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Tuesday, April 21 2020

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

Welcome back! It's Tuesday which would normally be a field trip day for our fourth and fifth graders. Look out on the blog later today for a message about Chloe's Virtual Field Trip. We also have the fourth grade hang out, choose your own adventure, and musical jeopardy on the zoom calendar for today.

Let's get back to our activities! We have mini-golf, a new take on an old favorite, an inertia STEM experiment, and another delicious recipe.

Outdoor or Indoor Mini Golf

With Charlotte

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: 1+ people

Theme: Make use of everyday household items to transform your yard or living room into a golfing paradise! Activate your child’s hand/eye coordination and construction skills creating and using a simple course that can be done anywhere in your home.

Materials: plastic or paper cups, masking tape, food cans (for obstacles), books (for ramps), gold club and golf ball. Optional items: building blocks, stuffed animals, beach towels, chalk, skewers, paper, markers, chairs

Location: A medium to large space with enough room to play mini golf. Can be indoors or outdoors.


Step 1: Construct your course! Try to reimagine or reconstruct a miniature golf course you have been to before. Or, build from scratch! No idea is too crazy. Add lots of obstacles, make bridges, and include twists and turns so the course can be challenging. If you have family members building the course with you, share ideas with each other!

Step 2: Use the cups as your “holes”. Reinforce each cup in place using a piece of masking or painters tape. Some cups can be at angles or standing upright to create more of a challenge!

Empty boxes can become tunnels which will also need a little piece of tape to help keep in place. Chairs or footstools would also be great tunnels.

Pillows or books can be placed on the ground with a beach towel laid over to make ramps.

Use skewers or sticks to create hole numbers. Cut triangles out of printer or construction paper and write numbers on each paper with the hold number. Next, tape the paper to the skewer or stick and put right next to the hole.

Step 3: Create your own scorecard for yourself or your teammates. If you are playing alone, try to create extra challenges for yourself by beating your score or how fast you completed the course the next time you play!

Additional Information: If you don’t have a golf ball or golf club, do not worry!! A simple golf club can be made using cardboard and a sturdy stick or other cardboard recyclables. For a golf ball, use a bouncy ball, tennis ball, or other lightweight ball.

A few ideas are:

1. Putt Putt Zoo: Use stuffed animals or plastic animal toys to create a scenic zoo.

2. Find the Castle: Have your final “hole” be a cardboard castle and set up figures along the way to “battle” before reaching the castle.

3. Arcade Golf: Each “hole” has different amounts written on it. Harder ones to reach could be worth 50 points while an easier “hole” is only worth 10. Keep score along the way.

"Authors" Card Game

By Brendan

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: 3+ players

Theme: A basic card game that is very similar to Go Fish, but with a few key differences!

Materials: 1 standard 52-card deck of cards

Location: Any flat surface to play a basic card game.


  1. Deal the whole deck out to everyone playing.

  2. Beginning with the player to the left of the dealer, each player asks another player for a specific card in the deck, naming both the number and the suit (for example, “Do you have the Queen of Diamonds?”)

  3. If the person asked has the card, they must hand it over.

  4. The player’s turn continues so long as the player receives the card they asked for. If not, their turn is over and the turn passes to the left.

  5. As soon as a player collects four cards of the same number, such as four 3’s or four Queens, they lay them face down in front of them.

  6. The game continues until all cards are laid down, the player with the most cards laid down wins!

Further instructions or accommodations: You can play this with 2 people, but keep in mind that there is a high chance that whoever goes first will inevitably win if they know what cards aren’t in their hand. This game should really be played with 3 or more people.

Inertia Experiments

with Maisa

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Individual

Theme: STEM

Introduction: What is inertia? It sounds complicated but you probably already have an idea of how it works. Inertia means that something will not move unless a force is applied to it. We would be surprised if we saw something like a chair start to move on its own. It also means that things with more mass, things that are heavier, need more force to start moving. We also know to expect this; it’s harder to push a boulder than it is to push a beach ball. We’ll use some coins to examine what inertia is and how it works.

Location: Table or clean smooth floor Materials:

1 or more pennies 1 or more dimes 5 or more nickels 1 or more quarters


First take one of each kind of coin and try sliding them across the table or floor (not on their side: flat, like a hockey puck) They don’t have much mass and this is easy to do. After a second or two they slow down and stop moving. Next take your smallest coin, The dime, and try sliding other other coins into it. See what happens when a penny, nickel, and quarter hit the dime. The first coin will come to a stop right away and the dime will keep going instead. If you pay attention you will notice that the dime will go faster than the first coin. Why? Because the dime has less mass and can go further with the same force.

Next do the opposite, take your largest coin, the quarter, and slide the dime, penny, and nickel into it. Observe what happens. If you want you can try sliding any kind of coin into any other if you want to see what happens. Make a prediction of what you think will happen before you try it.

Last stack five nickels on top of one another so they form a column. Then try sliding the quarter into the column. If the quarter is moving fast enough it will knock out the bottom nickel without moving the 4 on top, and you will now have the quarter on the bottom. Links and resources: Further instructions or accommodations: You can use anything small and flat for this experiment like metal washers instead of coins.

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothies

Cooked Up By Courtney

This is a delicious sweet treat that you can whip up for an afternoon snack! As always make sure to check the ingredients for allergens.

Grade Level: K-5

Individual or multiple people: Either!

Theme: Cooking

Materials: Blender, Glasses, Spoon, Measuring Cups, Teaspoons and Tablespoons.


3/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 cup whole milk, plus more if needed (or any kind of milk you drink at home)

1/2 cup full-fat vanilla yogurt (or any kind of yogurt you eat at home)

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

Location: Kitchen


Add the oats, raisins and pumpkin pie spice to the carafe of a blender and pour in the milk, adding more to cover the oats if needed. Stir completely and set aside until the oats are soft, 15 minutes.

Blend on high speed until pureed and smooth, about 1 minute. Add the yogurt, brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups ice, and blend on high speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour into 2 pint glasses.

Have a great afternoon everybody! We'll see you back here tomorrow for more fun and games!

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