Good Morning Everybody! The snow is gone, the sun is out, and it's a brand new Tuesday out there. Today's activities feature a musical art project from Jennifer, an indoor/outdoor active from Brendan, and a modified for home version of Bocce- from Paul.
Let's Rock- Build Your Own Guitar
Constructed by Jennifer R.
Type of Activity: STEAM, Science, Music
Goal: Quick into to physics of sound via musical instrument. Fine motor skills for constructing.
Background info: Sounds travel to our ears as sound waves- vibrations in the air we perceive as sound. These waves are produced by the vibration or movement of an object of an item. A vibrating object, such as a tuning fork, generates a sound wave. Air particles around fork bump into one another creating a wave. How cool is that? When a guitarist plucks a guitar string it vibrates at a specific frequency, which determines the pitch of the sound we hear.
Time to tune up!
Materials: four rubber bands same length but can be variety of thickness, glue, packing tape, empty tissue box, scissors, large popsicle sticks, empty paper towel tube
Let’s make some noise and get ready to rock!
Prep: Remove the plastic inside the hole of tissue box. Using the tape to attach the paper towel tube to one short end of the tissue box- make sure this is lined up with tissue box hole. Glue popsicle sticks to each end of the hole in the tissue box. The sticks should be perpendicular to the direction of the hole and close to its edges. (This means the sticks should form a T shape on both sides of the slit from the tissue box).
Allow to dry.
1. Wrap each rubber band around the tissue box lengthwise so they rest on the craft sticks. The rubber bands can cross over the tissue box hole.
2. Hold your guitar by the paper towel roll, and gently pluck each rubber band.
Do all of the rubber bands sound the same? Can you feel anything happen when you pluck the rubber bands? Try pressing each rubber band down on the popsicle sticks then pluck. Notice how this changes the sound of the rubber bands. The sound made by your instrument was the sound created by the rubber band vibrating when you plucked it, much like how a real guitar string vibrates when played by a musician.
Grade Level: K-5
Individual or multiple people: 2-4 people
Theme: To help develop hand-eye coordination indoors that is safe for both the children and the objects in the house!
Materials: Two chairs, a piece of yarn or string, and one balloon
Location: A medium to large space with enough room to play volleyball
1. Make a volleyball net by setting up two chairs about 6-8 feet apart and tying a string between them.
2. Blow up the balloon for the ball and the kids will take turns serving it. In our volleyball, serving is always done underhand, but hitting it back can be done either overhand or underhand.
3. Remember, each person can only hit it once, just like ping pong or tennis! However, with two person teams the players on the same side can take turns hitting it to try and get it over the net, as long as one person never hits it twice in a row.
4. If a player is unable to hit the balloon back over the net with one hit, the other player receives a point.
Volleyball games are usually played until one player reaches 15 points, by at least a two point margin. This means that if one player has 15 points and the other has 14 points, they must continue playing until the first player reaches 16 points (2 points ahead of the other player).
Rolled out from Paul
Grade Level: K-5
Individual or multiple people: Multiple people
Theme: Game that focuses on aim/accuracy and some strategy
Materials: Marbles- That's it!
Location: Any rug surface inside
Links and resources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V42IpGtUWB8
Further instructions or accommodations: This is a fun indoor alternative to the game of Bocce. This game has similar Bocce rules but using marbles instead.
Marble Bocce rules:
1. Each player should pick out 4 marbles of the same color scheme to differentiate from one another.
2. The players will then select a spotter marble which will be the target marble. Choose a marble that is a different color or different in size than the mables the players will be using.
3. To start the game, one player will toss the spotter marble out and that will be where players will try to toss their marbles to get as close as possible to the spotter marble.
4. Each player will take turns tossing one marble at a time to get closest to the spotter marble.
5. After each player has tossed all of their marbles, the player whose marble is the closest to the spotter marble will win that round and get a point. The winner of the round will also get to toss out the spotter marble at the start of the next round.
6. You can choose to play as many rounds as you’d like, tallying each player's points each round.
7. The player with the most points at the end of the game will be declared the Marble Bocce Champion!
Hope we get to see you later for MRASP LFH Read Aloud Time and Daily Drawing!
As always, catch you on the flip side MRASP'ers!