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Friday, May 31, 2013

A Few Cool STEAM Activities


Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math Activities are all the rage, and I can see why!  They seem pretty darn fun!  I've collected a couple of activity ideas I wanted to share here.
First from No Time for Flashcards, a math game that involves water balloons.  Hard to go wrong with that combination!  If you have a fun water-related event during your Summer Library Program, this would be a great thing to add to it. 



photo credit:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/clappstar/ 

Then from the ALSC Blog, a parachute-making and testing program for school age kids sounds like a ton of fun.

And finally, Alyssa Cleland from Park Falls Public Library recommends making Dinosaur Eggs this summer!



Dinosaur eggs
1 1/4 cups dirt
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cups of salt
1/2 cup of sand
water as needed

Mix dry ingredients together and start adding water slowly until it holds form (like a grainy play-do). Form the mixture around critters of your choice (I suggest dinosaurs!) and place in the sun to dry.
The time needed depends on big your egg is and how dry out. I haven't tried this in the oven, for fear it would melt the toy inside!

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