It’s time to snap your fingers and clap to the beat! Our virtual recreation is all about music this week. Join us as we create musical instruments and activities that will get you movin’, shakin’, and clappin.’ Don’t miss the beat!
Piece of cardboard (A cereal box works great) Approx. 8” by 4”
4 Googly Eyes (You may also draw these on with a marker)
Cut the piece of cardboard in half.
Fold pieces of cardboard in half.
Tape the bottlecaps to the cardboard.
Decorate with pens and attach eyeballs. Enjoy the click-clack of your castanets!
Since 2012, we have been obsessed with Caine’s Arcade. If you remember, Caine Monroy was the young kid who transformed his Dad’s auto parts store into an incredible cardboard arcade! Boredom creates opportunity, and Caine and his imagination did something that would change his life forever. Caine may be applying to colleges now, but the innovation hasn’t stopped as he follows his dream of becoming a game-maker. He is also a Junior Board Member on Imagination.org, a non-profit founded by LA-based filmmaker Nirvan Mullik who was the one who stumbled across Caine while buying a part for his car and the rest is history!
Click here to see the original 9-minute movie. Check out the lesser know Part 2 video below for some additional cardboard inspiration!
Now that we have you inspired, here’s a fun project! If you don’t have enough supplies, don’t sweat it, just let your imagination run wild and create a blueprint while you take some time to collect some important recycled materials– like toilet paper rolls!
Make your own marble run using recyclables!
Toilet paper rolls
Paper towel rolls
Bowl or basket
Marbles or small ball
Cut some of the paper towel rolls in half. You can use these to create the connecting ramps. Use the uncut rolls for steeper drops so your marble or ball doesn’t fly out.
Tape each roll to the wall creating a continuous path. Make sure that you provide enough downslope so that a ball can roll without getting stuck on a flat part.
Place bowl or basket at the bottom of the maze.
Drop a ball or marble from the top and watch it travel through the maze! See how small changes can either speed things up or slow things down. Which materials roll faster? Why do you think that is?
Share your mazes with us! Email us email@example.com, or tag us on social media! #KeepBusyRedwoodCity
This week, we are focusing on playing some new games that you can make yourself, AT HOME! It’s a craft AND a game! Also, this one you can play on your own, challenge a sibling, or even a friend online to see how many catches you can do in a row! All you need is a few simple supplies, patience, and practice to catch that fish!
1 Plastic water, soda, or drink container.
1 Cork (If you don’t have 1 cork you can use a piece of paper made into a ball)
Cut your bottle in 1/2 using the scissors. Ask an adult if you need help on this part.
Using your markers, color a design on your bottle and on your cork.
Put some of the string inside the water container and have some sticking out. Twist the cap on to keep the string inside. Tape the cork onto the end of the string.
You are ready to play!
Hold the cap area of the bottle and try to “catch the fish.” This will take some patience and practice on your part. You can do it! It can be easier if your string is shorter, and more challenging if your string is longer.
Cap off nature week with a fun bottle full of items from Mother Nature! See what we did there? Cap off…
Here’s a quick way to combine moving your body with making something interesting while enjoying these beautiful spring days!
Collection of nature items
Empty transparent water bottle – plastic, glass, etc.
Take a walk around your neighborhood or just go outside into your yard. Collect some nature items that interest you. Be sure that they can fit inside the mouth of a water bottle.
Place each nature item into your bottle.
Fill your bottle with water. Cap it off, and enjoy!
Notice over time how things change inside. What happens to each item? What floats? What happens in different temperatures? What changes color first? You can empty and refill them as many times as you like and see how things change!
We’d love to see your Nature Bottles! Email us, tag us on social media, and use the hashtag #keepbusyredwoodcity so we can see your finished products!
Rock out(side) with us during this week’s Make It project!
The opportunities are endless as to what you can create with a rock and permanent markers (or paints). You can write an encouraging word, make a pet rock, or just brighten someone’s day with a simple heart. There are so many ways to spread joy!
Of course, if you have acrylic paint at home, that is fantastic! For this demo, we’re going to use markers.
Permanent Markers (Sharpies)
Use permanent markers to create cool designs on your rock!
Display your rock outside for the world to enjoy, use it inside as a paperweight, or create a habitat for your new pet! Anything goes!
Share your rock creation with us! Tag us #keepbusyredwoodcity or use the #rwcrocks
We can’t wait to see how much you rock!
SOME IMPORTANT GUIDELINES
Do not take rocks from your neighbors’ yards, unless they are okay with it.
Do not take rocks from city landscapes.
Do not hide rocks in the grass, it could damage lawnmowers
Do not add things (glue decor) to the rock! It could be hazardous to animals or the environment.
Please practice safe physical distancing and proper hygiene
DO YOU LOVE PAINTED ROCKS?
Did you know that there is a whole worldwide movement of sharing painted rock joy all over the world? There is even a local group if you really want to get into sharing rock love all around! Check out the RWC Rocks Open Facebook Group, there are some really great examples by some talented artists of all ages!