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Using the Family Summer Adventure Guide

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You can have fun family adventures in and around your neighborhood with these do -it-yourself activities, games, and connections with local fun and learning. Scroll down to find the same science activities that you see in the guide here. You'll also find links that you can follow where you can get help.

Forces, Gravity, Magnets -- Forces are all around us, pushing or pulling

Activity #1 Push / Pull 
Name different objects that you can push, pull, or do both

Activity #2 Slide to the Side
Feel the different surfaces around your house. Use an adjective to describe each surface. Is it rough, slippery, or something else?

Activity #3 Water Balloon Parachute
Partially fill and knot a water balloon. Tie the handles of a plastic shopping bag to the balloon. Throw the balloon up and watch the bag expand.

Activity #4 Making Craters
Using a bowl filled with about an inch of flour, drop small objects from different heights to observe the impact. Can also be done with mud and rocks

Activity #5 Stick to it!
Using a magnet, test objects around you to see if they are magnetic. 

Activity #6 What Goes Up Must Come Down
Visit a spray pad near your. Call 311 for locations and information about the free Swim and Play Pass Program.

Light and Sound -- Sound is energy. Light is energy. 

Activity #1 Seeing Sound
Tighten plastic wrap over a bowl. Make sure that the plastic wrap is very tight. Pour one teaspoon of uncooked rice, beans, or small rocks on the top of the plastic wrap. Next to the bowl, take a metal spoon and bang on a metal pan like a drum. What happens to the objects on the plastic wrap?

Activity #2 Listen to the sound of hammers on the first Saturday of every month from 9-noon at the free Home Depot Children's Workshop.

Activity #3 Listen to KUNM's Children's Hour on Saturday's from 9-10 a.m. on 89.9 FM

Activity #4 Shadows
Outside, place toys on a paper. Trace the outline of the shadows on the paper. Do these shadows stay the same at different times of the day. How do they change with time? Are the shadows larger, the same size, or smaller than the toys. 

Activity #5 What is your favorite song?
Why? What is the favorite song of an adult you know?

Activity #6 Bending Light
Place a clear glass in front of a paper with an arrow that points left or right. Adjust the distance between the glass and the arrow until the image can be seen clearly through the empty glass. Slowly pour water in. What happens? 

Chemistry, Atoms, Reactions - Chemical reactions can be observed in everyday life. An apple turning brown and fireworks exploding are both chemical reactions. 

Activity #1 Melting Ice
In an ice tray make different types of ice using hot water, cold water, salt water, sugar water, and regular water. Freeze over night. Which melts the fastest?

Activity #2 Apple Science
Cut an apple into a few slices. Choose various liquids from the kitchen to soak the apples in (use lemon juice for one and nothing for another). Soak the slices for one hour in each liquid. Which browns the fastest?

Activity #3 Sugar Geyser
Drop several Mentos mints in a 2-liter bottle of soda. Move away quickly and watch the eruption. *Do this outside.

Activity #4 Floating Salt Water 
Fill a bowl with water. Fill another bowl with water and half a cup of salt. Mix well. Gently place an egg in each bowl. Which egg floats? Try this with other items.

Activity #5 Fishing for Ice
Fill a cup half full with water. Add a few ice cubes. Sprinkle ice cubes with a few pinches of salt. Lay a string across the salted ice cubes. After two minutes, slowly pull the string out. What happened?

Systems: Human body and more - The human body is a system -- parts interact and work together.

Activity #1 Play a few rounds of exercise bingo found in your guide on page 11.

Activity #2 Visit your doctor for well-child check up and make sure your immunizations are up to date. 

Activity #3 Paper Bag Lungs
With two paper bags, place one straw inside each bag and twist the bags around them. Secure with tape, making sure to seal all the way around the straw. Blow into the bags and see what happens. 

Activity #4 Give a tennis ball a good, hard squeeze. 
You're using about the same amount of force your heart used to pump blood out to the body. 

Activity #5 Heartbeat Clock
The heart pumps a little over a gallon of blood a minute. This means taht in each heartbeat, the heart is pumping 2.4 ounces of blood, or about 1/4 cup. Fill one large bucket with a gallon of water. In one minute, try to move the water into an empty bucket using a 1/4 measuring cup.

Activity #6 Digestion in a Bag
Get a zip-top bag, one or two crackers, and a small amount of soda. Smash the crackers in the bag to represent teeth chewing. Add a small amount of soda to the bag to represent stomach acid. Observe what happens to the crackers. Where does the food travel to next? 

Activity #7 Count to 120 while you brush your teeth everyday, twice a day.