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  1. dragonfly05

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    Mar 22, 2010

    Hi everyone!

    So, my school is having an art and science fair in a couple weeks, that will be open to the public. Each class has to come up with an art and a science project that is pretty simple...that the kids can do with their parents as they come through each class. This is my first year doing this, so I am trying to come up with some ideas. It can't be something with a lot of prep, because we have to prepare for about 200 kids. Any ideas???

    Thanks! :D Oh, this is preschool age (3-4 years old)
     
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  3. Maxadoodle

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    Wow, for 200 kids? And parents too? That eliminates paint because you want "make and take" for art. And also eliminates most science experiments because most kids would never get a turn.

    So, how about a display of bird nests or seashells with magnifying glasses, labels, and books (both fiction and nonfiction). Then for an art project, they could make a clay nest (pinch pot) with a few feathers to make the inside soft or an impression of a shell in clay (kind of a fossil).
     
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    200 kids? I'm assuming that they will be in their respective classes, right?
    Could they make and take a potted plant? Provide soil, water, seeds, pots, etc...
     
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    I did a quick search and found these. I've tried most of them, and they are pretty cool! Cheap and easy too.

    Raisin Rising
    Pour clear carbonated soda water into a clear glass. Drop four or five raisins into the glass.Show children how the air bubbles make the raisins rise and fall.

    Mini Ocean
    Fill a clear plastic liter bottle 3/4 full with water. Add blue food coloring then add cooking oil. Leave about 1 inch at the top of the bottle. Show preschool children how the oil and water do not mix. Tilting the bottle back and forth causes a wave effect.

    Run Away Pepper
    A great science demonstration. Sprinkle pepper over the top of a cup of water. Put a dab of soap on your finger and touch the center of the pepper. Show children how the soap repels the pepper to the side of the glass.

    Dinosaur Bone Hunt
    Boil and clean chicken bones. Be sure there are no sharp edges. Bury them in a sand box for the children to find.

    Sun Painting
    Place various shaped flat objects on a dark piece of construction paper. You can cut out shapes and designs or use common objects like a ruler or key. Place paper in direct sunlight for a few hours. Show children how the sunlight faded the paper, leaving dark silhouettes.

    Popcorn Dance
    Fill small a glass jar 3/4 full of water. Mix in 2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix well. Add a drop or two of food coloring and 10 to 15 popcorn kernels. Then add a few drops of vinegar. The kernels will start to move in one or two minutes.

    Ice Magic
    Fill a glass with water and add one ice cube. Let a child lay a piece of string across the ice and try to pick up the ice with the string. Sprinkle a little salt over the ice cube, count to 10 and have child try again. Show child how the salt melted the ice just enough to bond around the string.

    Volcano!
    Place an empty baby food jar on a tray. Surround the jar with playdough. Form the dough to look like a mountain. Put a drop of red food coloring and a tablespoon of baking soda in the jar. Then add some vinegar to it to make it erupt.

    Invisible Ink
    Using a cotton swap or paint brush, let children write messages or paint designs on white typing paper with lemon juice. Let dry. The adult is to hold the paper close to a light bulb until the writing becomes visible by turning brown.
     
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    The invisible ink one might work for both art and science...
     
  7. dragonfly05

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    Mar 23, 2010

    Thanks everyone!! I will read through these and see if something would work. They say to prepare for 200 kids, because that is the turnout they are hoping for over the course of the 3 hour time period. It will probably be a lot less, and they will be spread out over the 3 hours.

    Keep the ideas coming! :)
     

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