Super Spray Cup Race. Move it!

TGIF!

We’re wrapping up Water Week with another “Cool” activity!

Super Spray Cup Race will get your creative and competitive juices flowing.  Let’s get the fun started!

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Spray Bottle or Water Gun
  • Plastic Cup
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Create a small hole in the bottom of the cup.
  2. Thread string through the cup.
  3. With tape, secure the opposite ends of the string to something sturdy (i.e. fence, side of wall, tree).
  4. Using the spray bottle, squirt water into the cup to propel it down the string!
  5. Use two strings, cups, and stay bottles to have your very own super spray cup races!

STAY COOL, EVERYONE!

 

Fireworks in a Glass. Mix it!

This science experiment is a blast of color and FUN!

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Food coloring
  • Glass or jar
  • Cooking oil
  • Bowl
  • Measuring spoon
  • Napkin to help clean up any messes.

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STEP 1:

Fill your cup ¾ of the way full with warm water.

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STEP 2:

In a separate bowl add 3 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil.

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STEP 3:

Add 3 to 4 drops of food coloring. For this experiment, we used 4 drops of each color: red, yellow, blue and green. Use a spoon to gently mix the oil and food coloring together.

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STEP 4:

Gently pour the oil mixture into the glass.

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STEP 5:

Watch what happens! The food coloring will slowly separate and sink out of the oil and down into the water. When this happens, it will expand and begin to mix with the other colors.

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The Science Behind It:

Food coloring dissolves in water, but not in oil. Since the oil is less dense than the water, it will float at the top. The colored droplets will begin to sink because they are heavier than the oil. Once they sink into the water they will begin dissolving into the water (which looks like a tiny explosion!!).

 

Sunshine On A Stick. Make it!

This week, we are are focusing all of our efforts on ways to COOL OFF! It’s hot out there, folks! So, today, let’s make a little cool treat!

Fun side note. When our team sent this home project over, I couldn’t help but recall this 80’s Saturday morning PSA from Time-for-Timer. Enjoy the flashback below!

Don’t worry, we also have our usual photo tutorial for you. These clear photo tutorials are meant to make it easier for your kids to follow directions with less assistance from you :-).

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Cling Wrap
  • Tooth Picks
  • Juice (if you only have juice boxes, that works too!)
  • Scissors
  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Fruity Additon-*If you have strawberries you could cut up small pieces to add as well.Yum!

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STEP 1: (If you only have Juice Boxes)

Cut the juice box so it is easier to pour.

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STEP 2:

Fill the ice cube tray with your juice.

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STEP 3:

Wrap your tray in Cling Wrap.

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STEP 4:

Put toothpicks in the middle of each tray (the Cling Wrap will hold them up). Place tray of treats in freezer to freeze for a few hours.

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Step 5:

Eat and enjoy!

STAY COOL, EVERYONE!

 

Rockin’ Rainstick. Make it!

This is a cool instrument to round out your home band! Also, a great use for your papertowl and toilet paper tubes!

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MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Cardboard Papertowel Tube
  • Paint & Paintbrush   (You can use markers instead)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Rice

STEP 1:

Paint the paper towel tube and let it dry.

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STEP 2: 

Add 1/4 cup of rice.

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STEP 3:

Cut Circle out of cardboard and tape across ends. Enjoy the soothing sounds of your rockin’ rainstick! You can make them in all different sizes and decorate them however you want!

 

Fish Catch! Game on!

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!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 1 Plastic water, soda, or drink container.
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • 1 Cork (If you don’t have 1 cork you can use a piece of paper made into a ball)
  • String

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STEP 1:

Cut your bottle in 1/2 using the scissors. Ask an adult if you need help on this part.

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STEP 2:

Using your markers, color a design on your bottle and on your cork.

Step 3:

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.

Step 4:

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.

How many catches in a row did you get?

 

Move it! Make a Chalkstacle Course!

Sidewalk chalk has been a major staple in our COVID-19 #KeepBusyRedwoodCity supply arsenal!⁣⁣ We’re sure you have been taking lots of walks while sheltering in place. We know how much fun it has added having messages, jokes, and artwork pop up along the way.
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Here’s a fun way to spice up your sidewalks by creating an interactive “chalkstacle” course where you can surprise your neighbors with a fun activity as they stroll past your home!⁣⁣
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It’s fun to make! Fun to use! And fun to watch others enjoy! The possibilities are endless!⁣⁣

Here are some of our course ideas…

  • Hopscotch
  • Hopping on one foot
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Spin
  • Swim like a fish
  • Hop like a rabbit
  • Stand like a flamingo
  • Skip
  • Follow the choo choo tracks
  • Follow the vine
  • Hop the ABC’s
  • Dance
  • Roar like a lion
  • Stomp like a dinosaur
  • Wave hello
  • Twist & Shout
  • Flap your wings
  • Disco Dance
  • RUN!
  • Do the Macarena
  • Stretch
  • Tell parents to give you 5 burpees! ;-)⁣⁣

Get out and create your own! Don’t forget to Share It! Make sure to tag us or use #RWCSidewalkChalk in your photos/videos. ⁣ ⁣
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#keepbusyredwoodcity

Mix It! Ice Cream- Shake It Up!

Did you ever wish that you could make your own ice cream? Well it’s time to get movin’ and groovin’ as you make a tasty treat of vanilla ice cream!*

*Oh get ready… dance moves included!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 1 Cup Milk (Or half-n-half)
  • 2  TBSP Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Cups Ice
  • 1/3 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 2 Resealable gallon size plastic bags.
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons

STEP 1

Pour milk, sugar, and vanilla into a gallon size resealable plastic storage bag. Push out excess air and seal.

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STEP 2

In the second resealable plastic bag, combine ice and salt. Place the milk bag with ingredients, inside the ice bag and salt. These are still two separate bags.

STEP 3

Shake vigorously, 7 to 10 minutes, until ice cream has hardened. You can even do your favorite dance moves!

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STEP 4

Remove from bag and enjoy with your favorite toppings!!

 

 

Mix It- 3 Ingredient Silly Putty

Have you already made enough slime for the whole neighborhood? Are your parents obsessed with baking bread and feeding their gooey sourdough starters? Here’s a new stretchy fun item to add to the mix! You can stretch it, sculpt it, bounce it, or rip it! It’s fun to play with and it makes a great fidget too!

You only need 3 ingredients; give it a try!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Cornstarch (2 Tablespoons)
  • Dish Soap (1.5 Tablespoons)
  • Food Coloring (3 Drops any color)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small Bowl

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STEP 1:

Add 2 Tablespoons corn starch to bowl.

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STEP 2:

Add 1.5 Tablespoons of dish soap

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STEP 3:

Add 3 drops of your favorite food coloring.

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STEP 4:

Mix all ingredients together.

PRO TIP: Add glitter to fancy it up!

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STEP 5:

Get Silly! Enjoy playing with your putty.

You can store it in an airtight container or ziploc bag. If it starts to dry out, just add a tablespoon of water and knead it into your putty.

 

 

Nature Exploration Bottles – Move It & Make It

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!

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Collection of nature items
  • Empty transparent water bottle – plastic, glass, etc.
  • Water

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STEP 1:

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.

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STEP 2:

Place each nature item into your bottle.

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STEP 3:

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!

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Make It! Fruity Pizza!

Who doesn’t love pizza?! Here’s a fun and colorful twist. This is also a great way to introduce new fruits to your child! The more colors and shapes, the better! (And exclamation marks!!!!)

We hope you enjoy making our simple healthier fruit option. You can even make a silly face!

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MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Watermelon and any kind of fruit.
  • Packaged fruit cups work great too!
  • Sweet additions can be chocolate chips or marshmallows
  • Anything you want, really 😉

STEP 1:

Have your parent help you cut one slice of watermelon. Slice bananas and any other fruit.

STEP 2:

Be creative and decorate your fruity pizza.

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STEP 3

Enjoy your tasty treat!

Have fun, and please send us a photo, or tag us on Instagram or Facebook with your tasty creation!

#keepbusyredwoodcity