DIY sand-play activities for kids

sand activities for kidsHow much fun can you have with an inexpensive bag of playground sand? Hours! And you can do more than put it in a sandbox and play with some shovels and buckets (although, that’s pretty fun too). Here we tell you how to make acqua sand, sticky sand and slimy sand for hours of sand-play!
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Water exercise for kids

Kids love the water! Outdoor pools and the beach in the summer, indoor pools in the winter – swimming is year round fun!

In addition to swimming and splashing, there are also lots of ways to incorporate water exercise into pool time.

Watch physical therapist Kendra VanWasshenova demonstrate several great exercises for developing motor skills, coordination and strength in the pool this summer.

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Super sensory scavenger hunt

mott blog - clv 2015 - scavenger huntScavenger hunts can be super fun ways to break out of your summer activity rut. Have you ever tried one that involves more senses than vision? Typically on a scavenger hunt, we’re looking for certain things we can see. With this fun take on a scavenger hunt, we’re using more senses so we look, listen, feel, and smell.

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Esquites

Warm summer corn salad

EsquitesThis creamy summer corn salad is a flavorful way to use fresh from the garden sweet corn this summer!

Ingredients:

  • 4 ears of corn, shucked and removed from cob
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup jalapeno, finely chopped and seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 ounces Cotija cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)

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Model magic comet activity

comet activity

Learning about astronomy is a great way to spark a child’s imagination and engage them in the world of science!  In this activity, we’ll learn all about comets.

The visible parts of a comet are the coma, dust tail and ion tail.  However the heart of the comet is the nucleus. It’s actually fairly small, maybe the size of a few blocks up to the size of a small village (about 1/2 – 10 miles). Like most small objects is space, the nucleus is covered in craters. Continue reading

DIY meteor and crater activity

meteor crater activity for kidsHave you ever wondered why the moon looks like Swiss cheese, all covered with huge holes? These holes are called craters, and they are formed when a meteorite impacts a planet or moon. Meteorite is just a fancy name that scientists give to meteors that crash into something!

There are many impact craters on the Earth and the moon that scientists can look at to study meteorites. By studying the size and shape of the crater, these scientists are able to determine how big the meteorite that made it was! This is something that you can learn to do yourself!

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