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Shadow Drawing: Outdoor Activities

Are you looking for more activities for your little ones at home? This fun activity is something they can do with very little help. Shadow drawing. Now you can show your kids how the light from the sun changes our shadows throughout the day. Thank you Rookie Parenting for this super-cool idea. Check out the full tutorial here.

Light travels in a straight line, when it is obstructed by an object it will create a shadow of the object. In order to show this unique result simply gather some fun objects to obstruct the light. You can use toys to create this fun experiment. Grab some tall, short, large, and small toys to give varying heights, depths, and shapes.

Use a piece of paper or place them on the concrete and create shadows on the cement. You can then use a crayon, or chalk if you are drawing on the cement. Trace the outline of the objects and mark what time of day you captured the shadow.

In a few hours come back to the objects and see what changed. Trace the shadow once more. How has it changed? As the suns position in the sky changes so will the way it casts a shadow on the toys.

You can follow the suns movements throughout the day and you will see how the length of the shadow changes as the day goes on.

Learn more about shadows here.

STEM: Build a Solar Oven

STEM is quickly becoming my favorite educational subject. It is so much fun to create these fun projects at home with my kids, we all feel as if we are playing and building, when in reality I am helping to stimulate their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is an important subject in todays world. So many of our important careers have STEM components. Colleges look for STEM based backgrounds, and even supply STEM based scholarships. Schools are quickly trying to create a broader base of classes and programs available in these subjects, but with defunding of public schools many are unable to incorporate these programs. As parents it is our job to fill in the gaps with extracurricular activities, groups, and even working with our kids at home. It only takes a little parental interest to make a project that seems boring and make it in to a fun and interactive game.

We have been trying to share different STEM activities at least once a month on the blog. We know that kids look forward to them, but we also know that parents get busy, and may not have the time to find things like this on their own. We also know that a lot of us pin great ideas to try, but we sometimes get so busy we lack the motivation and time to actually follow through. Many of you have told us that when you see our blog posts it reminds you that you can do these things. And many of you do. So we will continue to share in hopes that we can help you to accomplish the things you plan.

This month we want to share this fun STEM project is not only fun, it is also pretty tasty! PBSKids has shared a simple solar oven that can help you and your kids to create S’mores! Simply follow the incredibly easy to follow tutorial and enjoy the treats of your labor. 

Toobeez Building Toys

My kids love Legos. We spend probably 85% of our time indoors building legos. So when a friend recommended these toys I knew I had to check them out. Toobeez are like oversized K’nex toys. Like legos they teaching critical thinking, spatial understanding, nurture creativity, and working together.

Toobeez come in sets of 50 or 150. They feature long, medium, and small poles that can be connected with ball joints. You can also put sheets, or cloth coverings on them (each set comes with a few) to create tents, forts, etc.

We purchased one set and we were gifted another set. Since then m,y kids have been in building mode for days. we have already perfected the fort, and we have fallen in love with the airplane. Buy daughter who is currently Moana obsessed even found a way to create a sailboat. The building possibilities are endless. Kids can create and build all day long. It is fairly simple to begin, and the more you do it the adept you get at putting the pieces together and taking them apart.

Check out Toobeez for a fun building alternative, and be sure to see some of the interesting building ideas. You can look them up on Pinterest for dozens of building ideas.