by Meredith Brustlin, CMNH Educator
Sorting: Exploring playing cards
- Find a deck of playing cards and spread them out
- Raid your recycling bin and find 2-4 containers (depending on child’s age, see below) and cut slits in the top so the cards can be dropped inside.
- I used large clear plastic baby spinach/mixed greens containers for this.
- Some children will just have fun putting the cards into the slots - and that’s okay!
- Younger children can sort them by color (2 containers)
- Older children could sort them by their suit! (4 containers)
- Invite your child to sort the cards!
Art: Evaporation Science Art
- Find a plastic container and a paintbrush
- The paintbrush should be one you don’t mind getting a bit dirty!
- Fill the plastic container with water and go outside!
- Paint designs on your driveway/sidewalk using the water
- Watch and see how long it takes the drawings to evaporate
- This activity is best done on a sunny day :)
Sensory: Floating splashy transfer
- Put out two mixing bowls
- Fill both with water
- Put items that float in one bowl
- I used marker caps
- Invite your child to use a spoon or scoop to move all of the items from one bowl to the other!
- You could put items that sink and float in the bowl and chat about how moving them is different if they sink or float.
Building: Recycling Bin Wonders
- Raid your recycling bin and find a variety of items
- Use them to build!
- Give your child prompts like “Make a bridge!” “Make a house!” “Design a rocketship!” and challenge them to just use the items from the recycling bin
- It’s fun to add little toys or other manipulatives to this challenge