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 :-).
- Cling Wrap
- Tooth Picks
- Juice (if you only have juice boxes, that works too!)
- Ice Cube Tray
- Fruity Additon-*If you have strawberries you could cut up small pieces to add as well.Yum!
STEP 1: (If you only have Juice Boxes)
Cut the juice box so it is easier to pour.
Fill the ice cube tray with your juice.
Wrap your tray in Cling Wrap.
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.
Eat and enjoy!
STAY COOL, EVERYONE!
This is a cool instrument to round out your home band! Also, a great use for your papertowl and toilet paper tubes!
- Cardboard Papertowel Tube
- Paint & Paintbrush (You can use markers instead)
Paint the paper towel tube and let it dry.
Add 1/4 cup of rice.
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!
This is a super easy activity kids can do at home and make music at the same time!
- Four glasses (or more- up to you!)
- Food coloring
Pour water into each of the glasses
Drop up to 5 drops of food coloring in each cup of water. You can use different colors or all the same color.
You are ready to play music! Notice how the sounds change depending on how full the glasses are.
And if you really want to step up your musical glass playing game, check out this website for some simple song instructions!
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”
- Permanent Markers
- Glue Stick
- 4 Bottlecaps
- 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
- Painters tape
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or tag us on social media! #KeepBusyRedwoodCity
Scrub scrub scrub those germs away!
The object is for kids is to “clean their hands” by scrubbing the beads away. This sensory bag is also soothing to touch and can be a great stress reliever!
- 1 Gallon Size, Freezer Grade Zip Bag
- 2 Cups Clear Hair Gel
- 20-25 Beads (You can use rice, small pasta, or beans too!)
- 1 Permanent Marker
- Masking Tape
- Old Toothbrush (You can use a paintbrush or small comb too!)
Place your hands in the middle of the bag and outline using a permanent marker.
Open the bag and fill it with 2 cups of hair gel.
Add in beads.
Turn the bag over so that the marker side is facing down.
Push all of the beads inside the hands. Hand your little one a toothbrush and have them “clean the hands” by srubbing and pushing the beads outside the hands
Talk about the importance of regular handwashing. There are some great resources for families of young children on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.
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!
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!
- Watermelon and any kind of fruit.
- Packaged fruit cups work great too!
- Sweet additions can be chocolate chips or marshmallows
- Anything you want, really 😉
Have your parent help you cut one slice of watermelon. Slice bananas and any other fruit.
Be creative and decorate your fruity pizza.
Enjoy your tasty treat!
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)
- Smooth Rocks
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!
If you do one MAD HATTER PROJECT, THIS IS THE ONE!
This craft will end up displayed somewhere around your home for passersby to enjoy! See below for more info!
- Aluminum Foil
- Permanent Markers (sharpies, or any kind of permanent marker)
- String or ribbon
Cut a heart out of foil. Make it the size of a piece of binder paper.
Use permanent markers to color your heart.
Hang your foil heart. You can hang your heart outside on a tree, on your mailbox, or place in a window of your home. Please place your heart so walkers can see and feel the love!
On Saturday, April 25th we encourage you take a family walk in your neighborhood. See if you find any hearts on your walk around your block. You can be festive and wear your Mad Hatter hats. Please practice social distancing at all times and abide by County Health Orders.
Most of all, have fun and be safe! We can’t wait to see your hats & hearts! Sharing is caring! #RWCMadHatter