Doing it Together

Posted: March 14, 2003

Two activities you can do with your young grandchildren.

Fun with Wind and Air

Spring brings lots of opportunities for being outside and enjoying the fresh air. Speaking of air, why not help your grandchildren learn a little about science while the two of you play together?

  • Make streamers from crepe paper or give your grandchild a scarf to hold in the wind. A scarf for you doubles the fun. Talk about what happens to the paper or scarf when the wind increases and decreases.
  • Make your own GIANT BUBBLES

To make the biggest ever, you’ll need:

  • a wire clothes hanger
  • pliers
  • electrical or duct tape
  • cotton twine (optional)
  • a shallow bowl
  • bubble solution:
    2 cups thick dish soap
    6 cups water
    ¾ cup of corn syrup

Bend the hanger into a circle, making sure that the loop fits neatly into your bowl that will contain the soap solution. With pliers, twist the remaining wire into a handle and wrap with tape. This mega-wand is now ready for action. For even larger bubbles, tightly wrap the hoop with cotton twine, which acts as a soap-holding wick.

Combine dish soap, water, and corn syrup by gently stirring in a large shallow bowl.

Dip the wand into the soap and gently blow or wave the wand in the air.

Paper Plate Kites

Purchased kites are lots of fun and easy to build, but for the younger age group, making their own kites will also be fun. An advantage to making homemade kits is that there won’t be two alike.

What you will need:

  • paper plate (1 per kite)
  • ribbon:
    3 pieces, each 30 inches long
    1 piece 48 to 60 inches long
    (suggest ribbon is at least ½ inch wide)
  • Optional: 6-8 feet long piece of crepe paper
  • Crayons or magic markers for decorations

Decorate the top and bottom of the plate in any design the child would like.

Make three holes, equally spaced, in the bottom of the paper plate. Place each end of the 30 inch ribbons through a hole in the plate. Tie the ends together, and bring together the six ends of ribbon on the bottom of the plate and tie them in a knot. Attach the longer ribbon in a secure knot.

Your grandchild can hold the ribbon and run to make the kite fly in the wind. For windy days, staple the pieces of crepe paper to the paper plate to fly the kite in the wind.

(Source: Kids in the Outdoors, Better Kid Care, Penn State University, 1995)