Studies have shown that over the summer months, children can lose skills they have learned throughout the school year. In fact, many students lose about two months of reading skills during their vacation time. By making sure your child has lots of opportunities for reading, you can reduce the potential for summer learning loss. Science projects are a great place to start. By encouraging your child to work on science projects, you can provide opportunities for maintaining reading skills as well as learning new science concepts.
If you are you looking for some cool summer enrichment science activities to reduce learning loss this summer, the following recipes will help. Not only are they lots of fun, but they’ll keep your kids reading and thinking about science, too!
Have your child read the recipes aloud first. Discuss the project and determine whether you have all of the ingredients needed. Gather the ingredients then read through the instructions again before you actually start following them. These steps will give your child lots of opportunities to read the text. If your child is unsure of a word, encourage her or him to use of all of the reading strategies they know to figure out what the text says.
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ cup blue Dawn dish soap
- ½ cup corn starch
- 1 tbsp glycerin
- 6 cups lukewarm water
- 1 large clear plastic bowl
- Put the cornstarch into a wide mouth, clear plastic bowl.
- Pour the water over the cornstarch.
- Stir the water until the cornstarch is dissolved.
- Add the baking powder, dish soap and glycerine to the water mixture.
- Gently stir the mixture so that all of the ingredients are combined without creating a froth.
- Let the mixture sit for an hour.
- If the cornstarch begins to settle on the bottom of the container, gently stir the mixture until it is reincorporated.
- Allow your mixture to sit for at least an hour, stirring occasionally when you see the cornstarch settling to the bottom.
- Once your bubble mixture is ready, take it outside and make some of the best biggest and best bubbles ever!
Glow in the Dark Sidewalk Chalk
- 3 tbsp food coloring in bright colors
- 4 tbsp glow in the dark paint
- Petroleum jelly
- 1 cup plaster of Paris
- ½ cup water
- 1 large plastic container
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 ice cube tray
- Rub petroleum jelly into each of the sections of the ice cube tray.
- Pour the plaster of Paris into the plastic container.
- Pour the water, food coloring and paint over the plaster of Paris.
- Use the wooden spoon to combine all of the ingredients.
- Spoon the mixture into the sections of the ice cube tray.
- Place the tray in a dry, cool spot and let it sit overnight.
- Pop the chalk out of the tray and take them outside.
- Use them to create all sorts of outdoor murals.
- Store the chalk in an air tight container.
- ½ cup clear glue
- ½ cup liquid starch
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups sand
- 1 plastic container
- 1 wooden spoon
- Pour the glue into the plastic container.
- Pour the water over the glue.
- Use the wooden spoon to combine the glue with the water.
- Pour the liquid starch into the mixture.
- Stir the mixture until the three ingredients are combined.
- Add the sand to the mixture ½ cup at a time until you have the consistency you want.
- Store the sand slime in a zip lock bag.
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