Category: Cameron Class

{Art} : 3D Hand

A couple of months back the boys and I went to an art studio for a painting class.  While we were there the boys saw a hand that looked like it was 3D.  Of course, they really wanted to try to make their own.  So a couple of weeks back, they boys attempted to make their own.  However, the patience required left our attempt somewhat unsuccessful.

First we started by tracing our hands.  Next, the boys were to draw straight lines until they reached their hand.  Once inside the hand, they were to draw arched lines until they reach the other side.  Needless to say, the boys lost patience pretty quickly.

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However, this is what Thing 1 was able to accomplish before he was done with the art project.

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Thing 2’s.

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Here is mine.

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Have you ever done a 3D handprint?

{Science} : Fingerprinting

One thing I wanted to do with our school this year is to have more fun.  One area it is easier to have fun while learning is science.  A couple of weeks ago (yes, I’m that far behind), we learned about the uniqueness of fingerprints.

First, I showed the boys pictures of fingerprints on the internet.  We discussed how fingerprints are used to identify people and talked about how there are three different types of fingerprints.

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Next, using black ink, we fingerprinted everyone in the family, even Daddy Cameron.  I think everyone had a whorl except Thing 2, who only had arches, if I remember correctly.

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The boys thought it was pretty cool to see what their fingerprints looked like.  I thought it was interesting to see how the boys’ fingerprints were so different, especially since they have the same parents.

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Have you ever done any fingerprint studies?

Clay Boats : Round 3

Every so often I like to repeat experiments that the boys and I have done in the past.  For one it is a great way to see if they learned anything from that experiment.  Secondly, I like to see how there thinking has changed as they have gotten older.  Lastly, Thing 3 all of them are to the age where they can participate.

This week we were suppose to have terrible storms, so I had planned to do a repeat of the clay boat activity we did back in 2011 and 2012.  The big difference this time around is that each boy created a boat on their own.  Ok, I may have helped Thing 3 a little bit, but Thing 1 and Thing 2 were all on their own.

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Here is each ones original creation.

Thing 1

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Thing 2

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Thing 3

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The first thing we did was test to make sure everyone’s boat would float.  While Thing 1 and my boat floated, Thing 2 and Thing 3’s immediately sunk.  So I gave Thing 2 and Thing 3 some time to redesign their boats.

Round 2: Everyone’s boat floated, so we all begin adding pennies to our boats to see whose could hold the most weight.  We may have raised the stakes a little by saying that the losers make dinner.  😉

Thing 2’s redesign

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Thing 3’s redesign

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Thing 3 was the first boat to sink, but that may have been because he added some water to his boat too.

Next was Thing 2, but I think his boat had moved too far away from him, which caused him to sink it with his hand.

Thing 1 and I were close, until Thing 1’s boat sunk and I was the winner!

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The boys continued to build and rebuild boats for at least 45 more minutes.  It was a great time.  I am sure we will be repeating this experiment a few more times in the future.


{Art} : Jackson Pollock Art

I had been waiting for a warm day so that the boys and I could do some Jackson Pollock inspired drip painting.  This is a messy, but really pretty cool way to paint that is perfect for boys. 

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I started our activity by reading a little bit about Jackson Pollock and showing the boys images of his work.  It was really interesting to hear what the boys saw within Pollock’s work.  In one painting, Thing 1 said he saw tree branches.  In another he saw what looked like concrete.

I set Thing 1 and Thing 3 in the grass with some watercolor paper (because it was what I had and it is thicker than regular paper), a bucket of paint brushes and paints (red, yellow, and blue).  I explained to the boys he worked and set them loose.

Here is Thing 1’s first work.  It took him a little bit to get into his work.

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Here is Thing 1’s second work.  While he was working he said that painting this way was like sword fighting.  Of course, he would relate to sword fighting, because that is what we do.

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Here is Thing 3’s attempt.  He didn’t quiet get the whole concept, but he really enjoyed watching Thing 1 go crazy with the paints.

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I have really enjoyed doing art projects with the boys over the last few weeks.  I am also thankful for all the space we have to do such projects.  Thing 1 really gets into the art, once he gets started.

How have you studied Jackson Pollock?


{Science} : Thermometer Fun

The boys hear me talking all the time about the temperature, especially this spring, since one day the high will be 89 and the next day it will be a high of 55.  Thus I thought it was time to show the boys what I was talking about, when I talked about temperature.  It also helped that this was part of Thing 1’s science curriculum this year.

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Thermometer Fun


1.  Fill a cup half full of water and add some ice.  Let this sit, while you go outside and place your thermometer in a shady spot on the ground.  Wait for 3 minutes and record the temperature.

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2.  Place your thermometer outside in the sun and wait three minutes. Then record temperature.

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3.  Place your thermometer inside your house on the floor.  Wait three minutes and then record the temperature.

4.  Now place the thermometer between your hands.  Wait three minutes and record the temperature.

5.  Lastly, place the thermometer in your cup of ice water.  Wait three minutes and record the temperature.

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Once we had all our temperature readings, we graphed them onto one big thermometer that I had drawn on our whiteboard.  (Too bad I didn’t get a picture, it looked pretty good!  The boys and I then talked about how changing locations and time of year would affect the temperature reading.  For example, what would the thermometer do during the winter, in the snow.

This conversation then lead to a discussion about why I suggest they play in the shade during the summer when it was 100 degrees outside.  Or how I know that they should probably wear coats, even though I haven’t been outside.  I think I gave away some of my mommy magic, but it was fun.

How have you explored using a thermometer?



{Science} : Oil vs. Water

Another one of the science experiments that the boys and I did a couple of weeks ago was to investigate how oil and water interact.

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Oil vs. Water

Food Coloring
Cups (we use plastic test tubes that we have from a science kit)

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1.  Fill one cup about half of the way full of water.  Fill a second cup half way full of oil.  At this point I let the boys touch the water and the oil so that they could feel the difference between the two liquids.

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2.  Drop a few drops of food coloring into the cup with water.  The boys then noticed how the food coloring mixes with the water, turning the water blue.

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3.  Drop a few drops of food coloring into the cup with oil.  Observe how the food coloring makes bubbles at the bottom of the cup, instead of mixing with the oil, like it did in the water.  This happens because food coloring is made primarily of water.

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4.  In the last cup fill the cup a third of the way with water.  Then add about a third of a cup of oil.  Notice how the water sits on top of the water.  This is due to the fact that water is more dense than the vegetable oil, so the oil will float on top of the water.

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5. Now drop of few drops of food coloring on top of the cup with both the oil and water.  Make sure to point out how the food coloring sits at the bottom of the oil, but just atop of the water.

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6.  Use a pencil and push down through the oil.  You will notice that the food coloring will go down and mix with the water just like it did before.

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The boys thought this was pretty cool.  After we had done the steps listed above, Thing 1 really wanted to try to mix the test tube with both the oil and water up.  So he shook it for a minute or two and it was fairly mixed up.  Then we set it on the counter and over the next couple of days we watched as the oil and water slowly separated again.

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What experiments have you done lately?

{Science} : Leakproof Holes

A couple of weeks ago, I set up a series of different science activities for the boys to do.  I am just now getting around to blogging about the rest of them.

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Leakproof Holes

zip top bag
sharpened pencils

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1.  Fill your zip top bag with water and make sure there aren’t any leaks.  Our first bag had a hole in it to start with.

2.  Take  pencil and slowly stick it into the bag, and out the other side.

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The bag should not leak.  This demonstrates some of the properties of plastic formed by polymers.  Polymers are molecules strung in long repeating chains.  The chain stretches around the pencil and then tightens around it, so the water doesn’t escape while the pencil is in place.

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The boys thought this was pretty cool and continued to stick pencils into the bag.  Then they thought it was fun to watch the water come out as they pulled the pencils out.

What fun experiments have you done lately?


Cleaning Pennies

There have been several times that the boys have complained about the smell of vinegar when I clean, however, they don’t complain as much as Daddy Cameron.  Thus I thought it would be good to show the boys the cleaning power of vinegar.

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Cleaning Pennies

pennies (the dirtier the better)
3 cups/bowls
liquid soap

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1.  We began by talking about the different ways to clean things.  Thing 2 mentioned water.  Shortly after Thing 1 mentioned soap and water.  I then introduced the vinegar, which they immediately recognized from the smell.

2.  I then let each boy set up one cup.  Thing 3 set up the water cup and dropped his pennies in.  Thing 1 set up the soap and water cup.  Thing 2 set up the cup with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 tsp of salt.

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3. We then let the cup sit for about 15 minutes.

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When we looked at the pennies after 15 minutes, Thing 1 immediately wanted to change his hypothesis from soap and water to the vinegar.  The pennies in the vinegar and salt solution were pretty shiny.

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This was a great visible example of why I use vinegar to clean our house.

Have you ever cleaned pennies?

Our Butterfly Book

On Monday, the boys and I headed to the Texas Discovery Gardens.  The boys loved the butterfly house.

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While we were walking through the butterfly house, Thing 1 came up with the wonderful idea of taking pictures of the butterflies and turning it into a book.  Luckily for him I was already trying to take pictures of the different types of butterflies.

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I took all the best pictures of the individual butterflies and inserted them into a publisher document.  I intentionally left the pictures blank so the boys, mainly Thing 1, could identify and write out the names of the butterflies.

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The boys were super excited about their book and Thing 1 has done an amazing job of identifying the different types of butterflies.  Our field trip turned into great reading and writing practice. YAY!

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When he finished identifying all the butterflies, I bound the books so that each one has a reminder of our trip.

What have your field trips inspired in you?


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