Thursday, April 28, 2016

Messy Art Club: Painting Things

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35

  • Project: Painting eggs
    • Supplies
      • Styrofoam eggs purchased from S&S Worldwide (240 for $80)
      • skewers, acrylic paint, brushes
      • water cups, aprons, tablecloths, wipes
      • drying boxes, pencils, file labels and pencils for egg tags
    • Instructions and Notes

      • I pre-skewer the eggs because they are sharp. It's better to poke the eggs into the box than lay them across. Make sure they label BEFORE they paint.

  • Project: Painting wooden items
    • Supplies
      • Wooden shapes (left over from various projects and prizes)
      • Wooden snakes (purchased in bulk two summers ago and only used a few)
      • Acrylic paint
      • Paper plates, paint brushes, aprons
      • wax paper, tablecloths
    • Instructions and Notes
      • I spread the wax paper out for kids to put their painted objects to dry on - just putting them on paper plates, etc. they stick
      • We don't use water cups - I tell them to take a new paint brush when they want to switch colors.

  • Project: Paint and laminate
    • Supplies
      • Die-cuts (die cut machine and paper)
      • Paint, paintbrushes
      • Markers, glitter glue
      • aprons, paper towels, paper plates
    • Instructions and Notes
      • Do NOT laminate shapes with glitter. Only paint, and they have to blot it first (paper towels)
      • I brought my small laminator over and I had a lot of small pouches left. These work best b/c in order to fill up a big pouch, you have to get a lot of pieces and people are usually in a hurry to leave.

  • Project: Paint pots and plant seeds
    • Supplies:
      • Small clay pots or plastic pots (Walmart) (plastic recyclables in case I run out)
      • Acrylic paint, brushes
      • tablecloths, paper plates, aprons
      • dirt, seeds
    • Instructions and Notes
      • Do NOT let the kids water their plants until they get home!
      • If you paint plastic pots, they will take a lot longer to dry than clay.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Mad Scientists Club: Force and Motion

  • Program Goals 
    • Experiment with the science of force and motion 
    • Encourage kids to problem solve and be creative 
    • Attendance: 35 
Project: Catapults

I made some signs with instructions and pictures from several online sources, one for a super easy catapult and one for a more difficult model. I laminated these and put them out on the tables for people to refer to. I also put a warning sign that only adults could use the hot glue gun!

  • Popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, rubber bands 
  • Bottle caps, cotton balls, small pompoms 
  • Glue dots, hot glue gun, glue, tape, duct tape 

Project: Mini-Marshmallow Shooters
I had a variety of cups and sizes of balloons that kids could experiment with. It really only works well with really hard plastic cups, but we did fine experimenting with other cups and paper tubes. This would also work with pompoms, you don't have to use marshmallows. I got this from Amy Koester.

  • Plastic and paper cups (different sizes)
  • Balloons (different sizes) (you need BIG balloons)
  • mini marshmallows and/or pompoms

Experiment: Racing cars/Marble Run
I was inspired by this program and this program as well as some of the experiments in Motion by Ellen Lawrence to make an experiment where the kids could try different kinds of friction and gravity. I set up some suggestions/rules and the kids did car races.

  • Paper towel tubes, some long boxes 
  • Matchbox cars left over from summer reading prizes 
  • Scraps to test friction - felt/fabric, foam, paper, tissue paper, foil 
  • Scissors, packing tape, duct tape 
Experiment: Hot Air/Cold Air

I got this from Read Sing Play. The kids put a balloon over the mouth of an empty bottle. Put in very cold and then very hot water and the balloon inflates.

  • Plastic water bottles 
  • Balloons 
  • Pitchers 
  • Hot and cold water 
Experiment: Wind Play

I also got this from Read Sing Play. It's just a fan and straws and you practice blowing things - how far can you blow, which blows faster the fan or the straw, etc.

  • Fan (large and small) 
  • Straws 
  • Streamers (ribbon, crepe) 
  • Miscellaneous things to test 
Ideas to try
  • cranes 
  • six simple machines 
  • alka-selzer rockets 
  • pumpkins out of baby socks, water balloon launcher, trebuchet to launch, measure distances 

Evaluation of Previous Programs