Since quarantine began, Caleigh and I have been assigning a theme to each day where we focus what we read, the crafts we make, and the activities we do (I’m an English teacher by trade, so I like a generalized focus!). Science and math are areas where I spend a little extra time planning because they aren’t necessarily my strength. We’ve studied space, the moon, and now we’ve added gravity!
To kick off our study of gravity, we read Chicken Little (and on the next rainy day, we’re likely to watch it!) and then talked about space a bit and how people float. My daughter is four and remembered the general concept of gravity from earlier weeks – we remain on the Earth because of gravity and space doesn’t have any.
To show this, we both did a series of different jumps and measured how much our feet came off the floor. The purpose of this was to prove that we always come back down.
Because the day we studied gravity was a sunny one, I thought we could combine a little science and craft outdoors!
- Chart/butcher’s block paper (longer than regular paper)
- Step Stool
- Marshmallows/pom poms
Gravity Craft Directions:
The first thing I did was water down our paint colors. These are washable paints, so I knew they wouldn’t splatter the way I wanted them to if they were thick. I chose three of the last colors we had, added water to the little bottles, shook them up, and put them in plastic bowls.
Then I set up outside!
It was a bit windy, so I used Caleigh’s Mini Melissa jellies to hold the corners down. Use what you have, right?
Then, we started the fun part! After eating a few marshmallows, Caleigh chose a color, dunked a marshmallow in, and dropped it from as high as she could while she was standing. She repeated this process from standing on the step stool (with me as her spotter).
She loved the novelty of using marshmallows to paint and the idea that making a mess was okay and encouraged!
We did this for about 15 minutes while we talked about which height produced a bigger splat! She figured out that the higher she was, the bigger the impact on the paper.
Once our gravity play was over, we used other items to paint with from the yard (shells, sticks, rocks). We rolled them and used longer objects to dribble on to the page.
After, clean up was easy and fast! And now we have a cute piece of colorful spring art!
I am pretty pleased with how the craft and play worked in conjunction with teaching Cal a complicated concept!
If you’re looking for more activities with your little, be sure to check out our Activity Round Up! I do add to it with each new blog or YouTube video that shares a way to spend creative, educational time with your kiddos.