If you haven’t already, go check out our tutorial on how to build a Viking Longboat out of plastic bottles. The following are the finished product pictures and LittleMan’s dreams come to fruition as we sailed around a local lake, aptly named Lake Valhalla.
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LittleMan has inherited his mother’s knack for dreaming up big projects and, while we’re not always keen to jump on board with his time consuming and expensive ideas, we do try to support him when possible.
This plastic bottle Viking longboat was one such idea that we could get behind. (more…)
Today’s experiment is super simple, frugal, and hands-on.
All you need is various soaps, water, and bubble wands.
When I first set off to build an outdoor classroom in our backyard, I asked my son what he would like to see, what he would find most useful. Among a few other reasonable requests, LittleMan asked if we could build a catapult.
Last Easter I picked up a few dozen of Darth Vader Easter eggs and we’ve since found all sorts of fun uses for them. We’ve used them in sensory bins and to make weight Montessori-inspired weight cylinders. Most recently we used them to talk about density and buoyancy.
Avengers Age of Ultron is set to release in about a month. In celebration, LittleMan and I are doing a lot of talking about robots.
Thermal energy is a type of kinetic energy which can be transferred from one object to another in the form of heat. In order to demonstrate this concept you only need two balloons, water, and a source of heat.
Not long ago we talked about cell anatomy and we made healthy edible cell models from fresh veggies. Today we’re going to be a little naughty and let ourselves play and learn about cell division using candy.
When we think of the galaxy, the vastness that is space, one of the first things we think of is stars. If you’re lucky enough to live in the country, you probably can get a decent view of the stars every night before bed. Those of us who are inhibited by city air pollution are considerably less fortunate in terms of star gazing.
There are however several ways we can study the night sky, without actually seeing it. One way is to go to a planetarium, which we do with one of our homeschool groups every month. Another way is to make constellation luminaries.
I can’t speak for every geekling, but I know my own two both went through phases where they wanted to be paleontologists. I can’t blame them, dinosaurs are such a fun topic to learn about with a lot of opportunity for hands-on play.