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1 /// Read a book about animals.
2 /// Look at nature slides through a Viewfinder.
3 /// Read Zoobooks.
4 /// Start a nature collection. Examine your specimens with a large magnifying glass.
5 /// Water plants in and out of the house.
6 /// Blow bubbles and talk about how bubbles work.
7 /// Read a book about health.
8 /// Look at animal flashcards and see how many your kids can name on sight.
9 /// Start a nature journal. Glue interesting leaves into the journal and write down where you found them.
10 /// Fill an empty glass jar with a wet paper towel. Put a different kind of dried bean on each side of the jar and put the jar in a sunny window. Turn the jar once a day for the next couple of days, keeping the towel wet. See what happens.
11 /// Plant an herb garden.
12 /// Get a butterfly net and see if you can catch anything.
14 /// Put white carnations in different jars filled with water. Add different colors of food coloring to the water to grow different colored flowers.
15 /// Put a piece of black construction paper out on a sunny sidewalk with a couple of opaque objects on top (a toy, a fork, etc.). Let the sun bleach the paper to create a print. Talk about what happened.
16 /// Visit your local science or natural history museum.
17 /// Start a weather chart. Draw the weather every day for a week. See if you can predict the weather in the mornings after that.
18 /// See if your local medical school has a skeleton and visit it. Challenge your kids to feel their own bones as you point them out.
19 /// Sid’s Science Fair
20 /// Visit a star show at the planetarium.
21 /// Read a book about the ocean.
22 /// Visit the dentist and read a book about healthy teeth.
23 /// Cut a piece of fruit in half, put it in a Ziploc bag, and set it in a warm place. Let it sit for a couple of days, taking photos each day, and then talk about what’s happening to the fruit.
24 /// Create a zoo for plastic animals out of blocks. Talk about what the animals need to eat, how much space they need, etc.
25 /// Watch a documentary about animals.
26 /// Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
27 /// Get a book of constellations and see if you can see any from your house.
28 /// Go to the park and look for bugs.
29 /// Back to the Roots AquaFarm
30 /// Make four batches of cookies. Make one batch using all of the ingredients and then leave a different ingredient out of each of the others. Compare them.
31 /// Visit a plant store and talk about all the different kinds of plants available.
32 /// Download and watch all of the old Bill Nye the Science Guy episodes on iTunes.
33 /// Explore different tastes: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and savory.
34 /// Set up a veterinary clinic for your stuffed animals. Visit a real vet clinic or animal shelter for inspiration.
35 /// Get a pet. Feed. Water. Clean. Love.
36 /// Put water in a glass and put plastic wrap across the top. Put the glass in a sunny window. Look for condensation.
37 /// Go to the park and look for birds.
38 /// Visit a farm and talk about where your food comes from.
39 /// Get a big glass bowl, fill it halfway with water, and predict whether toys will float or sink.
40 /// Take your animal flashcards to the zoo and see how many you can find in real life.
41 /// Get a bunch of clear glass jars in different sizes and pour 1/2 cup of water into one of them. Pour the water from jar to jar, talking about how some jars look full and some are empty, but it’s all the same amount of water.
42 /// Pour oil and water into a plastic bottle. Put the cap on and shake. Watch and see what happens. Explain.
43 /// Make a bug village out in your garden, creating mud huts, ant hills, and other structures out of things you find outside. Be sure to include a bug buffet, trying to imagine what bugs might want to eat.
44 /// Hang a homemade bird feeder, like this one or this one or this one. (Be cautious about letting the kids handle seeds if you aren’t sure about allergies! Eva can’t be around birdseed because most contains sunflower seeds – a common trigger for kids who also have peanut and tree nut allergies.)
46 /// Make rainbows with Amlong Crystal® Optical Glass Triangular Prism for Teaching Light Spectrum
47 /// Get pirate eyepatches from a party store and let your kids walk around with one on for a while (especially on a sunny day). Take the eyepatch off and see how different things look to that eye than to the one that wasn’t covered.
48 /// Blow up a balloon with baking soda and vinegar.
50 /// At twilight, listen for crickets and see if you can catch one (temporarily). Or go after fireflies if you’re lucky enough to live in one of their natural areas.