Tuesday, April 27, 2010

StArt and Science - Weather

Well, since daughter wasn’t interested in the math activity I had in mind for my Math Links post, I’ll write my late Science-early StArt post instead. To be honest, the science and book part of it was written a week ago, but the “art part” happened this weekend.

Apr12_RainThis spring brought a lot of April showers. I don’t remember so much rain in my 8 years here. Anna was happy to go out and test her new rain slicker. She enjoyed tasting the rain and measuring it with her bucket (2 inches in 2 hours is A LOT for us). We read several books about weather, and Anna liked All About Weather even though a lot of information in this book iWhats the Weather Todays over her head. She requested it many times, and was able to read parts of it on her own. A couple of pages deal with the water cycle – evaporation and condensation. My virtual friend Debbie at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn had a great and simple experiment for Selena a few weeks back, and I was itching to repeat it at home. I especially appreciated the fact that I could do it as part of dinner preparation. I don’t have any picture of this, since I didn’t want to leave daughter next to boiling water, but Anna was very excited about cloud making and immediately wanted to make cloud as big as our room. I had to explain to her that this would require a lot more water that we have in our pot.

Apr27_HotCocoaBook

Lately my husband and Anna got into making stories together. He is a much better artist than I am (his spelling, however, is a different story). Anna made up the story about jumping in the puddles and going back for hot cocoa, and she helped illustrating it by drawing puddles. By the way, her middle name is not Maria, but somehow the character in all her stories is always Anna Maria.

For more story stretchers, visit StArt at A Mommy Adventures, and for more science ideas, jump to Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.

11 comments:

Christy said...

That is cute about her character being named Anna Maria. My kids always give their characters different first names but they always have their middle names!

Great ideas. I remember making clouds as a kid. I'll have to try that with my kids soon.

Ticia said...

Has she watched and now I'm totally forgetting the name, but the one with the singing nun?
When I was a kid all my characters were called Amy Grace, because that was the names of my two best friends.

Debbie said...

That is cute that she calls all her story friends Anna Marie. Selena uses her own name for most of her characters.

I have heard of the book, but haven't read it yet.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I like the way Anna thinks - a room sized cloud would be cool!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What fun! Emily loves to make up stories with her grandmother. It's one of her favorite activities!

sbswtp said...

So fun! These will be great for you to look back on:)

Pathfinder Mom said...

What a great way to preserve her stories. I love it.

Brimful Curiosities said...

That cloud that Debbie made using her freezer looked pretty big...almost room sized. We've been catching rain in buckets, too and transferring it to our watering can to use for our seedlings.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a great way to work on weather.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Anna Maria has such a nice ring to it! So fun to have her write her own stories. :)

Wonder Mom said...

I think Daddies who illustrate are the best! Just wonderful...

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