We love getting hands on for school. Kids just learn better that way. They remember more, grow more, and lessons just well stick. In July Mother Goose Time sent us a science lab themed month of curriculum packed with 20 science experiments for kids of all ages. I have been hoarding them… I may have a problem… One day the kids were bored so I decided to pull out a messy project and take them outside. We decided to spend the day exploring Force.
For this one they sent us paper, colored sand, and straws. I only needed to supply school glue. We talked about force, read about it in the cute science book MGT sent called Ingenuity which is sadly not available anywhere anymore. 🙁 After learning about it I told the kids they could see force in action.
Explore Force hands on
We pulled out the supplies drew shapes onto the paper with a glue stick and blew the sand (used force) to stick it to the glue. The kids got a cool bit of art and a whole lot of fun. The kids decided they would use force to clean off the table when we were done… That lasted about 5 minutes. They learned so much from what force is to how they can control it by blowing lighter or harder.
To my dismay, the children had decided to show their friends what they had learned. I stepped inside to cook dinner and when I stepped back out baby on my hip the older children and half the neighborhood were climbing all over the picnic table COVERED in sand. When told to clean up the mess before they could have dinner the oldest of the children used my son to sweep the sand off the table… Yes, you read that right.
I only hope none of them went home to repeat this experiment. I may not be the favorite in the neighborhood with the parents. If it’s bounce house as tall as our house it is a messy project, or a romp in the mud. Kids always go home in worse shape then they arrived in their name brand clothes. Hey, they do sleep well.