Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Homeschool Update: Balance and Contrast Week 3

Last week there ended up being a lot going on for our family, so our homeschooling activities were toned down a bit, though we had a chance to catch up a little over the weekend.

Continuing with our Balance and Contrast theme, I made this homemade balance for the kiddos to play with.

I used a dowel, yarn, and two mason jars to make it. The holders for the jars are crocheted using a triple crochet stitch, so they came together pretty quickly. As you can see from the photo, I wasn't going for perfection with this one.

I made a little crochet rectangle to hold the middle of the dowel, and hot glued yarn around the ends of the dowel so that the jars didn't slide off so easily when out of balance.

Then the fun began. We tried balancing different quantities of beans.

That lasted for about five minutes. Then the kiddos played with the beans, which honestly seemed a lot more engaging than my little balance. Sigh, another incident of hours of preparation ending in a 5-minute activity. I think that this activity would actually be better for older kids.

Beans are relatively heavy, so the scale went out of balance quickly. Next time I think I'll use little pom-poms since they're lighter and we can play more with the slightly off balance effect since I do plan to come back to these during our Balance and Contrast theme.

Our books for the week were:

Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

The Ladder by Halfdan Rasumssen

The Only Boy in Ballet Class by Denise Gruska, Illustrations by Amy Wummer

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  1. This line: "another incident of hours of preparation ending in a 5-minute activity" YES! Happens to me all. the. time. Cute activity though.

    1. lol. good to hear i'm not the only one with that problem.