Fun Science Experiments for Kids ~ Hydrofoils

This fun and easy hands-on science experiment, using three ingredients you already have, is perfect for warm weather outside, or not-so-nice weather inside. Hydrofoils use water (that’s the hydro) and tinfoil (yup, you guessed it) to demonstrate the concept of buoyancy.  

Big thanks to Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of Kids Activities Blog and their new book {affiliate link}101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters! for some fun science experiments for kids, including this one. More on their fab book in a minute.

Hydrofoils:  Water Science Experiments for Kids from "101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!"

Supplies Needed

  • Water in a container, bathtub or sink.
  • Tinfoil.
  • Pennies.

This experiment is about design:  Designing a boat that can float well and hold the pennies without taking on water, testing it and re-designing it again uses critical thinking skills

Fun Science Experiments for Kids - Hydrofoils @creeksidelearn

I gave the kids two different types of tinfoil, one was heavier than the other, but I let them discover that for themselves. They each set out to build, test and re-build their boats.  

While they worked, we talked about the concepts included in the experiment from the book:  Water pressure pushing up and gravity pulling the boat down. That’s buoyancy. 

 Fun Science Experiments for Kids - Hydrofoils

They made big foil boats and small foil boats and experimented with flattening the bottoms of the boats by pressing them on the sidewalk. 

Hydrofoils were a hit! We hope you will like them, too.

101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest Funnest Ever by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller

101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!: The Entertainment Solution for Parents, Relatives & Babysitters! contains even more fun science experiments for kids, as well as crafts, games and boredom busters.  I love how each activity contains clear instructions and way to modify things for older or younger kids.  Each activity is geared towards kids from toddlers to 12-year-olds. Holly Homer and Rachel Miller are on a mission to create great activities for kids every day. You can find them at Kids Activities Blog and on Facebook and Pinterest

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Fun Art Projects for Kids ~ Painting On Trees

Did you know you could paint trees? Never really thought about it, did you? Me either. Until the other day, when my kids and I stumbled upon the idea, playing with art supplies outside. If you’re looking for fun art projects for kids this summer, add this to your list. It’s fun and can be done over and over again. All you need is a little paint. . 

Summer Art Projects for Kids ~~ Painting Trees from Creekside Learning

No trees were harmed in this art project.  We used {affiliate link*} Washable Liquid Tempera Paint.  Indeed, it washed off with a rain storm later that night. 

We painted with brushes…

Paint a tree. Info on paint that won't harm trees. From Creekside Learning.

…and, we painted with our hands. What a great sensory experience! The cool paint going onto hands with tickly brushes, feeling the rough bark of the tree and the patterns in the lines of bark.

 Sensory Art: Painting Trees With Our Hands | Creekside Learning

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Summer Art for Kids:  Painting Trees from Creekside Learning.

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Service for Kids: 20 Unique Ideas for Summer Service Projects

Want to help those in need in your community this summer? Looking for ideas for service for kids?  Here are 20 unique ways you can help your community and each other.

20 Summer Service Projects for Kids from @creeksidelearn

Summer Service Projects for Kids

  1.  Collect donations for your local food bank.  Summer is a time of greater need because families whose children are fed meals at school five days a week find themselves in even greater need.  And food bank donations are notoriously low.
  2. Visit a nursing home to sing or read poetry. This was a service project my oldest son participated in this year with 4-H. Afterwards, the kids walked around and talked to the residents. They were clearly glad that the kids were there. We heard some wonderful stories and saw some beautiful smiles. 
  3. Make a secret water balloon fight delivery , like Pennies of Time did for a family with  three young boys and a new baby.  This would be great for any parent who is finding it challenging to keep kids occupied this summer.    
  4. Make On-the-Go Bags to keep in your car for the homeless like Thriving Home.  Summer items might include bottled water, insect repellant, deodorant, baby wipes, pop-top canned fruit, bags of nuts, single serving peanut butter, etc.
  5. Pass out cold bottled water to people working outside in the hot sun. Throw a cooler in your car and stop when you see landscapers, construction workers and others working out in the heat.
  6. Set up a lemonade stand at a senior community or assisted living center. Price of lemonade:  one smile. 
  7. Plant flowers, pull weeds and mow the lawn as a surprise for a family who is in crisis. It can be a relief to find that the mowing chore has been done and the flowers may help them to smile.
  8. Help animals. Collect donations of pet food and kitty litter and drop them off at the local animal shelter. Call the shelter and ask if there is anything else they need. 
  9. Drop off a bag of healthy  snacks at the ICU of your local hospital. Families sitting with a critically ill loved one have likely been eating hospital cafeteria food for days or not eating very much. It isn’t something they would think of to ask for help with but are often grateful for. (We have personal experience on both sides with this one.) We’ve dropped  food off with a card explaining we’ve been where they are at and we leave it at the nurse’s station so as not to disturb them. 
  10. Challenge your kids to provide service in-house. Do something nice for a family member, for each other. Surprise a sibling by completing their chore one day. They might to do the same for you another day. Offer to help Dad cook dinner or wash mom’s car. 
  11. Make busy bottles for kids in the Emergency Room, like this one from Jill at Meet the Dubiens.  One of the several times we’ve been to the ER, my oldest son was given one of these. He loved it. He still has it 5 years later. It made his hospital experience a bit of a better memory, despite the stitches he got in his chin that day from falling off his bike. He held it while they stitched him up and was so touched that other kids had made this for him. 
  12. Stock up on school supplies as they go on sale this summer. You know, those 49 cent boxes of crayons and $1 notebooks? Buy two bags worth and donate one now to homeless shelters, foster care, or directly to schools with kids who may need them. Save the second bag for later in the year when kids need those things again but the prices aren’t as low.
  13. Leave sidewalk chalk pictures and messages on the driveways and walkways of neighbors as a random act of kindness. It will wash off the next time it rains. 
  14. Pick a Go-Fund-Me site to donate money to. Babies who need surgery, kids fighting cancer, rescue dogs with huge vet care bills.   What does your family feel strongly about? What touches your heart? 
  15. “Work with your local high school or college to place empty boxes on campus at the end of school. Collect textbooks for students who need them in Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and other African nations.”  This and many more terrific ideas from Kid World Citizen’s 35 Service Projects for Kids.  
  16. You know the organizations that hold dog adoption events outside of pet supply stores? Ask them if you can stop by and offer to fill water bowls or bring pretty bandanas from the dollar store to help the dogs look fancy and more adoptable. Tell them you will help them get the word out about the adoption event by posting it on Facebook or Instagram. 
  17. In fact, spread the word on social media for whatever cause you are supporting. Raise awareness for the cause that touches your heart. Post pictures of your kids helping and let people know what’s needed and how they can help, too.
  18. Kids who have learned to read can read to younger kids, whether it is siblings at home or new friends in the local library’s children’s section. Create a fun outdoor reading nook in your yard, like this one from Alanna at The Craft Nest and read to younger kids in the neighborhood. 
  19. Share what you grow in your garden. Flowers and vegetables are fun to grow and enjoy and even more fun if you have an abundance to share.  Grab some beans or squash or roses, pick a neighbor you don’t know well and offer them some. Open up new conversations.
  20. Interview a grandparent or elderly family member.  Type up what they say and share it electronically with extended family. You can email it or start a Facebook group just for your family to share these memories and important pieces of family history. 

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Poetry Contest Winners!

May I present to you the very talented kids who are the winners of the  Children’s Poetry Contest? Get yourself a little snack, perhaps a spot of tea, and sit down with your kids to enjoy these lovely poems. Let them inspire you! Thank you to all who entered and thank you to our wonderful sponsors. Most of all, thank you to Carla at Preschool Powol Packets who tirelessly organized an entire month of celebrating kids and poetry.

tea time poetry for kids

And the winners are… 

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Cool Science Experiments ~ How to Build a Pop Rocket

We are all about cool science experiments so imagine how excited we are to have the opportunity to try one of the great experiments from Supercharged Science? {sponsored post} We learned how to make a Pop Rocket and I’m going to show you how it works, so you can make one, too.  But there’s more.  Supercharged Science is giving away  3-month enrollments to their e-Science program to two lucky Creekside Learning readers. Keep reading to find out more.

science experiments for kids

How to Make a Pop Rocket

 You will need:
-an M & M container or a Fuji film canister.
-Alka-Seltzer tablets
-optional:  seltzer water or soda  [Read more...]

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