April 15, 2020

Vol. 4 Lisa B.’s Bighearted Blog

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Hello Readers, Learners, Explorers and Tinkerers!

Look at this amazing ‘quarantine machine’!!

Aimee and I (and our co-workers and volunteers) have been saving paper towel tubes and toilet paper rolls for months for our first spring Tinker Tales project—a gigantic marble run, to be collaboratively taped upon our storytime room wall.  It would have been glorious!

Here’s a very small marble run made by one Lisa B. 

We miss you all!  Now we’re all learning how to work remotely.

We challenge you all to make something at home and share it with us!

To get you started here are two resources available on Hoopla (visit our webpage to get in, you may borrow 5 items a month and all the materials are available 24/7).

We want to do a lot of the experiments in this book when we’re all together again!

Science in a Jar by Julia Garstecki

Kids and grown-ups need only gather a jar and a few other inexpensive and readily available household objects to begin investigating and confirming the science at work all around them. These 35+ experiments  cover various scientific disciplines: life science, earth science, physical science, weather, and more.

STEAM LAB for Kids: 52 Creative Hands-On Projects Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math by Liz Lee Heinecke

Explore 52 family-friendly experiments and activities that demonstrate the deeper you look into art, the more engineering and math you find!

Back by popular demand (we planned on sharing these this spring) here are two shaving cream experiments we did last year with food coloring:

Make a rain cloud!

Create marbled paper! (you could use your recycled cereal boxes [single-layer cardboard] and corrugated cardboard for this project!)

Here are some more shaving cream projects from artful parent:

And here’s another food coloring experiment if you have clear glasses or cups and paper towels to spare:


Our Tinker Tales programs are designed to cultivate curiosity and share love of stories and experimentation.   Tinker Tales are for older kids, from kindergarten up to early middle school.  We read longer stories (often folktales) and then experiment with STEAM activities.

STEM education emphasizes critical thinking through problem solving using math and science as a basis for engineering and technology projects. Steam brings art into the equation too.  We welcome every kind of creative learner and we learn and play together. Once Lisa completely forgot a step in the walking water experiment–we learn more when we make mistakes, and experiment all over again! 

Remember to share your projects with us!  We want to see what you make and discover!

Author: Corinne Chronopoulos
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