Camouflage

Oveview This activity is a new take on Hide & Go Seek, and a favorite with all ages.  The game of Camouflage teaches participants about the predator/prey relationship and highlights how animals make themselves invisible to predators and how bright colors, or movement, can give them away.  This activity was my go-to when I worked…

Worms + Compost Box

Overview Teachings kids about worms & composting complements lessons on soil science, animal habitat, and environmental studies.  Composting with worms is called vermicomposting. Worms will break down plant materials as they eat it, pass it through their body, and turn it into rich soil for a garden.  This process provides nutrients for other plants, and…

Around the Corner Adventures: After Dinner Bike Ride

I ran into this couple the other day who had spent six years on a sailboat cruising around the globe with their eleven and fourteen-year-old daughters. They had fantastic tales to tell and I was all ears to listen. At the end of our conversation, however, they ended with the idea that they were hungry…

Travel Journaling

My grandmother wrote travel journals on international trips to Mexico, Egypt, Russia, Africa.  These journals are still around, dating back to the 1960’s, and contain accounts of her day, meals, and impressions of the culture, along with tips on the best seat choice for flying in a 747, notes about respecting people’s differences, and packing…

Lolly Stick Puzzle

Overview Preschool and Kindergarten participants will make their own puzzles by stamping or drawing on flat lolly sticks when they are arranged together, then pull them apart to reconstruct as a puzzle.  In this activity, participants use visualization, artistic, and problem solving skills. Materials Eight large, flat lolly sticks per participant Baggies to keep each…

Spider’s Web

Overview Participants of any age will use teamwork to accomplish this group building exercise.  Additionally, this exercise may be used to discuss how spiders create webs and use them to catch their food. Materials one skein of yarn two trees or posts a few feet apart Set Up Choosing one the two trees, or posts,…

Bird Nests

Overview Preschool and Kinder participants learn how animals, specifically birds, create their homes.  This activity emphasizes how animals use the natural world to create shelter for themselves and for their young.  Fine motor skills and observation skills are used. Materials modeling clay craft feathers and recycled materials natural items, like sticks & leaves Teaching Directions…

Totems & Face Painting

Overview This lesson consists of two activities in which participants make connections between people, the earth, and animals.  Participants will use fine motor skills, practice art, learn how art represents real life, and make connections between past life and present day. Totem poles were a way for Native Americans living in the Pacific Northwest of…

Seed Comparisons + Germination

Overview As individuals and as a class, observe and document a variety of seed sizes and characteristics.  Student groups “plant” seeds in baggie “greenhouses.”  Skills include size comparison, describing & comparing objects, taking turns, charting, writing, working in a small group, plants, scientific process, observation skills, scientific method, inquiry. Materials Variety of seeds sorted by…

Levers & Catapults

Objectives Levers, Class 1. Learn about simple machines specifically levers. Learn about and practice the scientific method (i.e, hypothesizing, control, independent variable and dependent variable & testing). Apply learning to a real-world catapult challenge. Ages – 6 and up Supplies Levers made of wood paint stirrers, cups and corks. The levels will vary in their…

Geoboards

Objectives Learn about basic geometric concepts such as shapes and angles. Practice counting. Learn about patterns and symmetry. Work on fine motor skills. Ages – 3 and up Supplies Wood panel/boards or varying sizes Nails (nail in 4 rows of 4 nails making sure they are evenly spaced across and down the wood board) Paint…