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Where were these toys when I was little?

http://www.toyzone247.co.uk/learning-and-educational-toys/uncle-milton-in-my-room-star-planetarium

http://www.toyzone247.co.uk/learning-and-educational-toys/clementoni-archeofun-dino-dig-and-build-smilodon-and-mammouth

Update on the shrimp and snail

Gary the snail seems to be a happy little snail.  He spends most of his time clinging to the side of the bottle. He is a rather quiet fellow. 

Scampi the shrimp died….moment of silence……but coconut the shrimp is doing well. He enjoys spending his days sitting on the moss ball or on top of Gary’s shell.  He does not seem to realize that Gary is not a reliable taxi service.  He also enjoys short bouts of frantic swimming and stuffing his face with fish food.  He supposedly nibbles on the moss ball but he seems to prefer the fish food.  It is interesting to see it move into his stomach.

The grass seeds have sprouted and are growing well.  The soil is very wet though.  Hopefully mold will not start to grow.

I have found some more interesting sites.

http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/

An interesting simulation about camoflauge

http://www.kineticcity.com/controlcar/activity.php?act=4&virus=flossil

This one is an art site.  I think it would help the kids a lot with learning to draw in their science notebooks.  Some kids seem frustrated by drawing.

http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/search/label/0%20grade

Experiments for sound

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chhearing.html

What works the best to clean a penny? I think I would skip the ammonia.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/fetch/activities/act/act-coppercleanup.html

Spy writing!! With kinders I would have them write a litter or shape instead of a sentence.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/fetch/activities/act/act-espionage.html

Make a pinball machine

http://www.pbs.org/parents/fetch/activities/act/act-pinball.html

 

More ideas I want to try

This is from a site for older students but this idea we could do as a class.

http://working5to9math.blogspot.com/2012/07/5th-grade-science-foldables.html

Zip line racers.  I think I would make the frame for the racer and the students could experiment with different sizes of rubberbands.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Propeller-Powered-Zipline-Racers/

Marble roller coaster

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http://www.instructables.com/id/Marble-Roller-Coaster/

Very cool water wheel.  I might modify it by using bottle caps instead of egg cartons so it lasts longer.  We could build both and discuss the pros and cons of the different designs.

Backyard Water Wheel

http://igamemom.com/2013/05/16/off-screen-with-app-water-wheels/

Here is another water wheel design

http://allthingsupperelementary.blogspot.com/2013/05/Amy-Alvis-Engineering-WaterWheels.html

These look like so much fun!

http://www.guidecraft.com/product/633637/G9001/_/PowerClix_18_pc

Boat designs.  Again I would make different designs (since it involves using an exacto knife or box cutter) and have the students test them.

Aerodynamics Science Project full boat assembly

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Aero_p038.shtml?from=Pinterest#procedure

This might be an interesting project to do.  We would make a model of our school using cardboard.

http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Franco_Recchia.aspx

Balloons, bottles and blocks

Make your own barometer.  I am interested to see how well this works. I got the idea from http://www.parents.com/fun/games/educational/teach-about-weather-with-this-science-craft/?socsrc=pmmpin130627ffBarometer

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This next one demonstrates air pressure and the fact that hot air takes up less space than cold.  The bottle has hot water.  Place a balloon over the top and put in a bowl of ice water.  I got the idea from http://savvyandsleek.blogspot.com/2011/08/kid-craft-science-experiment.html?m=1

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This demonstrates density.  Fill a bottle with water.  Add a thin later of oil.  Add a few drops of food coloring.  Sprinkle with salt. The salt is more dense than the oil so is moves through it carrying the color and a drop of oil with it.  The oil bobs back up to the top. I got this idea from http://www.kiwicrate.com/projects/Salt-Volcano/2331

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This year I am planning on having the kids make blocks from milk cartons.  We will stuff them with paper from the recycle bin.  Since we have about 20 kids and drink milk every day we will end up with a lot of blocks!

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More awesome science toys!

I love open ended toys like this. You can use these with cardboard to make your own toys.

This one I can see kids and adults having fun with.

http://www.teachersource.com/product/touch-and-see-square/k-3

These fossils would be great for measuring, sorting, counting and weighing.

http://www.teachersource.com/product/fossil-sorting-kit/k-3

I love that this toy does not take up much room and the track can be changed around.

http://www.teachersource.com/product/wall-coaster/k-3

 

When I win the lottery

Here are some cool science items that I would buy if I won the lottery.

Ant farm!!!!

So if I do win the lottery I am gonna have some really fun toys!  I might even share them with the kids…….maybe

Catapults!

I made three different catapults.  We will test them and see which one works the best.  I have been testing them out with cat toys.

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The last one is made with a clothespin and a popsicle stick.  This one is easy to make and works very well.

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