Coronavirus has changed everything — including going on field trips. Many schools are staying on their campuses and not allowing anything or anyone from the outside into the school.
Many regular field trip locations are closed or not offering their regular programs. However, field trips are one of the activities that make school fun. They give children something to look forward to, and they can supplement the curriculum.
We have a tiny, tiny school at our church, and I try to do three field trips a year. We usually do one science field trip, one history field trip, and one miscellaneous fun field trip.
Since, we are trying to avoid contact with a lot of people, I decided that we would do an on-site science STEAM field trip for our fall field trip. We will wait to do our off-site field trips until 2021 and hope that conditions improve.
Here are my plans so far for our onsite STEAM field trip:
- We are going to do some fun food items that will be our lunch:
- We will make our own pizza, and do these yeast experiments.
- For dessert, we will make ice cream. I liked this recipe, and here is the science behind it.
- We will use this Crazy Drinks Science Lab to make a fun drink. The book that comes with it explains the science in each drink. I’m thankful to Quarto STEAM Club that sends me some great STEAM activity books and kits to try out.
- We will use 3 kits that have been sent to me to review. I will let you know how they work after we use them.
- The older children will work on putting together solar bots using this 8-in-1 Solar Robot Kit. I think my boys especially will love these.
- The younger kids will learn about magnets with these rainbow Tileblox.
- In my most recent Quarto Steam Club box, I got this SmartLab Toys Storm Watcher Weather Lab that we can set up to watch weather for the next few weeks.
- I also have had several books with STEAM ideas that have been given to me from Quarto Steam Club. The most recent box included these books:
- Encyclopedia of Insects — If you have a child who loves insects or you are studying insects, this is a perfect book as it featured over 300 insects.
- The Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Chemistry for Kids — I really like this book. I can see myself using this book a lot when I teach science. It had doable and interesting experiments. There is one that we might do for our field trip that would be used to study the Ph factor. It uses tumeric and red cabbage, and could be used in an art project.
- Copycat Science was a little busy for me to enjoy reading, but I could see some kids loving it and being able to read it and learn just because they like the comic style of the book.
- If your child has an interest in engineering (Adventures in Engineering), here is a book they may find interesting.
- For the animal lover, you could always get the book, Animal Exploration Lab for Kids.
- I have other science experiment books that I need to look through to see if I want to do any of those experiments.
I think it’s going to be a super fun day, and we’ll be able to stay onsite! What are some fun science experiments that you have done?
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