Category: Linky Party

Parts of a Flower

This week our home learners group got together for the second week in our gardening activity.  Our topic this week was the parts of a flower.

Supplies:
Lilies
magnifying Glass
Parts of a Flower Worksheet

This was a simple activity where we had the kids look and “dissect” a flower to learn the different parts of the flower.  We had the kids look at the flower and try to match up the different parts of the flower with the labels on the worksheet.  They also colored the picture to match the actual flower.

Thing 1 really enjoyed the activity.  I was really impressed with how much he remembered and how much he liked looking at the flower, especially after his friends left.

 

{Free} Printables Linky Party!

I have been super busy this week creating and designing a website for our home learners group, so I haven’t had time to visit all the people who linked up last week, SORRY! I hope to make it in the next couple of days.

This week Thing 2 learned about the Yummy Letter D!  You can read more about his week {HERE}.  You can download the printables for free {HERE}.

Here are last weeks enteries…



Now it is your turn to share what you have created this week.



{Little Mad Scientists} Parachuting Bugs

I will have to admit, after I planned this activity I was really worried that it wasn’t going to work.  However, it turned out well and all three boys had a lot of fun dropping their parachutes down.

Supplies:
2 plastic trash bags
yarn
ruler
scissors

Directions:
1.  Cut three squares out of the plastic trash bags.  I made one that was 5 inches by 5 inches. The second was 10 inches by 10 inches and the third was 15 inches by 15 inches.


2.  Cut 4 pieces of string for each parachute.  Cut the first four 6 inches long.  Cut the second four 11 inches long.  Cut the last four 16 inches long.
3. Tie the four strings to the corner of each parachute.  The 6 inch strings go with the 5 in. by 5 in. parachute.  The 11 inch strings go with the 10 in. by 10 in. parachute and the 16 inch string goes with the 15 in. by 15 in. parachute.
4.  This is the step where the bugs come in to the picture.  Since we don’t own any army men, we decided to use the bugs as our weight.  You don’t have to use anything for weight, but it was a lot more fun.


5.  Drop your parachutes from somewhere high.  We have a “bridge” that goes over the front entry way that we dropped our parachutes from.  If you don’t have any stairs you could go to a park and drop them from the top of the play equipment.

While the boys were dropping the parachute bugs, I spent time asking them questions.  I gave them the you are jumping out of a plane scenerio and asked them what parachute they would like to have.  I asked them what they thougth was happening as the parachutes were dropping.  I asked them why they thougth the parachutes fell at the speed they did.

The boys had a great time.  At first they were all excited with how fast the smallest parachute dropped.  (“It won!”)  However, after I gave them the jumping out of a plane scenerio, Thing 1 decided that he would like to jump with the largest parachute.  When I asked the question what was causing the parachute to open, Thing 1 yelled out “the air,” which definitely caught me off guard.  Also, when I asked why the largest parachute went the slowest, again Thing 1 answered, “because it is bigger.”  I was super impressed with their knowledge.

This experiment was also a lot of fun because Thing 3 was able to participate in this experiment.  He thought he was the coolest kid on the block because he was able to do stuff with his big brothers.

The boys played with their parachutes for the rest of the afternoon and I got a great workout retrieving all of the parachutes after the boys dropped them.

What science activities have you done this week? It’s your turn to share.

1.  Please link directly to you blog post that contains your science activity.  That makes it easier to find!
2.  Please link back to Raising the Cameron Clan somewhere on your blog.  This will allow others to discover the awesome science acitivities that are out there!
3.  Please consider following Raising the Cameron Clan, that way you are first to know when the weekly linky party is up!
4.  Please share.

Let’s get this party started!



{Little Mathematicians} Sneaky Train Addition

We are still following along with the Singapore Math 1A curriculum (I only bought the workbook), but I have been making the concepts our own.  This week, one lesson was working on the factors that add up to 6.  If you have been around this blog for any time at all you know that Thing 1 is obsessed with trains.  So I decided to create a way for him to practice figuring out what is needed to make 6.

I took the blank trains that I created and on the engine I wrote the number 6 and put 6 dots on it.  Then on each of the coaches I wrote a number and put the corresponding number of dots.

I then presented Thing 1 with the engine and all the coaches. I had him pick out a coach.  Then he had to figure out what other coach was needed to get to six so that it could join the engine.

I was surprised how much he really liked this simple game.  He actually asked to play it several times, which was great because it gave him more practice.

You can get the blank trains {HERE}.

Now it’s your turn!  What fun math ideas have you done this week?

1.  Please link directly to you blog post that contains your math activity.  That makes it easier to find!
2.  Please link back to Raising the Cameron Clan somewhere on your blog.  This will allow others to discover the awesome math activities that are out there!
3.  Please consider following Raising the Cameron Clan, that way you are first to know when the weekly linky party is up!
4.  Please share with anyone else you know who makes their own math activities.

    Let’s get this party started!



    {Free} Printables Linky Party!

    Thanks for everyone who joined us last week for our {Free} Printables Linky Party!  The most clicked on link was the Heart Coloring Page from Scribbleprints

    In our house this week I made a few more printables to go along with the Yummy Letter study that I am doing with Thing 2. 

    The packet contains: 
    1.
    Letter Cc prewrite
    2. Letter Cc writing practice
    3. Letter Cc blackout
    4. Letter Cc maze
    5. Letter Cc cutting practice
    6. Letter Cc shape patterns
    7. Letter Cc coloring page
    8. Letter Cc poking page
    9. Letter Cc Activities
    10. Letter Cc Recipes

    You can also read about our Letter C week {HERE}.

    You can download the printables for free {HERE}.

      Now its your turn to share…

      Now it’s your turn, what have you created this week?

      1.  Please link directly to you blog post that contains your {Free} Printables.  That makes it easier to find!
      2.  Please link back to Raising the Cameron Clan somewhere on your blog.  This will allow others to discover the awesome {Free} Printables that are out there!
      3.  Please consider following Raising the Cameron Clan, that way you are first to know when the weekly linky party is up!
      4.  Please share with anyone else you know who makes their own {Free} Printables.

      Let’s get this party started!

       



      {Little Mad Scientists} Cups & String

      I know you have seen it, two kids talking to each other through two cups and a string.  However, I have always wondered if it really works.  So as part of our science Fridays, I thought that the boys and I would test it out.

      Supplies:
      2 plastics cups
      string (the longer the better)  we used some embroidery thread that I had

      Directions:
      1. Put a small hole in the bottom of both plastic cups.
      2. Thread the string through each end of the cups.  Tie a knot in the string so it stays inside the cup.
      3.  Spread apart and start talking!

      The boys and I really learned a lot and had a great time. It didn’t take long for Thing 1 and Thing 2 to make some discoveries.

      The first discovery made was that the only way to hear through the cups was to have the string tight.  The boys realized that if they string was loose, they couldn’t hear each other.

      The second discovery made was that if you touched the string, even if it was tight, you could not hear through the cup.

      Both of these discoveries gave me the perfect opportunity to talk about sound waves on a 3 and 4 year old level.  I could see the wheels turning in Thing 1’s head as he peppered me with questions.

      Lastly, they had to learn to communicate and work together.  The soon realized that if one was talking the other one had to be listening.  They had to work together, which is something that is often lost on them, and many adults.

      This was a simple science activity that the boys and I enjoyed.  They were so excited about this activity that they immediately asked if they could share it with Daddy Cameron when he got home.

      What scientific discoveries have you made this week?

       

      {Little Mathematicians} Roll and Park (cars, trains, trucks, etc)

      One of the things that I have grown to love about homeschooling is the ability to take any curriculum and relate it to my boys interest.  It makes the learning more meaningful and interesting.

      Number/Word Recognition Activities:

      This week Thing 1 worked on number/word recognition with a game that involved using trains.  I created two boards, one with the words for the numbers 0-5 and the second with the words for the numbers 5-10.

      For basic practice, have the student roll the die (provided) and park their train (car, truck, horse, animal, rock, etc.).

      To add an element of competition, print out one board per person.  Take turns rolling the die.  The person to fill their board first wins.

      We were doing the game, I just forgot to print out two boards, so we shared.  I am the rocks and he is the trains.

      The printables for the Parking Spot Game are {HERE}.

      The second activity is a simple memory game, where you match the numeral with the corresponding word.

      The printables for the Memory Game are {HERE}.

      Counting and numeral recognition:

      I also created a version of this game for Thing 2.  He practiced counting the 1-6 and identifying the corresponding number.  The boards I created for him has the numbers 1-6 printed in the parking spots.  I had him roll a die, count the dots, and then park his car in the correct spot.

      The printables for the counting/numeral recogniton are {HERE}.

      {Free} Printables Linky Party

      With all of the changes I have made to both Thing 1 and Thing 2’s curricula, I have started making a few more printables again so that I can tailor the curriculum to their individual interest.

      This week was the first week using Thing 1’s new math curriculum.  This is the third curriculum we have used.  This week we spent some time matching the numbers 0-10 to the corresponding words.  Thing 1 loves trains, so this week I revamp an old engine shed game into a practice activity and game.  The activity was divided into two parts; the numbers 0-5 and 5-10.  To practice the number/word recognition, you roll the die (provided) and then have your child park their car, train, truck, whatever on the correct spot.  For the game, two or more people take turns rolling the die.  The first person to fill their board wins.  Both games were big hits with Thing 1.  You can read a little more about the activities {HERE}.  You can download the printables {HERE}.

      The second activity is a simple number/word matching game.  You can read a little more about the activities {HERE}.  You can download the printables {HERE}.

      This week I continued reviewing the alphabet with Thing 2.  We worked on the Yummy Letter B.  Thing 2 is really enjoying helping me in the kitchen with the different recipes we have been making.  You can read more about his week {HERE}.

      Each download includes:
      Pre Write Practice
      Writing Practice
      Letter Maze
      Poking Page
      Puzzle
      Patterns (AB and ABB)
      Roll and Graph
      Cutting Page
      Color and Cutting Page

      Get the download {HERE}.

      The blog post dedicated to Thing 2’s week contains the blueberry muffin recipe as well as a few other activities we did that relate to our letter B week.

      I also made a version of the parking game for Thing 2.  Using a regular die (provide.) Have your child roll the die and count the dots.  Then he parked his car on the corresponding number.  Thing 2 enjoyed his version of the game and used a car, instead of a train.

      You can get the download of the roll and park game {HERE}.

      What have you created this week? It’s your turn to share.

      Now it’s your turn, what have you created this week?

      1.  Please link directly to you blog post that contains your {Free} Printables.  That makes it easier to find!
      2.  Please link back to Raising the Cameron Clan somewhere on your blog.  This will allow others to discover the awesome {Free} Printables that are out there!
      3.  Please consider following Raising the Cameron Clan, that way you are first to know when the weekly linky party is up!
      4.  Please share with anyone else you know who makes their own {Free} Printables.

      Let’s get this party started!

         

        {Little Mad Scientists} Volcano!

        Ever since my boys saw the new chipmunk movie, they have wanted to learn about volcanos.  So, after doing some searching I found a volcano experiment that I wanted to try with the boys.  The reason I chose this version of making a volcano was that the bubbles in this version are filled with the same gas that make bubbles in real lava.

        Supplies:
        8 oz glass or plastic bottle
        2 Tbsp yeast
        2 Tbsp honey
        6 C. flour
        2 C. salt
        4 Tbsp cooking oil
        2 C. water
        1 C. warm water
        Large bowl
        Baking Pan

        Directions:

        1.  In a large bowl mix flour, salt, cooking oil and water to make a playdough like mixture.  Add water, if necessary, to make the dough stick together.

        2. Put honey into the small bottle.  Then fill it half way up with warm water.  Shake the bottle until the honey dissolves.

        3.  On the baking pan, using the dough mixture begin to roughly shape a volcano.  Make sure to leave a hole in the center for the bottle.

        4.  Add yeast to the bottle and shake it again.

        5.  Finish filling the bottle with warm water.

        6.  Place the bottle in the center of your volcano.  Then finish molding the dough into a volcano around the bottle.  Make sure that you do not let any of the dough fall into the bottle.

        7.  Then wait for the lava to flow.

        I was a little disappointed because the eruption wasn’t as exciting as I hoped it would have been.  In hindsight I should have just used baking soda and vinegar, I think the boys would have enjoyed that reaction more.  Also, I would have used some red food coloring in the mixture so that the lava would have been easier to see.  (I guess I should have listened to my husband.)

        However, the boys really enjoyed watching the volcano erupt.  At one point all three boys were sitting around our outdoor craft table.  It was great family time.

        Have you ever made a volcano?

         

        Now it is your turn to show us what you and your little scientist have done this week.

        1.  Please link directly to you blog post that contains your science activities.  That makes it easier to find!
        2.  Please link back to Raising the Cameron Clan somewhere on your blog.  This will allow others to discover the awesome science activities that are out there!
        3.  Please consider following Raising the Cameron Clan, that way you are first to know when the weekly linky party is up!

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