Kids at Home with MPPL Category: Math

Harper College Experience Day

little girl painting a small pumpkin

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Harper College is having a month-long event to give students of all ages interactive and fun learning opportunities. Maybe this will give you some ideas about what you’d like to study!

Each Wednesday in October, a new activity will be posted and is designed for 3rd-8th graders. Here are some of the things you could learn about: 

  • Build a BristleBot
  • Clouds in a Jar
  • Make a Spooky Votive
  • Predator vs. Prey

If you’re interested in participating, you can REGISTER HERE.

Kits will be available to pick up from the Mount Prospect Main Library and South Branch, among other locations. 

For now, you can do your own Nature Scavenger Hunt. When you go for a walk outside, can you find:

  • Leaves from different kinds of trees? What kind of leaf is it? 
  • Birds and other creatures? Can you make a sound like that animal? Can you move like that animal? 
  • A seed from a plant? That could look like a white dandelion, a pine cone, an acorn, or a berry. 
  • Insects? How does the insect get around (flying, crawling, jumping…)? 

At-Home Challenge: Everyone Counts!

everyone counts/todos contamos

Information for the 2020 Census is being collected right now. Do you know what the Census is? It is a way of collecting information about everyone who lives in the United States to make sure everyone is counted. Information about who lives where is used to provide services in your community, like the schools, parks, and your library. There are activities and even a book that explore the Census for kids, available here.

Try this activity: Choose a few questions and keep track of the answers you get from the people who live with you, as well as from friends, family, and neighbors by phone, text, or in person from a safe distance. We did this with Library staff and have their answers below. 

kids questions and votes census chart

Here’s a trickier question: How many books do you have in your house? Can you estimate (or make a smart guess on) the number? 

It’s fun to learn more about people and see how we are similar. How can we use this information? Asking people about foods they like can help you decide what to have for dinner. Knowing the languages that people speak at home can help to make sure that information is available in those languages too. 

If you’d like to share what you learn, and see how other people in Mount Prospect answered, take a survey here.