Magnifying glasses are a fascinating scientific tool at my house. This summer we are using playtime to learn more about the world around us. We used magnifying glasses to explore some treasures we found around the house. We went into the backyard to scout for new mysteries.
We also decided to melt candy with a magnifying glass. We used a plastic tray and a metal tray. We had a marshmallow, some skittles, a peppermint, and a chocolate covered almond. The Texas sun was hot and the items on the metal tray melted faster than the items on the plastic tray with the magnifying glass.
Another engrossing activity is finding, observing, and even catching bugs. We never get tired of the various bugs to be found in the backyard.
I have a Backyard Discovery Kit that makes playing outdoors a world of fun.
I have a Bug Catcher with a small net.
And of course Magnifying glasses.
A plastic bucket and shovel and some gardening tools.
I try to throw in new items that we can enjoy every once in awhile, hence the Sweet Basil growing kit. I also have a new Solar Kit that will be a fun surprise.
You can make your own Backyard Discovery Kit. Just fill it up with fun items your kids will enjoy using to ferret out all the wonders in the world around them.
Welcome to Summer! That time of year when teachers can rejoice, recharge, rejuvenate, and renew for the upcoming school year.
I spent my first official week of summer at Camp Invention. We built castles with flags on a pulley. We had a joust. We built snowball launchers (AKA slingshots). We created targets and launched rockets. We put together Bubble Blasters. We truly had a blast this week!
The kids enjoyed creating and building with recyclable materials. They thoroughly enjoyed designing and bringing their ideas to life. Most of them didn’t seem to care when their Snowball Launchers failed. (We didn’t have quite the right materials.)They had a blast just using their creative talents. They couldn’t have been happier getting soaked when we launched their Bottle Rockets. They may not remember the complete definitions of lift and trajectory, but they will always remember how far their rocket flew and how wet they were afterward.
I love Camp Invention. There are no guided reading levels to attain. There are no assessments to prepare for. There are no RTI groups to facilitate. We just had fun! We had fun learning. We had fun creating. We had fun challenging ourselves to new heights.
If you, your child, your grandchild, or someone you know and love, gets a chance to participate in Camp Invention, don’t pass it up. You will revel in an experience that makes learning and having fun synonymous in way that was always meant to be.