Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Balloon Science

  • Program Goals
    • Practice following instructions/directions
    • Practice the scientific method
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Static Electricity
All you need for this is balloons and kids. The kids rub the balloons on their heads, the carpet, or anything else and then see what they stick to.

Experiment: Blowing up balloons with chemistry
The baking soda and vinegar one is easiest - put the baking soda in the balloon and the vinegar/water mixture in the bottle. The sugar and yeast (a couple spoonfuls of each) needs to be shaken and can take about 30 minutes to expand.
  • Supplies
    • Baking soda, vinegar
    • Sugar, yeast
    • Water bottles w/caps, balloons
    • Funnels, tablecloths, wipes, paper towels
Experiment: Spinning Penny
I got this from Steve Spangler Science. Basically you put a penny (or other small object) in a balloon, blow it up, and make it spin. It's all about centrifugal force!
  • Supplies
    • Pennies or other similar sized objects
    • Balloons
Experiment: Balloon parachutes
I really wanted to do some experiments with helium, but left it too late to acquire any. Then my aide pointed out we could just buy some helium balloons. I let the kids experiment with balloon parachutes. I had the kids create balloon baskets with paper and tape, attach them to the balloon with string, and then take turns experimenting by dropping them off the ladder with various items in the basket to see how fast they'd fall.
  • Supplies
    • Balloons, string, paper, tape
    • Objects to weigh down "basket"
    • Ladder

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Seuss Celebration

  • Program Goals
    • Popular program theme
    • Afternoon program for all ages
    • It's traditional
    • Attendance: 35
  • For Messy Art program, place tables around the outside of the room for the various crafts. One table by the door holds the Dr. Seuss books.
  • For themed (Saturday) program, tables at the front of the room for cupcakes, movies at the back (circle of chairs around tv), tables at right angles to the walls on the right, tables parallel to walls on the left.
Activity Stations
  • Cat in the Hat: Create a striped Dr. Seuss hat
    • Supplies
      • Paper plates, red and white paper, ribbon/yarn
      • scissors, tape, staplers, hole punch
  • Seuss libs: Fill in the Seuss madlibs
    • Supplies
      • Worksheets with Seuss madlibs
      • Blank paper, markers, pencils
  • Seussimals
    • Supplies
      • Pipe cleaners, Pom poms, beads, buttons
      • glue dots
  • Seuss Masks: Be a Dr. Seuss feathered creature
    • Supplies
      • Paper plate masks (pre-cut)
      • Feathers, markers, yarn/ribbon
      • Glue, scissors
  • McElligott's pool: Decorate and "catch" fish
    • Paper fish (die cut or pre-cut)
    • Handmade paper scraps
    • Yarn/ribbon, popsicle sticks
    • Glue, scissors
  • Movie set up playing Dr. Seuss movies
  • Cupcakes:
    • cupcakes (7 mixes or 100 total), frosting (4-6 tubs), food dye (8 bottles)
    • plates, napkins, (disposable) bowls, popsicle sticks, big spoons for scooping