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  • Monday, August 31, 2015 9:34 PM | Deleted user

    This is a delicious science experiment!  Our family has discovered a new favorite variety of apple through this activity--Pinata apples!

    Materials

    • Five different kinds of apples
    • Large platter
    • Plates for all participants
    Process
    • Come up with a way to keep track of which variety of apple is which.  You can eyeball it if they all look different or come up with a way of labeling them.
    • Start by asking your child to describe the apples.  Are they all the same colors or different colors?  What colors are they?  Are any speckled or streaked?  Are they round or square?  Are they wide or tall?
    • Ask your child to predict (make a hypothesis) about which variety he/she will like the best.  Why do you think that?  Based on color?
    • Taste the apples!  Everyone should the taste the apples in the same order.
    • As you taste a variety, ask your child to describe it.  Is it sweet or sour?  Do you like it or not?  Is that what you expected it to taste like?
    • Ask everyone to vote for a favorite apple.  Compare these results to the predictions.

    Bonus points if you pick the apples yourself first!  Join us for apple picking at Brooksby Farm.  Check out the calendar for more info.

  • Sunday, August 02, 2015 12:48 PM | Deleted user

    Another sign of summer!  Cupcake Liner Sunflowers craft adapted from We Know Stuff.

    Materials:

    • White cupcake liners (or light pastel)
    • Craft glue
    • Coffee grinds
    • Small tree branch
    • Glue gun
    • Ribbon

    Directions:

    • Have kids paint the cupcake liners with yellow acrylic paint. Let dry, paint opposite side of liner.
    • Have them smear a thin layer of craft glue onto the center of the cupcake liner.
    • Sprinkle coffee grinds onto the glue. Shake off excess. Let dry.
    • Fold the cupcake liner 4 times to make into a pie slice shape. Have them crumple up the ends of the cupcake liner. The more crinkly it looks, the better. Have an adult hot glue the flowers onto a stick. Tie a ribbon around the end if you like!

    This craft and 29 other sunflower ideas for all ages here at Red Ted Art!




  • Sunday, August 02, 2015 12:11 PM | Deleted user

    What to do with all those leftover seashells you brought home from vacation!  (Adapted from Curly Made.)

    Materials

    • String or twine.
    • Scissors.
    • Seashells.
    • A stick.
    • Glue or gluegun (preferrable)
    Directions
    1. Cut 4 - 6 lengths of string or twine, between 12 and 18 inches long each.  Tie them onto the stick, spaced evenly.
    2. Glue the seashells onto the string.  Consider different patterns and spacing depending on the shells you have.
    3. Cut a length of string that is twice the length of your stick and attach each end to an end of the stick.
    4. Hang it up!
    More shells?  Consider this great seashell sorting activity to keep the kids busy!  

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:19 PM | Deleted user
    Materials

    • Popsicle sticks, 5 per star you plan to make (can be small or large, red, blue, or plain; bonus points if you actually ate the Popsicle!)
    • School glue or glue gun (recommended)
    • Decorating materials, including red and blue markers or crayons, glitter
    • String
    Directions
    1. Glue the tips of the popsicle sticks together to form a star and let them dry.
    2. Decorate with markers, crayons, glitter, or anything else you can find!
    3. Hang in a window for all to enjoy!

  • Sunday, June 28, 2015 10:25 PM | Deleted user

    This science experiment is adapted from www.artfulparent.com.

    Materials

    • Whole milk
    • A shallow pan
    • Dish soap
    • Red and blue food coloring
    • Q tips
    Directions
    1. The first step is to pour a shallow layer of milk over the bottom of the pan. 
    2. Drop food coloring onto the surface of the milk, with a few concentrated drops in different parts of the pan.
    3. Dip your q tip in dish soap and put the soapy end into the concentrated food coloring drops.  Hold it as still as possible!
    4. Watch the color be repelled by the dish soap!
    Why?
    Whole milk is very fatty and the fat in the milk is repelled by the soap, causing the milk that is blue or red to race away from your q tip.


  • Sunday, May 31, 2015 3:06 PM | Deleted user

    This month's crafts are from www.artfulparent.com.  

    MATERIALS

    • Watercolor paints 
    • Watercolor paper
    • Scissors
    • White or light colored crayons
    • Old fashioned clothespin
    • Glue
    • Thread

    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Cut the watercolor paper into butterfly shapes.

    2. Draw designs on the wings of your butterfly, using the white oil pastels.

    3. Paint over the entire butterfly with the watercolor paints.

    4. Slip an old fashioned wooden clothespin over the center and glue in place (a hot glue gun works well) for the butterfly body.

    5. For the mobile, tie thread around the body or head of the butterfly and attach the other end to a stick, an embroidery hoop, or just to the ceiling (as we did).

    From: http://artfulparent.com/2010/05/crayonresist-butterflies-and-painted-cookies.html

  • Sunday, May 31, 2015 2:59 PM | Deleted user
    From www.artfulparent.com!

    Materials:

    • Small 6″ paper plates (the thin, cheap kind)
    • Shaving cream
    • Paint 
    • Scissors
    • Large wooden craft sticks
    • Glue
    • Markers
    • Pipe Cleaners
    • Small googly eyes (optional)
    Directions:

    1. First, marble the backs of your paper plates, following the instructions for shaving cream marbling.  Let dry.

    2. Next, cut your paper plate in half, then each half into a butterfly wing shape (cut sort of a curved “V” shape along each of the straight edges. See the photos above.)

    3. Glue the wings to either side of the large craft stick with a hot glue gun (quick and easy) or a regular glue bottle (slower to dry). Glue two short pipe cleaner sections at the top of the craft stick for antennae. You now have your basic butterfly shape.

    4. Finally, decorate your butterfly with marker faces and designs on the body and wings as desired. You can also glue on scrap pieces of the marbled paper plates for extra decoration as we did.

    From: http://artfulparent.com/2014/07/marbled-paper-plate-butterfly-craft.html


  • Friday, May 01, 2015 2:56 PM | Deleted user

    Materials:

    • Green pipe cleaners
    • Cupcake liners of all colors and shapes
    • Assorted buttons

    Directions:

    • Layer the cupcake liners on top of each other in a pretty pattern.
    • Poke one end of a pipe cleaner through the center of the liners.  Pull it through about 2 inches.
    • Thread the button onto the end of the pipe cleaner until it's flush with the cupcake liners.  
    • Then thread the remaining pipe cleaner through the other button hole and down through the cupcake liners again.  Twist the pipe cleaner around it's other end.
  • Friday, May 01, 2015 2:44 PM | Deleted user

    Materials:

    • Construction paper
    • Scissors or paper cutter
    • Clear contact paper
    • Signs of spring, collected outside.  Flower petals, grass, small twigs, leaves, moss, etc.

    Directions:

    • Go for a nature walk and collect signs of spring!
    • Cut the construction paper into a frame 1" thick.
    • Cut two pieces of the contact paper slightly larger than the open space in the frame. (It's okay if the contact paper is 8.5" by 11" and covers the entire frame.)
    • Put one piece of contact paper onto the frame and leave it sticky side up.
    • Allow children to put their collected items on the sticky side of the contact paper in any design they choose.
    • Put the other side of the contact paper on.
    • Hang in the window!

     

  • Monday, March 30, 2015 10:32 PM | Deleted user

    Materials

    • Cardboard egg carton
    • Tempera paint and brushes
    • Glue
    • Google Eyes
    • Hole punch
    • Pipe cleaners

    Instructions

    1. Cut 12 cups out of the egg carton bottom. Trim the edges and then paint the outsides.
    2. Glue on google eyes and punch a hole for the mouth, centered on the edge.
    3. To create each set of legs, begin by cutting the pipe cleaners into 4-inch sections. Then punch three leg holes in each side and insert a pipe cleaner piece through each one. Bend the center up inside the shell and shape the ends for the legs and feet.
    4. For antennae, use a pushpin or the end of a paper clip to poke two holes above the bug's eyes. Push a pipe cleaner through and bending it into shape.

     

     


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