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We started the day by sending each of the kids this video.
Activity #1: Gummy Butterfly Experiement
We started by doing an experiment with gummy butterflies. We had the kids mix four solutions in plastic cups:
- 1 part vinegar, 1 part water
- 1 part salt, 1 part water
- 1 part baking soda, 1 part water
- just water.
From there, the kids used rulers to measure a gummy butterfly and record the measurement on a piece of paper (the big cousins helped the littles with this). The butterflies were 2.5 cm big. Then, they dropped the butterflies into the filled cups and wrote down which butterfly they thought would be the biggest and the smallest at the end of the day. They set them aside for the rest of the day.
Later, after the other activities, they pulled the cups out and remeasured the butterflies, talking about if their estimates were right or wrong. Some of the butterflies (I won’t tell you which ones) were 3 cm big after and some were 1 cm big after.
Activity #2: The Fun Fizz-Off
For this activity, we used the concept of Fizzy Color Art from last year’s Pintastic Summer.We broke the kids into teams (boys against girls) and gave each team a medicine dropper, a tray of baking soda and four cups of colored vinegar. Then we had them pass the medicine dropper one at a time for a fizz-off to see who could make the best masterpiece. They tied. I loved that the big kids helped the little ones so much and we had so much fun.
Activity #3: Snack Time!
For our snack, we gave each kid a paper plate and put bowls in the center of the table:
- Bowl 1: Grapes
- Bowl 2: Gummy worms
- Bowl 3: Almonds
- Bowl 4: Butterfly-shaped crackers
Then, we explained to the kids that the bowls represented the life stage of a butterfly. They then ate grapes (for eggs), worms (for caterpillars), almonds (for cacoons) and butterfly-shaped crackers (for butterflies, obv.)
Activity #4: Outdoor Science Adventure
We hopped on scooters and head to the park, asking the kids to collect four things on the way:
- A purple flower
- A stick
- A piece of garbage (which we promptly threw away)
- A round or oval (not pointy) leaf
Once we got to the park, we played sharks and minnows with the older kids while the babies ran around.
Activity #5: Lunch Time
For lunch, we planned creepy crawly spiders and rainbow fruit kabobs. We started with the spiders and had the kids spike uncooked spaghetti through cooked all-natural chicken sausage.
While the creepy crawly spiders cooked, we had the kids wash their hands and then make rainbow fruit skewers out of raspberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi, blackberries and grapes.
After lunch, we re-measured the butterflies from activity #1, then let the kids watch and episode of Sid the Science Kid before heading home for naps!