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.
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.
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:
- Jar with a lid
- About 2 inches of water
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Hairspray or other aerosol can
What you do:
Warning: These first 3 steps should be done by an adult. Obviously.
- Bring water to a boil in the saucepan
- Carefully pour boiling water into jar
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- Watch cloud form
- 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
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 paper
- Paint Tray
What you do:
- 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
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.