Educational ideas you can do on any vacation

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Here are a few ways to bring learning along on your vacation in a fun and creative way.

1)      While on vacation find out where other people are from.  Whether you are hanging out by a pool or on the beach, or waiting on line for a ride there are always other people around.  Find out where people are from and keep a list in a notebook or on a tablet.  At night back at the hotel room here’s what you can do with the information.

Math: Create a dot plot or bar graph of the different places.  Slightly other children can find the percentage from the different places or describe the data by finding the mode and peak.

Geography: Bring a map (you can print one online) and then put a dot or sticker at every place that you met someone from.

Writing: Every day you can ask one person that you meet for a story about where they are from.  At night you can rewrite the story and something you learned from it.

Science: Watch the news and record the temperature and humidity then compare it to where you’re from.

History: Find out one piece of history each day about that vacation area.  Keep a list of what you learn.

 

2)      While driving around especially on a road trip keep a list of different license plates states. Also keep track of the time you spend driving from place to place and the actual distance.

Math: Find your average speed based on distance and time. Again create a dot plot or bar graph of states that the license plates are from.

Geography: Bring a map and track where you are going.  Describe the path you are driving using the cardinal directions.

Writing: Write a journal entry about what you did each day of the trip.

Science: Watch the news and record the temperature and humidity then compare it to where you’re from.

History: Find out one piece of history from each city that you stop in on your road trip.

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Will these ingredients react?

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Here are a few fun science experiments you can do at home.  They are all simple and easy to do.  They are great for kids of all ages.  We recommend doing the experiments outside.

1)      Water and Oil

Take a plastic bottle and fill ¾ of the way with water.  Add some food coloring to the water so it is easier to see.  Add 3 tablespoons of oil to the bottle.  Shake the bottle to mix the oil and water.  Watch the oil and water separate and the oil float to the top. The molecules in water and oil are attracted to themselves.  This is why oil and water do not mix.  Water has a higher density than oil which is why the oil is on top.

2)      Diet Coke and Mentos

Take a bottle of Diet Coke stand it up and unscrew the cap.  Use a funnel to make sure all of the Mentos go in at the same time.  Add about 7 Mentos to the funnel and watch them go into the bottle of Diet Coke.* The Diet Coke should start coming out of the bottle. *Do not look lean over the bottle.  Once the Mentos have been dropped in you should back up at least 10 feet.

3)      Baking Soda and Vinegar

Put about a cup of baking soda into a container.  Pour some vinegar into the container.* Watch it fizz. *Do not look lean over the container. Baking soda is a base and vinegar is an acid.  When the react they form carbonic acid that breaks apart into water and carbon dioxide.

4)      Pop Rocks and Soda

Pour a package of Pop Rocks into a balloon using a small funnel.  Carefully put the balloon over the mouth of the soda bottle.  Make sure the Pop Rocks stay in the balloon.  When you are ready dump the Pop Rocks into the bottle.  Watch the balloon inflate. The carbon dioxide in the Pop Rocks mixed with the carbon dioxide in the soda rise and inflate the balloon.

5)      Hand Soap and Citric Acid

Put about 1/8 of a cup of clear hand soap and  ½ cup of water in a container.  Add some food coloring so it is colorful.  Add a tablespoon of baking soda and mix it in.  Lastly add a tablespoon citric acid and mix it together.  It turns into fluffy foam. Baking Soda is a base and citric acid is an acid.  When they react and then break apart it turns into foam.