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Junior Scholars (K - 5th Grade): Thinkers and Tinkers

This week’s school age programs and activities are centered around the theme “Thinkers & Tinkerers”. This theme is all about the people behind some of the world’s most famous inventions! Be inspired with this theme as we highlight wacky inventions and simple machines that perform complicated tasks! Explore by creating your own invention from recycled paper and other materials. For even more fun, don’t forget to check out our live virtual program offerings this week!



READ: 50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History by Joe Rhatigan

50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History

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With 50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History, history has never been so fun--or wacky! Have you ever heard of a bike TV? Or a bird diaper? 50 Wacky Inventions Throughout History describes 50 inventions that seem too crazy to be true--but are! Whether useful, entertaining, or just plain silly, these mind-boggling inventions and gadgets from yesterday, today, and tomorrow will surprise and delight fun-fact lovers of all ages.



PLAY: The Invention Train

Children stand single file, holding the shoulders of the child in front of them to form a train. The train leaves to visit different inventions. Announce your departure and encourage children to make "train-like" sounds. Every now and then, invite children to get off the train to visit inventions. Ask children questions at each stop. Let children play with material related to each invention before leaving for the next station.



EXPLORE: Make Suncatchers

Suncatcher Craft

Inventors see the world in unique ways. See your world through new light! Make a suncatcher.

  1. Set up your work station with glue, construction paper, tissue paper, the plastic craft bag and scissors.
  2. Cut or tear colored tissue paper into smaller pieces.
  3. Choose a shape for your suncatcher and cut it out of the construction paper.
  4. Cut a smaller shape out of your original shape (this will create the border).
  5. Lay your shape on top of the plastic bag and cut around them both.
  6. Separate the two sides of the bag (you will need the second piece later).
  7. Glue your shape onto the bag.
  8. Glue your tissue paper on the bag to fill in the shape.
  9. Glue the second piece of plastic onto the top of your shape.
  10. Cut off any excess plastic.
  11. Hang on your window! You can use tape, or punch a hole in the top and tie string.

 

JOIN: To continue this week’s theme exploration, join our virtual program sessions.

Junior Scientist (K-2): Creative Contraptions!

If your child is into science, technology, engineering and math (or would they like to be), this is the time for them to shine. Read or talk through a STEM book with us and then we’ll do a STEM-based activity together.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – 11:00 am

 

Junior Scientists (3-5): Chain Reactions & Creative Contraptions!

If your child grader is into science, technology, engineering and math (or would they like to be), this is the time for them to shine. Read or talk through a STEM book with us and then we’ll do a STEM-based activity together.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – 1:00 pm

 

Junior Artists (K-2): In Mary’s Garden

Does your child learn best with paint, paper, popsicle sticks and glue? Add in a book and some games and you’ve got the perfect program for your little artist.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 – 3:00 pm

 

Junior Artists  (3-5): Mary Blair’s Unique Flair

Does your child learn best with paint, paper, popsicle sticks and glue? Add in a book and some games and you’ve got the perfect program for your little artist.

Thursday, September 3, 2020 – 4:30 pm

 

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