Parenting | 6 June 20173 Fun Summer Projects to do with the Kids Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Summertime may be a break from school, but it doesn’t have to be a break from learning. It can actually be a time to make the learning more fun! These projects are a fun way to keep the learning going through the summer months. You can catch bugs, plant gardens, make your own ice cream, make a catapult, make your own lip balm and more. These will bring the summer fun, as well as a great day to do some family bonding. Try the activities listed below, and get more fun in Outdoor Science Lab for Kids. Crazy Catapult MATERIALS 3 or more wooden paint stirring sticks Spring clamp, such as a chip bag clip Wire Duct tape Nails Hammer Sturdy piece of wood or wooden box Paper cup, with the top two-thirds cut off PROTOCOL Step 1: Securely attach one paint stick to each handle of the spring clamp using wire and duct tape. The sticks essentially lengthen the spring clamp, forming a large V with the clamp at its point. Step 2: Place the third paint stick so that it lies lengthwise along one end of the V and nail the overlapped sticks to a wooden board or box, leaving the other end of the V sticking up into the air. Step 3: Tape the paper cup to the top of the stick in the air to make a launcher for the catapult. Step 4: Place a small item, such as a dry bean or a marshmallow, in your catapult, pull the top stick all the way down, and then release it. Step 5: Launch several items of different sizes and measure how far they travel. Can you predict where the items will land? Safety Tip: Don’t use your catapult to shoot projectiles at people. Lemonade Stand Lip Balm MATERIALS Microwaveable bowl Coconut oil Beeswax beads or grated beeswax Colorful liquid drink mix drops or water flavoring drops Small containers with lids to hold lip balm, such as empty contact lens cases Toothpicks or craft sticks for stirring PROTOCOL Step 1: In a microwaveable bowl, mix together 2 parts coconut oil to 1 part wax beads (e.g., 8 tablespoons [112 g] coconut oil, 4 tablespoons [55 g] wax beads). Step 2: Microwave the mixture at 30-second intervals, stirring in between until the wax is completely melted and the solution is clear. Step 3: Cool the solution very briefly. If it gets cloudy or turns white, you’ll need to reheat it. Step 4: While the solution cools, add a drop or two of flavoring mix to the lip balm containers. Step 5: Carefully pour some hot coconut oil–beeswax mixture into one of the lip balm containers and stir with a toothpick. To mix the color in, continue stirring as the lip balm cools into a smooth paste. Repeat until you’ve filled all of your containers. Step 6: When the lip balm has cooled completely, smooth it off using a craft stick or the back of a metal spoon warmed in hot water and dried off. Step 7: Try the lip balm out. Keep it, give it to your friends, or peddle it at a lemonade stand! Safety Tip: Heating and pouring steps must be done by an adult or with adult supervision to avoid burns. Petal Bomb MATERIALS Fresh flowers Glue, double-sided tape, or glue dots Large sheets of paper, poster board, or foam board Scissors PROTOCOL Step 1: Cut some fresh wildflowers, weedy blooms, or garden blossoms. Step 2: Starting with the sepal, or small green leaves on the outside of a blossom, pull off flower parts, beginning with the outside layer of petals. Affix the outer leaves and petals paper to paper, foam board, or poster board in a large circle. Step 3: Continue to remove and glue petals and flower parts, from the outside into your paper or poster board in concentric circles, moving toward the middle. Step 4: Glue the middle parts of your flower to the middle of your paper. Put the stem wherever you choose. Step 5: Identify the different parts of your flower using an online resource. Step 6: Compare exploded flowers. Safety Tip: Remember to ask permission before raiding gardens. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: AU: Learn physics, chemistry, and biology in your own backyard! At-home science provides an environment of freedom, creativity, and invention that is not always possible in a school setting. It’s simple, inexpensive, and fun to whip up a number of amazing science experiments in your own backyard. Science can be found all around in nature. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids offers 52 fun STEM activities for families to do together. The experiments can be used as individual projects, for parties, or as educational activities for groups. Outdoor Science Lab for Kids will tempt families to learn about physics, chemistry, biology, and nature, plus, they’ll learn scientific survival skills and even take some experiments to the playground! Many of the experiments are safe enough for toddlers and exciting enough for older kids, so families can discover the joy of science and STEM education together. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.