We love getting hands-on for school. Kids just learn better that way. They remember more, grow more, and lessons just well stick. Science is one of the best topics to work on. We love using Science kits for kids to make putting together experiments a breeze on busy days. On this day we Explored both Force and Friction to discuss how these work together in the world.
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 with this science experiment
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 for 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 not 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.