Sunday, June 26, 2011

Raising An Environmentally Conscious Kid

My daughter and I spend a lot of time outdoors. We built our own composting bin, we have a vegetable garden and a flower garden, and a lot of our scientific studies revolve around the life that happens all around us. We're big fans of this planet that we're on, and we're often trying to think of ways we can help it.

Last week, Kat and I were returning from a trip to the park, when she saw someone reach their hand out of their car and drop a cup out of the window. As the cup bounced along the street, Kat pointed at them and indignantly asked, "Mom! Why did they do that? Don't they know that's littering? Don't they know that it will hurt the animals if they try to eat that?"

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kitchen Chemistry Round 2!

An Unexpected Surprise...

My daughter loves to conduct experiments. One day I walked in to my room to find three cups filled with various liquids. The first had olive oil, water, and juice. The second had olive oil, water, juice, and vinegar. The third contained olive oil and water. She wanted to know if bacteria would grow in any of the cups. I was pretty impressed by this experiment of hers, and decided to let her continue with it. After all, it's not often you have a great justification for leaving dirty dishes in your room (for the record, the juice was quick to grow mold, while the others did not).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A New Tale for Tom Kitten

Looking for a fun activity to do this summer?  Make cutout characters from a favorite book!

My daughter loves the books of Beatrix Potter. A particular favorite of hers is "The Tale of Tom Kitten". Today, we decided to make poster board cutouts of the kittens, and act out the story in our garden!

These little rascals are always getting into trouble.
Then again, since when is playing in the garden considered trouble?

First, we read the story. Then we took a large piece of poster board my daughter divided it into four equal parts. We looked carefully at the pictures, looking at the various shapes we could see (for example, the head is made up of circles and triangles), while paying close attention to the size ratio of head to body.