The Science of Weather: Namibia and Japan

Weather is amazing and varies so much all around the world. From hot desserts to frozen tundras, from islands to landlocked mountains, where a country is placed on Earth drastically changes its weather. This week we are going to revisit some fun activities all about the weather.


Namib Dessert Activity

The Namib desert is so important to Namibia that we couldn’t learn about this country without learning about the Namib desert. My biggest question was how? Martin has yet to go to a beach, but he has played with sand in a sand box- it is the middle of winter here in the midwest, so we couldn’t exactly go play outside in a sand box. I also knew I wanted to provide Martin with some indoor tactile play instead of a craft, so I turned to kinetic sand. If you are not familiar with kinetic sand, it feels like wet sand that never dries and it is very easy to clean up! We set up on the kitchen floor in a small plastic tub and Martin went to town playing with the sand.

We made dunes, and pretended to be the wind reshaping the sand into smaller and larger dunes, we had a lot of fun!

For more Namibian fun check out these posts!


STEM Activity!

STEM or STEAM is one of those buzz words you see a lot when it comes to kids activities or projects. In case you didn’t know, STEM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” or my personal favorite STEAM adds “ART” to the mix. It basically means that one activity covers multiple disciplines or areas of education. This particular activity is about science and engineering.

Japan sits right on top of where multiple tectonic plates meet. Up side, Japan has volcanos and hot springs; downside, they have earthquakes.

For this activity, you will need a baking sheet and something to stack. We used stacking cups but blocks would work well too!

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I started by explaining what an earthquake is and we pretended that the ground was shaking. Next we placed some cups on the baking sheet and shook it, and the cups fell over.

We repeated this trying new configurations- what happens with a wide base? What happens with a skinny base? How high could we build it before it fell? What would happen with different strength earthquakes?

He really enjoyed it and learned something new!

For more fun things from Japan check out these posts!

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