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Red Sky At Night - Activities!
Which way is the wind blowing? Here are 2 activities we tried that you might like to try too!
- We used plastic tablecloths to make our windsocks, though the kids found it slippery to cut. I'd suggest using waxed kite paper if you have some.
- We folded our sheets in half. The fold becomes the bottom of the fish. The rest of the fish was drawn with magic marker.
- Packing tape was used to tape the top edges (but not the ends).
- Scales, eyes and fins were attached with tape.
- 3 Ribbons were attached to the mouth and tied together about 2 ft from the fish.
- We had to run on a windless day with ours!
- We used black cardstock, straws, wire, tape and a base (could be anything flat) to make our weathervanes.
- First we drew our shape with pencil.
- We cut the shape out and attached a straw to one side, taping the top of the straw closed.
- Next, we curved the bottom of the wire (floral wires from the dollar store) into a flat circle, leaving most of the wire long.
- We put the straw over the straight part of the wire.
- Then, we attached the curved part of the wire to some matte board.
- These looked so great. The kids were really proud of them. I love this fish my son made!
Beach Baby Activity - Sand Castle Painting
What You'll Need
- cardstock (black is nice to show off the sand)
- markers (we used gold and silver)
- gluesticks or white glue
- beads or shells
- We used black paper, drawing our castle outline and details with silver and gold pens.
- We covered the castle area with glue.
- Sand was poured over the glue and then shaken off.
- The beads were added with white glue after.
- If you want to keep the sand from coming off, you can spray it with fixitive.
Butterfly Park Activity - Magnetic Wand Garden
- We used the lids of boxes that hold printer paper for the base of our gardens.
- We then drew flowers and attached the pictures to the top of the box.
- The magnetic wands were made from tongue depressors. We taped a magnet to the end.
- The kids discovered polarity of sticking 2 magnets together! After making butterflies we attached a magnet to the back of each. Some worked and others pushed away from our wands.
- Once our magnets were sorted, we had fun playing with our new toys, using the wand behind the garden to make the butterflies fly.
If You Hold A Seed Activity - Miniature 3-D Forest
- This is an easy way to make 3D art with kids. First fold cardstock in half.
- Then, fold each end into the middle and tape the seam.
- Pop it up. You can cut indentations in the ends and fold them in on the sides to make it stay upright.
- Make trees and attach them to the top of either side of your rectangular prism with tape or a gluestick.
- Decorate the surface with an extra panel of paper or make draw roots!
- My daughter added deer to create an animal habitat.
Shadow Chasers Activity - Shadow Puppets
Did you know there are hidden animals throughout the pages of Shadow Chasers? Look behind the two girls running and you will see a deer and bird. See how many you can find and follow up with this activity.
- To make shadow puppets you can use any thick paper. We used black cardstock.
- We drew animals and cut them out.
- Some children made 2 piece animals that hinged in the middle with a brass fastener.
- We pulled paper clips into L shapes and attached one side to the animal and one side to a popsicle stick.
- We hung a sheet over a table and played with our shadow puppets.
- Just a note to be careful with your light source. If working with kids, create a perimeter around the light or give them flashlights. Have fun!