Eye Exercises

Tibetan Eye Chart 

Seeing.org offers information about the Bates Method and its Techniques.


Wikipedia: This site has information about the Bates Method and Tibetan Eye Chart.

Wellness Hour Tibetan Eye Chart Site offers a chart and instructions for use.

Exercises 4 Eyes: Site offers interactive eye exercises.

WikiHow: How To Exercises Your Eyes – Offers written and video instructions for eye exercises.

All About Vision: Eye ExercisesDo Eye Exercises Improve Vision?

For more information about the human eye on Fran’s World of Discovery, click here.



Click on arrow next to ‘Playlist’ to see the title names. 




Connect with Fran’s World of Discovery!

If you find a broken link please let me know by leaving a comment!

Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way? Have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!
Advertisements

National Root Beer Float Day

Root Beer Float

National Root Beer Float Day is celebrated on August 6th of each year, and while the easiest way to make a root beer float is to put a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream into a frosty mug, and pour your favorite, icy cold root beer over it, we seem to have a knack for making everything a little more….interesting.

We’re planning to prepare for National Root Beer Float Day a few days ahead of time so we can sit back and enjoy all our hard work on August 6th.


If you would like to join us on our journey, this is what we have planned…


About National Root Beer Float Day

We’ll be learning how this delicious day got its start with some of the following resources.

National Day Calendar: National Root Beer Float Day – Find out how the “Black Cow” got its start in the late 1800’s


A&W Restaurants: Root Beer Float Day – A&W restaurants are famous for their delicious root beer floats, and this year (2016), A&W restaurants are celebrating National Root Beer Float Day by offering a FREE root beer float to anyone who stops in between 2 p.m. and closing. Check out the site for more information. 

Wikipedia: Root Beer Float – This link will take you straight to the root beer float section of the article. You’ll find some alternative float combinations to try as well.


Holidays In Year: National Root Beer Float Day – Site offers a little information about the day, and if you like to plan ahead, it also has the day of the week it lands on over the next few years.


Recipes: Ice Cream & Root Beer

We’re planning to make our own ice cream and root beer a few days in advance, here are some of the sites/videos we’ll be choosing from.



Food.com: Root Beer Float Day & Black Cow – This site offers a few interesting ways to enjoy root beer in other foods, and a version of a root beer float made with chocolate syrup.

Videos

The following selection of videos have recipes for homemade ice cream and root beer, in addition to some ways to make root beer float themed popsicles.

Click on arrow next to ‘Playlist’ to see the title names. 




Experimenting with Root Beer Floats

We’ll be experimenting with different types of homemade ice cream, made with alternative milks, to see if they can stand up to the homemade root beer we are planning to make.

 While researching for this post, some people suggested that ice cream should go into a glass after the root beer, while others put the ice cream in first. We’ll be doing some yummy experimenting with our root beer floats to compare methods.
In the past, we’ve tested out different flavors of ice cream and different brands of root beer to see which ones we like best. We found our favorite combos and you may find a new favorite too with this experiment!

If you decide to join us for this deliciously fun journey, let me know what your results were in the comments below. You can also make suggestions for other great resources.  
If you find a broken link please let me know by leaving a comment!

Connect with Funschooling and Recreational Learning!

Note: If this, or any other post on Funschooling and Recreational Learning, has inspired you in a positive way, or you have featured it in a blog post, please comment and link back to where it can be found! Thank you!

Orange Resources

General & Nutritional Information


WikipediaOrange (Fruit) – General information about oranges, including cultivation. 


World’s Healthier Foods: Oranges – General health information.


Nutrition and You: Orange – Fruit – Health benefits.


Purdue University: Orange – Growing and technical information.


LiveScienceOranges Nutrition Facts – Health benefits, risks and nutrition info.


Sunkist Oranges – Types of oranges.


Visual Merriam Webster: Fleshy Fruit Citrus Fruit – Labeled Diagram of an orange.


The Visual Dictionary: Orange – Parts of the orange and their function.

Care2: 13 Health Benefits of Oranges – Find out how oranges are good for your health.

Orange Diseases


CBS News: Incurable Bacteria Citrus Greening Destroying Floridas Citrus Industry


TechTimes: Greening Disease Threatens Florida Citrus Industry

Medical DailyFlorida Orange Trees Threatened by Citrus-Psyllid Asian Bugs Carrying Bacteria

Educational Activities

The Homeschool ScientistOrange Science – Does an orange float or sink?, Which rots first? and Will it rust?

Math Is Fun: Crates of Fruit Puzzle – Can you solve the puzzle without looking at the solution?

Sunkist: Recipes


Lil Snappers: Fun & Games

Momables: Homemade Orange Soda Recipe


Orange Peels


Beauty Glimpse: 13 Health Benefits of Orange Peels and 10 Magical Powers of Orange Peel Powder – Find out how orange peels benefit your health, skin and hair.


WonderHowTo: 14 Uses for Orange Peels – Illustrations and brief instructions for how to use orange peels to deter ants and garden pests, make a bird feeder, an emergency oil lamp and other cool things.

Care2: 12 Surprising Uses for Orange Peels – Household uses for orange peels…freshen and shine your sink, shine wood, as a body scrub and more.

LiveStrong: How to Extract Oils from Orange Skins – Step by step instructions for pulling the oil from orange peels.

Trash Backwards: What To Do With Orange Peels – Site offers a list of things that can be done with peels and links for many of those things.

The Sprouting Seed: 30 Ways to Use Orange Peels – How to use peels in foods, around the house, as a medicine and a few other ways.

Penny-wise Women: Many Uses of Orange Peels – Site recommends ways to dry and store orange peels and some ways to use it.

Strangers & Pilgrims: Uses For and How to Dry Orange Peel – Offers ways you can make your own seasoning, extract, grilling salt, and custom tea blends with your own orange peels.


YouTube Videos




Name/Time

How Orange Juice Is Made 6:40

How to peel mandarin oranges. Vol.2 A Caterpillar Orange 3:02

Orange Grove in Florida – REAL USA Ep. 28 6:04

How oranges are grown, harvested and shipped by Curiosity Quest 25:34

Citrus harvesting in Australia with a Nelson Harvester 11:44

How To Grow Orange Trees From Seed – The EASY Way!!!! 12:21 

Mandarin & Orange Growing Backyard Walk Through 1:05
  
Easy Orange Science Experiment 1:34

Connect with Fran’s World of Discovery!

If you have a resource to share or find a broken link, please leave me a comment. Thank you!


Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way? Have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!

Magic Tricks Resource Page

Magic Tricks…


Magic tricks are a great way to learn science and mathematics. Some tricks require good deductive reasoning and observations skills. Most require good timing skills. All of them take practice so that they can look as natural and effortless as possible while being performed.

The following resources contain information about magic, tricks you can learn to do with ordinary household items, and famous magicians and illusionists.

What is Magic?

Wikipedia: Magic


Make Your Own Magic Props

You Can Do Magic: Magic Tricks for Kids
Written and video instructions for making a magic trick. Check out ‘Magic Lessons’ for more tricks.


Instructables: Magic Channel
Offers a variety of tricks you can make and do.



How To Do Magic Tricks

Kidzone: Magic Tricks
Tips for becoming a successful magician and variety of tricks that use cards, coins and other household materials. 

This site offer a library of easy to do magic tricks that use common household materials.

Magic tricks for beginners, hobbyists and pros.

Learn magic tricks that use coins and cards.

How to Do Tricks: How to Do Card Tricks

Site offers card and coin tricks.

This site offers 219 card tricks and tutorials…and counting.


Site offers tricks done with playing cards.


Illusions you can make yourself.
Come Together Kids: Optical Illusion Handprint
Turn your handprint into an optical illusion.

Famous Magicians, Illusionists &a
mp; Escape Artists

Wikipedia: Harry Houdini
Site offers short video.

Wikipedia: Dai Vernon
A video of Dai Vernon’s life can be found in the video section below.

Wikipedia: David Copperfield
Site offers a short video.

About: Doug Henning

Wikipedia: Siegfried & Roy

Wikipedia: Mark Wilson

The video section below has more Penn & Teller videos.

Wikipedia: The Amazing Randi

Wikipedia: List of Magicians


Videos



Name/Time

Easy Magic Tricks for Everyone 13:16 More 
How to do 5 Amazing Magic Tricks with a Straw 6:05
Card Throwing How to Tutorials 2:44
How to Pop/Toss a Playing Card 2:25
How to stick a straw THROUGH a bottle cap! (magic trick explained) 4:36
Doug Henning – Close-Up Magic 5:40
Magician vs Gambler 4:39
Dai Vernon: The Spirit Of Magic 46:22
Siegfried & Roy-blue box 3:10
Siegfried and Roy – The Magic Returns 41:01 (Content may not be suitable for all audiences.)
Siegfried & Roy on Larry King – September 3, 1999 44:47
Magic – Mark Wilson Excalibur Illusion – Magic and Comedy Hour 1984 3:29
The Magic of David Copperfield V: Vanishing the Statue of Liberty (1983) (With Morgan Fairchild) 49:57

Penn & Teller Videos





Name/Time

Penn & Teller MMT EGYPT  50:11
Penn & Teller MMT CHINA 50:11
Penn & Teller MMT INDIA 50:11
Penn & Teller – Don’t Try This at Home (1990) 48:59 
Masters of Magic Penn and Teller, Amazing tricks 7:00


Connect with Fran’s World of Discovery!

Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way? Have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!

SPRINGTIME ACTIVITIES

If you are looking for something fun and educational to do during Springtime, try a few of the following activities…


Bubble Solution – Experiment to find out what ingredients make the biggest and best bubbles.

Bird Eggs – Links to science projects with eggs, make egg salad with a twist, and learn about the anatomy of bird eggs.

Bird Watching Activities – Bring the birds to you by making a bird feeder and bird food and learning how to identify them by shape, sound and color.

Spring/Easter Egg Craft – Make a hinged egg with a surprise inside. Full instructions and printable pattern available for this activity. This creative project is a great storytelling activity for any age.

An Eggcellent Game – Use a recycled egg carton and some plastic eggs to play this fun game.

Nature Backpack – Before your next outing, pack up a few items that will help make exploring nature a little more fun and informative. 

Chocolate – Learn about the history of chocolate, make an old fashioned chocolate egg cream, chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate bath soap, and chocolate lip balm.

Strawberry Craze – This mini strawberry research project is filled with questions to explore, experiments such as extracting DNA from a strawberry, a recipe for a strawberry breakfast sundae, plus links and videos.

Hula Hoop – Activities that can be done with a hula hoop, a link to the history of hoops, and videos about how to hula hoop and some of the amazing things people can do with them.

Geodes – Learn how to make geodes from alum, sugar, salt, or Borax, and learn how they are formed in nature.

Outdoor Charades – Make being outside a little more fun with a game of outdoor charades.

Bottle Toss – Make a bottle toss game from recycled items.

Bottle Cap Stamps – Make stamps from recycled caps and lids. Suggestions for use and instructions for the game, Code-Breaker included.

Tic-Tac-Toe Game – Make a tic-tac-toe game from recycled items and learn about the history of the game.

Crafts from Recycled Items – Turn egg shells into art, plastic milk jugs into a luminaries, grocery bags into a decorative bags and a shirt into a shoulder bag.

Outside links…

Still Learning Something New puts out a monthly calendar with monthly food themes, birthdays, events, holidays and much more. Check out the April, May, and June calendars for more info.

Connect with Fran’s World of Discovery!

Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way? Have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!

Apple Experiment: Preventing Oxidation

Apple Oxidation by Fran W.

Why do apple slices turn brown?


Whenever an apple is cut, peeled, hit or dropped, cell walls are damaged. Enzymes called polyphenol oxidase (PPO), and iron-containing phenols are exposed to the oxygen in the air and oxidation occurs.

Fruits and vegetables such as apples, mango, potatoes, bananas, peaches and pears all turn brown (oxidize).
How can we stop oxidation or slow the process down?

– We can reduce the pH on the surface of the apple by using an acid like lemon juice.

– We can cook the apple slices to make the enzymes inactive.

– We can also stop or reduce oxidation by reducing the amount of oxygen available. We can do this by placing the apple slices in water or by putting the apple slices in a vacuum packed container.

– Dehydrate the apple slices. When you dehydrate something, you remove the water and that stops foods from spoiling.

Apples by Becka V.

Try one or more ways for yourself in the following experiment…

Before you enjoy your next apple, cut two slices off and give this experiment a try:
Leave one apple slice alone and use one of the ways mentioned above to stop the other slice from turning brown. Time how long it takes for the slices to turn brown.

If you have a variety of apples in the house, cut a slice off each one and find out which apple turns brown the fastest and the slowest.

Related Apple Activities on Funschooling & Recreational Learning:

Apple Research Project
Funschooling & Recreational Learning has created an apple research project with links to other apples sites and videos about apples: How to make an apple puzzle, the health benefits of apples, and how apples grow.


Make a quick and easy apple cider that tastes like warm apple pie!

This experiment is an example of one of the activities that can be found in the Johnny Appleseed ebook, written and developed by Fran Wisniewski. Click on the link above to learn more or click on the link below to purchase. 
Connect with Funschooling & Recreational Learning!

Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way, or have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!

Experiment: Chromatography of Leaves

Why Do Leaves Change Colors?


To do this experiment, you will need:

Leaves of various colors from different plants (2 of each), rubbing alcohol, hot tap water, plastic knife or spoon, clear cups or glass containers, scissor, mortar and pestle, permanent marker, masking tape, a paper coffee filter and a timer or a stop watch

Leaf Activities on Funschooling and Recreational Learning

Fall Equinox                                      Fall Holidays and Events

Fall Leaves                                        Leaf Hunting

Leaf Prints & Stencils                      Leaf People and Creatures



Solar Cooking

Easy Solar Cooker by Fran W

Did you know…

You can use the sun’s rays to bake, boil, and steam a variety of foods such as breads, rice, meat, and eggs!


Today’s activity:  Make an easy solar oven


This solar oven is very simple to make and use. If you would like to make one that is more sophisticated, there are instructions in the links below under “Learn More”.


To make a simple solar oven you will need:

  • A black recycled plastic container with a lid from a fast food restaurant or a black recycled soup container 
  • Aluminum foil or a small metal bowl
  • Clear wrap if your container doesn’t have its own lid
  • A rubber band
  • A towel, flat pan, or a plastic tub
  • Pot holder
  • Something to cook from the list below

What to do:

Cover the inside of your container with aluminum foil, place your food inside, put a lid on it, or cover it with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band, and put the container in direct sunlight for a period of time. If your contents contain liquid, put a towel or a flat pan underneath it in case of leaks.

Here are some of the things you can make with this small solar cooker… 

Please note that times may vary depending on the time of year, the heat of the sun and your location on the planet…

S’mores – 30 minutes 

I have a post that shows you how to put a twist on this old favorite here. After putting our ingredients together, we checked on our s’mores every 10 minutes until they were the way we liked them. The marshmallows will not toast, but they do melt very nicely, or get fluffy and soft.

Noodle Soup – 30 minutes 
Using its own container, we broke up the noodles and added the flavor packets, added hot water instead of boiling water, mixed it up, covered the whole container with plastic wrap to keep the heat in, and put it on a cookie sheet in case of leaks. We placed the container in direct sunlight, checked on it in 15 minutes, mixed the noodles with a fork, covered it back up, and checked it again in 15 minutes. We thought it worked really well. 

Here are some of the other things you can try…

Oatmeal, canned or frozen veggies, quick rice, potatoes, beans, lentils, instant soups, apple slices with raisins, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter, etc.

Experiment to find out what else you can make! You should not put raw meat in this type of solar cooker because it won’t generate the kind of heat needed to safely cook it, but you can use meat flavored bouillon cubes and hot dogs because they are precooked.

If you use a glass jar with at lid, you can make sun tea too!

Note: We did a little experiment when we did this by placing one solar cooker in the car and one outside. Both were in direct sunlight and both cooked the food at the same time! We thought about putting our solar ovens in our outdoor grill, but it was no longer in the sun! 

Question of the day…

How have other countries benefited from solar cooking?

Learn more…

Solar Cookers International
Learn how cooking with solar energy has helped people around the world!


Make a solar cooker from a pizza box

Instructions for making a solar oven out of a recycled pizza box. (Site currently under construction.)

B
ackwoods Home

This site offers instructions for a homemade solar oven.

Solar Oven Chef

This site offers a selection of recipes you can make with a solar cooker.

Sun Oven: Daily Solar Recipe
This site offers many different recipes that are made using solar energy!

Solar Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies can be made in a car on a very hot day!


If you give any of these methods or recipes a try, leave me a comment telling me about your experience!

Connect with Fran’s World of Discovery!
Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Google+


Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way? Have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!

Extract DNA from a Strawberry

Strawberry DNA Supplies by Fran W

The following experiment will show you how to pull the DNA out of a strawberry.


To do this experiment, you will need…

1 Strawberry w/o leafy top (hull)
2 tsp Dish detergent
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 c Water
8 oz Clear plastic cup
Rubbing alcohol (about a 1/4 c)
Coffee filter
Craft stick
Zip-top bag – sandwich size
Towel to clean hands

Optional: Magnifying glass, rubber band

What to do…

  • Put the strawberry in the zip-top bag, remove the air while closing the bag, and smash it into a puree. It takes about a minute to puree strawberry. Do not break or puncture the bag while smashing.
  • Put dish detergent, salt, and water into a plastic cup and mix with a craft stick.
  • When the strawberry is liquefied, pour detergent/salt/water mixture into the bag and, without making a lot of bubbles, swish everything around gently for about 30 seconds.
  • Put the coffee filter into the plastic cup, fold the filter over the top of the cup and use a rubber band to keep it in place. Leave about two inches of space between the filter and the bottom of the plastic cup.
  • Pour the liquid from the bag into the filter. You do not need to use all of the mixture. 
  • Carefully remove the rubber band and gently squeeze the liquid out of the filter without breaking it. Discard filter when finished, and use the towel to clean your hands.
  • Pour in as much alcohol as there is liquid into the cup (about 1/4 cup), and allow it sit for about 30 seconds. You can swirl the cup gently if you want to.
Extraction Results

If you use a clear cup, you will be able to see the two colors separately in the cup, and soon you’ll notice a swirling on top of the liquid, that’s the DNA making its way up to the top. After a minute, put your craft stick into the liquid, and pull out the strings of DNA.


Take a look at it with the magnifying glass and/or microscope.

What do you see? What does it feel like?

Tip: If you want to save the DNA, place it in a clean zip-top bag and refrigerate. It will keep for a while.

If you have all your supplies ready, you can do your experiment while watching the video below, which takes about 9 minutes to watch.



This activity is part the Strawberry Craze series.

Related posts on Fran’s World of Discovery:

A yummy and fun way to start the day or enjoy as an anytime treat.

Learn how to start your own strawberry plant from seeds and some of the interesting ways people grow them.

Find out how strawberries have been used over the centuries and make strawberry hull tea.

Learn about strawberries by using your senses.

More strawberry related activities can be found in my ebook Strawberry Craze. This 91 page ebook is filled with 30 strawberry-related activities and 15 yummy kid-friendly recipes. Click for more info.


Connect with Fran’s World of Discovery!
Note: Has this or another activity on Fran’s World of Discovery inspired you or someone else in a positive way, or have you featured this activity in a blog post? I invite you to comment and link back to where your post can be found, or tell me what you or your family enjoyed about the post! Thank you!