Flying marshmallows: DIY marshmallow shooter

Children have a natural curiosity. That’s one of the reasons why they are so attracted to science activities (even though they don’t usually know it’s science!).

This particular activity will feel like a game, but it is actually a great way to introduce your child to hands-on science, building things themselves, and experimenting. So, let’s get started!

DIY Marshmallow Shooter

DIY marshmallow launcher

Materials:

  • Plastic, disposable cups
  • Balloons
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Scissors
  • Rubber bands

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It’s Car Week! Hands-on car themed activities for kids

car themed activities for kidsWhen you live in Michigan, home to Motor City, adding a car-themed week into your summer fun is almost a given. There is no shortage of car themed activities to do at home and in the area.

(Plus we are still super excited about the magic of cars after Caden’s Car Show earlier this month!)

So get your motors running and try out some of these car-themed activities with your kids this summer!

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Rolling good times: DIY ball and ramp activity

Ball and ramp activityKids generally love science, and with good reason since it taps into their natural curiosity. Here’s a fun, simple activity we like to do at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum that you can easily do at home — and you probably have everything you need in your home right now! It’s called “Build a Ball, Make a Ramp.” Two of the perks of this activity are that it gives kids an opportunity for free play and helps them learn about simple machines.

In a nutshell – this activity basically provides the supplies for your child to build a ball, and then a ramp to roll their ball on.

Supplies
You won’t need all of these, just round up whatever you have at home.
• Play-Doh/clay
• Rubber bands
• Scraps of fabric/washcloths
• Paper plates and cups
• Rulers/paint sticks
• Twist ties
• Foam sheets
• Plastic wrap
• Aluminum foil
• Plastic containers

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What’s inside of me? DIY anatomy projects for kids

Anatomy activities for kidsPlay allows children to express themselves in a way that is familiar to them. Here at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, our Child Life Specialists use something called medical play. Medical play allows children to have hands-on play experiences using real or pretend medical equipment and supplies. Using medical play techniques, our child life therapists help kids to work out (or “play” out) their feelings or anxieties regarding medical experiences. Medical play can also be an important way to help them understand their body and any treatments or procedures they may undergo.

But, you don’t need to be in the hospital to learn about your body. From skeletons to beating hearts, kids are curious about what’s under their skin, so let’s explore the human body this week with these DIY anatomy learning projects.

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DIY Rain Sticks

A fun and easy musical craft

DIY Rainstick ActivityMusic is a great addition to any day. Young children love to get in on the fun by singing and playing instruments. Here’s an easy-to-make craft project that will keep you and your child singing and dancing all day.

Materials:

  • Empty paper towel roll
  • Aluminum foil or wax paper
  • Rubber bands or tape
  • Uncooked rice
  • Decoration items of choice!

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DIY Bottle Rocket

DIY Bottle RocketIt’s important to give kids lots of hands-on experiences, and this DIY activity is also great for piquing their curiosity about science!  Thanks to Goldie Blox for their permission to re-purpose their DIY Bottle Rocket activity idea, and be sure to scroll to the end to learn about this week’s Camp Little Victors giveaway from Goldie Blox!

** This is an activity for outdoors in a spacious area with close parent supervision! **

Materials:

  • An empty water bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Toilet paper
  • A cork (Make sure it fits snugly into your bottle opening before getting started)

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