun. And teachers, check out these cards… you’ll learn something new that you can pass along!