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Make It, Take It and Try It at Home

It was a special #MakeItMonday at The Malvern School this week! We celebrated Make It, Take It Day with our students and their families, who were invited to join our classes for a fun afternoon of winter craft making.

Our teachers planned different, age-appropriate projects in each of our rooms – giving children the opportunity to show their parents the creativity, artistic and self-sufficiency skills we practice on a daily basis, and allowing parents to also take part in the fun! At the end of the day, everyone was able to take their work, from winter wreaths to decorative ornaments and even design-your-own cookies, to enjoy at home.

Activities like these not only create bonding experiences for children and their parents, they also create natural opportunities for parents to praise originality and effort – rather than perfection – throughout the creative process. This helps to teach young children a key lesson that will serve them throughout their lives: the importance of taking pride in your work (and having fun in the process)!

Everyone joined in on the crafting fun on Make It, Take It Day at The Malvern School of Medford.

Try It at Home 

Looking for another activity to try with your child at home? Explore how you can see sound with this experiment from Scholastic.

You’ll need:

  • Empty tube-shaped oatmeal box
  • Balloon
  • Scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Tin foil
  • Tape or glue
  • A light source (flashlight or small lamp)
  • A sound partner

Directions:

  1. First, carefully cut the bottom out of the oatmeal box.
  2. Then, cut the balloon into a shape that will cover one end of the tube.
  3. Now, make a drum by stretching the balloon tightly across the end of the tube.
  4. Use the rubber band to hold the balloon in place.
  5. Tape or glue the foil to the center of the balloon drum. The foil should be as shiny as possible so keep it as smooth as you can.
  6. The sound partner makes some loud noises into the tube. At the same time, the vision partner focuses the light source onto the foil.
  7. Now, trade places. Be amazed that you can actually see sound!

A Scientific Explanation:

All sound is caused by vibration. For instance, the vibration of your vocal chords causes the sound of your voice. Touch the center of your neck and say something. You can feel your vocal chords vibrate. Sound vibrations travel through the air as invisible waves. When you made noises into the tube the waves bounced against the balloon. That’s how you were able to see sound!


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