Funschooling News #8

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Are you looking for some great family-friendly activities that will make your week a little more interesting? Then you’ve come to the right place!

 Be sure to scroll all the way down to the Special Days section where you’ll find a fun activity to do or an interesting topic to learn about each day of the week. 


Paper Airplanes

Paper, IMHO, is one of the most useful and versatile items in the home, and as a bonus, it comes in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes. Our favorite type of paper is recycled paper and we especially like giving junk mail a new lease on life. One of the things we enjoy using junk mail for is to make paper airplanes that can do all kinds of cool tricks.

If you click on the link below, you’ll find sites for a variety of ways to fold paper planes, tips for making and flying them, and info about world record holders. 

For this activity, you will need: Paper Optional: A printer, measuring tape, crayons, paper clip, glue, a skewer, and a pencil. 

I hope something in this post brings a smile to your face!

Homeschool Humor


Still Learning Something New: Homeschool Humor
Here’s a peek at what you’ll find…

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Funschooling Videos

Paper Planes

If you are looking for some really cool engineering projects, check out the first three paper airplane videos. Then try your hand at drawing an optical illusion. Look for the link for the fun math game: Hex Flood below the videos.

How To Fold A Paper Airplane That Flies Far. (Full HD)


How to fold the world record paper airplane


How to Fold Five Incredible Paper Airplanes | WIRED


Drawing a Hole – Anamorphic Illusion

Try this fun math game out! Dr. Mike’s: Hex Flood.

Special Days & Holidays Aug 19-25


Betty Jo, of Still Learning Something New, has posted the newest version of her August 2018 Special Days Calendar. It has a long list of famous birthdays, historical events, interesting days, monthly event and food themes, and more. 
Betty Jo and I have created a Special Days Companion filled with 100 activities you can do as a family during the month of August. To find out more about this wonderful product, click here.

Here are a few of the things on her list and some helpful activities and links:

August is Crayon Collection month. Gather up your old crayons and learn or figure out some ways to recycle them. Click on the link for some great ideas!

🛫August 19Inventor Orville Wright Born 1867 – Learn about the Wright Brothers. Watch the documentary: Wright Brothers Fathers Of Aviation Biography Documentary Films.

August 20Radio Day – 
Learn about the history of the radio, then make your own radio.

🍍August 21Hawaii Statehood 1959 –  Find out more about the Great State of Hawaii and learn how to play a Ukulele.

August 22Eat A Peach Day – Find out how healthy peaches are. Go Peach picking and preserve some to enjoy at a later date! Learn where you can pick your own fresh fruits and veggies in your state here.


⛵August 23Ride the Wind Day – Play with the wind! There are a lot of fun ways to play with the wind such as to: Flying Paper airplanes and kites, and blow bubbles.


August 24Pluto Demoted 2006 – Learn about Pluto and take some time to watch: 
First Mission to Pluto – Documentary 2018 HD

🦇August 25Bat Weekend begins (last full weekend) – Learn about bats! Play a fun sound game too. More Bat resources can be found here on this blog.

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Niels Bohrs

Niels Bohr 

Wikipedia has the following information: 

Niels Bohr
Biographical information, Bohr model, philosophy and more.


Bohr Model –  Origin, Electron energy levels, Tydberg formula and more.

Atomic TheoryAn example from the page: A scientific theory of the nature of matter, which states that matter is composed of discrete units called atoms.

Old Quantum Theory –  Basic principles, examples, De Broglie waves and more.

Quantum MechanicsHistory, mathematical formulations, and more.

Periodic Table – Offer a large chart and information.

Biography.come: Niels Bohr: Scientist, Physicist – Short article includes – Biographical information about his early life, Nobel Prize winner info, and more. 

Nobel Prize.org: Niels Bohr – Article offers a time-line of his life and accomplishments in written format.

Famous Scientists: Niels Bohr – Biographical information, facts, and pictures about Bohr’s life and accomplishments. This article is longer then some of the other links listed.

Wired: The Development of the Atomic Model – Article about the development of the atomic model and how it changed. A video is available at the end of the article.

The Physics Hypertextbook: Atomic Models – Article is in an outline form and discusses atomic models of: Rutherford, Bohr, Schrodingder, Pauli, and Dirac and includes mathematical formulas.

APS Physics: Color Me Physics – Free downloadable and printable activity book featuring Abigail Atom – brought to you by the American Physical Society’s Public Outreach Group.

ORAU: Center For Science Education: Build An Atom – Learn about protons, electrons, neutrons, and how to build an atom.

Phet: University of Colorado Boulder – Interactive Simulation: Build An Atom Click on the arrow, download or embed it to use the program to build your own atom and find out what you built or play a game.

Funschooling & Recreational Learning: Scented Play Clay – Leave out the scent or keep it in to build toothpick atom models.

YouTube: Niels Bohrs Playlist – Biographical information about Niels Bohrs, and info about the atom and quantum physics.


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Robert Hutchings Goddard

NASA: Dr. Robert H. Goddard, American Rocketry Pioneer – Article offers a timeline of Goddard’s accomplishments.
Photo: Robert H. Goddard and His Rockets

Smithsonian Institution Archives: Robert H. Goddard: American Rocket Pioneer – Offers a little biographical information, info about his relationship with the Smithsonian, and links to: proposals, patent info, grants received and more.

Space.com: Robert Goddard: American Father of Rocketry – Biographical information and info about his accomplishments.

Wikipedia: Robert H. Goddard– Biographical information starting from his childhood till his death. Also, more detailed information about his accomplishments.

YouTube:  Robert Hutchings Goddard Playlist – Info about Goddard and his rockets, plus info about gyroscopes and how to make a simple one. 
Check out one of the videos within the list…


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Michael Faraday

Wikipedia: Michael Faraday – Biographical information and scientific accomplishments.

BBC: History: Michael Faraday – An encyclopedic article about his life and accomplishments.

Famous Scientists: Michael Faraday – Offers a longer article and a time line of his accomplishments and discoveries.

Fran’s World of Discovery: Balloons – Information about balloons and instructions for the game Balloon Badminton.

YouTube: Michael Faraday Playlist – Biographical information about Faraday and his accomplishments. Plus videos about electromagnetism and the Faraday Cage.
Here’s one of the videos in the list…


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Contact Juggling

Contact Juggler

HowStuffWorks: Entertainment: How Contact Juggling Works – Different
from traditional juggling, learn how contact juggling works.

WikiHow To Start Contact Juggling – Learn about ‘Shereplay’ and how it works. Tips offered as well.

Wikipedia: Contact Juggling – History, types, controversy and more. Site offers information, pictures and a short video example.


Juggling Tutorials for Beginners – Includes information about contact juggling.

Videos

Please check out my YouTube Playlist for Contact Juggling video tutorials and to watch amazingly talented contact jugglers! 
Here’s one of the great videos you can find there.


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The Science of Light

This is a fountain, lit at night, in
Square of Europe, Moscow,

What is Light? – Understanding light and the eye.


Explain That Stuff: Light – History, how light works and much more.

Scholastic Activity: Rainbow Activities – Magic School Bus Activity with color.

Sciencing: Light Spectrum Explained for Kids – Article explains what light is. Light experiments can be found to the right of the main article in ‘Related Content’. 

How Stuff Works: Light – Learn how light works.

Classroom: How to Use a Prism for Middle School Labs

Wikipedia: Light & Lighting – Various types of lighting.

Videos, such as the following, can be found here on the YouTube playlist created for this subject.

 


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Heads-Up: Coin Flips and Tricks

For this activity, you will need a few coins, and paper and pencil

Heads or Tails: Before flipping a coin, decide if it will land heads or tails. Write down your prediction.

Roll a coin through your fingers: This is a great way to keep your fingers flexible! There’s an instructional video below.

Disappearing and reappearing coin tricks: A fun way to break the ice! Video instructions below.

Videos


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Hoop Toss

Sometimes the simplest items can make the day more fun.
This activity requires only three items: a hula hoop, a length of yarn, and a ball.

Outdoor Play: Hang a hula hoop from a tree branch and throw balls through it. Adjust the height of the hoop to make it more challenging. Alternately, if the hoop is hung low, a beach ball can be kicked or rolled through the hoop.
If there are two players, have each player stand on the either side of the hoop and volley the ball through it.

To play inside, you will need a hula hoop, yarn, tape or a tack, and a balloon.

Indoor Play: Hang a hula hoop from a door jam with some tape or a tack and hit a balloon through the hoop.

Tips…

For an added challenge put a container on the other side of the hoop as a goal.


Use multiple hoops.

Add a scoring system.

Distance and the weight of the ball makes this game more challenging.

Hang the hoop between two trees or posts.



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8 Ideas For Homemade Water & Nerf Gun Targets

If your kids enjoy playing with water or Nerf-type guns, it can be a lot of fun to
make your own targets with recycled items.
Tip: A spray bottle or a pom-pom shooter can be used as well.

Here are a few homemade target suggestions:

Water Balloons – Blow up a bunch of water balloons, tie a length of yarn to each one end and then to a tree branch or someplace it can hang down.

Spinning Disks – This uses recycled lids from bottles and containers. Pop a hole in the top of each lid and hang them with yarn. Alternately, a hole can be made in the middle of a lid, and a length of yarn can be strung through it to see how many shots it takes to get from one side of an object to another.

Recycled Cups & Cans – Stack them up in a pyramid shape and knock them down or string some cups between two objects and see how many shots it takes to get them from one side to the other.

Cardboard Tube – Cardboard tubes can be stacked or lined up and knocked down.

Beach Balls or Large Balloons – How many shots does it take for a beach ball, or a punch balloon, to get to the finish line?

Water Bottles & Ping Pong Balls – Shoot a ping pong ball off the top of a water bottle, then knock down the bottle!

Plastic Eggs – Hang plastic eggs to shoot at.

Make an obstacle course with any of these items or ones you come up with on your own.

Spark their creativity! Offer your kids some supplies and a challenge them to make their own unique targets to shoot at.

Please share your target ideas in the comments below!


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Mini Marble Run

This a great activity for older kids…and younger children if they are supervised.

You will need: Bendable straws, *metal BBs, hot glue, cereal/cracker box, a bottle cap, pencil, and plain paper

What to do: Design your run on a piece of paper. Next, use hot glue to add straws to the cardboard box according to your design, then put the BBs into the straw to go through the run and observe how well they go down. Make any changes needed. Add a bottle cap to the end of your run to collect the BBs as they come down.

*Use BBs that fit in the straw easily and run smoothly through it.


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