Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Science Tricks

The exploding rockets are never not fun.
  • Program Goals
    • Explore different types of science
    • Encourage children to ask questions
    • Have fun with science
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Defying gravity with forks
  • Supplies
    • forks, cups
    • toothpicks
    • matches
    • cup of water (to extinguish matches)
  • Sources
Experiment: Static electricity
  • Supplies
    • Balloons
    • Styrofoam plates
    • Styrofoam balls
    • Towel pieces
  • Source
Experiment: Alka-Selzer rockets
  • Supplies
    • alka-seltzer (had a previous supply in the basement)
    • film canisters (purchased on Amazon)
    • water
Experiment: Speeding stick
  • Supplies
    • popsicle sticks
    • dish soap
    • tub of water
  • Source
    • Cool science tricks by Daniel Tatarsky
Experiment: Balloon kebabs
  • Supplies
    • balloons
    • skewers
    • oil
  • Source
    • It's not magic it's science by Hope Buttitta
Ice fishing
  • Supplies
    • ice cubes and dishes
    • salt
    • string
    • water
  • Source
    • Magic tricks with science by Samantha Bell

Other materials
  • prisms
  • cardboard tubes
  • straws
  • bubble solution

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Katherine Tillotson

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Katherine Tillotson and her art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Watercolors (10-10:15)
I premixed watercolors and had thick paper for them to paint on (because they like to soak it!)
  • Supplies
    • Aprons
    • paint cups
    • watercolor paints
    • paper
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug. This is a new one, so I tried several different titles to see how it would go. I finished with It's Picture day today!
  • Books
    • It's picture day today by Megan McDonald
    • All the water in the world by George Ella Lyon
    • Night train by Caroline Stutson
    • Shoe dog by Megan McDonald
    • All ears all eyes by Richard Jackson
  • Also available
    • Penguin and little blue by Megan McDonald
    • Nice try tooth fairy by Mary Olson
    • When the library lights go out by Megan McDonald
  • Snack
    • Graham crackers
    • Napkins
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:45-11)
Tillotson primarily uses watercolors, but she does include collage techniques especially in It's picture day today! so I used this for the second part of the art.
  • Supplies
    • Paper scrap tub
    • Buttons, sparkles, feathers
    • Paper
    • Scissors, glue sticks

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Messy Art Club: Puppetry

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Felt puppets
  • Purchased kits from Discount School Supply
Project: Sock puppets
  • Recycled and purchased socks
General puppet supplies
  • styrofoam plates, dixie cups, small paper plates
  • paper tubes, popsicle sticks (different sizes)
  • googly eyes, buttons
  • stickers, sparkles
  • rods (purchased from craft store and walmart)
  • yarn, felt
  • handmade paper (donated)
  • permanent markers, fabric markers, regular markers
General Tools
  • Scissors, staplers
  • Hot glue, glue dots, white glue (cardboard for hot glue)
  • Duct tape, packing tape, regular tape