Day 1 – Mad Scientist

Day 1 – Mad Scientist

Egg Parachute

What You Need:

  • 5 Plastic Egg Halves
  • Connectors
  • Pair of Wooden ice cream scoops
  • Pair of Large Straws
  • Pair of Bendy Straws
  • Pair of Chopsticks
  • Pair of Popsicle Sticks
  • 5 Coffee Filters
  • Masking Tape

What You Do:

  • Putting egg parachutes together
  • Choose a pair of connectors that you would like to start with.
  • Tape the two matching connectors on opposite sides of the inside of the egg with short pieces of tape.
  • Take a longer piece of tape to cross from the inside of the egg to the outside around each connector to make sure it stays in place. Do this twice so it makes an “X” shape on the inside and outside.
  • Take a long piece of tape and wrap it around the outside of the egg half to hold the outside edges of the “X” shape in place.
  • Tape the connectors to the outside of a coffee filter.
  • Repeat these steps again for the remaining 4 pairs of connectors.
  • Conduct the experiment
  • Using an underhand throw, toss a parachute in the air.
  • Observe how high the parachute goes and how much air is caught by the parachute as it floats down.
  • Observe how the parachutes are different!

Head to our Parkview Kids Vimeo page for an instructional video of this activity!

Water Xylophone

What You Need:

  • 6 Glass Mason Jars
  • Colored Pencils
  • Food Coloring (Blue, Red and Yellow)
  • Water

What You Do:

  • Fill each jar with water up to the marked line and line them up in order (1-6).
  • Add food coloring to the water to create a rainbow in your jars: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple. Start with 2 drops of each color and add more if you need to.
  • Yellow and red make orange.
  • Red and blue make purple.
  • Blue and yellow make green.
  • You can stir the food coloring to help change faster, or watch the color slowly spread throughout each jar.
  • Use a colored pencil as a drumstick and play your “water xylophone” by hitting it on the side and guess why each jar is making a different sound.
  • Add or pour out some of the water and see how the sound changes!

The Great Cookie Dunk

What You Need:

  • 1 Package of Oreos Cookies
  • 1 Package of Frosted Animal Crackers
  • 1 Package of Strawberry Shortbread Cookies
  • 1 Package of Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 4 Mason Jars
  • Milk (or Water)
  • Experiment Sheet

What You Do:

  • Fill each jar halfway with milk (or water if you don’t have milk).
  • Write down your hypothesis (your prediction) on the experiment sheet. A hypothesis is what you think will happen when you put the cookies in the milk.
  • Write what you observe about how each of the cookies look before putting them in milk.
  • Predict if each one will sink or float.
  • Try it out! Put one type of cookie in a different jar. Mark if you saw it sink or float
  • Draw a picture of what you observed in each jar.
  • Write your conclusion (what you learned) at the end of the experiment.

Monday Craft: Ping Pong Ball Shooter

What You Need:

  • 1 Plastic Cup
  • 3 Ping Pong Balls
  • Scissors
  • Target Activity Page
  • 2 Uninflated Balloons
  • Masking Tape

What You Do:

  • Cut off the bottom of your cup. Use tape to wrap around the sharp cut edges of the cup.
  • Take an un-inflated balloon and tie off the end.
  • On the opposite end of the tie, cut a small piece off the top of the balloon.
  • Stretch the new opening of the balloon over the wide end of the cup and tape it in place.
  • Your launcher is ready for action! Use some tape to place your Target Activity Page somewhere in the room.
  • Load up your ping pongs in your launcher, and pull the tie of the balloon back to shoot them at your target. Count how many points you can earn!

Head to our Parkview Kids Vimeo page for an instructional video of this activity!

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