Fun Summer Activity: Evaporating Art

Playing with water outside is a great way to have fun in the summer. Try this Evaporating Art activity.

 

Playing with water outside is a great way to have fun in the summer. Try this Evaporating Art activity.

Focus: Science and Art

Evaporating Art: Experiment to see how sun, shade, and wind affect how water evaporates. This activity works best on a warm, sunny day.

Materials

  • Paint brushes, sponge brushes, or sponges
  • Bucket or open container to hold water
  • Water
  • Pavement or stone (playground, driveway, sidewalk, or large rocks )

Directions

  1. Dip a brush or sponge into the water and paint a picture on the pavement in a sunny area.
  2. Ask the child to predict what will happen in 5 minutes to his picture.
  3. “Act out” evaporation with your child. Have him follow along with you. Crouch down and explain that you are all the water molecules in his painting. Next, explain that the sun comes out. All the molecules “getting excited” and “jumping” into the air. As you say this, stand up and jump into the air with your arms extended up and say “evaporate”.
  4. Ask him the following questions:
  • What do you see?
  • Describe what is happening to the water.
  • Is the water soaking into the pavement?
  • Is some of the water evaporating? How can you tell?
  • What do you think your painting will look like in _____ minutes? (Select a time you feel is reasonable here)
  1. Repeat the steps above, but have them paint a picture:
  • on the same surface in a shady area.
  • on the same surface in a shady area, but have him blow on it or fan it.
  1. Ask him what happened to the water painting. Discuss the differences he saw between his paintings when in the sun, when in the shade, and when he added wind.

 

Playing with water outside is a great way to have fun in the summer. Try this Evaporating Art activity.

Extension

  1. Have the child paint on the back of his hand or on his arm.
  2. Have him blow on it or fan it.
  3. Ask him the following questions:
  • What is happening to the water?
  • How does your hand/arm feel differently?
  1. Explain that when water evaporates that heat escapes with it. This is why it feels cooler when the air made contact with it. This is also why when you come out of the bath or shower that your body feels cooler. As the water on your skin evaporates, some of your body’s heat goes with it.
  2. You can continue to experiment with different surfaces (pavement, siding on the house, a toy) to see what happens to the water.

 

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Summer Science Activity: Will it Absorb Water?

Experimenting with water in the summer is an engaging way to learn about science. Try this activity to learn about absorption.

 

Experimenting with water is the summer is an engaging way to learn about Science. Try this activity to learn about absorption.

Focus: Science

Will It Absorb Water? Gather materials, make predictions, and test to see which materials absorb or do not absorb water. Discuss the results.

Materials

  • 2-4 items that will absorb water, such as a paper towel, construction paper, sponge, piece of fabric, cotton ball, coffee filter, baby diaper, or tissue paper
  • 2-4 items that do not absorb water, such as aluminum foil, foam, wax paper, plastic wrap, plastic straw, marble, or coin
  • Medicine dropper or pipette
  • Small bowl of water
  • Food coloring (one color)
  • A pan in which to test items or place a small samples of each item in the sections of a muffin tin or ice cube tray

Directions

  1. Display the items to be tested in no particular order.
  2. Place a few drops of food coloring in the water. This makes the absorption easier to see.
  3. Explain that absorption is the act of taking in small particles through holes or small openings. Demonstrate this concept with a tissue or other item.
  4. Before testing each item, ask your child to predict if he thinks it will absorb the water.
  5. Have him place a few drops of water on the item.
  6. Ask him to describe what he sees.
  7. When finished, review which items absorbed the water and those that did not.

 

Experimenting with water is the summer is an engaging way to learn about Science. Try this activity to learn about absorption.

Extension

Place a stalk of celery (with the leafy greens attached), leaf of cabbage (Napa works well), or a carnation in a jar or vase full of colored water to demonstrate water absorption in plants. Have your child predict what will happen. Check back daily to observe changes. It may take a few days to see the full effect.

 

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Summer Creativity

My daughter loves to paint. She wants to paint every day, and paint supplies can become expensive. Learn about how to enjoy art and spend less in this blog post.

Paper Bag Painting

Learn how to use a paper bag to keep art supply costs down.

My daughter loves to paint. She wants to paint every day, and paint supplies can become expensive. Today, I had a brown paper bag around, and it turned out to be the perfect canvas for paint because it is extra thick and stands up to the paint well. We used regular and glitter paints and different size brushes. She decided to paint a nature scene. This is a great way to spend a summer day!

 
 
 
 

Lazoo Art Box

Lazoo Art Box (iOS)

Lazoo Art Box is a fabulously creative digital coloring book for children ages 3-5. The app presents a child with a starting place for adding creativity to an existing scene or page in the coloring book. When your child is finished, watch the page come alive as the objects perform short animations. The app is extremely easy to use and kid-friendly. There are 3 interactive areas; Let’s Squiggle, Let’s Color, and Let’s Draw. For each area your child is prompted to draw with their finger and then press the Play button to view the animation. The app does a nice job of providing directions and vocabulary to accompany the picture. There are a variety of coloring tools provided at the bottom of the screen including stickers, markers, spray paint, and paint rollers for a variety of effects. There is also a blank page where children can create their own pictures. This would be a great app to keep on your phone to use when you are on the go this summer! Lazoo Art Box is $1.99 and available for iPhone and iPad.

 

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10 Items from the Dollar Store for the Sandbox

The weather has gotten warmer, so it’s time to get into the sandbox.

 

The weather has gotten warmer, so it’s time to get into the sandbox. Read this post for fun ideas of what to include.

 

For this post, I’ve used a container instead of a traditional, full-sized sandbox, which lengthens the season during which the sandbox can be used. In addition, you can use it in different locations. Carry the container to a covered porch or garage on a rainy day or use it inside when the weather is cold. I also chose colored sand for our makeshift sandbox; it’s available at big box stores and LOVED by kids. These smaller sandboxes are also great for smaller houses or apartments that might not have room for a traditional sandbox.

 

Sandbox Items Found at the Dollar Store

 

Here are 10 items we found at the dollar store to use in the sandbox:

 

  1. Paintbrush – My son likes smoothing out the sand with the paintbrush, as well as making roads for the cars and trucks. Also, it’s a nice tool to practice writing letters and numbers in the sand.
  2. Measuring cups – My daughter likes to fill these up and dump them out over and over, and I like using the real measurements with her. (For example, if we call  them the 1/2 cup, ¼, etc., I feel she is gaining an understanding of what these actual measurements look and feel like and hope she will be able to transfer that knowledge to other areas later.)
  3. Imitation gems – The dollar store generally has lots of different colors, shapes, and sizes. My kids enjoyed “hiding” them from their sibling and then having them find them later.
  4. Mini dustpan and brush – Brushing sand into the dustpan is great practice for developing motor skills, but it’s also handy for cleaning up sand that ends up outside the “box.”
  5. Kitchen strainer or serving spoon – This can be used as a sifter in the sandbox and as a tool to find the gems. They are also great for moving sand or just watching the sand fall through the holes.
  6. Mini watering can – The sand will fall out of the can as it is poured, but it is also great if you choose to add a little water to your sandbox.
  7. Pie pans – My children used these to make pretend blueberry pies, mud pies, etc.
  8. Kitchen spatulas – These are fun for stirring the sand around and around.
  9. Paint holder – These worked nicely for moving large amounts of sand because of the nice handle. (You can see a red one pictured in the photo at the top of this post.)
  10. Cars, trucks, tanks – The dollar store is a great place to get toy vehicles for the sandbox. Ours stay in the sandbox for use only in this location. This makes them novel when the sandbox is out and keeps the sand from being relocated to the house.Sandbox play is great fun in the summer. Learn about some items you can pick up at the Dollar Store to stock it.

 

Now, while your kids are playing, be sure to join them. Here are 3 questions you can ask your child as they play:

 

  1. What are you making?
  2. Where did you come up with that great idea?
  3. How can we play together?

 

There are also lots of free things around your house that work well in the sand, too. Any container recently recycled after being cleaned out, paper towel rolls, plastic silverware, plastic cups, or old plastic containers without lids all can be used for sand play. You can easily and inexpensively round up an afternoon of fun in the sandbox.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in Around the Kitchen! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTcook

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Thank you for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

We hope you found the week a valuable learning experience for your family. Please post your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #KTcook.

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Raddish Kids is offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3, 6, or 12 month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Demme Learning Day

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Make a Treat!

 

Math-U-See® is a complete K-12 math curriculum produced by Demme Learning. This unique program develops by level, rather than by grade, presenting mathematical concepts incrementally. Students use manipulatives at most levels to establish an understanding of the concepts, and then move on to solving problems until they have demonstrated mastery.

 

The kitchen is an excellent place for practicing real-life math skills. Young children can identify basic measurement tools and help with counting, while elementary level children can practice multiplication by doubling or tripling a favorite recipe with this printable.

 

Around the Kitchen Demme Learning Connection

 

Older elementary children can use division and fractions to halve a recipe with this printable.

 

Around the Kitchen Demme Learning Connection

 

Choose one of the following no-bake recipes (or find one of your own) and help your children sharpen their math skills in preparation for the upcoming school year.

 

RECIPES:

 

Peanut Butter Butterscotch Bars

15 graham crackers, broken up

3 tablespoons sugar

Pinch of salt

6 tablespoons butter, melted

1 11-oz. package butterscotch chips (about 1 3/4 cups)

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter

 

  1. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, making sure the foil extends up over the edges.
  2. Process graham crackers with sugar and salt in a food processor until finely ground. Pulse in butter until moistened. Transfer to lined pan and press crumbs down evenly and firmly.
  3. Place butterscotch chips in a large bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove and stir until smooth and creamy. (Do not overheat, or mixture will turn stiff.) Stir in peanut butter. Blend well and spread evenly over graham-cracker crust. Cover and chill until firm (1-2 hours).
  4. Lift bars out and remove foil. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.

 

Chocolate No-Bakes

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Large pinch salt

1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.
2. Bring the sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally; then boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Add the oats, peanut butter, vanilla, and salt and combine.
3. Drop teaspoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and sit at room temperature until hardened.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preschool-Early Elementary: Tell your child which tool you need (measuring cup, teaspoon) and have him find that tool for you. Point out the relationship between the tools (ex., two half cups fill a whole cup). Have your child count as you add the correct number of cups, tablespoons, etc.
  • Elementary: Ask your child to double the recipe by multiplying each ingredient by 2. (You may need to help with any fractional measurements.) Then have him multiply the yield by 2 to predict how many bars or cookies he will have at the end.
  • Upper Elementary: Ask your student to halve the recipe. Depending on his ability level, have him divide by 2 (helping with the fractional measurements) or multiply by ½.

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Raddish Kids is also offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3-, 6-, or 12-month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Grab Bag

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

KinderTown wants to let you know about a great resource we love, Raddish Kids. We love their family-friendly recipes and lessons that include learning about other countries and cultures, and measurement. Check out their awesome recipes with clear and simple graphics.

 

Enjoy these fun recipes from RaddishKids.

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

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Around the Kitchen: App Connections

Explore these great apps as we continue through Around the Kitchen.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Shiny Things Bakery

Help Alice the Zebra make cookies and cakes for her bakery. Your child will love cracking the eggs into the batter, counting out the milk bottles, and slicing the butter to put into the batter. Next mix it up with a random ingredient including wacky striped pants, a feather, or buttons. Next, decorate the cookies and cakes with virtual icing and share them with Alice and her friends. Be sure to divide the cookies up evenly, or your friends will be upset! The app is $1.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

Duckie Deck Sandwich Chef

Read KinderTown's review of Duckie Deck Sandwich Chef.

Children will love creating virtual sandwiches with Duckie Deck’s Sandwich Chef. The app encourages creativity by developing different artistic creations as sandwiches. Children can be walked through the process of creating a specific sandwich, or design their own. The app is easy enough to use that children can navigate through the app independently. The app is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 3-5.

 

WeCookit

Read KinderTown's review of WeCookIt.

WeCookit is a delightful children’s interactive cookbook. The simple layout allows children to choose a category of interest, then a recipe; with a simple swipe to the right, the recipe appears. For example, I choose the Sunshine Egg Rings from the Egg section of the app. Then parents and children can tap the “cook it” button to get started. The app then prompts you with a shopping list, the necessary tools, and step-by-step picture guide to make your recipe. The graphics are great for children, and the recipes are easy enough for young children to cook together with a parent. The app clearly marks where parental help should be gained, but we see this as an app that parents and children should always use together. The app is $2.99 and appropriate for children ages 4-8 with an engaged parent.

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Raddish Kids is also offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3, 6, or 12 month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Around the Kitchen: Opening Ceremony

This week’s theme is Around the Kitchen. Watch the introductory video and download the weekly planner.

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

This week’s theme is Around the Kitchen. Watch the introductory video below, and download the weekly planner.

 

Download the weekly planner for Around the Kitchen.

 

 

Remember there is not one right way to conduct camp. Complete as much or as little as you can. We hope your family engages in many of the learning experiences we have laid out for the week, but the key is to do things together!

 

Be sure to post your accomplishments online by using the hashtag #KTcook. We’d love to know what you are up to! Check back on the blog each weekday to see what others have done, app connections, and additional activities.

 

Thanks for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

Around the Kitchen Giveaway

 

Take photos of your family enjoying a summer/cooking activity at home and upload them to social media with the hashtag #KTcook or upload them below to enter.

 

 

Raddish Kids is also offering a coupon for 25% off the first kit with purchase of a 3, 6, or 12 month membership. The code is KINDERTOWN.

 

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Master Builders: Closing Campfire

Thank you for participating in Master Builders! Download your certificate and post your accomplishments to social media with the hashtag #KTbuild

Summer Camp is for parents and kids to work together, exploring the world around you with activities that will take you outside, inside, and as far as your imagination will go! Learn more by reading the Welcome to KinderTown Summer Camp! blog post.

 

Thank you for participating in KinderTown Summer Camp!

 

We hope you found the week a valuable learning experience for your family. Please post your accomplishments on social media using the hashtag #KTbuild.

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Here is a printable certificate that you can share with your kids!

 

Please join us next week for Around the Kitchen.

 

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