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Thursday, May 28 2020

Hey Everyone! There is lot's of fun to be had over Zoom today. Charades, Choose Your Own Adventure, Show and Tell, Paper Airplane Building, and Maisa's Weekly Drawing Club. Head over to the Zoom calendar to sign up!


On the blog we have four great activities and a recipe to keep you busy all day! Find our directions for DIY Mazes, Dream Pet Drawings, an Aquarium Craft, and Dye Designs below.


Create Your Own Marble Maze

Created By Charlotte




Grade Level: 1-5 grade


Individual or multiple people: Individual


Theme: Design, STEM, Project


Materials:

  • Cardboard box (shoe box lid is ideal size)

  • pencil

  • Different colored straws OR white straws and acrylic paint

  • Scissors

  • Glue (preferably a low heat hot glue gun)

  • Beads of different sizes

  • Marble

  • Construction paper (optional)

Location: Anywhere with a flat surface - a kitchen table, a picnic table, counter top, etc.


Steps:

  1. Pick out the right sized box for your marble maze

  2. Either paint your box or cover it with colored construction paper

  3. Once the paint is dry, use a pencil to draw out your map. Think about direction and movement, also think about good road blocks!

  4. Using scissors, cut the straws to fit the size blockades you just drew out in Step 3.

  5. With assistance, use the hot glue gun to glue down the straws and the beads to your box

  6. Cut out a little exit hole at one end of your box or bottom of the box so you can tell when you’ve finished the maze!

  7. If you want, you can use paint or markers to draw arrows or write directions to follow on the box! Have fun designing a complex and exciting maze!

  8. Now, take out a marble and get playing!




Dream Pet Drawing

Drawn Up By Zack


Grade Level: K-5


Individual or multiple people: Individual


Theme: Drawing, Art, Project


Materials:

  • Paper/white or construction

  • Coloring utensils, crayons/markers

  • Arts and craft materials, glue, magazines, paint etc.

Location: Anywhere with a flat surface


Directions:


For this project you will be using your imagination to think of what your DREAM PET would be. By using the list of questions you will make up your own pet, it can be based on a real animal or imaginary, and you will write down some thoughts and responses to the questions underneath your drawing.


Questions:

  • Is your pet real or imaginary?

  • What is the name of your pet? What’s it called?

  • What special qualities does your pet have? Can it fly? Can it swim fast? Turn invisible?

  • If you have a pet at home, what is something special you love about your pet?


My Dream Pet would be a warthog! I picked a warthog because I love Pumba from the Lion King! His special qualities are that he’s brave and always a kind and loving friend to Timon and Simba. He has the ability of running VERY fast and can use his tusks to protect himself!





Have fun, there is no limit to imagination!



Water Bottle Aquarium

Crafted By Carra

Below, I am going to show you how to make two different types of water bottle aquariums. A Sensory aquarium or an upright water bottle aquarium. You can use as little or as many materials as you need/have available.

Grade Level: K-5th

Individual or multiple people: Either

Materials: Water bottle or Vase Fish stickers or foam paper Scissors Water Optional: rocks, piper cleaners, blue/green food coloring, glitter, oil.


Location: inside, room to spread out will need to add water slowly to the water bottle at some point.


Links and resources: Attached Below


Further instructions or accommodations:

Sensory water bottle aquarium:

https://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1002851/ocean-themed-crafts-for-kids/



Step 1: For this aquarium you have to use a water bottle that you can roll or lay flat on its side.

Step 2: Fill the bottle about ⅔ with water and add blue or green food coloring (optional)


Step 3: Creating fish, cut out fish outlines out of foam paper and put them into a bottle


Step 4: Fill the rest of the water bottle with oil (around ⅓)


Step 5: Add glitter (optional) and shake it all together to make waves and watch the fish swim!


Upright Water Bottle Aquarium:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/296322850467174007/



Step 1: Add small rocks in the bottom of the water bottle or vase if interested


Step 2: Add water about ¾ of the way to the top. Add blue/green food coloring if interested, then mix it up using a straw or something similar.


Step 3: Create fish out of foam paper and slide them into the top or taping them to the outside of the bottle. (I suggest using permanent markers on the foam)


Step 4: Create trees out of pipe cleaners (remember you have to bend them to put them into the water bottle, I suggest trying your best to put them in at an angle diagonally across the water bottle to stay upright. (this aquarium is not supposed to be shaken up like the one above.)




Glue Batik

By Jennifer


Theme: Project, Art


Materials:

Plain white or natural fabric

Elmer’s Blue Gel Glue

Wax paper

Acrylic paint

Nail brush or scrub brush


Instructions:

1. “Draw” your design on the fabric with the squeeze bottle of Elmer’s Blue Gel Glue.

2. Let dry overnight completely.

3. Paint over the fabric and dried glue designs with watered-down acrylic paint.

4. Let the paint dry completely, overnight once again

5. Soak the glue batik fabric pieces in warm/hot water for one hour to soften the glue.

6. Scrub the softened glue off with a nail brush or scrub brush.

7. Dry once again. You can let them air dry or pop them in the dryer with an old towel. Iron if desired.

8. Enjoy your new Batik piece!





No Bake Chocolate Banana Energy Balls

Cooked Up By Brendan


Grade Level: K-5


Individual or multiple people: Individual or multiple people (with adult supervision)


Theme: Recipes


Materials: As always check ingredient list for allergens!

2 cups quick oats

2 ripe bananas

⅔ cup unsweetened coconut flakes

½ cup nut butter (such as Sunbutter)

2 tbsp flaxseed

1 tbsp chia seed

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp honey

½ cup mini chocolate chips


Location: Kitchen


Instructions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Roll into 30 equally-sized balls.

  3. Enjoy! These can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for several months.


Have a great day everyone!!!

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