Science journals and scavenger hunts

Our science journals for today - and hopefully a few more days. We draw our observations in here.

Our science journals for today – and hopefully a few more days. We draw our observations in here.

I really like PBS. They have great shows and their shows have great ideas. More than a few of my ideas in my 10 minute activity box are from PBS shows. I have scavenger hunts for different colors and shapes. There are leaf walk ideas, basic art lessons, and all kinds of drawing activities. Which leads me into what our lessons for today were all about.

Yes,  I know it’s just a few days after Christmas, but my kids get very over-active if we don’t have things to do. So I went through my activity box and grabbed a few activities for us to do today.

First, our light scavenger hunt. I was lucky that our DVR still had the Sid the Science Kid episode on it with the light scavenger hunt. So we watched that episode first. Then we pulled out our science journals and went on a light scavenger hunt of our own. We started upstairs and worked our way through each room. Then downstairs, then outside in the back yard and the front yard. After we went through everywhere we came back inside and opened up our science journals and drew things that gave off light.

Then we did our basic art lesson. It is pretty stormy outside so we worked on

Our art lesson. We ended up with a rain cloud and some rain, with lightening. I let the kids choose their colors and paper without my influence. So we have a green cloud in this picture.

Our art lesson. We ended up with a rain cloud and some rain, with lightening. I let the kids choose their colors and paper without my influence. So we have a green cloud in this picture.

short lines, zig zags, and small curves. We first drew small short lines on the paper, then small bumps, then zig zags. We flipped the paper over and drew a cloud (with the small curved lines linked together). Then small short lines – for the rain. And zig zags that go from the clouds to the ground. It was a lot of fun to draw, and it helps the kids focus on learning about the shapes of things, so when they really want to draw, they can try.

What else did we do today? Connect Four is a big hit in our house. We play all the time these days. The two kids play together, and it is quite funny to watch. No one ever wins, and they just put all the pieces in and then dump them off. We also play with some remote controlled cars – a Lightening McQueen is a favorite. We have a ride-on pony in the house now; we practiced the names of the various parts of the horse. But other than that – we are just playing and reading. But putting together a few short lessons makes me feel a little better 🙂 It also gives the kids something to do and learn.

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