Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rehab Park in Landstuhl

Near the base hospital in Landstuhl Germany is a rehabilitation school for German kids with a great playground which allows public use. Much of the fenced in playground is accessible to wheelchairs including a swing designed for wheelchairs.

The ramp and internal passages of this climbing structure is wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchairs can roll up the the forest xylophon.

Sand play may be difficult, but wheelchairs can roll up to the pump mechanism.

My children enjoyed this park and would like to return. To access the park, exit the A62 and head toward the Landstuhl base. Follow the signs for Reha Zentrum.



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Negative Space Art

We focused on the background of our pictures.

Art Projects for Kids posted a simple activity to place focus on the negative space of artwork.



The kids chose a few flat objects with distinct, identifiable shapes to trace around such as leaves, flowers,

scissors, rulers, and tape dispensers


and silverware.

Next, they colored the background of the picture.




It was very simple, quick project which turned out nice results. - My favorite! - Thank you Art Projects for Kids.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Mandalas - Compass, Straight Edge - Math and Art Combined

Over the past several months there have been many posts regarding creating mandalas with a compass and straight edge. Here's a photo summary of mandala creation ideas. Please visit my Math Page for more information on creating Mandalas with a compass and straight edge.













Sunday, March 22, 2015

Getting Iron from Breakfast Cereal

Did you know you can get iron back out of fortified breakfast cereal?

My son got a chunk of iron from his breakfast cereal.

By crushing breakfast cereal into fine grains,

 adding water,

 and pouring the concoction into a plastic bag,

then dragging a strong magnet, iron can be collected. The dark spot in the upper left hand corner of the bag is a small glob of iron.

This video shows the entire procedure.

Thanks to Lucinda at Navigating by Joy for the idea for this cool science experiment. Once I mentioned it to my son, he was immediately working on getting iron.



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ancient Egyptian Map and Timeline

Ancient Egypt Unit Study


Lesson 2: We made an Ancient Egyptian map and timeline.

When studying history it's often difficult for children to comprehend when an event actually occurred. Therefore, creating a detailed timeline which includes events of today as well as past events can be very helpful. We have a large timeline which is located in our kitchen, but sometimes create additional smaller timelines when studying a topic in detail.

Timeline

Ancient Egyptian History can be divided into a few major historical time periods:
5500 BC - 2950 BC - PreDynastic Period
2950 BC - 2649 BC - Early Dynastic
2649 BC - 2125 BC - Old Kingdom
2050 BC - 2000 BC - Golden Age
1975 BC - 1539 BC - Middle Kingdom
1539 BC - 1075 BC - New Kingdom
1075 BC - 715 BC - Third Intermediate Period
715 BC - 322 BC - Late Period
322 BC - Greek and Roman Period


Our Egyptian timeline was very simple and sketched onto a single sheet of paper with colored sections to divide the major periods. As we read and learned about Egypt, events and pharaohs were added to the timeline.

Pyramid building took place during the Old Kingdom and Middle Kingdom, and temple building took place during the Middle and New Kingdoms. Several interesting pharaohs lived during the New Kingdom including Thutmose I, Thutmose III, Hatshepsut, Akhenaton and Tutankhamen. Cleopatra, the last pharaoh, lived during the Greek and Roman period.

Map

The map was created by sketching the shape of the current country of Egypt onto a sheet of foam board.

Once the outline and Nile river was drawn in pencil, it was traced with permanent marker.

Next the names of a few significant cities and monuments were placed on the map:
Lower Egypt
Upper Egypt
Nubia
Giza
Memphis
Thebes
Valley of the Kings

Additional monuments and cities were added during the course of reading.




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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Writing Prompt - If My Food Could Talk

If your food could talk what would it say?

When this salad dressing spoke to me in the store I had to try it. Not only that, it made me think about what other foods may say.

We turned talking food into a short writing activity by first taking out several different food items from the pantry. Next about 20 minutes was spent writing what different foods might say. From the lists, favorites were selected and illustrated.

Mashed Pumpkin

Peanut Butter

Granola Bars

Apples

Does your food speak to you????????????
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Op Art Never Ending Shapes

My daughter learned to create never-ending shapes that play tricks on the eye.

John Harris has posted a series of video tutorials on youtube for creating optical illusion shapes.

Triangle


Pentagon

Cube
Complex of Shapes

They get more complicated as they advance and the optical artwork is really fun to create.

My 12 year old daughter created these pictures after watching the videos.



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