Strawberry Picking and Basket Weaving

Summer 2 (c)

Summertime! This season is synonymous with so many things, and one of those is berry picking. Last year we headed out late in the season for blueberries. This year we made sure not to miss the strawberry window. Kids will love gathering the sweet red berries, and discovering the baby green strawberries still on the plant.

Summer 2 (b)

The fun doesn’t end at home: Fruit baskets are great for fine motor skills! We picked a few pretty colors of ribbon and wove through the holes in the basket.

Strawberry Basket (1)

If you already have strawberry crates at home, do this project ahead of time, and bring your one-of-a-kind basket when you do your picking.

Strawberry Basket (2)

Then of course comes the bonus: strawberry vanilla pancakes for breakfast.

1 cup flour

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 Ener-G egg

1 cup vanilla almond milk

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped strawberries

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Strawberry Basket (3)

Cook on a griddle or skillet for 3 minutes until bubbles form on the top. Flip over and cook 2 to 3 minutes on the other side.

Strawberry Basket (4)

Pancakes have never tasted so much like summer!

Strawberry Basket (5)

Candle in the Wind

Candle Wind (3)

Now that we’ve the got the wind in our sails (haha), we’re having lots of fun finding out about other properties of wind. Will wind be able to travel around an obstacle in its way? This experiment is an easy illustration of the fact. Parents be aware: You will need a candle with a flame for the experiment to work. Supervise very closely, and only do so if you know your children won’t touch the flame.

Candle Wind (1)

To start, light a small sturdy candle, and place behind an object with square corners – a vase worked well for this step.

Candle Wind (2)

Travis huffed and puffed, but the wind couldn’t reach the candle this way. Onto the next attempt!

Place an object with round sides between your child and the candle, such as a water glass.

Candle Wind (5)

The wind will make it around the sides and poof – out goes the candle.

Candle Wind (4)

Looking for more windy fun? Check out our recent experiment with hot air spinners.