story time

Garden Story Time

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Song: This Old Man
This old man,
He played one, (hold up one finger)
He played knick knack on my thumb.
With a knick knack (slap knees)
paddy wack (clap hands)
give a dog a bone, (hand jive)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)
Two … on my shoe // Three … on my knee // Four .. on the floor // Five … on the hive

Book: Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

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Little Lola plants a garden with seashells and silver bells. I had a lot of younger kids today at story time (I think some of the moms who usually attend toddler story time were either testing out the pre-K story time or couldn’t attend yesterday so they came today.) So this was a good, quick story for the little ones.

Flannel: Five Little Flowers

I had misplaced my agenda (found later in the story time) so I was going off memory as to the order of things. I didn’t have this flannel memorized so instead of the rhyme I stuck the flowers up and we named each color and counted them. We also have flannel bugs in the bag so I put up each bug and discussed (from my own very general knowledge) how they help the garden grow.

Action Rhyme: Dig a Little Hole
Dig a little hole (dig)
Plant a little seed (drop seed)
Pour a little water (pour)
Pull a little weed (pull and throw away)
Chase a little bug (skitter bug across hand)
Heigh-ho, there it goes! (shade eyes)
Give a little sunshine (circle arms overhead)
Grow a little rose (cup hands, smell rose)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Luckily I had already written this and The Farmer and the Seeds song on the whiteboard so misplacing the agenda wasn’t completely tragic!

Song: Song cube (Old MacDonald Had a Farm)

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Song: The Farmer and the Seeds (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The farmer plants the seeds, (pretend to plant seed)
The farmer plants the seeds,
Hi, Ho, the dairy-o, (slap knees)
The farmer plants the seeds.

Other verses:
The sun comes out to shine (circle arms overhead)
The rain begins to fall (flutter hands down)
The seeds begin to grow (flutter hands up)
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming & G. Brian Karas

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A farmer devises more and more elaborate plans to protect his garden after rabbits keep breaking through his defenses. Longer than Lola. I should have read it first but as it turns out, it worked out for the best. All of the little, little ones were already wandering around so the older kids were the ones still sitting with me and we enjoyed it.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

This is when I was finally able to find my agenda and found out I was right on track!

Song: Song cube (The Itsy, Bitsy Spider)

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes

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Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

story time

Caterpillars & Butterflies Story Time

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Song: This Old Man
This old man,
He played one, (hold up one finger)
He played knick knack on my thumb.
With a knick knack (slap knees)
paddy wack (clap hands)
give a dog a bone, (hand jive)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)
Two … on my shoe // Three … on my knee // Four .. on the floor // Five … on the hive

Book: Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett

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A little girl finds and cares for a little caterpillar. The rhymes are a tad inconsistent but I love the sweet story and the book is nice and big with colorful illustrations. Great for story time! I got my first “that was a little short” comment from one of my regulars who’s been coming to my story time since I started the job a couple years ago! They grow up so fast … *sniff*

Flannel: Butterfly Colors
The first to come to the garden bed
Is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED.
Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friend of BLUE.
This garden is fine, the best I’ve seen
Says the butterfly of the softest GREEN.
Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly, with wings of yellow.
Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
The garden is waiting for a color like you.
Hello ORANGE, we’ve waited so long
Fly in, right where you belong.
Butterflies, Butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together with such delight!
Source: Miss Meg’s Storytime

Song: Song cube (I’m a Little Teapot)

Book: Nibbles’ Garden by Charlotte Middleton

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A little guinea pig raises caterpillars with his new best friend, Posie. But the pair is puzzled when all of their caterpillar pets disappear!

Song: The Life of a Butterfly (to the tune of Skip to My Lou)
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a caterpillar, wiggle with me
Wiggle with me my darlin’
(A chrysalis, sleep with me / A butterfly, come fly with me)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Song: Butterfly (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Flutter, flutter butterfly (hook hands together to make butterfly)
Floating in the springtime sky
Floating by for all to see (put hands over eyes)
Floating by so merrily
Flutter, flutter, butterfly (hook hands together to make butterfly) 
Floating in the springtime sky!
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horácek

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A little girl spots a butterfly in her garden one day. When she can’t find her friend the next day she explores some of the other bugs and creatures in the garden before one, final pop-up reveal of her missing butterfly pal! This book might have been better suited to a garden theme (which we’re doing next week) but I had already selected four books and I wanted to read this one so I snuck it into story time this week.

Action Rhyme: My Friendly Caterpillar
My friendly caterpillar (crawl fingers up arm)
Made its cocoon one day. (close hands together)
It turned into a butterfly (open hands with thumbs hooked together)
And quickly flew away. (flap hands)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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A classic that all the kids had read before but it’s a classic for a reason and I wanted to share it with them. I figured they might not have heard it for awhile. By this time they were pretty wiggly and many of them had abandoned me for the computers or blocks. 😀 This used to insult me but now that I have a kid of my own I know they just can’t sit still for very long.

Song: Song cube (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

story time

Frogs and Turtles Story Time

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Song: This Old Man
This old man,
He played one, (hold up one finger)
He played knick knack on my thumb.
With a knick knack (slap knees)
paddy wack (clap hands)
give a dog a bone, (hand jive)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)
Two … on my shoe // Three … on my knee // Four .. on the floor // Five … on the hive

Book: The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog by Ana Martín Larrañaga

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A wide-mouthed (and loud-mouthed) frog sets out to see the world. I’m not sure the kids understood that the frog was a braggart but they sat still and seemed to enjoy the story. One of the little girls enjoyed finding the fly on every page. (Which I didn’t even notice until she pointed it out!)

Flannel: Five Little Speckled Frogs
Five little speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs — Yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four speckled frogs — Ribbit, ribbit!
(count down from there)

Action Rhyme: The Frog on the Log
There once was a green little frog, frog, frog — (ribbit, ribbit, ribbit)
Who played in the woods on a log, log, log. (stretch arms out to make a log)
A screech owl sitting in a tree, tree, tree — (point to the owl in the tree)
Came after the frog with a scree, scree, scree! (hold hands up to mouth and scree)
When the frog heard the owl in a flash, flash, flash — (hold hand up to ear)
He leaped in the pond with a splash, splash, splash! (pretend to dive with arms)
Source: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes

Song: Song cube (I’m a Little Teapot)

Book: Big Frog Can’t Fit In by Mo Willems

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Big frog is too big for her book! I thought the kids would be more excited for a pop-up book but they were having a subdued week. Though they all listened attentively and appreciated the big pop at the end.

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Every time someone new attends story time Grandma Shark gets a huge laugh. The kids love, love, love this song. I may never take it out of rotation …

Song: Song cube (Itsy, Bitsy Spider)

Action Rhyme: I Had a Little Turtle
I had a little turtle, (hands on top of each other, wiggle thumbs)
He lived in a box. (make a box with hands)
He swam in the river, (paddle with hands)
He climbed on the rocks. (climbing motions)
He snapped at a mosquito, (pinch fingers in air)
He snapped at a flea, (pinch fingers in air)
He snapped at a minnow, (pinch fingers in air)
And he snapped at me! (pinch fingers toward self)
He caught the mosquito, (clap)
He caught the flea, (clap)
He caught the minnow, (clap)
But he didn’t catch me! (shake head and point at self)
Adapted from Perry Public Library Storytime

Book: Who Wants a Tortoise? by Dave Keane; illustrated by K. G. Campbell

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A little girl wants a doggie for her birthday and to her disappointment, receives a tortoise instead. This one was a little long but the kids did sit still for it. I’m not entirely sure they loved it so I’m not sure I’d read it again. I may use my outreach kids as guinea pigs and try it one more time …

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Song: Song cube (Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Book: Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry

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A turtle takes care of four shipwrecked animals and is then sad when they want to go home to their families. Isn’t he their family?

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

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Bunny Story Time

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Song: This Old Man
This old man,
He played one, (hold up one finger)
He played knick knack on my thumb.
With a knick knack (slap knees)
paddy wack (clap hands)
give a dog a bone, (hand jive)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)
Two … on my shoe // Three … on my knee // Four .. on the floor // Five … on the hive

Book: It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler; illustrated by Roger Bollen

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Little P. J. Funnybunny is tired of being a bunny so he tries out some other animal families to see if he likes them better. Of course, there’s no place like home.

Action Rhyme: Little Bunny
There was a little bunny who lived in the wood. (hold up two fingers)
He wiggled his ears as a good bunny should. (wiggle fingers on head)
He hopped by a squirrel. He hopped by a tree. (hop, hop)
He hopped by a duck. And he hopped by me. (hop, hop)
He stared at the squirrel. He stared at the tree. (stare, stare)
He stared at the duck. (stare)
But he made faces at me! (make faces)
Source: Storytime Katie

I had the flannel pieces this time to point to and stare at. It didn’t make much of a difference. But the kids still loved to make silly faces at the end!

Song: Song cube (The Wheels on the Bus)

Song: Song cube (I’m a Little Teapot)

Flannel: Five Little Bunnies
One little bunny,
Wondering what to do,
Another bunny came along,
And then there were two.

Two little bunnies,
Hopping like me,
Another bunny came along,
And then there were three.

Three little bunnies,
Jumping around outdoors,
Another bunny joined them,
And then there were four.

Four little bunnies,
So fluffy and alive,
Another bunny joined them,
And then there were five.

Five little bunnies,
Ready for some fun,
Hopped away in the
Warm, spring sun.
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Book: The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen

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A little bunny adopts other animals’ sounds since rabbits don’t have a sound of their own to make. Then he decides on his favorite.

Song: Ten Little Bunnies
One little, two little, three little bunnies, (count on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little bunnies,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bunnies,
Ten bunnies twitch their noses. (twitch your nose)

Then we count backwards to one and sang “shook his tail.”
Source: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green; illustrated by David Walker

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Sweet little book about a mama and baby rabbit who go about their day’s activities but always have time to stop for a hug. I read this to my baby boy and even though it doesn’t have anything to do with rabbits (aside from rabbits being the main characters), it was so sweet I wanted to read it for story time. The kids weren’t as moved as I was. 😀

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Saturday · story time

Sheep Story Time (Saturday)

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Action Rhyme: Dancing Sheep
Shhh! It’s time to go to sleep (put finger to mouth)
But into my bedroom one sheep creeps.
“Don’t go to bed,” the one sheep said.
“I would rather dance instead!”

Soon he was … (draw these words out)
Dancing on the ceiling! (shake hands above head)
Dancing on the floor! (tap hands on floor)
He was dancing on the window! (shake hands to the right)
He was dancing on the door! (shake hands to the left)
(repeat several times getting faster each time)

“Stop that dancing, silly sheep! (shake finger)
It is time to go to sleep!” (lay head on hands)
Soon the sheep lay on the floor.
Soon the sheep began to snore. (make snoring sounds)
Adapted from Susan M. Dailey

Book: One More Sheep by Mij Kelly and Russell Ayto

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Flannel/Song: Bubble Bubble Pop
One little red fish swimming in the ocean
Swimming in the ocean, swimming in the ocean
One little red fish swimming in the ocean
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, POP
(Two little orange fish // Three little blue fish // All of the fishies)
Source: Jbrary

Song: When Cow Wakes Up in the Morning
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
And what does the cow say?
Mooooooooooo
That is what he says.
(Sheep // Duck // Chicks // Pig // Dog // Cat)
Adapted from Jbrary

Song: Mr. Sun
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun, (arms over head)
Hiding behind a tree. (hide face behind hands)
These little children are asking you. (point to the children)
To please come out so they can play with you. (gesture ‘come here’ with hands)
Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. (arms over head)
Please shine down on me. (move hands back and forth and down)

Book: Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton

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Wiggle: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side,
And dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.
Source: King County Library System

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Song: Baa Baa Black Sheep

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

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I was originally going to read Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw but it didn’t speak to me as much as this book so I switched them out at the last minute.

Song: Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
In 5-4-3-2-1
BLASTOFF!

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

Special Events

How It Works: Water, Water Everywhere

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Our second to last How It Works of the season! We had to compete with a GORGEOUS day so attendance was light. But because of that I was able to spend time with each kid and make sure they understood the experiments. I think they had a great time!

First, I explained our density tower.

(As an aside, this took me three tries and almost didn’t happen. I finally got it to work about 10 minutes before the program was scheduled to start! The problem child was the [Dollar Tree] dish detergent. And I was using a tall glass vase in the beginning and I think the detergent had too far to drop and was disrupting the milk too much so the soap wasn’t forming a nice smooth surface. Also, I think there may have been too much water in the cheap dish soap to form properly on top of the milk. I switched to a name brand detergent [Ajax] and it worked perfectly. I also used a much shorter container and the soap didn’t have as far to drop and I think that helped as well.)

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We sunk the bolt and floated the pink pong ball on top of the vegetable oil in the tower.

Here’s the sign I made explaining the molecules and density and why certain liquids sit on others:

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I got this experiment and the illustration from the book Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects.

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Our first experiment together was floating paper clips. This experiment came from a book I bought at Kohl’s for $5 and it’s been invaluable. Totally worth the price!

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We used small cups of water for this experiment. First we dropped in a paper clip and watched it sink. Then we dropped in a small piece of tissue and put another paper clip on top. Gently we prodded the edges of the tissue with a toothpick until it absorbed the water and fell away and the paper clip floated!

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Next, I demonstrated to the kids how an egg could float in water. I did this experiment myself because I knew giving the children raw eggs would be impossible without disaster. One cup was full of regular water and the other was full of heavily salted water. The egg dropped in the water and floated in the salt water! Really cool. I got this experiment from The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments.

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Our last experiment was paper boats. We floated paper boats made out of card stock in trays of water and made them move across the tray with drops of dish soap. This one was touch and go. It worked the first time we did it but that one drop of soap really messed up the molecules in the tray of water so it only worked that one time and then we had to empty the soap water and refill the trays with fresh water. Also, the card stock boats took on water and curled very quickly. In the book they painted the boats and I see why. I’m sure they lasted longer than our flimsy paper ones. I got this experiment and graphic for the sign from the Maker Lab book.

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But the kids still had fun and I hope they learned a little something!