Homemade Fossils
  Materials: —Flour — Salt — Food Coloring — Plastic toy dinosaur, shells, bugs, natural objects — Bowl — Rolling pin — Circle cookie cutter — Paint   Instructions: 1.  Mix the flour and salt together in a large container. 2.  If you'd like to have brown dough, add several drops of red, yellow, and blue food coloring to your water. 3.  Gradually add water, stirring as you go, until you have a dough-like consistency. Note: You don't want the dough too wet, ...Continue Reading
Winter Wonderland Terrarium
 Materials:  —Empty glass jar with lid — Cotton Balls — Small twigs, pine cone, pine needles, etc. — White Glitter — White Paint —Hot glue —Any tiny animal figurine (optional)   Directions:  Begin by painting your tiny twigs and pine cones white. Sprinkle generously with white glitter before the paint dries. Find a small plastic toy or trinket and paint it in a fun way. We used gold paint on a tiny dinosaur toy. Once the paint dries, glue cotton ...Continue Reading
Can you build a bird’s nest?
   Materials:  — Round tree trunk as base, or a paper plate — Gather natural materials: sticks, leaves, grass, moss, pine needles, yarn — Glue (optional to help hold nest together) — Pencil — Paper       Directions: Ask the students what they thinks goes into making a bird’s nest. Write the items down on a piece of paper. Take the children outside, either in the backyard or a neighborhood park, and start scavenging for the items mentioned. Encourage ...Continue Reading
What do ants like to eat?
Materials: —5 Plates for food (you could use paper plates, plastic plates or lids, or a paint palette) —Several different types of food to put on the trays —Small bread crumbs —Small piece of meat —Small slice of orange or apple (or any fresh fruit) —Small chunks of walnuts or other nuts —Honey —Paper and pencil to record your notes   Experimental Procedure: 1. Set out five plates for the food. 2. Put bread crumbs on one plate, a small ...Continue Reading
DIY Binoculars
Materials: – cardboard cones (or just use toilet roll cores, kitchen roll cores instead) – scrap of cardboard – glue gun – twine (any household string) – duck tape (any household tape) Directions: 1. Start by gluing a little cardboard stint between the cones to hold the eyes pieces at the correct distance apart for your child’s eyes. 2. Wrap the ends of the rolls or cones with duck tape. (cut slits in the tape the whole way around the ...Continue Reading
Test Your Sense of Smell
Materials: Cardboard cards or recipe cards, approximately five per group Cotton balls, 1 per clue Hole puncher Empty baby food jars or several similar small containers Clues about mammals, approximately five per mammal Permanent marker - one that will not run if some scent seeps into the card Rubber bands Several different scents (vanilla, peppermint, lemon, orange, chocolate, pine needles - one per group) Masking tape Yarn or string, approximately 8 inches per clue Directions: Prepare the smelling clues. This ...Continue Reading
Bee Game
Materials: Yellow plastic eggs Black permanent marker Foam or cardstock Empty juice or milk container (or other cardboard box) Directions:  Draws stripes and faces onto each egg with a permanent marker. Prepare some number or letter tiles to go inside them. Use a permanent marker to write on a piece or foam or cardstock, and then cut out each individual letter or number. You can use this game for both spelling and math practice. Pop your playing tiles inside each ...Continue Reading
Leaf Rubbings
Instead of the typical leaf rubbings (white printer paper and crayons), try experimenting with different types of paper and drawing utensils. Materials: Wax paper Parchment paper Tracing paper Crayons Colored Pencils Oil pastels Clipboard Directions: 1. Place a leaf and paper of your choosing on a clipboard. Experiment using crayons, colored pencils, and oil pastels on different types of paper. Make sure to use light pressure on the tracing paper as it will rip easily. 2. Cut your leaves out ...Continue Reading
Recycled Origami Crane
Did You Know? According to Japanese legend, if you fold 1,000 origami cranes you will be granted one wish. This month, our featured site is the International Crane Foundation. Their website has an awesome step by step guide to creating your very own paper cranes! We especially love using recycled materials such as old maps, newspapers, books, etc.
Upcycled Crayons
Have a bunch of busted up crayons laying around? Put them to good use! Materials: Silicone mold or muffin tin Broken crayons Directions: 1. Peel the crayons. This is a fun and easy job for kids and keeps them busy! 2. Break/cut the crayons into small pieces and fill the bottom of your mold or tin. Stick to color schemes or not - up to you! 3. Bake in 200-275 oven for 15-20 min. Time/temp can vary, so keep an ...Continue Reading