A few weeks back, we took on manned flight within our atmosphere, this week we take flight into OUTER SPACE. We will learn about Rockets, attaining velocity speed, rocket fuel and characteristics of outerspace. Phew, that’s alot to cover. So let’s get to the FUN!
You can make your own Rocket Launcher from a Soda bottle, pvc pipe, an inner tube and duct tape. See image to your left … or spend $12 for a Stomp Rocket at Toys R Us? You know what kind we made at our house!
Bring your Rocket Launcher and let everyone try their hand at making the most efficient and far reaching rockets. We will measure how far each person’s flies.
Other rocket launchers we might try at park to illustrate rocket fuel and physics.. Volcano Rocket! I call it a volcano rocket, because it uses the same ingredients: vinegar and baking soda as kid volcano models.
NASA is a great resource for inspiration as well as lessons. Click for NASA’s 25 activity brochure or the Image above.
Look left for another way to understand how rocket fuel needs to release later than launch time is to us a film canister (not so easy to find in the digital film era) and some antacid tablets.
And if you didn’t get enough flight simulation for Helicopters from our last Flight Learnings, here is a great Howtoons on making a copter…
There are unlimited ways to build a basket. And you can use vines, rope, yarn, sticks, magazines, newspapers, and so much more. This Past weekend at Sequoia National park, I brought basket weaving supplies and taught the kids one way to make baskets and parents another. This week those who made one or who haven’t finished, should bring their baskets and I’ll teach everyone how to make other kinds of baskets. I will bring some natural materials, but you can bring NEWSPAPERS and magazines to learn how to plait like Native Americans: Miwoks, Yukots, Wuksachi and more. I learned one technique at the Buckeye Gathering from the chairman of the California Indian Basketweavers Association, Lucy Parker who is Sierra Miwok/Kahaya Pomo/Coast Miwok. Lucy and her mother Julia Parker are stewards for western native culture and wonderful ambassadors for cross-cultural awareness.
A great link that makes baskets with vines from blackberry brambles, very close to what we will be doing with newspapers. Here are some shots of basket making from our Trip.
MudPies & Butterflies will resume at our regular Park on September 25th
It’s that time of year to escape the heat of SoCal and head North to the Sequoia and King’s Canyon National Park. And what a wonderful forecast for our 5th year in a row – Highs in mid 70′s Lows in low 50′s. With over 600 square miles of protected nature, 6 visitor centers, 3 museums and dozens of ranger talks, this Campout is fabulous for homeschoolers. Even better is the bonding time that occurs amongst families tenting, feasting, playing, and learning alongside each other. Above 6,000 feet in elevation - No Poison Oak!
And with the Kaweah river in our campsites backdoor, we get to fall to sleep to the sound of cool water rushing by all night and day. Scrambling upon rocks, climbing trees, hiking to waterfalls, potlucks, a humdinger Talent Show, and campfires with storytelling and music and song will top it off.
And how fortunate we are to have families proving workshops and supplies for basketweaving, bracelet making, dreamcatchers, and safety knife skills with whittling.
This National park has so much to offer, most importantly the Giant Sentinels who inhabit this park – the Sequoias. This park is home to the LARGEST Tree in the World, named the General Sherman in 1879. The Park itself wasn’t established until September 25, 1890, with the help of John Muir, one of our country’s greatest naturalists and activist. Who will give us the honor of visiting us at our campsite Saturday morning and explaining his life from childhood in Scotland to creating the legacy of America’s National Parks.
And for those who want to see a Cave or two, Crystal Caves and Boyden caves are wonderful choices.