Drinking Straws


Bon Appétit: A Brief History of the Straw – This article talks about:

  • How the first drinking straw was made.
  • How the bendable straw came to be.
  •  How they went from paper to plastic.
  • Krazy Straws.
  • Modern straw designs and uses. 
  • How we’ve gone back to paper straws and why.


The Atlantic: The Amazing History and the Strange Invention of the Bendy Straw – The story of the how the bendable straw was invented.

Smithsonian: Inventions – The Straight Truth About the Flexible Drinking Straw – How the first flexible drinking straw was invented.

Wikipedia: Drinking Straw – History of drinking straws and their modern uses. Also types of straws.


Howstuffworks: How are Bendy Straws Made? – The first page talks about what straws have been made up of, click on the word “NEXT” under the video and the second page will tell you what straws are made of now and how they are made. The third section is an author’s note.

The Inventors.org: Drinking Straws – This short article starts with the history of the drinking straw and ends with other things spiral wound tubing lead to.


Days of the Year: Drinking Straw Day – January 3rd of each year is drinking straw day. Learn about the history of drinking straw day and how to celebrate the day. Try a recipe for Mint Julep – an adult drink. A kid-friendly mint julep recipe can be found on Twice As Good Show.com

NASA: Rockets – Rocket Pinwheel – This cool experiment requires a straw, balloon, pencil, a sewing pin, and tape to make it. Go to the site for full instructions.


Manufacturing.net: Va Plant Produces 4B Drinking Straws Annually – Information about a plant that makes more then 4 billion straws a year.

Going Plastic Straw Free


Seattle Time: The last straw? Seattle will say goodbye to plastic straws, utensils with upcoming ban – News article about a new ban.

Washington Post: A campaign to eliminate plastic straws is sucking in thousands of converts – News article about a young man on a campaign to eliminate plastic drinking straws.

Straw-Free.org – Find out what you can do to help the campaign and go straw-free.


Strawless Ocean.org – Find out who’s going straw free and what you can do to help.

Engineering.com: Engineers Develop Edible Straws to Combat Plastic Pollution – New developments in drinking straws that are plastic free.

One of the ways to help the straw-free movement is to reuse the plastic straws that you do have in positive ways such as in art projects, science experiments and math activities. Below, you will find videos that show you fun ways to reuse plastic straws. Once you are done with them, clean them out well, and get creative!
Straws can be cut down and melted, and used in some cool ways, as you’ll see in the selected videos.
If you like to use straws, purchase reusable straws in stores and online.
Once your plastic straws are gone, make straws from other materials, as show in the videos below.


Videos

HowStuffWorks: Stuff of Genius: Joseph Friedman: The Flexible StrawThis 1:27 minute video tells you about the inventor of the bendy straw.

YouTube: Drinking Straw PlaylistThis playlist includes information about the history of drinking straws, and fun activities you can do with them such as science experiments, art projects, and math activities.
Some videos will require adult supervision to use a lighter, hot glue gun, or cutting tool.
Here’s one of the video from the list…


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Play With The Wind

One of the best ways to learn about math and physics at the same time is to play with the wind! Here are some of the fun things you can do with the wind located here on Funschooling & Recreational Learning:

Fly a Kite –  How kites works, how to make and fly them. Includes stunt kites.


Bird Watch – Bird watching activities, bird treat ideas, and links to bird-related activities and information.


Blow Bubbles – Experiment with bubbles by making your own solution, and links to information to learn about what’s so fascinating about bubbles and bubble experiments.


Fly Paper Airplanes – Get instructions for making paper planes, tips and suggestions for flying them, and Guinness info.


Pom-Pom Shooter – Watch how the wind can carry a pom-pom and predict where it will land.


Play with Balloons – Information about balloons and instructions for the game Balloon Badminton.


Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride – Hot air balloon resources including the history of the first flight, the inventors, how it work, and printable activities and craft ideas. Plus activity suggestions and videos.




National Ride The Wind Day is celebrated on August 23 of each. It is meant to celebrate the anniversary of the first human-powered flight to win the Kremer Prize. Here are some of the fun ways you can celebrate the day as a family!


Hang glide – Paraglide – Windsurf – Play Frisbee – Make a Paper Sailboat

Make a Windmill 

To Learn More About National Ride The Wind Day please visit the following sites:


National Day Calendar: National Ride the Wind Day


Days of the Year: Ride the Wind Day


Time & Date: Ride Like The Wind Day


Other Project Ideas


Education.com: Activity: Construct a Paper Plate Wind Spinner – How-to instructions.

Kids Ahead: Wind Energy Activities – Offers an array of wind related projects you can do. Includes some puzzles too.

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Make & Fly Kites

Scholastic Activity: Make a Kite – Offers simple instructions for making a one
of a kind kite.

Cool Math: Kites – The properties of a kite: area, perimeter, interior angles, diagonals, length ect..

Wikipedia: Sport Kites: Info about sport kites aka stunt kites, also Kites: History of, materials, uses and more.

My Best Kites: Stunt Kites – Information for making and flying kites.

How Stuff Works: Kite Activities for KidsHow to Make a Tiny Straw Kite, and How to A Paper Kite for Kids – Make a Kite from a Lunch Bag

Skatch-Pad: Make Your Own Kite – Simple instructions for making a custom kite.

How to Make & Fly Kites – Offers instructions for 19 different kites.


NASA: Forces on Kites –  Explains aerodynamic forceKite Construction – Kite anatomy, and Kites – History of kites, types of kites, forces on a kite, and flying.

YouTube: Kite Playlist Learn how to make kites and how to fly them.
Here’s a sample video:




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Archery




Popular Mechanics: How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand



World Archery.org: Brief History

Wikipedia: History of Archery – From the stone age to a modern day sport. Also includes information about ancient cultures.

History of Archery: Archery facts, history, & types.



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Pop & Play Dart Game

Carnival games are a lot of fun to play at any skill level. This version adds a bit of a twist to it that makes it a little more entertaining.

You will need: A large thick piece of cardboard, paint, paint brush, darts, staple gun, staples, and water balloons

Optional: Paper and pen.


Set-up: Paint your cardboard panel any way you like, blow up a bunch of water balloons, tie them off, and staple them to the board. Use the darts to pop the balloons.
Optional: Think of some fun activities or actions, write them on small slips of paper, roll them up, and put one in each balloon before blowing them up. After all the balloons have been popped, gather up all the papers inside and take turns reading and doing what they stay. Below, you will find a few ideas to get you started, I encourage you to come up with more. You can decide if ever balloon needs to have an activity in it. 
Here are some activity suggestions you can add to the balloons:
  1. Do 10 Jumping Jacks.
  2. Find something that begins with a certain letter of the alphabet.
  3. Find a certain object.
  4. Act like an animal.
  5. Sing/hum a few bars of your favorite song and ask others to guess it.
  6. Name 5 things that you see in or on a tree.
  7. Throw a ball into a container.
  8. Do a silly dance.
  9. Tell a joke.
  10. Make up a riddle.
  11. Play a round of the guessing game: I Spy.
  12. Name 5 object that are a certain color.
  13. Say a shape you see in the clouds.
  14. Juggle 3 water balloons (filled with water is optional).
  15. Play a round of: I’m thinking of…

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Roll ‘N’ Score

Here’s a recycling project you can play with!

You will need: A clean milk or juice carton or a box, craft knife, craft supplies, scissors, marbles or small bouncy balls
Optional: Packing tape, a chopstick or unsharpened pencil, and pencil and paper to keep score

What to do: Cut off one side panel and decorate the rest of the carton or box. You will be making 3-5 openings in one side and adding a scoring system. Make sure your openings allow your marble or ball to roll through it.

Tip: If you don’t like the shape of the milk carton, cut off the top and tape the side panel that you cut off there before decorating it.

How to play: Roll or shoot marbles, or small balls, into each opening and record the score you get after each turn. Play on a smooth surface.



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Ramp ‘N’ Roll

This is a fun game inside or out. Here’s what you’ll need….

Outside Version: A flat plank of wood, a rock or two or a log, a playground ball and a target, such a box or a bucket.

Inside Version: A strong piece of cardboard, books, a ball that can be used indoors (an inflatable ball will work), and a target, such as a laundry basket.

No matter your supplies, make a ramp with the plank of wood or cardboard and use it to get the ball into the target.

Tips and Suggestions


Create a point system for players.

When the game gets too easy, make some changes to keep it interesting:

Change the length of the ramp.

Change the size of the target.



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