The first full week of summer break isn’t even over yet, and my crew is already looking for new challenges to keep themselves from getting bored. So far they have come up with several activities, including battling with Nerf guns, riding their bikes back and forth to the park, slamming the front screen door repeatedly as they run in and out, and creating a new game apparently called “How to Make Your Sister Crazy.”
Among all this hub-bub are the questions. About every 10 minutes or so, someone will find me to ask something along these lines:
- What’s for lunch and/or dinner?
- What time is it?
- Can we go swimming?
- Can we make cookies?
- Can we call up (and I quote) “a kid” to see if he/she wants to come over?
- Can we have a snack?
- Do you want to know what that shriek was?
- Why isn’t there anything to eat?
At this rate, it’s going to be a long summer.
That’s why I was really excited to read about the Second Annual Summer Brain Games from Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (not to be confused with the equally whimsical Museum of Signs and Industry). And you don’t even need to be in the Chicagoland area to play along.
You sign up for the free 8-week program here, and then starting June 17th, the MSI staff will send you weekly emails with guidelines for making summer science projects from household items. There are PDFs of the project and even videos to help. Isn’t that cool?
And if you want to get a flavor for what kinds of projects they did last year, they’ve got them all listed here. I love that they did a catapult, a terrarium, a solar oven, and ice cream. Ice cream!
We may need to try that one soon. For my sanity.
Have you found any great free programs to keep the brain drain at bay in your house?