Summer Science
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The study of science knows no season change. There are plants, animals, weather patterns, and more to observe year-round! But summertime does afford some extra time to get more hands-on learning in the backyard.

Collections

My children each created a bug collection as part of their science education in elementary school and in middle school. Depending on your climate and when insects are studied as part of your homeschooling curriculum, it might be the worst time to catch or observe bugs. So, in these warmer months, get those nets and containers ready so you can catch and observe from spring to fall! Find some great books about bugs and make your own guide!

One favorite summer activity is shell hunting. Best of all, it is free! It is so much fun to scout out certain shapes, colors, and sizes of shells. How could your children display them? Could they identify the type of animal from its shell? How does shell collecting vary from beach to beach, and why?

Fireworks

Most everyone will see fireworks sometime during the summer months, and children and parents alike are fascinated by them. How about a study on the history of fireworks? How are they made? What are the dangers and proper handling of fireworks? How do companies create such stunning displays? Could you design your own fireworks art displays? Would you enjoy some online fireworks viewing? Perhaps your children can compose some music to accompany a virtual fireworks display!

Edible Science

Have you ever tried to make your own ice cream using just a few zippered plastic bags, half and half, sugar, vanilla, ice, and little bit of salt? Experiment with flavors and measurements to see how freezing and flavors are affected. Additionally, there are many fun recipes for freezing fruit, yogurt, juice, and more. What is the science behind freezing each of these? Do they vary, and if so, why?

Everyone Loves Bubbles!

Children, teens, and adults enjoy playing with bubbles; and the bigger the bubble, the more exciting! Make your own bubbles and vary the types and sizes of materials you use to create them. How does the size or material of the wand affect the shape? What mixture works better for larger and smaller wands?

Birdwatching

Most birds migrate from season to season and studying their colors, nesting behaviors, and sounds is much easier during the warmer months. How about purchasing or creating a field guide of your own for your kids to keep record of the different birds they observe throughout the warm months? You can make a bird feeder and listen to bird calls online to try to identify those you hear. In the colder months, there are many activities, book, and videos that you can use to reinforce the learning that has begun in the spring and summer.

Go Fly a Kite!

Are your kids bored? Tell them to go fly a kite! Literally! How about a study on the types of materials, shapes, sizes, and the science behind how kites fly, and then make your own and document how they work? Can you make improvements? What effect does the wind, size, shape, or type of kite have on how it flies?

Enjoy some of these summer science activities and share with us some of those you already enjoy with your family!

On behalf of the HomeWorks team,
Sharon Fisher

Manager | Curriculum Specialist, Speaker Coordinator, Social Media
HomeWorks by Precept


 

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