Daddy! I have a special surprise for you. (Really, what is it?) Its a fart, a big stinky fart.
Our Adventures in Science, Creativity & Life With 2 Young Boys
From laundry basket trains to riding on real trains… we spent last week’s Science Friday (extended) learning about “transportation”.
I’m not going to do a full write-up, instead, just some ideas about how Transportation Science can be a fun easy day for anyone:
1. Categorize vehicles into air, water, or land
The boys also got to watch videos and choose pictures to print out, color, and add to their science book. We also had fun looking for funny vehicles we don’t normally see (like a water bike).
2. Build a passenger or freight train
You can use boxes or laundry baskets. We learned how more people or more freight requires more energy to push. The boys had fun pulling each other back and forth in laundry baskets, and then failing to pull me. I attached them together, and ended up pulling them around the house for a good long while.
We also used various toy trains to reinforce the same idea, and see how it was much harder to pull heavy trains up ramps, but they went faster when we let go (momentum). Brios also make for a good lesson on how adding more cars makes it harder to pull.
3. Taking flight
Basically, we just threw a whole bunch of stuff over our stair railing to see how well it flew. We also made “rocket launchers” by wrapping paper strips around a straw to create a cone and then blowing them up into the air. It was a lot of just toss, blow, throw and see what happens.
When we took a trip to the airport and flew on a passenger jet, I tried to get into more specifics about how the shape of an airplane is designed to “cut” and “catch” the air and keep it in flight. High level, and I’m pretty sure not as scientifically accurate as I could be.
4. Don’t rock the boat
We used bath time to learn about how things float or sink in water. We used toy boats to figure out where the motor needs to be to propel them forward. We also learned that if you don’t stack a boat evenly on all sides, then it will capsize and flip over.
Lots of hands-on toys in a bath makes for fun learning. Especially when the boys tried to keep their balloons under the water, but they kept popping back up. And, of course, capsizing the boat… which they wanted to do over and over.
5. Take a field trip… ride, spot, see, explore
Most of our time was spent on the road, in train yards, at the airport. We used what we saw in front of us to discuss how it works, what it carries, where it is going, and where it gets its energy.
One thing I didn’t get to do was go to the Port of LA to see the trains load up the big oceanliners. But we did get to go see the Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Museum, so that is a pretty fantastic form of transportation to add to the mix.
6. Plan a route
Google Maps is pretty amazing. For one, it shows the boys our house from above. Then you can use it to show them where everything else is on the globe. And then you can work together to get and read directions. One of the features I really love is the ability to look at public transportation vs driving vs walking.
Do you want to take 11 hours to get to grandma’s house or 45 minutes?
- creative play
- fine motor
- gross motor
- laundry baskets
- food trays
- blocks and ramps
- hot wheels
- toy trains
- toy boats
- toy planes or parachutes
None. Just gather what you have and play!
How is it that my kids can sleep more in the past 2 days than they slept all vacation and yet are cranky insane monsters?
I’ve had to wake them up at 9 AM from a dead sleep two days in a row, and then by noon they are ready for nap, still going to bed at a normal bedtime and then sleeping forever.
Guess the vacation wore us all out. Daycare is gonna love us.
Charlie always looks so brooding in photos. Funny because I always thought of him as my social baby.
Kicked off the return to cold weather in style by taking a trip to a Christmas tree farm. Haven’t been since I was a kid and I was so glad to see we have a really nice one nearby.
Hot cocoa, wagon rides, buttered pretzels and even Santa was wandering around saying hi to all the kids. Which is kind of nice and low key, Simon and Charlie got to give him a high five and then Simon really wanted him to know his Christmas wish. So much better than a forced mall photo experience.
Looks like we are going full on Christmas this weekend.