Want to prevent the summer slide?
Scroll down for some fun and educational activities!
Check out these websites to see LIVE animal videos from zoos across the country.
Zoo Atlanta: PANDA CAM
Houston Zoo: GIRAFFE FEEDING PLATFORM
San Diego Zoo: 13 CAMS TO CHOOSE FROM
Monterey Bay Aquarium: 10 CAMS TO EXPLORE
Check out these websites for some cool summer fun
Weave a cute baby turtle
Make a shell refrigerator magnet
Create origami animals
Make taste-safe kinetic sand
Create a sea animal coffee filter suncatcher
Find sea creature knitting patterns here
Create bubble foam for summer play
Make your own pool noodle fishing game
Have fun making this Earth seed paper
Ocean crafts made with household items
Make an ocean in a bottle
You will need:
* Clear plastic water bottle with cap
* Cooking oil
* Blue food coloring
* Strong tape or hot glue gun
* Optional: small toys that can fit in bottle
1. Fill bottle a little less than 1/2 full of water.
2. Add food coloring and shake a little to mix
3. If you are adding optional items, do so now.
4. Using the funnel, fill the remainder of the bottle with oil. Leave about 2 inches at the top - this helps the "waves" roll.
5. Screw the lid on tightly.
6. Secure the lid with heavy tape or glue.
7. Move the bottle to watch the waves.
Because oil and water do not mix, the movement of the two separate liquids within the bottle gives the illusion of waves. Try different colors and make a rainbow of oceans!
Talk about science!
Why doesn't the oil and water mix together?
Water molecules have a positive charged end and a negative charged end. The positive end of one water molecule is attracted to the negative end of another water molecule. So, like a magnet, opposites attract.
The oil molecule doesn't have the positive and negative ends like the water molecules.
This means that oil molecules are more attracted to each other and the water molecules are more attracted to each other. So the two never mix. This is known as being immiscible
Bonus question: When you turn the bottle, why does the water always end up on the bottom and the oil always ends up on the top?
Click on the print button to print your very own bookmarks. If you are using a mobile device, then just click on the picture to print.
Encourage your child to play AND learn this summer
So much to see and do at the Tennessee Aquarium
Plan a trip to GulfQuest Museum in Mobile
Dauphin Island Sea Lab has great resources
Visit TVA Kids for loads of great activities
Learn and create with this underwater volcano craft
The National Ocean Service has great activities for kids
Check out these NASA images of Earth's oceans
Learn about naval history here
Don't just make bubbles; learn about them too
Discover the role of water in our lives
Learn about oceans from the Smithsonian Institute
Find loads of ocean facts here
The Sea Turtle Conservancy is the place to go for sea turtle info.
Click on the print button to print your book. If you are using a mobile device, then you can just click on the picture to print.
Tell the story of your family by printing the "My Family's Story" book. Answer the questions and illustrate the pages to make a keepsake book for your family. Put the pages in any order you choose (it is YOUR story after all) and staple together.
Be sure to complete this
family tree craft and add it to your book as well.