Project Around the World
Travel the world one ebook at a time with my fun ebook series: Project Around the World.
Ways to Play This Summer
Have fun this summer with the ideas on my free printable "Ways to Play This Summer" bucket list
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
8:55 AM Terri Thompson No comments
Are you following me on Facebook yet? If not, you may want to stop by and hit "like." Why? Well, I've started offering a daily Creative Family Challenge. Each day I'll share a fun & easy way to connect as a family.
Look for shapes in the clouds and make up stories about what you find. That was yesterday's challenge. It's easy; it doesn't require any special supplies; and is certainly achievable for any family. I don't plan on stressing you out with these challenges. Do one today, or just jot the idea down to do on a less busy day.
You can get these challenges if you follow Creative Family Fun on Facebook. I'll also be offering the challenges on Google+, if you prefer that format.
Please join in and let me know you're up for the challenge. Share with your friends. (Hit the share button on Facebook... I'd love it if you do!)
Now it's time to go have some family fun! Will you join me?
Monday, June 17, 2013
3:02 PM Terri Thompson No comments
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Whenever we learn about a new topic, we always start with books. So, when we decided to learn about the sun, we took a trip to the library. I usually try to find a nice mix of both fiction and nonfiction books, although this time, we went a little heavy on the nonfiction books. Here is our list of great books about the sun.
The Sun: Our Nearest Star by Franklyn M. Branley ~ This book is part of the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science series, Stage 2. It's perfect for your elementary-aged kids who are just beginning to grasp science facts. It's chock full of information and is a great choice for reading aloud. The book also has two different experiments in the back to help reinforce the information you learned.
Jump Into Science: Sun by Steve Tomecek ~ This was our favorite of the nonfiction picks. My girls loved the bright illustrations and the fun facts. The information led to lots of great questions and conversation. The experiment in the back of this book is a can't-miss and illustrates perfectly how the sun makes day and night.
Day Light, Night Light: Where Light Comes From by Franklyn M. Branley ~ It's easy to observe that the sun makes light, but how does it happen? This book attempts to answer that question as well as explaining about all the different sources of light.
What Makes a Shadow? by Clyde Robert Bulla ~ A fun and easy explanation of shadows. Have fun reading, then go on a shadow hunt!
Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley ~ The sun makes light and it also makes the seasons. This book explains how that happens. Follow along with a hands-on activity that perfectly illustrates the changing of the seasons.
What is the Sun? by Reeve Lindbergh ~ This book is written in a conversational style which makes it a great choice for reading aloud to preschoolers. "What is the sun? The sun is a star. Is the sun near? No, it is far."
The Sun Is My Favorite Star by Frank Asch ~ The lyrical words make this a good one for your preschoolers. Learn that the sun is a star and what makes it special. You never know, your little one may decide that the sun is their favorite star too!
The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy: A Korean Folktale by Yangsook Choi ~ Enjoy one of the most treasured folk tales of Korea and hear a story about how the sun, the moon, and the stars came to light the world.
Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale by Gerald McDermott ~ This Caldecott Medal winner retells an old Pueblo Indian tale - a story told to explain the importance of the sun to all of life.
Have you read any good books about the sun lately? Please share your finds!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
8:24 AM Terri Thompson No comments
- Have a summer backyard picnic with Mess for Less
- Make a cute nuts & bolts photo frame for Father's Day with B-Inspired Mom
- Make daisy chains with Creekside Learning
- Play in a gardening sensory bin with Mama Papa Bubba
- Make dad a fun card for Father's Day with DadLibs with Creative Family Fun
- Make your own super hero masks with Red Ted Art
- Dive into a new chapter book series for the summer with Imagination Soup
- Create with some homemade rolling pin stamps with Thrive 360 Living
- Make easy Father's Day candy wrappers with Hands On: As We Grow
- Paint with tools with Stir the Wonder
How are you going to play this weekend?
Friday, June 14, 2013
4:50 PM Terri Thompson 2 comments
We've been reading and exploring the sun lately. It seemed like a fitting subject to learn about during the summer. While thinking about some things we could do I remembered making sun prints when I was a kid. It was an easy and fascinating project; one that was perfect for a summer day.
Dark, bright colored construction paper (red, orange, blue, or black would work perfectly)
Lots of sunshine
Find a nice sunny spot to work on your project. Once you've arranged your coins, you will not want to move your paper until your project is complete. We chose a spot in our backyard that had sunshine for many hours during the day. If the day is windy, you will want to tape your paper down so that it won't blow away. We made the mistake of not taping ours down and had to go rescue our pennies halfway through the project. Let me tell you, pennies are hard to find in a grassy lawn!
Arrange your pennies in a pretty design on the paper. Then, don't move them for several hours. Make some observations along the way. Is your paper getting darker or lighter? What do you think is happening underneath the pennies? Touch a penny. How does it feel?
We left our paper outside for 8 hours. You don't have to leave it out as long as we did, but the longer the sun shines on your paper, the more contrast you'll have on your design. The first thing we noticed on our design was that our paper was a lot lighter than when we first brought it out.
Next we started removing our pennies and saw the design form right before our eyes. The paper underneath stayed dark because the pennies blocked the paper-fading UV rays of the sun, a process described as "really cool" by my girls.
Here's a close-up of one of the pictures. If you can't tell, it's a girl with long pigtails standing on the ground.
Have you ever made sun prints? It's a fun experiment to show just how powerful the sun's rays are.
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