Summer Learning Series week 1: roller coasters

Summer learning series week one

We’re so excited to kick off our summer learning series today and we hope you join us for some fun! (To find out all about the summer learning series read all about it here.) We’re starting the series out with a theme for the dare devil in all of us: roller coasters!

On Monday we do round ups of our favorite art projects, books, movies, snack ideas, field trips, and other activities that have to do with the weekly theme. We do not intend for you to do all the activities, we just want to give you a good variety of options and you can decide what you want to do. Then on Friday we’ll share what we did with our kids. We would love for you to share anything you do through out the week as well! Share your photos with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #mmssummerlearningseries and please tag us @mymommystyle so we can be inspired by you.

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So let’s get to it! Roller coasters are a fun way to introduce physics to your kids. I found this great article on how roller coasters work on Howstuffworks.com. You can read it with your kids or read it yourself and get a good idea of how to teach it to them. It’s kind of fun to be able to learn a thing or two while teaching your kids.

Try out this easy centrifugal force bucket experiment found at suzyhomeschooler.com.  You can also try this experiment with a penny in the bucket.force

 

 

We found Popular Mechanics for Kids: Rip-Roaring Roller Coasters at our library and my kids have loved watching it. It’s an informative and educational movie and also really fun.

We also found a good variety of picture books with roller coasters in them. I am adding links to Amazon, but you could also check your local library for any of these.

Forces Make Things Move (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

Curious George Roller Coaster

Harriet and the Roller Coaster by Nancy Carlson

Roller Coaster Kid

The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt

 

These roller coaster coloring sheets are an easy activity to do, especially for the little ones that aren’t quite tall enough for roller coasters yet. They were all found here.

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I loved these paper plate marble tracks found at frugalfun4boys.com. We’ve made marble tracks before, but these ones look more like a roller coaster.

marble track

 

I think these name roller coasters from jodibobo.blogspot.com are so cool! It’s a great writing assignment and art project all in one. I love that you can have your child(ren) practice writing their name or switch it up and have them write a paragraph or the alphabet. name roller coaster

We can’t wait to make these 3-D construction paper roller coasters from Sparklyart.blogspot.com. The possibilities are endless!

roller coaster art

We are not planning on making this amazing pretzel roller coaster from croqzine.com, but I thought it was too cool not to share. It might be fun to buy pretzels and make simple tracks for a snack though.

pretzel roller coaster

Well, there are a few ideas to get you started. We hope you all have a great week! Check back Friday to see what we did this week.

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