Kids

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Fizz, Boom, Read: Water

Let's end the summer with a splash by exploring water! We're lucky here in Quincy that we have so much water in our city. Take a walk down Wollaston Beach and see if you can figure out if the tide is coming in or going out (hint: look for wet sand beyond the water) and how high the tide gets. Or look around Black's Creek and see what animals are hanging around the water there. Then head home and try some watery activities. 

Fizz, Boom, Read: Weather

Hot or cool, sunny or rainy, the weather changes all the time. Did it rain today? Why wouldn't it be snow in the summer? Have you ever looked up and watched the clouds? Think about the weather this week. Try keeping a record of the weather in your science journal and keep it going into the fall. Watch the temperature get cooler as the days go by. 

Fizz, Boom, Read: Air

You can't see it but it's all around you. What is it? Air! We breathe it and fly through it and use it to generate electricity when it's moving. There's a whole lot of it and it's everywhere you go. Even though you can't see it, air is something you can observe with simple experiments and activities about air pressure, flight and wind. Try some and learn about this super essential gas!

Fizz, Boom, Read: Math

Explore numbers this week with math activities. Math isn't just addition and subtraction problems. Math goes into buildings, cars, time, anything with numbers or shapes, and those are all around us every day. Take a look around your home and see what shapes you can see. Try using a ruler or tape measure to measure things in your home or yard. Measure yourself! Try now and then again at the end of the summer, keep a log in your science journal. 

Fizz, Boom, Read: Space

No, you can't just pop into outer space but you can do some fun activities and experiments at home without going into orbit. Take a look in the night sky and try spotting some constellations. Can you find another planet from our solar system? Our neighbors, Mars and Venus? Check out our moon. Did you know the craters on our moon have names? Learn about the International Space Station and the Hubble Telescope. 

Fizz, Boom, Read: Food

Take a look in your family kitchen for some fun and delicious science. You might have already used some things from your kitchen to try out experiments with plants or magnets. Now take a look at the food itself. You can make food change colors, make things fizz and pop. Counting and measuring are important in the kitchen too! Cooking is all about science, and it's edible! Make a cake or ice cream, test out different recipies. Make something tasty while exercising your science skills.

Fizz, Boom, Read: Magnets

Who doesn't like playing with magnets? And there's plenty to do with them besides stick them to your refrigerator. Magnets make for great observational experiments for kids and they're easy to find and play with. Just keep them away from your credit cards! Grab some magnets off the fridge or buy some at a craft or grocery store and try some of these activities and check out the books below: 

Bubble Day!

We blew bubbles on the lawn all morning! Did you miss it? Check out some bubble fun you can have at home!

Fizz, Boom, Read: Engineering

Blocks, LEGO, even paper can be used to build to new heights with engineering and building science. Sure, you might not be building a real bridge to cross a river with, or a house to live in, but even simple exercises like stacking blocks can show kids basic physics and engineering ideas.

Building experiments are easy at home. Use any blocks to build towers and bridges and see how high or how far you can go. Or take a look at some of the links below for fun building ideas:

Fizz, Boom, Read: Plants

Summer is full of greenery, flowers, fruit, plants of all kinds and your summer vacation is a perfect time to explore them! Discovering the science of plants is as easy as peeling an orange and looking at the wedges inside, counting the seeds you find, comparing the taste of it to a grapefruit or a lemon. Or try taking a nature walk in your neighborhood and use your science journal to record the plants you see. Can you identify them using this plant guide or another you might already have?

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