In my pre-mom life I used to be a middle school Spanish teacher. My teaching license has long since expired but my constant thirst for knowledge and educating others most definitely is quite active to this day.
One of the things I love doing with my daughter and her friends is having playdates. We usually share snacks, have free play time, and then do some type of activity.
Earlier this week I had a few of Nadia's playmates over for a Valentine Science Playdate. For our activities we made spin art (a fond shout out to my own childhood) to demonstrate centrifugal force and dyed carnations to learn about transpiration.
Since the kids ranged in age from 21 months - 5 years I didn't get into the full scientific explanation but they all had a wonderful time creating their own masterpieces and experimenting with color.
The memories made and lessons learned were well worth every bit of preparation and cleanup.
Here's a list of supplies and directions for how to do each activity.
Centrifugal Force Art:ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿
1. Spin art kit (purchased mine from Five Below) or salad spinner
2. Washable paint (2-3 colors or more depending on your child's preference
3. Paper towels
4. White paper (thicker cardstock weight works best) cut into 4" x 4" squares
5. Cardstock (any color) to attach finished art to and finish as a card (optional)
1. Place paper a directed on spin art OR remove lid from salad spinner, place tape on bottom of paper, and tape to the basket.
2. If using the spin art kit ,press the button and have you child add a few drops of paint while the paper spins. Allow to dry before adding next color of paint. If you use a salad spinner, carefully add a few drops of paint to your paper, put on lid securely, and press handle to spin several times. Remove lid to allow paint to dry a bit before adding the next color and repeating process.
3. Place completed art on paper towel to dry completely.
4. Mount on folded cardstock to make a card or simply enjoy as is. Makes great refrigerator art!
A force that tends to move objects away from the center in a system undergoing circular motion. Centrifugal force keeps the water in a whirling bucket from spilling or throws a rider in a car against the door when the car goes around a sharp curve.
-Definition from dictionary.com.
1. White carnations
2. Food coloring (assorted colors)
3. Mason jar/vase filled with water
1. Turn on faucet and run room temp water. Hold carnations under water amd cut stems at a 45 degree angle. Set aside.
2. Fill mason jar/vase with room temperature warm and add several drops of food coloring (the more the better).
3. Place flowers in the colored water and come back every few minutes to observe.
Transpiration is the process of giving off vapor containing water and waste products, especially through the stomata on leaves or the pores of the skin. -Definition from dictionary.com.