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Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Erosion (2)

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Erosion (2)

Photo sourceMATERIALS: Three one-liter plastic bottles (soda bottles will work perfectly) with their caps on, three smaller plastic bottles, potting soil, natural materials (wood chips, fallen leaves, small sticks, etc.), string, grass (or any other quick growing) seeds, an exact-o-knife or box cutter (be careful!), a piece of cardboard, duct tapeTIME FRAME: 60 - 90 minutes + 2 - 4 weeks “grow”…
Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Erosion (1)

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Erosion (1)

Photo sourceMATERIALS: A cookie sheet, dirt, natural materials (sticks, rocks, wood chips, fallen leaves, etc.), a large cup or water pitcher, waterTIME FRAME:15 - 60 minutesPROCEDURE:Take your cookie sheet outside and fill it with dirt, making sure to pack it in as tightly as possibleGather your natural materials and begin adding them to the dirt on your cookie sheet.  Place small…

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Paper Beads

Photo SourceMATERIALS: Recycled paper, old magazines or newspapers, glue, an old watercolor brush, a straw, scissors, stringTIME FRAME:15 - 60 minutesPROCEDURE:Take your sheets of recycled paper and cut them into long, thin triangles. Once you’ve cut all your pieces, decide which sides you want to show (be on the outside of each bead) and lay each piece with your chosen side facing…
Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Quick Sand

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Quick Sand

MATERIALS:1 box of corn starch, 2 cups of water, newspaper (or a tablecloth that can get dirty), a large bowl, a small plastic animal (optional)TIME FRAME:15 - 60 minutesPROCEDURE:Cover a table with your newspaper or tableclothPour your cornstarch into your bowlSlowly add in the water until your cornstarch becomes pretty thick (think about how thick honey is, that a good…
Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Water Filters

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Water Filters

Image Credit MATERIALS:A 2-liter bottle, sand (fine grain and large grain), gravel, cotton batting, a coffee filter or an old sock, scissors or a utility knife, a large cup, water.  Note that a lot of DIY filters call for the use of charcoal, which is optional, but not used for the purposes of this activity.TIME FRAME: 15 - 60 minutesPROCEDURE:Cut around…
Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Compass Creation

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Compass Creation

Photo credit: Green-Planet-Solar-Energy.comMATERIALS: A bowl, water, a needle, a piece of buoyant material (craft foam, a small piece of cork or a small piece of wax paper), a magnetTIME FRAME: 15 - 60 minutesPROCEDURE:Carefully run your needle back and forth across your magnet to magnetize it (at least 50 times).Fill your bowl with about 1 inch of water.Push your needle through your buoyant…

Reuniting Kids w/ Nature – Make Your Own Play Dough

MATERIALS:A large bowl2 cups flour2 cups warm water1 cup salt2 Tablespoons vegetable oil1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional)food coloringTIME FRAME:30 - 60 minutesPROCEDURE:Mix all dry ingredients in your bowlAdd in all wet ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated.If your mixture is sticky after it’s thoroughly mixed, add more flour in, a little at a time until you have reached…