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Story Time: Water Dance

The Water Dance Story Time

Happy Indepenence Day!!  I mean, if you’re from the States, of course.  It’s raining in Indiana today.  Pouring, actually, with a healthy dose of rumbly thunder and flashy lightning.  While I’m glad for the garden, I’m also glad we went to the fireworks show on Saturday.  Because today looks like a wash-out.

Which put me in mind of books about water.  So I have to Story Time up one of our all-time favorite books: Water Dance by Thomas Locker.  This book is gorgeous.  I mean, wow.  But it’s also a really good science lesson about the water cycle wrapped up in some pretty poetic language. There is even a section in the back that explains things more scientifically.  My Littles loved this book when they were young.  It made them feel like they were exploring the world.   If you haven’t read this one with your littles, get to the library now and check it out.  What are you waiting for?

You come to Story Time to find great activities to help your littles enjoy these wonderful books, so let’s get to it.

English

The Water Dance and the water cycle itself provide an opportunity to learn some pretty awesome new words.  Here’s a free printable for finding out the definitions of words related to both the book and the water cycle.

 

water cycle vocab printable

 

Science

Story Time Science: cloud in a jar with lid

Cloud in a Jar

This is such a cool and simple weather experiment, and it doesn’t take long at all to do, but your littles will be fascinated by it.

What you’ll need:

cloud in a jar supplies

 

  • Jar with a lid
  • About 2 inches of water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • Hairspray or other aerosol can
  • Saucepan

What you do:

Warning:  These first 3 steps should be done by an adult.  Obviously.

  • Bring water to a boil in the saucepan

pour water into jar

  • Carefully pour boiling water into jar

swirl water

  • Put lid on jar and swirl water around to warm up the sides of the jar
  • Don’t burn your fingers like I did.  The sides of the jar will actually get hot. Duh.

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  • Remove lid and turn upside down
  • Put 3-4 ice cubes in lid
  • Place upside down lid on jar
  • Let sit several seconds to allow the air at the top of jar to cool

spray aerosol

  • Quickly remove lid and spray a squirt of aerosol into the jar
  • Replace lid quickly so aerosol doesn’t escape (and yeah, leave it upside down with the ice cubes on it)

cloud formation

  • Watch cloud form

cloud release

  • Release your cloud

Holy wow, that is a cool project. If you’re wondering, the aerosol acts like the dust in the air that raindrops form around.  That’s why it’s necessary to the project.

Story Time Craft

Water Dance Watercolor

Story Time Craft: Watercolor

 

When we are enjoying a book with such glorious illustrations, we invariably decide to try to copy them.  Using watercolors gives your little a bit of freedom to make her own changes and/or fix mistakes.

What you need:

watercolor supplies

  • Watercolors
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paint Tray
  • Brushes
  • Water

What you do:

watercolor

  • Pick a picture from the book that you want to copy
  • Study the colors, then fill your paint tray with what you’ll need
  • If you like, sketch your picture lightly in pencil
  • Dip your brush in water, then in paint
  • Paint your picture

watercolor compareIt’s fun to compare your painting to the original and see how close you got..  I’d say we did a decent job!

 

Well, the rain has stopped.  I suppose that means I should put this glorious book away and get some farm work done.

I hope your 4th is full of fireworks.

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

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10 Comments

  1. That cloud-in-a-jar project looks really cool! We’ll have to try that one. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina
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  2. I am going to try this cloud in a jar with my daughter, thank you! Pinning! Glad you joined us at the Family Joy Linkup, and hope you’ll join us again this Sunday!
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  3. We loved his books–esp the John Muir one.

  4. Love your painting, it turned out beautiful! Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party!
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  5. Love the project for kids. Such a fun way to learn about weather.
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