Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kid's Boredom Buster Science - Holes That Don't Leak

The boys were bored, and restless this morning, so I set them up with a boredom buster activity from our latest library find, FamilyFun Boredom Busters, 365 Games, Crafts & Activities for Every Day of the Year. It's an excellent book, the kids have been pouring over it, picking the projects they'd like to do.

Our project today come from the chapter entitled, "Brain Boosters".

Big brother filled a Ziploc bag with water, while little brother stood ready, with a package of wooden skewers (you're supposed to use sharpened pencils, but we had the skewers on hand).

He poked the skewers, one by one through the bag.

Thanks to the polymer nature of the bag, the water didn't leak out of the holes.

Or, at least, not too much water leaked out.

If you don't have access to the FamilyFun book, you can find this experiment, as well as a recipe for Gak, for more polymer fun, here.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

This is rather fun! You definitely have the best experiments for different ages :)

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

What a great activity! I'm going to look for that book!

Ticia said...

I'm just adding books to my wish list left and right.

Anonymous said...

Here's a site that I think our readers might enjoy. It is called MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids (www.meetmeatthecorner.org)

This series of free educational video pod casts is directed at kids ages 7-12. Each three-minute episode includes links to fun websites, a list of recommended books and a Learning Corner of questions and extended activities about the topic.
New episodes are uploaded every two weeks. On 1/18 there will be an episode about Everyday Physics from the New York Hall of Science. On February 1, there's a show about Thomas Edison filmed at the new Thomas Edison Museum in West Orange New Jersey. And later in February, there is an episode on how to prepare for your school science fair.

Debbie said...

Oh how fun! That sounds like a great book! I need to start incorporating more science on this end.

The Photographer said...

I love that idea! I am going to have to see if my library has that book...Thanks!