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Take Your Camera for a Walk

An Imagination Station Activity
Age: All ages
Time: As long or as little as you want
Type of Activity: Art
Materials needed:
• Camera and film, or disposable camera
• Paper grocery bag
• Glue or tape
• Something to write with

Next time you go for a walk, or to the mall, or with mom to get groceries, bring
along a camera. Disposables are a cheap and convenient option.
Record your visit. What catches your eye? A funny sign? A beautiful view?
Grandparents holding hands? A dog walking its owner? Snap it. (Be sure to ask
people if it’s OK to take their picture.) Look for something out of the ordinary;
something that could give even the person with you a different way of seeing the
same things.

When you get your pictures back, lay them all out, arrange them in different
ways, and see what story they tell. When you have the order you like, tape or
glue them to a big sheet of paper (a cut open grocery bag works well). Add
captions, and clip on the line for the Clothesline Art Show!

by Molly Hewitt from

Take Your Camera for a Walk

Age: Elementary and up
About 15 minutes
Type of Activity:
Backyard science

Encourage your children to explore science in their own backyard. Plant a garden, catch butterflies, or better yet, build a live volcano! Sound tricky? You’ll be surprised. MaryAnn Kohl, author of the book Science Arts, makes it easy with the following simple instructions.

Materials needed:
· Baking pan
· Soda bottle (16 or 20 oz.)
· Moist soil
· 1 tablespoon baking soda
· 1 cup vinegar
· Red food coloring
· The great outdoors!

Step One: Place the baking pan on the grass, and set the soda bottle in the middle of the pan.
Step Two: Mound and shape the moist soil around the bottle to form a mountain. Bring the soil right up to the top of the bottle’s opening, but don’t get the soil inside the bottle.
Step Three: Pour one tablespoon of baking soda into the bottle.
Step Four: Color one cup of vinegar with red food coloring.
Step Five: Pour the colored vinegar into the bottle. Stand back and watch red foam spray out of the top and down the mountain like lava from a volcano.

Tips for parents
Experimentation is an exciting way to teach your kids about the world around them. But before you get started, Kohl has a few words of advice: “Keep it simple! Begin with materials you have around the house, such as flour, cornstarch, and paints, and, most importantly, let the child do most of the experimenting. You can provide the encouragement.” Kohl adds, “Don’t worry about not understanding the ‘science’ that’s happening.” You and your kids can make your own hypotheses, then look up the answers later online or at the local library.

by Ann Svensen from


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