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Tuesday, June 16 2020

Hey Everyone! Today is our last Tuesday on Zoom. Scattergories, The 4th Grade Hangout, Pajama Book Club, and Weekly Nature Walk are all available on the Zoom Calendar.

Our final Good Bye on Zoom is on Thursday at 5pm. This is open to ALL KIDS AND TEACHERS!

Today on the blog we have binary bracelets, a simple moon sand recipe, marble art, and a recipe. Let's get started . . .

Binary Name Bracelets/Necklaces

With Aurora

Grade Level: 3rd-5th Grade

Individual or multiple people: Individual

Theme: STEM, Computer Science


  • Beads (preferably pony beads, but any bead will do)

  • String/thread

  • Binary Letter Key (provided below)

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

Links and resources:

Binary to Alphabet Key:

Further instructions or accommodations:

This activity is a fun one to introduce the concept of computer binary to kids. Binary is essentially the base language that computers use. All other coding languages and all of the information on your computer is binary at its base. In a computer, binary is made up of 1s and 0s. For this activity we use black and white squares, but it's the same concept.

  1. First, use a piece of paper to "write" your name in binary using the key provided. Put each letter on a new line so that you can distinguish between each letter.

  2. Next, choose three colors of beads. One color will represent the black squares, one color will represent the white squares, and the third will be used to put a space between each letter.

  3. Tie a knot on your string and start making your bracelet or necklace!

A quick example. If I spell my name (Aurora) using purple for the black squares, blue for the white squares, and pink for the spaces, it would be like this:

A: 1 purple, 1 blue, 5 purples, 1 blue

1 pink

U: 1 purple, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 blue

1 pink

R: 1 purple, 1 blue, 1 purple, 1 blue, 2 purples, 1 blue, 1 purple

1 pink

… and you get the idea! Have fun coding your own name!

Make your own Moon Sand

By Julie

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Either


8 cups flour

1 cup canola or vegetable oil

Food coloring

Measuring cup

Small and large mixing bowls


Location: Outside or over newspaper inside

Further instructions or accommodations:

  1. Pour 1 cup of oil into small bowl and mix in food coloring until the oil is the same color throughout.

  2. Take 8 cups of flour a pour into large mixing bowl

  3. Pour oil and food coloring mixture into flour.

  4. Knead the color throughout the flour

  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for as many colors of moon dough you want!

Marbled Art with Oil and Food Coloring

Crafted By Meg

Grade Level: All ages

Individual or multiple people: Either!


  • Vegetable oil

  • Food coloring-or you can substitute with watercolors

  • Paper

  • Dishes & Utensils-you can use a baking dish, small cups or bowls, forks, spoons

Location: Kitchen

Further instructions or accommodations:

  • Step 1: Mix your oil and colors! Pour a little bit of the oil into a bowl and add food coloring. Stir it with a fork-you want to make sure all of the coloring gets dispersed. Repeat these steps with as many colors as you want.

  • Step 2: Add your oil and color mixture to your water. Pour about an inch of water into a shallow pan or dish. Use a spoon to transfer the oil+color mixture to your bowl of water+color.

  • Step 3: Time to marble your paper! Lay your paper on top of the water-lift it to reveal the cool marbled pattern you’ve made. Repeat and make as many prints as you want with as many colors as you want. Be creative!

Tropical Smoothie

Cooked Up By Courtney

This FRUITY smoothie is delicious for a hot day!

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Either

Theme: Cooking


  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice

  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk light is ok

  • 1 large banana sliced

  • 1 cup frozen mango

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple

  • Optional garnishes: Maraschino cherries, lime slices, mint sprigs, pineapple wedges


  • Place the pineapple juice, coconut milk, banana, mango and pineapple in a blender; blend until completely smooth.

  • Pour the smoothie into 2 glasses and add optional garnishes if desired. Serve immediately.

Have a great day everyone!

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