Monday, June 24, 2013

Cave Week - Day 1

So I really didn't think I'd have enough material to do a daily post... or energy... but ends up I do! At least for today that is!

H Family Summer Camp - Cave Week: Day 1

Mostly did everything on my plan...

They woke up to find a CAVE in the dining room (I threw in a handful of plastic snakes, spiders, a lizard and a camping lantern)... so of course I had to serve them breakfast in a cave!

Then they got ready and we did the Stalactite & Stalagmite Experiment. After showing them some pictures and reading some information on them, they really seemed to understand the concept.

Instructions per the TLC site:
In this stalactite and stalagmite experiment for kids, you can accomplish in your kitchen what it take Mother Nature years to do in a cave. All you need are a few simple household items.

What you'll need:

  • Two jars
  • Water
  • Epsom salts
  • String
  • Small weights
  • Plate

How to Conduct the Stalactite and Stalagmite Experiment

Step One: If you sat in a cave for thousands of years, you could watch stalactites and stalagmites form. Or you could make your own in a matter of days.
Step Two: Fill two jars with warm water. Mix in Epsom salts until no more will dissolve. Wet the string and tie a weight to each end. Drop one end of the string into each jar.
Step Three: Put a plate between the two jars, with the string hanging over the plate.
Check your "cave" at least once a day to see if stalactites and stalagmites have formed.
By the way, if you're wondering which are 'tites and which are 'mites: Stalactites have to hold on tight to stay on the ceiling of the cave. Stalagmites have to be mighty to stand up on the floor of the cave.

Jake did an entry in his leftover school science journal... I just told him to do whatever it is he'd do at school. Then Evan did a piece of paper for himself as well.

 We read some books and you tube videos about caves (here's a cheesey yet good for kids video actually showing the caverns we're going to on Saturday, and after that I caught them in the cave with hard hats on... good call guys! Later they had lunch and their afternoon snack in here. Had to break the news though, the cave had to come down to do our art and also because it wouldn't be easy for mama & daddy to eat dinner there tonight ;)


 After some prep work to make our caves, we were ready! You can see the post where I got the idea & instructions here.

 Now the very very drippy caves are drying on top on the stove... hopefully they'll be dry enough to paint tomorrow!

 We did some worksheets I printed from online, cave word trace and a maze. Then I caught them on their own doing their own cave pictures, unprompted! Front & back they're filled with lots of details!

All in all a mostly good day. They still got a bit crazed as witnessed in above pic... but honestly I think it went well. Now lets see if I can keep this up all week :)


kimmyk76 said...

So cool! Great ideas and looks like they had a blast!

Lena said...

How fun!!!:)