Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
Every day, multiple times throughout the day, I hear “I’m bored.” I hear it from both my boys who are 5 and 6 years old, and it is so frustrating. I try to constantly come up with new things for them to do and play with but I admit I am not a very crafty person. Following directions, no problem, but coming up with crafts and experiments is not within my realm. Luckily The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering fun and free online science experiments through their Summer Brain Games website. They are perfect activities for kids to continue to learn throughout the summer and prevent “summer brain drain.” Researchers say kids can lose one to three months of learning over the summer, and there are only so many worksheets I can get my boys to do. They are very active boys who like to be hands-on.
Each week an experiment or science challenge will be featured that can easily be performed at home with materials that most people already have. They are perfect activities for parents to do with their kids and they are free to download! The activities are also available in both English and Spanish.
We tried two of the experiments, the Weather Station and Pinhole Viewer. I did most the work getting them ready since my kids are young but they had a blast using them. So far for the Weather Station we have created a Rain Gauge. This came at a perfect time since we had three days of storms! I am though understanding why the gravel is required for the bottom, as when our Chicago winds blew, so did our rain gauge. I needed to pick up a few things to complete the rest of the Weather Station but so far my boys are loving monititoring the rain, future meteorroligsts maybe? As for the Pinhole Viewer I actually thought it is pretty cool. My boys loved using it on the inside and the outside to see what they could see. It is hard to explain but it basically XXXX.
Trying out the Pinhole Viewer inside:
The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering a fun and free online science program called Summer Brain Games. The eight-week program lasts from June 17, 2013-August 12, 2013 and features a weekly experiment or science challenge that can easily be performed at home with kids of all ages.
Visit msichicago.org/summerbrain now to register for Summer Brain Games and download your free Summer Brain Games kit. As an added bonus, registering automatically gets you a pass to come to the Museum for free this summer.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
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