Fun Brain Games with the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

This Fun Brain Games with the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry post written by me on behalf of the 
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. All opinions are 100% my own.

Growing up just outside of Chicago, I have always appreciated all of the great museums it has to offer. One of my favorite museums, even today, is The Museum of Science and Industry. It is such a cool place that really allows you, and your children, to explore and learn some great things while being hands-on.

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Fun Brain Games

My kids are really busy this summer with Swim Team, but when there is down-time and that “I’m bored” hits I will be be working on some of the summer activities through the Museum of Science and Industry‘s Summer Brain Games. This is a fun brain games that are free through an online science program that helps to keep children learning throughout the summer and helps to prevent “summer brain drain.” Here is an interesting fact I was not aware of before working on this project, did you know that kids can lose one to three months of learning over the summer? Hence the phrase “Summer Brain Drain”.

My children are ages 9, 5 and 5 so although some of the experiments may not be completely understood by the 5 year olds, it is a fun way to get the thought processes going. Our nine year old though does understand the concepts behind the experiments which is very neat to see her have that “a ha” moment.

Summer Brain Games gives you and your child 8 weeks of free at home fun with science experimentsEach week of the Summer Brain Games you will receive an email with a link to access the experiment of the week information, which includes directions and printables. The experiments use common household items, which you will be able to see in the experiment we did at home called Balloon Racer.

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For this particular experiment, we needed string, a straw, a balloon, clip, tape, and printed Chicago “L” train. The “L” train is optional and the print was offered with the instructions. We had to cut a long piece of string that was approximately 8 feet in length and feed it through a straw. We then had to tape one end to the wall while the other person stood at the opposite end of the string. We then blew up a balloon, clipped it closed and then taped it to the straw. Holding the string parallel to the floor, we released the clip and watched as the balloon took the straw for a ride!

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One of the fun things that we discovered in our experiment is that the more air we had in the balloon, the farther the balloon traveled. Since we had a little difficulty coordinating the string, balloon and straw, we did not get a chance to take the “L” train on the straw. I do not think it was the experiment that was difficult, but more the people performing the experiment! 🙂

fun brain games

The purpose of this experiment was to learn about Newton’s third law of motion and explore the idea that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This was a very cool experiment that was thoroughly enjoyed by the adults and kids!

The next experiment we are planning on getting started with is Hydroponic Garden. This is a very cool experiment for growing plants in a medium other than soil. I know the kids will get a huge kick out of seeing how using a cotton wick, such as a strip of a t-shirt, growing medium, such as legos or marbles, water, and cups can create a healthy environment for growing plants. Plus it is said to be a healthier option for growing things like herbs and lettuce since the nutrients are delivered more efficiently. Plus you avoid all the potential pests and diseases that may be found in soil.

fun brain games

These experiments are a great activities to do with your kids throughout the summer weeks. They are also great for avoiding that Summer Brain Drain. Between these experiments and book reading time I think we will be okay when it is time to go back to school in August! Visit msichicago.org/summerbrain now to register for the Summer Brain Games and download your FREE Summer Brain Games kit.

Win It:

Do you want to hear something very cool?! I have been given the opportunity to giveaway a chance to win a  Family Four Pack ($76.00 value) for the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Since the tickets are valid through the end of 2013, if you plan on visiting Chicago before the end of the year or currently live here, this is a giveaway you can enter! Please go to Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago Giveaway to enter the giveaway!

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is offering a fun and free online science program called Summer Brain Games. The eight-week program lasts from June 17, 2013-August 12, 2013 and features a weekly experiment or science challenge that can easily be performed at home with kids of all ages.

Visit msichicago.org/summerbrain now to register for Summer Brain Games and download your free Summer Brain Games kit. As an added bonus, registering automatically gets you a pass to come to the Museum for free this summer.

 
About the Author

I am a work from home mom who dearly loves her 15-year-old daughter, 11-year-old boy/girl twins, and husband. I love my life and feel very blessed by what God has provided for me.

Comments

  1. I loved the Museum of Science and Industry as a kid. I remember going every single year on school field trips. I’d love to win a four pack and take my two little ones this year!
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  2. I think my kids would really love the train experiment. We need to do more projects like this at home, especially during the summer.
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  3. Oh what fun! Makes me wish I had kids around to do the experiments with. I’ll bet you all did have a blast. I love museums that are interactive.
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  4. OH my goodness! we love brain games! The kids have so much fun with them and they learn a lot too! We have to try this one!
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  5. The museum of Science and Industry is the best place for adults and kids. They are always delveloping new programs as is evidenced here!
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  6. Very cool. I love it when learning is fun!
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  7. What fun experiments to do and learn from!
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  8. That is so much fun! Makes learning fun!!!

  9. I am so on board with it
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  10. my daughter would enjoy games like this!

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