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Simple Sunny Summer Science

on August 8, 2012



The summer sun continues to beat down, day after day. I dwell in my cave (my home) with the front shades closed and thank God for the inspired soul who invented the air conditioner!!      The summer blaze will burn on for at least another month…or two. So why not make some use out of it? It’s time to teach our kids a little about the power of the sun.

For starters: If you have young children and a sidewalk or some concrete outside, try this: Take paintbrushes of different sizes and some containers of water outside. Then let the painting begin! Let them paint the sidewalk, the fence, the trees, the house, and themselves. Then watch as the water marks evaporate quickly. You may also try bringing out shallow container of water large enough for your kids to step into (barefoot). The kids walk across the concrete, watching the footprints they made. How many can they make with just one trip into the water container? How long does it take for the water to evaporate? Try timing the evaporation time on different surfaces and in different locations. If you’re feeling really industrious, and have children old enough to read and write, make predictions on paper. Then write down you actual results. Take photos and make a poster. It’s simple sunny summer science!

How many of you have access to a clothesline or drying rack? Have the kids help you take freshly laundered clothes, hang them up and put them outside to dry. Again, you can make predictions on how long it will take for the clothes to become completely dry. Try drying some clothes on a drying rack inside while other clothes are drying outside. What is the difference in the drying time? We dry our clothes outside on drying racks most of the time during the hot summer. We put the clothes into the dryer when they are just still a little damp and fluff them. It helps out when the summer (ouch!) electricity bill rolls in.

Finally, how about a lesson in the sun’s ability to melt…chocolate! Get a glass baking dish. Pour some healthy, crunchy unsweetened or very lightly sweetened whole grain  cereal in the dish.  Add plenty of semi-sweet chocolate chips.Cover the dish with a transparent cover such as plastic wrap. Set the dish outside in direct sunlight. In a few minutes, the chocolate chips begin to melt. How long does it take? Take the dish back inside. How long does it take for the chocolate chips to harden again? What happened to the chocolate after it solidified (good vocabulary word)? After you have experimented and documented your results, it’s time to eat your experiment… with a tall glass of ice cold milk or on top of ice cream.

Mmmmmm…Maybe that ol’ summer sun ain’t so bad after all. 🙂

4 responses to “Simple Sunny Summer Science

  1. Gina says:

    What great ideas to make learning and science fun, but also to encourage asking questions to find answers. 🙂 Questioning makes life infinitely more fulfilling, doesn’t it?

  2. I love this post…it is exactly what I try to do on my blog. Would you be interested in doing another guest spot with something like this? Or we could even reblog it if you like.

    • Hi Darlene, Thanks so much for the reblog! It’s funny…Your comments with the reblog reflect my thoughts so closely. I refer to our home, with the south-facing shades closed for most of the day,as our cave. And we also thank God for the people who invented the air conditioner. It makes life so much more bearable during these “dog-days” of summer. The idea of doing a guest spot sounds intriguing. I’m not sure how that works, though. I am still a relative newbie in theworld of blogging. I would be glad to hear more on doing a guest spot. Also, I am about to blog about this amazing new book I found. It’s called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, by Carol McCloud. This book shows kids in an easy-to-grasp way, how we can fill our own”happiness buckets” and others’ buckets by our kind words and actions. If it is something you would like to pass along,feel free. Stay cool!Karona Drummond

      > Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2013 13:23:29 +0000 > To: karonadrummond@msn.com >

  3. Reblogged this on Darlene Beck-Jacobson and commented:
    My blogging friend Karona Drummond has some wonderful summer activities for children in this post. Check it out.

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