A geodesic dome is a hemispherical thin shell-like structure. These structures can withstand very heavy loads even if they look like semi circles! For this activity, you will be building your very own dome with your child. It is important to educate children that there are various structural designs all around us, which makes for an interesting world.
Here is what you will need:
Toothpicks or popsicle sticks
Marshmallow or Gumdrops
Sturdy base to place the dome on
Explain to your child that there are different types of buildings
Have your child explore the materials and see how they can use it to make a structure
Show them a photo of a geodesic dome (pictured below)
How to Make Fireworks in a Jar
BLAST into a burst of colours in your very own home. This science experiment is sure to keep your child engaged and curious. Since we can’t go to a live firework show, why not bring it home and see if you and your little one can create magical colours in a jar that has a burst of spark!
Food coloring in assorted colors
Fill the jar three-quarters full of warm water.
In a separate bowl, add three to four tablespoons of oil. Add several drops of food coloring in various colors to the bowl of oil. Use a fork to mix the oil and food coloring together until small beads of color form.
Slowly pour the oil mixture into the jar of water.
Make sure the kids are watching what happens next. As the liquids combine, the food coloring will slowly sink out of the oil and into the water. When this happens, it will expand and begin to mix with the other colors, creating a cascading "fireworks" effect.
The science behind the project
Use this project as an opportunity to talk science with your kids! Why does the color seem to "fall" from the oil into the water? Food coloring dissolves in water but not in oil. Because the oil is less dense than the water, it will float at the top. The colored droplets will begin to sink because they are heavier than the oil. Once they sink into the water, they will begin dissolving slowly creating the tiny "explosions."
In the Name of Workouts
Let us get moving with the alphabet! But wait, there is a twist! Looking at the alphabet below, complete each movement by using your child’s name! For example, for the name B.E.N they would do 20 crunches, 1-minute wall sit, and 25 burpees. This is an active physical activity to do with your child to get them moving and to get your daily workout as well! Now let’s break a sweat!
Tye Dye Art Project
Put those old t-shirts, socks, tablecloths, sheets that you were planning on disposing to good use and remake them into the new craze children are doing these days! Tye Dye!
Here is what you will need: T-shirt, Socks, Sheet, Elastics, 1-3 Dye colours, Gloves, Bottle/Spray Bottle, Basin, Table Cover