December 21, 2017
Schools have dismissed kids for Winter Break, and after the excitement wears off, adults will probably hear the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored!” A National Louis University expert has recommended some really, REALLY cool activities to engage kids in cold-weather fun. As they are freezing bubbles, making snow, eating nature’s candy or deciphering the cookie mystery, they might even learn a little science.
National Louis University’s Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., associate professor with the National College of Education, was an organic chemist before becoming an educator. Now he prepares college students studying to become science teachers, and often visits local elementary schools, dazzling students with entertaining science experiments.
“Wintertime offers many opportunities for kids to have fun exploring the world of science,” said Dipinto. “These activities also provide an alternative to video games and television.”
Dipinto suggested the following activities for parents and caregivers to share with kids during the cold-weather months.
Frozen Bubble Magic:
Materials needed: Dawn dishwashing detergent (no substitutes), water, bubble wand, a day that is 15 degrees (or less) outside and has a slight wind
Make Your Own Snow:
Materials needed: pot to boil water, travel mug, outside temperature of around -30 degrees F (-34 degrees C)
3. Volcano in the Snow:
Materials needed: 2 spoonfuls baking soda, 1 spoonful liquid soap, red food coloring, 30 ml vinegar, water bottle, snow
4. Maple syrup candy:
Materials needed: pure maple syrup and candy thermometer OR ½ cup packed brown sugar and 2 tablespoons butter, fresh snow
5. Snowflake Fossils:
Materials needed: glass laboratory slides with cover slips, Krylon spray adhesive (available at art supply stores) OR super glue (the thin kind, not the gel), dark cloth or cardboard, and tiny paintbrush, outdoor temperature of 23 F or below
Six more activities can be found at http://www.nl.edu/frozenfun
About National Louis University
Founded in 1886, National Louis is a nonprofit, non-denominational University offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields of education, management, human services, counseling, public policy, and others concerned with human and community development. From its inception, National Louis has provided educational access to adult, immigrant and minority populations – a mission it sustains today. National Louis is well-known for an exceptional history in teacher preparation, and continues to be a leader in educating future teachers and community leaders to succeed in urban environments. For more information, visit http://www.nl.edu.
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