Stealth Science in the Summertime During summer, most students’ thoughts tend to stray from the classroom. But as either a school nutrition operator working at summer feeding sites or a parent/grandparent entertaining kids at home, you can sneak in some opportunities for learning that are fun, too. Think easy, kid-friendly science projects, such as making a soda bottle greenhouse, constructing a pinhole projector, creating chemical reactions using common household ingredients, conducting a “crime scene investigation,” complete with a lesson in fingerprint identification or teaching youngsters about the birds and flowers found in their own backyards. Whatever educational activities you try, it will help to eliminate the “I’m bored!” refrain you may be familiar with from summers past. For a detailed list of ideas, check out www.education.com/magazine/article/Summer_Science_Activities.
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